The Office of Challenge Programs provides national leadership and support for institutional development in the humanities. By offering matching funds, challenge grants and cooperative agreements help local, state, and national institutions secure their humanities resources and activities for the long term. The "multiplier effect" is crucial to achieving this goal: recipients of a challenge grant must match every federal dollar with three (in some cases, one or four) nonfederal dollars. Additionally, Challenge grants and cooperative agreements may also support long-term humanities projects with funds invested in a restricted, short-term endowment or other investment fund (or spend-down fund) that generate expendable earnings to support and enhance ongoing humanities activities. Eligible activities include the preservation and conservation of humanities materials, and the sustaining of digital infrastructure for the humanities.
The incumbent oversees a program which provides awards to organizations which enables them to increase their humanities capacity through capital expenditures to support the design, purchase, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities, the purchase of equipment and software and performs the following:
Ensures that all grant and cooperative agreement applications are thoroughly and fairly evaluated in accordance with agency procedures.
Ensures that the Office's staff follows agency procedures for selecting review panels, conducting panel discussions, and preparing summary review materials with funding recommendations.
Identifies budget priorities and manages complex budgets for the Office.
Works closely with the Office of the Chairman of NEH to implement agency policy and ensure that Office staff follow such policies.
Stays abreast of developments in the humanities that may affect the operations of the Office.
Conveys information about the Office's programs to the public.
Supervises the preparation of notice of funding opportunities and other publications.
Supervises the work performed by a small professional staff by assigning duties and responsibilities; recommending recruitment, promotion, and reassignment; providing instructions, supervision, and coordination of assignments as necessary, and appraising performance.
Collaborates closely with the NEH Office of Grant Management in post-award oversight of the Office's grants and cooperative agreements
Conditions of Employment
Relevant experience and/or education
Favorable background investigation
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service
Internal Number: DE-10563483-19-DW
About National Endowment of the Humanities
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is an independent federal agency created in 1965. It is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States.
Because democracy demands wisdom, NEH serves and strengthens our republic by promoting excellence in the humanities and conveying the lessons of history to all Americans. The Endowment accomplishes this mission by awarding grants for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers.
NEH grants typically go to cultural institutions, such as museums, archives, libraries, colleges, universities, public television, and radio stations, and to individual scholars. The grants:
-strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges
-facilitate research and original scholarship
-provide opportunities for lifelong learning
-preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources
-strengthen the institutional base of the humanities
What are the humanities?
"The term 'humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeolog...y; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life."
--National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended.