About the Organization

The Federation, founded in 1977 as the membership association of state and jurisdictional councils, provides support for humanities councils and strives to create greater awareness of the humanities in public and private life. With a mission to represent and strengthen the state and jurisdictional humanities councils, the Federation provides leadership, advocacy, and information to help members advance programs that engage millions of citizens across diverse populations in community and civic life.

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, the Federation has a staff of seven and an operating budget of approximately $1.3M. The Federation’s revenue sources include membership dues, conference registrations, and administrative fees collected from grants it earns on behalf of its members. The Federation’s leadership includes a 16-member Board of Directors as well as 10 committees and task forces, individually chaired by a Federation Board member, and provides a governance or advisory function for the organization. Federation President Phoebe Stein began her tenure in May 2020 after serving as Maryland Humanities’ executive director for 12 years. For additional information about the Federation, please visit the website.


The Position

Reporting to the president, the Director leads the Federation’s financial management and accounting functions, and manages relationships with external vendors, the audit firm, the external accounting firm, the bank, investment managers, and others. The Director plays a vital role in ensuring the Federation’s strong financial position through sound financial stewardship and a key role in developing and operationalizing both strategic and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) plans.

Key Responsibilities

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Accounting Leadership: Perform day-to-day management of accounting systems, including bookkeeping, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and grants accounting; Review, process, and manage contracts and revenues, including annual dues assessments/collections and onsite payments at events.
  • Financial Management: Prepare and analyze financial reports and forecasts for stakeholders, and communicate critical matters to the Board; Lead budgeting and financial planning processes for the organization, events, and grants while monitoring progress and changes to the Federation’s financial status.
  • Planning: Work with consultant, staff, and Board to develop, operationalize, and implement a new strategic plan; Assist the President and Board in advancing the Federation’s DEI efforts.
  • Human Resources: Manage and implement the employee handbook, payroll, employee benefits, and insurance policies, all in compliance with federal and state laws; Assist the President in advancing the full employee life cycle with an equity lens. 
  • Administrative: Coordinate with IT contractor, property owner, and other outside vendors regarding office equipment and facilities; Update and implement Accounting Policies & Procedures.
  • Board/Governance: Work with the Audit Committee, Finance Committee, and Communications & Development Committee to support each of their functions in ensuring accurate reporting of the Federation’s finances.

The Federation uses Sage as its accounting platform, ADP to process payroll, Microsoft Office to create documents, and Google docs to edit. The Federation anticipates selecting a new CRM platform later this year.

Skills and Attributes

The Director will be a collaborative manager with at least 5-7 years of broad finance and operational experience, including managing accounting, budgeting, and membership and federal revenue. They will demonstrate skill in overseeing Operations and HR as well as experience gathering and evaluating financial information and making recommendations to senior leadership. The Director will ideally have experience being a part of an organization that has implemented a DEI lens and operationalized strategic vision. Talented candidates will also bring experience in the nonprofit sector and a passion for the humanities. Bachelor’s degree or related experience preferred. 

The salary range is $80,000-$85,000.  Benefits include full medical coverage (health, dental, and vision), life and AD&D insurance, participation in a 403(b) retirement plan with 7% employer contribution, 22 days annual paid vacation, and 12 days annual paid sick leave.


Application Process

To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements here.  Resume reviews begin immediately. For the full scope of position responsibilities and desired experience, please contact Sam Sadiv at Samantha.Sadiv@marcumllp.com, and direct any questions you may have to her.

A demonstrated ability to cultivate positive and productive relationships and partnerships with a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations and a commitment to access are central to our work. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, working class individuals, veterans, and members of other marginalized communities.

The Federation of State Humanities Councils does not and shall not discriminate based on race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, members, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors.

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