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.
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.
Director, Virginia Center for the Book
The Director of the Virginia Center for the Book at Virginia Humanities supervises all projects and activities related to the Center, including the Book Arts program, Virginia Festival of the Book, digital programs throughout the year, programs conducted in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, and related statewide reading and literacy projects. The Director is responsible for supervising and managing capacity of Center staff while coordinating efforts with Virginia Humanities program, communications, finance, and advancement staff. The Director organizes the plan for a statewide mission to unite communities of readers, writers, artists, and book lovers through year-round programs and partnership initiatives.
Seasonally, the Director will coordinate programming and promotion in conjunction with staff assigned to Virginia Festival of the Book in March. At other times of the year, the Director will produce, partner on, and support an array of programs in venues throughout the state; a number of programs hosted in the Virginia Center for the Book’s printmaking studio in Charlottesville; the annual Book Arts Raucous Auction; and an endowed book artist residency.
The Director reports to Virginia Humanities’ Chief Operating Officer and is responsible for upholding all policies of Virginia Humanities and the University of Virginia; supporting Virginia Humanities’ strategic plan; gathering data and evaluations for compliance with UVa and federal reporting; devising and coordinating with Advancement staff on robust fundraising and communications plans for all Center programs, including the Virginia Festival of the Book; and working in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, committee members, hosting organizations, and sponsors.
Manager, 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.