The Public Programs manager creates and produces innovative public programs designed to engage targeted audiences, with a strong emphasis on families, in furthering the Museum’s mission. Reporting to the Director of Education, this position works collaboratively across all departments and cultivates positive programmatic partnerships to produce programs that are audience-focused, dynamic and relevant. Programs range in scale and scope and are free, free-with-admission and fee-based. In partnership with the Marketing team, this position ensures that programs and events will broaden and increase the Museum’s audiences, drive visitation, increase and sustain membership, and meet revenue targets.
The Public Programs Manager is responsible for creating and implementing project timelines, budget management, securing partnerships and talent, staging, as well as data collection, reporting and evaluation. This position manages the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center Revolution Place, produces programs to engage audiences on peak-attendance weekends, is responsible for spearheading the development and growth of the Museum’s new grant-funded family program and leads on the Museum’s monthly evening series History After Hours. The qualified candidate has proven experience in successful public program planning and management in a large and busy museum, heritage, arts or cultural setting.
The Public Programs Manager works in close collaboration with the Museum’s Gallery Interpretation Manager, who leads on in-gallery interpretation and living history programs, and the Special Programs Manager, who oversees the Museum’s speaker series and scholarly programs, to conceive, develop and produce a comprehensive public-facing program for the Museum.
Education Mission Statement:
The Education Department brings the causes, events and ideas of the American Revolution to life through immersive and creative programming for people of all ages and diverse life experiences. We produce well-researched, high-quality programs and learning resources that draw on the Museum’s collection and exhibits to present multiple historical perspectives through the eyes of real people who lived through the Revolution. In doing so, we empower people to think critically, understand and respect the views of others, and make positive changes in their communities and beyond.
- Produce a rich annual slate of dynamic and relevant programs and events that engages new and sustain existing audiences, in particular families, that reflects the Museum’s educational mission and advances its strategic purpose.
- Collaborate very closely with Curatorial, Education and Marketing staff, as well as external programmatic partners, to conceptualize, develop, execute, and publicize programs, ensuring effective and appropriate outreach and communications.
- Produce programs that align with and support annual attendance goals for general audiences, families, adult learners and Members.
- Lead on successful fulfillment of multi-year grant supporting implementation and growth of family programming, with demonstrable results in increased family attendance and family membership.
- Manage Revolution Place, overseeing attendance tracking, evaluation, inventory and programming, and lead the growth of a sustainable Family Program that increases family visitation and reflects best practices in intergenerational learning.
- In line with the Museum’s strategic plan, establish and maintain positive relationships with local and regional partners to increase awareness of, interest in and appreciation for the Museum and its mission.
- Continually evaluate current offerings and initiate new programs to ensure the Museum offers unique, innovative and reflective programs in multiple disciplines, for diverse audiences.
- Lead production of monthly late-opening event History After Hours to continue driving audience development goals while meeting attendance and revenue projections.
- Assist in the research and development of funding proposals for family and adult programs, as directed.
- Actively support the Museum’s commitment to equity, diversity, access and inclusion, with an aim to increase and deepen the participation of all audiences in museum activities.
- With colleagues in Education, foster a culture of learning and community among the Museum’s staff.
- Attend Public Programs and other Education programs as needed, requiring a flexible schedule with frequent evening, holiday and weekend work.
- Additional duties, as assigned.
- Minimum of 3 years of management-level experience at a large museum, heritage, arts or cultural setting, with demonstrable experience in producing a diverse range of successful programs for both adults and children.
- Experience in event management and production
- Excellent project management skills; strong presentation skills with an ability to communicate clearly and concisely with all program stakeholders; a creative, entrepreneurial spirit with a mind for programmatic strategy.
- Master’s degree or comparable experience in Museum Education, Museum Studies or Arts Administration preferred, with knowledge of theories and best practices in public history or arts programming.
- Experience in successful project and personnel management (including volunteers and interns), budgeting and program evaluation.
- Must be capable of undertaking multiple projects simultaneously and balancing long- and short-term priorities, with equal attention to big-picture goals and small logistical details.
- Ability to work effectively and diplomatically with Museum staff, patrons, and representatives of community-based organizations.
- A collaborative, energetic, pro-active work style, with demonstrated creativity, flexibility and grace-under-pressure.
- Ability to lift 25 pounds. Frequent use of stairs required.
Applying for this position:
The Museum of the American Revolution (www.AmRevMuseum.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To apply, please send a cover letter including resume and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.