JOB OPPORTUNITY: Researcher/Writer

June 30, 2017

The Federation of State Humanities Councils seeks a Researcher/Writer to gather program descriptions, evaluations, impact studies, and other resources through council websites and documents, surveys, and interviews.  The aim of the research is to contribute to a series of briefing documents explaining state humanities council work and the value of the humanities to the public.  The project is supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The researcher/writer will report to the Federation President.  This is a full-time one-year position.

The Federation of State Humanities Councils, founded in 1977 and located in Rosslyn, Virginia, is the membership association of the 55 state and territorial humanities councils. The primary functions of the Federation are to promote the work of the councils with Congress and the public, facilitate information exchange among councils, and increase resources available to the councils through partnerships and special projects.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Research council websites, past survey reports, and council documents and publications, including impact studies conducted by individual councils, to create a comprehensive body of information about the value and impact of council work
  • Design and conduct follow-up surveys and interviews as needed to gather supplemental information from councils
  • Compile and analyze impact studies and work with Federation staff to select studies to publish on the Federation’s website
  • Identify possible areas of expansion for the existing online database of council programs, in consultation with the Federation’s Director of Communications
  • Work with graphic design consultant and Federation staff to develop up to ten informative and visually engaging one-page briefing papers about council work

Required Qualifications:

  • Background in a humanities or humanistic social science discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct research and interviews
  • Excellent writing skills, especially for a public audience
  • Ability to work as part of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in designing and managing projects
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills


  • Competitive salary, plus retirement benefits

To apply:

Please submit a substantive cover letter, a resume/CV (not to exceed four pages), and a brief writing sample to, no later than Monday, July 17.  Anticipated start date is August 7.  The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.