Community Grants Program Manager

Community Grants Program Manager
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The Community Grants Program (CGP) Manager serves as the program co-lead for all aspects of HumanitiesDC grantmaking, except those related to the DC Oral History Collaborative. The Manager will work closely with the Director of Grantmaking + Programs and another CGP Manager to lead the Community Grants Program development and implementation, in line with HumanitiesDC’s overall mission, strategic goals and planned growth while increasing all District residents’ ability to participate in the humanities. Among core programmatic responsibilities, the CPG Manager is responsible for all aspects of the grant process from capturing the purpose of each grant opportunity, creating an equitable practice, outreach, overseeing the grantmaking process, applicant and grantee support, ensuring compliance and completing annual closeout procedures.

Additional responsibilities include supporting the rest of the HumanitiesDC team, with particular focus on programmatic needs, helping shape the organization’s culture, engaging in cross-organizational projects and activities, building an external network of partners, and regularly participating in organizational events.

The position will be based primarily at the HumanitiesDC office. The position is a Monday through Friday schedule designed to allow for regularly working and/or attending weekend and evening activities.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience, plus 5 years’ of experience in community-based grantmaking, the humanities, program management, and/or community development;

  • Significant experience and understanding of equitable philanthropic practices; HumanitiesDC – DC Oral History Collaborative Manager 2022 4

  • Understanding and connections to Washington, DC communities and cultural touchstones;

  • Experience organizing community-engaging trainings and activities;

  • Experience with grassroots-level outreach, working in diverse settings, and

    directly with community members;

  • Strong experience supporting and mentoring a team with diverse levels and areas

    of expertise;

  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, proactive and excited to positively and

    productively take on strategic and tactical programing-related tasks;

  • Passion and/or demonstrated commitment to HumanitiesDC’s mission.


  • At home working in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, and creative professional setting;

  • Strong written, oral, and presentational communication skills;

  • Strong interpersonal and active listening skills and the ability to effectively

    interface with community members;

  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving and conflict resolution skills;

  • Ability to document and articulate organizations’ work and needs to a diverse


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Sharepoint, Teams, Foundant (or other grant

    management software);

  • High attention to detail and strong organizational skills;

  • Self-starter who will take initiative for identifying and solving problems.


  • HumanitiesDC is greatly committed to salary transparency and pay equity. Compensation for this role has been budgeted at $70,000 and is non-negotiable.

    Additionally full-time staff in this position are eligible for:

  • Employer-provided health, vision and dental insurance coverage (100%

    employer paid)

  • Participation in a retirement plan (including an employer contribution), and life


  • We have 12 paid holidays and 10 paid days of Annual Organizational Closings

    (including the week between December 24 and January 1st)

  • Staff start with 18 days of paid time off per year, with increases after two and

    five years.

  • An additional 3 days of sick leave per year is provided. We also provide short

    term disability and long-term disability insurance. We comply with the DC Paid

    Leave Act.

  • We offer a sabbatical with up to 6 weeks after five years of service and up to 10

    weeks after 10 or more years of service.

  • Annual funding for professional development.


For best consideration, applications should be received by May 1, 2022. Search will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should send a resume and a cover letter via email to with the subject line as “CGP Manager." Qualified applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged due to the pace of the search. Inquiries about the role may be directed to Lois Nembhard at

  • Step 1: All submissions will be reviewed as they are received. All candidates will be notified in a timely manner if they are being considered for the position.

  • Step 2: Invited candidates will take part in a 45min-1hr interview with the Director of Programs and Executive Director.

  • Step 3: Candidates chosen to continue will then have a 30-minute conversation with select staff to learn more about HumanitiesDC and our organization’s culture.

  • Step 4: At this point candidates may be asked to provide writing samples or to answer a short series of follow-up questions via email. The final candidate will be selected.

  • Step 5: A final candidate will be asked to provide references and consent to a background check if needed

  • Step 6: Selection and placement of the final candidate. Placement for this position is anticipated to occur by June 2023. Once the final candidate has accepted their offer of employment, all other applicants will be notified of their status.


  • Finalist(s) for this position will be required to consent to a pre-employment background and reference checks as a condition of employment.


HumanitiesDC is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. This employee is regularly required to sit, stand, bend, stretch and kneel for long periods of time; frequently required to talk, hear, and use repetitive hand motions; and should possess the ability to push, pull, and lift up to 20 pounds unassisted.

As a condition of employment, all external candidates must provide proof that they are fully vaccinated from COVID-19, as of your first day of employment, unless a request for an ADA accommodation has been approved. "Fully vaccinated" means two (2) weeks have passed since your last dose of a two-dose series or two (2) weeks after a single-dose vaccination.


HumanitiesDC has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and strongly encourages applications from candidates who identify as Black, Latino/a/x, or other people of color. Employment decisions are based upon one’s qualifications and capabilities to perform essential functions of a particular job. All opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual identity, family status, pregnancy-related medical conditions, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.