The Federation of State Humanities Councils invites nominations and applications for the position of President. After fifteen years of distinguished service as President, Esther Mackintosh has announced her retirement. This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional leader to further the crucial work of the State Humanities Councils.
Founded in 1977, the Federation of State Humanities Councils (Federation) is the national member association of the 56 state and jurisdictional humanities councils. The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. The purpose of the Federation is to provide leadership, advocacy, and information to help members advance programs that engage millions of citizens across diverse populations in community and civic life.
The Federation has an annual operational budget of $1.2M, funded largely by member dues, and a dedicated staff of 6.
The state humanities councils are nonpartisan, independent nonprofits that support grassroots humanities programming throughout every U.S. state and territory. The councils are funded in part by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities with many raising additional funds from corporations, foundations, private individuals, and the state government. Each year, the more than 55,000 state council programs and engage 6,000 communities. The Federation is headquartered just outside of Washington, DC in Arlington, VA.
The primary responsibilities of the Federation President are to serve as the principal representative and spokesperson for the organization; exercise leadership in achieving a shared vision with the board and staff; develop and implement, in consultation with the board and staff, an overall strategic direction for the organization; maintain relationships on behalf of the Federation with key partners and funders; and oversee all Federation operations.
The successful candidate will have a deep commitment to the humanities, including the ability to advocate passionately the value and relevance of the work of the state humanities councils. S/he will have a strong record of leading, inspiring, and empowering complex organization or team with multiple constituencies including staff, members, institutional partners, and government agencies. The incoming Federation President will also possess a record of achievement in furthering diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, as well as a keen understanding of political advocacy and federal funding procedures. In addition, strong financial acumen as well as experience garnering grants from diverse sources is highly desired. Lastly, the successful candidate will have a present and accessible roll-up-your- sleeves leadership style, with an impeccable reputation for integrity and the highest standards of ethical behavior.
Information for Candidates
Please send all nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest, in confidence and electronically, to:
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