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California Humanities
CA, United States (hybrid)
14 days ago
California Humanities
California, United States (hybrid)
14 days ago


California Humanities seeks an inspiring Chief Executive Officer with the curiosity, imagination and energy to help define the organization’s next chapter, and lead its work to greater impact. While embracing the richness of the more traditionally-defined humanities disciplines, the position allows the CEO to stretch and envision the humanities as fertile ground for bold thinking, for new ideas, and essential for helping individuals and groups navigate challenge and change. The CEO should bring a thoughtful willingness to:

- Advance a humanities-driven approach to addressing a broad array of urgent societal issues, such as public health, social justice, civic engagement and climate change;
- Explore how issues of power, equity and diversity overlap with California Humanities’ giving policies and practices; - See support of the humanities as essential to giving voice to the incredible communities and diverse cultural traditions in each distinct region across the entire state.

Such exploration is already reflected in California Humanities’ creative range of funding initiatives and public programs. In fact, a primary strength of the organization lies in its ability to respond to contemporary issues with deep engagement. However, California Humanities now seeks a leader with the strategic ability to push the work further – evolving the vision and programs into an organization even better prepared to embody its values and to meet this critical societal moment.

The organization currently has a budget of $4.5 million, a staff of ten, and a passionate board of cultural leaders from across the state. With an expansive view of California – its people, places and promise -- the CEO will represent California Humanities in every region across the state, and beyond, giving voice to the organization’s purpose, encouraging partnerships and collaborations that advance the organization’s mission, and ensuring California Humanities is seen as an important resource for all.

It is important that within the first year, the Chief Executive Officer:

- Work to thoroughly understand California Humanities – its mission and values, history, culture, programs, operations, partners, stakeholders and potential;
- Gain the confidence of the Board and staff, forging relationships of trust and cooperation that continue to bring forth their best efforts and talents;
- Assess California Humanities’ structure – ensuring that staff are well-positioned, operations are efficient, and programs are focused, relevant and mission-aligned;
- Thoroughly understand the structure, policies and requirements of the National Endowment for the Humanities – California Humanities largest funder – advancing key
relationships. Prepare for, and oversee the NEH’s 5-year assessment, scheduled for October 2023; - Cultivate solid relationships with elected officials at the local, state and national levels, prioritizing efforts to sustain the support of California senate and assembly members; Maintain a strong presence in Washington, DC at the annual Humanities on the Hill; - With a commitment to regional equity and a keen listening ear, proactively engage key partners across the state – humanities practitioners, artists, community leaders and others – learning about their needs, interests, and ideas on how to advance California Humanities’ work; - Become active in the Federation of State Humanities Councils, the national membership organization of state councils; and - Operationalize California Humanities’ equity values statement (found under “Equity at
the Heart of Humanities” at Lead and advance the deep institution-wide exploration currently underway on what cultural and racial equity mean both for
California Humanities’ internal culture (staff, board, policies, and operations), and also as a lens for its external work (grantmaking, programs, communications, and advocacy).

The full job description can be found here:


The ideal candidate should have:

- A passion for and anchoring in the humanities – broadly defined by interdisciplinary perspectives on issues relevant to California Humanities’ work; a working knowledge of new ideas, practices, opportunities, and challenges emerging in the cultural field; - Experience with a cultural institution known for delivering exciting public programs and attracting broad audiences; - Working knowledge of the nonprofit sector; Grantmaking experience is considered a plus; - A commitment to, and competency in, centering equity at an organizational level; - Senior-level experience leading and managing an entity (nonprofit, public or private) of a scale and/or complexity similar to that of California Humanities, with commensurate planning, analytical, operational, fiscal, and human resource responsibilities; Experience leading and managing an active Board of Directors; - Successful fundraising experience with both institutional and individual donors; - Political savvy, with the ability to work effectively with, and gain the respect and support of individuals from an array of backgrounds and perspectives; the skill to generate awareness, excitement and appreciation that leads to buy-in from diverse interested parties; - Presence to serve as an effective spokesperson and ambassador for California Humanities, with strong oral and written communication skills;
- An intuitive command of, and respect for, the role of community in the success of an institution; - A working awareness, regard, and excitement for California’s history, diversity, and promise.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 66747152
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: California Humanities
  • Position Title: President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Industry: Independent
  • Job Function: CEO/Executive Director/President
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $175,000.00 - $180,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

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