Conversation Programs Manager

Do you believe in the power of the conversation to enhance our lives and communities? Do you want to use the humanities, arts, and culture as agents for social change?

The Alaska Humanities Forum’s Conversation Programs Manager role is designed for someone who is a self-motivated individual with a curious mind and wide-ranging interests, excellent written and oral communication skills, an outgoing and amiable personality, the ability to work independently, and experience juggling multiple large-scale projects simultaneously.

The Manager will be responsible for leading and facilitating the Forum’s Conversation Programs. The Manager will develop into a thought-leader in intentional experience design at the Forum, providing mentorship and support to staff organization-wide.

The Conversation Programs include both Forum-supported projects and Forum-conducted programs that help to build a culturally diverse, economically vibrant, and equitable Alaska where people are engaged, informed, and connected. Our constantly-evolving portfolio is responsive to community needs and funding opportunities. As a result, the team is dynamic and flexible, an incubator for experimentation and innovation.

Position Summary

The Program Manager’s responsibilities include strengthening Conversation Programs’ design and quality and increasing participation statewide; planning, designing and facilitating Community Conversations; and supervising the Community Engagement Fellow. Because of the small size of this team, the role involves a wide range of activities (described in detail below), from creative experience design to organization of event logistics, from team leadership to occasional data entry, from budget management to facilitation. 

The Program Manager oversees all programmatic and budgetary decisions for the Conversation Programs. While these decisions may be reviewed at a higher level and, upon occasion, revised or reversed, the Program Manager is the primary person accountable for using their professional discretion to ensure the goals of this body of work are met.

The Program Manager represents the Alaska Humanities Forum at various meetings and conferences; contributes to communications on various platforms; and helps to define, develop, and seek external funding for new initiatives designed to advance the mission of the Alaska Humanities Forum. The Program Manager is expected to contribute to the overall office culture, and may be tasked to lead other special projects within the Forum. This position will report to the Director of Programs.

Qualifications and Experience

Candidates for the position will have a bachelor's degree, preferably in a liberal arts field, and minimum of three years professional experience. A demonstrated interest in working with audiences and participants of widely varied social and educational backgrounds is highly desirable. Experience in supervising staff and managing budgets preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to thrive in fast-paced, low-structure environment.
  • Self-directed initiative.
  • Quick learner.
  • Collaborative mindset.
  • Strong listening and inquiry skills.
  • Talent for recognizing unexpected connections, subtle opportunities, and novel solutions.
  • Resourcefulness and creativity.
  • Capacity to work independently.
  • Curious nature.
  • Willingness to take risks, try new things, and explore uncharted territory.
  • Awareness and understanding of cultures, both traditional and contemporary.

Conditions of Employment

The Conversation Programs Manager role is an exempt, full-time position based at the Forum offices in Anchorage with a regular work schedule of 40 hours per week. During COVID-19, the position may be based out of a home-office. The position will involve staffing Forum-hosted events occasionally in the evenings. Occasional weekend hours will also be expected for events, conferences, and workshops. Normal hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with 1/2 hour for lunch.

Salary is $55,000-$63,000 depending on experience. Benefits include medical and dental, nine paid holidays per year, nine earned paid time off hours each pay period, and a 403(b) retirement plan (after 6 months).

To be considered for this position, send a letter of interest, résumé, application (found at, and professional references to Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through Wed., July 15. 

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Anchorage, AK

13 day(s) ago

Closing Date 2020-07-15