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 nonacademic 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 Education

We are seeking a Director of Education to join the Virginia Humanities team.  The Director of Education manages all outreach efforts to K-12 educators and in collaboration with our programs including but not limited to Encyclopedia Virginia; radio and podcast projects and programs including With Good Reason and the BackStory archive; the Center for the Book and Festival of the Book; the Virginia Folklife Program; and Community Initiatives.  

Reporting to Virginia Humanities’ Chief Information Officer, the Director designs and implements teaching frameworks using Virginia Humanities content to support educators and students across the state to engage them in current and historical issues that the humanities are uniquely equipped to help teachers and students explore and understand.

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  • A thorough and up-to-date understanding of current history education landscape, including but not limited to textbook and curricula, standards and assessment protocols, and elective/AP courses.
  • Record of collaboration with partner organizations.
  • Solid project-management skills and experience, including the ability to set and enforce deadlines and manage a project timeline, with limited oversight.
  • Excellent writing/communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of collaborators, resolving conflict constructively.
  • Experience and comfort with public speaking in front of large audiences.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, preference in history and/or history education.  Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • At least 4 years as a teacher or coach in humanities discipline at the secondary level is required.

Associate Director, Community Initiatives

We are seeking an Associate Director, Community Initiatives to join the Virginia Humanities team. Our Office of Community Initiatives helps develop and coordinate statewide partnerships and collaborative projects with our Center for the Book, Encyclopedia Virginia, Grants, Fellowships, Virginia Folklife, and With Good Reason radio show programs.

The Associate Director reports to the Director of Community Initiatives. The Associate Director is responsible for all phases of administration for a new fellowship program for graduate student, alumni and faculty scholars of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which includes but is not limited to entering and managing data to facilitate fellowship cycles, applicant review, and reporting; advising applicants and awardees about procedures; and maintaining connections with fellows during and beyond fellowship terms. The Associate Director is the main point-of-contact for interns in the Virginia Humanities internship program, recruiting and facilitating relationships that create a diverse pipeline of talent. The Associate Director also performs critical functions related to promoting, communicating and supporting a wide-ranging portfolio of Community Initiatives projects and special initiatives, and performs organization-wide duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of experience is required.  Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Director of Advancement

We are seeking a proven fundraiser and leader to serve as our next Director of Advancement. The Director of Advancement reports to the Executive Director and, as a member of the leadership team, directs the organization’s fundraising and public engagement efforts. With a primary focus on donor strategy, the Director of Advancement leads the advancement team in development, communication, and brand management efforts. The advancement team serves to engage current and new supporters, increase financial investment in Virginia Humanities, and build an increasingly strong and diverse network of stakeholders across the Commonwealth.

As our chief fundraiser, the Director of Advancement spends considerable time visiting with and stewarding donors, partners, and prospects across the state and representing Virginia Humanities publicly as an extension of our executive office in order to secure major and transformational gifts for our work. When strategically necessary, the Director of Advancement works with the Executive Director to cultivate and request major contributions and support from individuals.

The Director of Advancement collaborates with the Board of Directors, works closely with Virginia Humanities’ leadership team (Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Operations Officer), and leads an advancement team to set and achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals, measuring progress throughout the year to ensure success. The Director of Advancement collaborates with program staff to support funding needs and priorities. The Director of Advancement manages Virginia Humanities’ Director of Communications to ensure consistent branding, clear and targeted messaging, and strengthened relationships with supporters.


  • At least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Personal track record of success in reaching and exceeding fundraising goals.
  • Proven ability to establish objectives, set performance standards, and organize and motivate a team to achieve goals.
  • Experience hiring, mentoring, and retaining staff.
  • Demonstrated project management, organization, delegation, and prioritization skills.
  • Experience motivating and collaborating successfully with volunteers.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.

To Apply or Nominate

To learn more about this opportunity, please visit UVA’s Executive Search Group.