National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowship National Coordinator

American Conservation Experience

Full Time, Temporary Position

Historic Preservation, Digital Humanities, Government, Conservation, Administration, Non-profit


Job Title: National Park Service Mellon Humanities Fellowship National Coordinator

Location: This position is remote/telework eligible. Eastern Time zone preferred.

Department/Division: EPIC Program, National Park Service (NPS) Division

Status: Temporary – Regular Full-Time, Salaried (Exempt)

Term: This position is fully funded through May 30, 2027

Schedule/Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week (Monday – Friday) with some adjustment expected to accommodate specific projects and program needs. Some evening and weekend hours may be occasionally required.

Start Date: December 2023 / January 2024

Reports To: Under direct assignment of a NPS Project Director as project lead while reporting directly to the ACE EPIC NPS Director.

Position Summary: American Conservation Experience (ACE), a non-profit Conservation Corps, is seeking a National Coordinator to provide direct assistance to National Park Service (NPS) agency staff involved in the Mellon Humanities Fellow Program and help support the Mellon Humanities Fellows themselves. Specifically, the ACE Mellon Humanities Fellowship National Program Coordinator will support the success of a cohort of approximately 16 two-year post-doctoral Fellows, beginning their work in August 2024.

This opportunity is intended for conservation and preservation professionals with a background in program management, communications, and partnerships with an interest in jointly advancing their career and the mission of NPS through purposeful hands-on experience with the NPS Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education (CROIE).

Program Background and Objectives:

ACE and NPS have a mutual interest to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The Mellon Humanities Fellowship Program seeks to establish and implement approximately 31 two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the Humanities. The projects will explore the whole country, including the territories, to reexamine dominant national narratives, explore our ongoing struggles to achieve America’s founding promise, and to actively support diversity, equity, and inclusion in agency operations and organizational culture. The NPS Project Director is the Program Manager for the Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation and Education.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

The National Coordinator plays a key role on the Mellon Humanities Fellowship project team, working with NPS Host Sites, Fellows, third-party consultants, and project advisors as well as other members of the project team from NPS, National Park Foundation (NPF), and ACE to support the success of a cohort of approximately 16 two-year post-doctoral Fellows. The National Coordinator is responsible for service-wide planning, marketing, and communication; organizing professional development; compiling and reporting information; and collaborating with team members to ensure the success of the program.

The National Coordinator plays a major role in recruitment and onboarding of both Hosts and Fellows, convening the orientation and the full-team meeting, and troubleshooting processes. The National Coordinator is an employee of ACE, supervised by the EPIC NPS Division Director, and reports to the NPS Project Director.

Service-wide Planning, Marketing and Communication, including:

Organize Service-wide information sessions as needed to raise awareness and interest in participation in the program by prospective Hosts. Organize requests for proposals for Hosts in collaboration with the project team. Answer questions related to the recruitment call from NPS units. Coordinate review panel and the review and selection of host sites with the project team.

As needed, work with the host applicants to finalize proposals for recruitment of Fellows, including assisting Hosts with their plans.

In consultation with the project team and other appropriate advisors, the National Coordinator assists Hosts with identifying external expert mentors and with establishing panels to review Fellowship applications.

Maintain communication with host sites regarding the program. Serve as the primary point of contact for prospective and selected Hosts with any questions throughout the program.

As the program progresses, organize Service-wide information sessions to share and celebrate accomplishments and information about the ongoing program.

Ensure full 508-compliant accessibility for all communication.

Recruitment and Onboarding: Recruitment of the Fellows, paneling and selection of applicants and orienting the cohort of new Fellows, including:

In coordination with NPS Site Hosts and project team, organize advertisements for each Fellowship and facilitate review panels to ensure timely review and selection.

Assist as needed with onboarding Fellows with ACE. Assist and advise as needed to NPS Site Hosts for onboarding Fellows.

Develop and deliver, in collaboration with the project team, cohort-wide orientation to NPS and the opportunities and expectations of the Fellowship.

Organize Professional Development Opportunities: organize and deliver learning and development for the Fellows, their NPS Site Hosts, the wide NPS and partner community, including:

Organize and manage a community of practice for the Fellows including regular opportunities for professional development such as learning the basics of historic preservation and landscape preservation, including environmental justice; interpretive tools such as audience-centered interpretation, dialogue techniques, and conflict de-escalation; partnership and collaborative tools; ArcGIS StoryMaps, and the content management system.

Training will include such skills as Audience-Centered Interpretation; International Coalition of Sites of Conscience Dialogic Techniques; Confronting Trauma as Researchers, Interpreters, and Visitors; Safety, Self-Awareness, Self-Care; and the Healing Power of the Arts. Both Fellows and staff will have the opportunity to dive deeply into issues of inclusion, equity, diversity, belonging, and mattering in their work and workspaces. These opportunities will occur at orientation, throughout the fellowship, and at the full team conference during year three.

Organize professional development to assist Fellows in their commitment to (1) perform project-based research; (2) share research results; (3) produce and substantially contribute to interpretive and educational products; and (4) perform career-focused work.

Coordinate training and assistance (in collaboration with IT Specialist) to Fellows, mentorship teams and others as needed to plan and develop content for

In consultation with Fellows and other appropriate members of the project team, coordinate subject matter experts, speakers, and other consultants: contact, schedule, advertise, track to ensure proper invoicing to NPF and follow through as needed.

Collaborate with Digital Humanities and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Accessibility consultants to plan learning opportunities for Fellows and Hosts.

Manage events, including professional development speakers, discussions, webinars (via Teams, Zoom, or other appropriate platform) and in collaboration with the IT specialist, ensure accessibility and proper recording and archiving of digital events for ongoing availability and accessibility.

Ensure that Fellows have access to career guidance, instructions, and other assistance available.

As needed, work with Fellows to design their second-year project, which may be a continuation of the first year or be quite different.

Organize and facilitate convening meetings of Fellow in partnership with the National Parks Foundation (NPF) with formal (in-person, hybrid or virtual) orientations for each cohort and the full-team conference that will take place in the year when the Fellow cohorts overlap, including:

Organize and facilitate regular meetings with each cohort of Fellows and with Fellows mentors and others as appropriate, adjusting as needed as the project progresses. Meetings are for purposes of creating a sense of team belonging, mutual support, and accountability. Record and archive minutes and action plans.

Approximately every six months, organize a cohort-wide convening of Fellows to share their work with each other and for the benefit of the staff of NPS, NPF, ACE and, potentially, Mellon. These may be combined with other convenings as feasible.

Collecting and Reporting Information, including:

Gather and organize news about project activities for purposes of communication and for reporting in annual interim reports due to the Mellon Foundation.

Ensure accountability of Hosts and Fellows through regular communication and collection of accomplishments for reporting.

Each Fellow will be responsible for tracking and reporting accomplishments and for supplying copies of products to their host and to the National Coordinator. The National Coordinator organizes activity logs for the purpose of recording the cohort’s activities and accomplishments, collects products, and archives materials for access by the full project team.

Regularly disseminate news about project activities through such outlets as regional newsletters, dedicated newsletter, email, social media and other means to NPS, NPF, ACE, and partners as appropriate.

Provide information to project partners’ social media managers, ACE and the NPS Office of Communications.

Compile and share report(s) of Fellowship program activities as needed by project partners.

Collaborating to ensure success of the program with contributions to the successful process and intellectual impact of the program for both public-facing interpretation and internal NPS culture, including:

Organize regular and as-needed meetings of the project team, coordinate and maintain notes and decision items for access by the team.

Collaborate on design, structure, and content of the digital archive of the Fellowship program results.

Collaborate to improve NPS internal processes for inviting and incorporating new scholarship into public-facing interpretation.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Applicants should have at least a graduate degree in humanities or a related field. In lieu of a degree, applicants must demonstrate relevant project management skills from prior work environments. The applicant must document these work experiences in their application.
  • Strong time management skills; ability and desire to perform multiple concurrent and variable tasks
  • Strong organizational skills to keep track of workload, tasks, and interactions
  • Comfortable communicating directly with federal agency staff, resource professionals, and partners/stakeholders of varied backgrounds.
  • Proven ability to work independently and be a positive, contributing member of a group
  • Strong computer management skills including experience with content management systems (CMS).
  • Demonstrate sensitivity, understanding and an ability to effectively interact with individuals (internal and external) from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, ability and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Ability to receive and provide constructive feedback.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain records and reports.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

Other Requirements:

  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Valid driver’s license and an insurable driving record.
  • Proficient in English.
  • Ability to pass a federal criminal background check
  • Willing to abide by ACE Policy and Federal Drug Free workplace policies and laws. ACE reserves the right to drug test at any time

Physical Demands, Work Environment and Working Conditions

  • Physical Demands: Requires ability to work with standard office environment
  • Vision Requirements: Requires close, distance, peripheral and depth perception vision as well as the ability to focus
  • Noise Environment: Moderate noise such as in a business office with equipment and light traffic.
  • Travel: This position requires domestic travel as needed for program duties.

Compensation: Starting annualized salary of $93,600 (40 hours/week for 52-weeks) with annualized 4% increases

Benefits: ACE offers competitive medical and ancillary plans (health, mental health, dental, vision and other supplemental benefits). ACE Staff members are also eligible to participate in ACE’s retirement plan with a 1% employer contribution.

Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Time: As an ACE staff member, you will be eligible to accrue up to 80 hours of paid vacation time annually during your first two years of continuous employment, then it increases to 120 hours annually. ACE observes 13 paid annual holidays (floating holiday flexibility). ACE provides 10 days (or 80 hours) of paid sick time annually.

Additional Benefits:

Outdoor Perks – As an ACE staff member, you will be eligible to receive pro deals which include deep discounts on outdoor gear providing 30 – 50% off retail prices on 100s of established outdoor gear brands.

Professional Development/Training: This position offers opportunities to gain professional experience within ACE and the National Park Service, attend trainings and be mentored by NPS, NPF and ACE staff.

To Apply: Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your relevant project or member management experience and why you are a good fit for this position. Please submit your application using the online application link. Qualified applicants may be contacted directly to schedule an interview. All application materials must be submitted to be considered for this opportunity.

ACE values an inclusive workforce – if you meet at least 70 percent of the qualifications, we want to hear from you!

American Conservation Experience provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, American Conservation Experience complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.

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