Program Officer – (Literature Programs)
Oklahoma Humanities is looking for a lover of literature who is dedicated to improving the community through public programming. This full-time (35 hours per week) salaried position oversees a literature-based reading and discussion program, Let’s Talk About It, for libraries, prisons, and other nonprofit groups. Started in 1985, this flagship program uses literature as a catalyst for meaningful conversations and encourages readers to reflect on their experiences, share thoughts and ideas, consider diverse perspectives, and gain new insight. The Program Officer trains and works directly with Let’s Talk About It host sites to ensure successful program implementation, oversees the purchase and distribution of books, recruits new host sites and discussion facilitators, oversees the development of program content, and creates and manages contracts via database and grant management software. The Program Officer supervises one part-time contractor who manages the inventory and shipping of program books. The Program Officer may participate in special programming initiatives as opportunities arise. This position reports to the Executive Director and works in close collaboration with staff members and board committees.
Qualifications: The right fit to join our team should be curious, a strong communicator, and have established experience or have the ability to work well with diverse populations.
- 1-3 years of nonprofit programming or literature-based experience (teaching for example)
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as literature or other humanities discipline)
- Public speaking experience
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite of programs (Access experience strongly preferred)
- Excellent demonstrable writing skills
- A convivial attitude
Occasional in-state travel and limited out-of-state travel required. Preference given to candidates with Microsoft Access database experience and/ or Foundant online grant management experience. Please note: the educational and vocational requirements for this position are based on what has been successful for past Program Officers. If you do not meet the specified qualifications but are passionate about the opportunity to change lives through literature, reading, and discussion, please apply.
Expected start date is March 1, 2021 [or sooner]. Starting salary range: $45,000- $50,000 dependent upon education and experience.
Benefits include: 100% employer-paid health, vision, and dental insurance; generous paid leave including a holiday break in December between Christmas and New Year; 35-hour flexible work week; employer-paid retirement contributions after 1 year of employment; 100% employer-paid parking; modern downtown OKC workspace in the heart of the Arts District; national, high-profile professional development and training opportunities; congenial and dedicated coworkers.
This position is 100% remote until the physical Oklahoma Humanities office re-opens post-pandemic (TBD in 2021). The Oklahoma Humanities office is headquartered in downtown Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Humanities Council, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.
Applications are due by January 8, 2021