Executive Director

Website Florida Humanities

Their goal is to preserve, promote, and share the history, literature, culture, and personal stories that offer Floridians a better understanding of themselves, their communities, and their state.

Florida Humanities (FH) is an independent, not-for-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Founded in 1973 and based in St. Petersburg, Florida, FH is dedicated to providing access to the humanities for all Floridians through a combination of programs, grants, and public projects. FH is a type two foundation that raises and allocates funds for humanities programs throughout Florida. To date, FH has awarded over $14 million in grants to not-for-profits that enact impactful, short-term public projects in the humanities. FH oversees seven ongoing programs – including state-wide museum exhibitions and local speaker events – to provide Floridians with the opportunity to engage with the humanities.

FH is at an exciting and crucial moment in its history. After 47 years of successful leadership, FH has changed the lives of countless Floridians and not-for-profits by providing them access to the humanities. Now, as FH approaches its 50th anniversary, the organization has the opportunity to further enhance its brand, expand its base of philanthropic support, and amplify its influential and intellectual role in Florida’s communities.

To fulfill its organizational vision, FH seeks an energetic and visionary Executive Director who has a deep respect and appreciation of the Humanities, a commitment to community enrichment, and an interest in preserving Florida’s culture and history.

The successful Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to conceptualize, shape, fund, and execute the organization’s strategic vision. S/he will be responsible for the ongoing development, refinement, and implementation of the strategic plan to realize revenue, operational, and growth goals for FH’s sustainability and progress. The Executive Director will have three direct reports and oversight of eight professional staff. The ideal candidate will collaborate with FH’s Government Advocate to articulate the organization’s value proposition for the State of Florida to state and federal legislators and officials. S/he will articulate passionately, plan strategically, advocate tirelessly, and inspire philanthropic diversification to lead FH into the future.

The Executive Director will oversee statewide educational programs. S/he will have the stature and experience to inspire the confidence of internal and external constituencies. The candidate will have a proven track record of creatively engaging and motivating state and federal officials, board members, partnered organizations, communities, and members. The ideal candidate will have the ability to engage diverse demographics and communities in Florida.

Florida Humanities has retained Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC to assist on this important recruitment. Please send confidential inquiries and applications directly to Freeman Philanthropic Services, LLC via e-mail at HumanitiesED@glfreeman.com.

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