University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 89870



Working Title:
Public Humanities Program Manager
Official Title:
Degree and area of specialization:
Masters degree (PhD preferred) with a background in humanities, arts, interpretive social sciences, interdisciplinary studies, cultural studies, or related field. Applicants with a practical professional degree and advanced research in the humanities are also encouraged to apply.
Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:
A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in development, coordination, and promotion of public programs and events in the context of an academic institution, library, or museum in one of the humanities fields or visual, performing, or media arts. Experience working with high school teachers and students is preferred. Ability to manage multiple projects with overlapping timeframes and deadlines; strong attention to detail. This position demands excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  Position Summary:
 The Public Humanities Program Manager manages and coordinates all public humanities programming at the Center for the Humanities, a national leader in public humanities programs and initiatives. Working closely with the Center Director, Associate Director, a graduate student Project Assistant, and other staff the Program Manager will:
Principal duties:
Coordinate Public Humanities Fellows Program (20%)
1. Identify and recruit community partners.
2. Recruit graduate student fellows; manage all aspects of application, selection, and hiring process.
3. Support fellows throughout the fellowship year including professionalizing seminars and ongoing mentoring.
4. Work with current partners to ensure positive partnerships and collaboration.
5. Manage current models and processes for program evaluation and reporting and implement new models as necessary.

Manage the Public Humanities Exchange programs (HEX and HEX-U) (20%)
1. Recruit new student projects and new community partners; work with graduate students on their applications and coordinate the selection committee.
2. Work with current projects to support successful implementation, ongoing efforts, and evaluation.
3. Work with current, past, and potential community partners to maintain strong ties and develop future partnerships.
4. Develop and coordinate HEX workshop series for project participants.
5. Manage and mentor the graduate student project assistant for HEX-U, a new undergraduate Public Humanities Exchange program, advising this 50% PA on how to recruit students and community partners, manage the application and selection process, work with undergraduates to develop and implement projects, develop evaluation materials, and publicize the program.

Develop Public Humanities Programming (10%)
1. Implement the Public Works seminars as a key point of overlap between the Center's public humanities initiatives (Fellows, HEX, Certificate).
2. Develop opportunities for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students to engage outside of the university, including podcasts and podcast training, summer institutes, non-academic writing projects, and other networking programs.

Coordinate the Great World Texts in Wisconsin Program (40%)
1. Work with the Great World Texts faculty advisor and Center for the Humanities staff to design and implement a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum for teaching each year's world literature selection to high school students across the state.
2. Coordinate all stages of project planning and development, including producing the teacher's guide and supplementary teaching materials; posting the call for and overseeing selection of high school teacher team applications; developing and implementing two educator colloquiums (fall and spring semesters); and planning and executing the capstone student conference.
3. Work closely with educators throughout the year, maintaining regular communication, providing general support, organizing informal classroom visits or regional educator roundtables, and recruiting new teachers into the program.
4. Manage the program budget; work with the Center's Financial Specialist to ensure teacher honoraria and invoices are paid.
5. Coordinate the purchase or donation of the book and oversee classroom distribution.
6. Create and distribute all promotional materials, web content, and the program for the student conference.
7. Imagine new platforms for the GWT archive and the program more generally, with the aim of reaching new audiences and fostering new possibilities for connecting students and teachers to world literature of all periods.

Other Program Support (10%)
1. Write, oversee, and report on funding grants. Identify new grant opportunities as applicable.
2. Promote public humanities programs via the Center's website, social media channels, and other communications.
3. Participate in meetings and attend programs as a member of the Center for the Humanities Staff.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required

  Employee Class:
 Academic Staff
Full Time Salary Rate:Minimum $42,167 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term:This is a renewable appointment.
Appointment percent:100%
Anticipated begin date:APRIL 15, 2017
Number of Positions:1

Application must be received by: APRIL 06, 2017
How to Apply: Please click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process.

For questions on the position contact: Emily Clark 608-890-3487 or email

To apply for this position, you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and three professional references, including your current supervisor.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.
Questions about the position can be directed to:
Emily Clark
Phone: 608-890-3487
432 E Campus Mall   
Fax: N/A
311 University Club   
Madison, WI 53706-1407   
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We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.