President & Chief Executive Officer

Job Title
President & Chief Executive Officer
Lansing,  MI
Other Location

Michigan Humanities is Michigan’s state humanities council. Established with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1974, we are one of 56 independent councils working to infuse the humanities directly and meaningfully into public life.

Located in Okemos, Michigan Humanities is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that works with nonprofit cultural and educational institutions across the state: universities and colleges, public libraries, museums, and k-12 schools, as well as state and federal government agencies.  Michigan Humanities promotes values and respects diversity.

Michigan Humanities is looking for a President & Chief Executive Officer who is a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative, visionary, and entrepreneurial leader to build upon its substantial record of achievements by implementing new strategies and continuing to expand access to the humanities for all Michigan residents for generations to come.
General Responsibilities

The President & CEO provides leadership, strategy, and direction toward the achievement of Michigan Humanities’ mission, values, goals, and objectives by working with the Board of Directors and acting as liaison and advocate between the Board, staff employees, community partners, and volunteers. This position requires collaboration, influencing, and communications skills to achieve high performance.  The Chief Executive Officer is expected to participate in and provide leadership across the organization while improving our capabilities and performance with all constituencies. Candidates should have experience and a demonstrated passion for working with diverse communities along with a personal and professional passion for the humanities.

Professional Experience and Educational Requirements
  • Demonstrated passion for, along with breadth & depth of experience in the humanities.
  • Bachelor’s degree in humanities or a related field, with an advanced degree in a humanities discipline, preferred.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience providing executive oversight and management leadership.
  • Extensive experience with state, local, and federal level public policy, as well as a firm understanding of state, local, and federal funding programs.
  • High degree of integrity and honesty, along with a demonstrated ability to exercise confidentiality and neutrality in complex and sensitive situations.
  • Ability to empathize with, be sensitive to, and interact positively and appropriately with constituents from widely divergent socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Proven ability to drive culture and influence change – inspiring, professional, and credible.
  • Experience in diversifying nonprofit funding and success in planning and executing multiple fund development campaigns.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills

If this position sounds like a fit for you, please apply with a cover letter and resume.

For a complete position profile please contact:
Jeremy Michalson
Talent Acquisition Consultant – HR Collaborative

Michigan Humanities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, height, weight, or age.


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