At Virginia Humanities, we are wholly invested in cultivating a staff that embodies our commitment to inclusion, which is increasingly reflected in our cultural programming statewide. We deeply value the voices and work of marginalized communities and strongly encourage applicants who represent the diverse and intersecting identities that contribute to the fabric of Virginia.

We are a department of the University of Virginia and offer a dynamic work environment with a dedicated staff, excellent benefits and an impressive array of public programming including the Virginia Festival of the Book, With Good Reason radio program, Encyclopedia Virginia, the Virginia Folklife Program, grants and fellowships, and more.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity employer.

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Director of Finance

We are seeking a Director of Finance. As the finance leader for the organization, this position assumes responsibility and oversight for strategic budget and financial forecasting and planning for Virginia Humanities. This role reports to and works with Virginia Humanities’ Executive Director and is responsible for reporting on the financial operations of Virginia Humanities to the Office of the University of Virginia Provost and other entities as designated by the Executive Director. The Director of Finance will work with the Executive Director, the Treasurer of the Virginia Humanities Board, and program area heads to create, manage, and report on an annual operating budget of approximately $8M.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with and advises Executive Director to develop and submit annual unit budget to the Office of the Provost and develop and update a Multi-year Financial Plan in Adaptive
  • Identify and execute efficient workflow and process improvement initiatives on all the tasks and adopts, communicates, and documents best practices with those tasks
  • Manage and supervise finance and business unit and staff
  • Complete quarterly financial reports of income and expenses in a timely manner for review before and during quarterly Board meetings in consultation with the Board Treasurer
  • Attend University-wide fiscal manager meetings and report to Executive Director and other effected parties on important developments
  • Conduct financial and data analysis of operations and provide financial reports to Executive Director and other parties as needed, or requested
  • Report on all financial transactions including payables and receivables and maintain general ledger accounts
  • Monitor allocations of endowment funds and gifts, grants, awards, and subventions from federal agencies, private foundations, and other entities
  • Maintain internal controls to assure adherence to current accounting and GAAP standards and university fiscal policies and procedures
  • Work with program directors, principal investigators, and the University’s Office of Sponsored Programs to submit proposals through ResearchUVA Powered by Huron and ensure labor distribution is properly calculated
  • Review contracts prior to submission to the Office of Procurement
  • Process purchase orders for services and goods
  • Liaise with Human Resources to hire students and temps
  • Work with Human Resources to research issues and give input to Executive Director
  • Manage annual external audit process
  • Serve as a member of leadership advisory team providing consultation to Executive Director

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Communications Associate

We are seeking a Communications Associate to help produce engaging external communications on behalf of our programs and projects. The primary responsibilities of the Communications Associate will be writing stories about our work and sharing those stories in Virginia Humanities’ owned communications channels, including our websites, social media, and e-newsletters. Other core responsibilities include proofreading, publishing event announcements, interviewing program staff and external partners, and helping to develop content for online videos and our annual print magazine.

The Communications Associate reports to the Director of Communications. As part of the Advancement Team, this position also assists in the production of materials for fundraising and donor stewardship campaigns.

We are seeking a Communications Associate who is…

  • An effective storyteller and detail-oriented editor who can create compelling, concise, and well-written narratives
  • Passionate about creating inviting, engaging experiences for our subscribers and social media followers
  • A creative thinker who is eager to offer new ideas and strategies to achieve strategic goals including amplifying Virginia’s stories
  • An effective collaborator who can work with program directors to identify and reach target audiences
  • Sensitive to tone and voice when communicating with varied audiences
  • Familiar with best practices and techniques to maximize engagement on social media channels
  • Flexible and able to respond to shifting needs and priorities

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Draft stories, interviews, communications pieces, and press releases for various uses, including but not limited to e-newsletters, print publications, websites, and social media
  • Edit and proofread external communications to ensure accuracy, clarity, and consistency with the organization’s voice and official style guide
  • Publish stories, events, and press releases online using a web content management system
  • Seek additional ways to increase and diversify the audience for Virginia Humanities editorial content
  • Edit photos, slideshows, and other visual assets for the website and social media
  • Conduct research and interview internal and external constituents for stories
  • Draft, edit, and schedule social media posts in accordance with the organization’s communications plan
  • Ensure compliance with brand guidelines and visual standards
  • Special projects as assigned


Qualified candidates will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as English, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or Marketing and a minimum of three years of experience in journalism, communications, social media management, or a related field.

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Coordinator, Virginia Indian Programming

The Coordinator works with Virginia’s State and Federally recognized Indian Tribes, learning from them how Virginia Humanities can best serve Virginia’s First Peoples and connecting Tribes and their representatives to Virginia Humanities’ resources, programs, and opportunities to support their needs. To be successful, the coordinator must maintain sustained and ongoing connection with each of Virginia’s Tribes. This involves showing up, listening, and determining with tribes what needs Virginia Humanities can help support.

In addition to building and maintaining relationships and trust with Virginia’s Tribes, the coordinator will:

  • Create and manage paid internship and fellowship opportunities for Virginia Tribal members to support capacity-building opportunities such as cultural documentation and archiving efforts, grant writing and reporting strategies, and other needs;
  • Serve as a coordinator of efforts between Tribes and Virginia Humanities Staff and Programs to support content creation and education resources about individual Tribal histories, past and present, ensuring that these resources represent Native perspectives on Virginia history and that specifically honor Native voices and perspectives;
  • Assist Virginia Tribes with pursuing Virginia Humanities resources (e.g. grants) to support their own programs, archiving needs, and creation/revision of educational resources and exhibitions;
  • Consult with Virginia Humanities staff and Virginia Indian Tribal representatives to support educational opportunities and needs at elementary, secondary, and higher education levels;
  • Maintain awareness of work being done in other areas of the state around Native studies and issues, including from Indigenous Studies efforts at Virginia colleges and universities and other non-Tribal entities and organizations involved in Native issues and affairs; convene Virginia Indian Tribal representatives as an intertribal advisory committee for the sole purpose of advising Virginia Humanities on its current work and possible future work with Native communities; collaborate with Tribal representatives to develop exhibits, publications, oral histories, conferences, and other initiatives to educate Virginians about Tribal history and culture.

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Manager, Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia Festival of the Book

The Manager of the Virginia Festival the Book at Virginia Humanities supervises all projects and activities related to the Festival, including the artistic direction, logistics, partnering, and physical and virtual implementation of programs. The Manager is responsible for supervising dedicated Festival staff and volunteers and coordinating efforts with Virginia Humanities program, communications, finance, and advancement staff. The Manager supports the Center for the Book’s statewide program mission to unite communities of readers, writers, artists, and book lovers in a special event held each March.

In the leadup to March, and with support from Virginia Humanities staff, interns, and volunteers, the Manager will coordinate a multi-date event schedule of engaging programming for adults and youth in a variety of genres. At other times of the year, the Manager will create partnerships, scout talent, develop book programs, support fundraising goals, hire and recruit staff and volunteers, and refine the work plan.

The Manager of the Virginia Festival of the Book reports to the Director of Virginia Center for the Book at Virginia Humanities and is responsible for upholding all policies of the organization and the University of Virginia; supporting the organization’s strategic plan; gathering data and evaluations for compliance with UVa and federal reporting; participating in and executing robust fundraising and communications plans for the Festival; and working in collaboration with a variety of volunteers, stakeholders, committee members, hosting organizations, and sponsors.

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