Humanities Montana (HM) seeks an executive director who will
advance its mission to serve communities through stories and
conversation. HM offers experiences that nurture the imagination
and ideas by speaking to Montanans’ diverse history, literature and
BACKGROUND: Humanities Montana
is Montana’s state humanities council. Established in 1972, we are
one of fifty-six councils across the nation that the National
Endowment for the Humanities created in order to better infuse the
humanities directly and effectively into public life.
Located in Missoula, HM works with non-profit cultural and
educational institutions across the state including universities
and colleges, public libraries, museums, k-12 schools, and state
government agencies. Current Humanities Montana programs include
grants for public programs in the humanities (including
conferences, exhibits, festivals, oral history, documentary film,
radio and television programs, and research), a statewide speakers
bureau, a speakers in the schools program, the Montana Center for
the Book Prize, a variety of different reading and discussion
programs, and the Governor’s Humanities Awards. The organization
has received multiple national awards for its programming and
THE POSITION: As the chief
executive, the Executive Director is the public face of HM. The
Executive Director reports to a governing volunteer Board of
trustees, including four that are Governor-appointees, who reflect
the social and geographic diversity in Montana and the sovereign
Indian nations within its borders. Currently, the Executive
Director leads a team of five staff members and manages an annual
budget approaching $1,000,000. The role requires leadership and
management within the organization and statewide. The Executive
Director is the principal spokesperson and lead advocate for HM and
BOARD OF DIRECTORS LIAISON
- Ensure effective Board engagement, support regular
communications, staff Board committees, and partner with the Board
to develop appropriate policies to recruit Board candidates.
Under the direction of the board, the Executive Director of HM
- Model effective performance; hire, develop, and evaluate staff
to maximize their individual/team impact and to make the most of HM
resources; and foster a collegial work environment.
- Supervise staff in creating and supporting meaningful public
humanities programming and grant making; maintain substantive
knowledge of HM’s programs and services; and set high standards of
quality while ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the
FISCAL AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
Under the direction of the board, the Executive Director of HM
- Maintain a clear understanding of current and future financial
resources needed to realize the mission; supervise preparation of
the budget, financial reports, and audits; oversee day-to-day
operations, and ensure that appropriate systems are in place,
including accounting, risk management, human resources, legal
compliance and technology.
- Support HM’s strategic vision and lead staff to develop,
implement, and assess operational plans to achieve demonstrable
- Be responsible for strategic planning so that HM can fulfill
its mission into the future.
As directed by the Board, the Executive Director will:
- Develop and implement a robust fundraising initiative to
diversify sources of revenue and raise funds from federal, state,
and private sources.
- Collaborate with the Development Director and board to
cultivate and steward strong relationships with public and private
ADVOCACY AND OUTREACH:
The Executive Director will:
- Act as principal spokesperson and advocate for the humanities
statewide, regionally, and nationally to generate enthusiasm and
- Maintain productive relationships with federal, state, and
private entities, including the National Endowment for the
Humanities, the State of Montana, and public, educational, and
cultural institutions, public officials, and leadership of the
for-profit and nonprofit sectors.
- Advance HM’s mission by developing and maintaining effective
relationships with diverse program partners and communities.
THE CANDIDATE: The ideal candidate will be an
effective and energetic advocate for the value of the humanities
and their importance to a successful pluralistic society. The
candidate will combine passion and vision for the public humanities
with knowledge of the cultural nonprofit sector, including trends
and best practices. The ideal candidate will also show a commitment
to working with community partners of diverse social, economic, and
educational backgrounds. Frequent travel throughout Montana will be
The desired professional background, skills, knowledge and
leadership attributes of candidates include:
- Demonstrated passion for the humanities.
- Great enthusiasm for the mission and potential of HM in
promoting the humanities.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage staff and lead an
organization, to oversee organizational budgets and operations, and
to work effectively with a volunteer board of director
- Dynamic engagement as a public spokesperson for an organization
and/or the humanities with a flair and proven track record
cultivating partnerships and collaborating with diverse
- Experience with, and ability to connect with, the broad
constituencies of Montana, with particular ability to work with and
among Montana’s Tribal communities.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including
experience as a public spokesperson and understanding of digital
- Experience with diversifying nonprofit funding and a proven
record executing a fundraising plan.
- Experience with major gift fundraising and demonstrated
eagerness to engage with major donors for the support of HM.
- Fundamental understanding of humanities programs especially as
applied to broad non-academic audiences. Must have experience
creating, financing, managing and evaluating core programs to reach
- Entrepreneurial aptitude with the ability to think
strategically and analytically.
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Awareness and insight into the current direction of humanities
scholarship, preferably exhibited by an advanced degree in a
COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with
experience. HM offers a full benefit package and a collaborative
APPLICATIONS: HM promotes,
values, and respects diversity. Applications should include a
letter of interest, a resume, and three references with complete
contact information. To apply, please email materials to
All applications will be treated on a confidential basis. Review
of applications will begin November 1, 2019, and will continue
until the position is filled.
Humanities Montana is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively
seeks a pool of diverse candidates.
Location/Region: Missoula, MT (59802)