Open Position: Head of Programs

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The Museum is accepting applications for the following position: Head of Programs. The ideal candidate is creative, organized, and has strong interpersonal skills. Related professional or academic experience is preferred.

The Head of Programs is responsible for planning and implementing programming for K-12 and adult audiences. Programs include, but are not limited to, school tours, community outreach events, art classes, summer art camps, museum festivals, guest lecturers. Extensive contact and collaboration with members of the public and other museum professionals is required. As such, a high degree of professional comportment is expected.

Primary duties
  • Developing large and small-scale programs
  • Attending and supervising programs, including weekends and evenings, as necessary
  • Working with community partners to develop events, based on the Museum’s mission
  • Coordinating with other departments, especially marketing, to analyze target audiences, develop appropriate outreach strategies, ensure effective promotion of all programs, and measure outcomes
  • Leading hands-on learning activities, including school visits, as needed
  • Developing pre and post-visit materials for school groups
  • Serving as the point-of-contact for schools in the four-state area
  • Arranging travel, lodging, and payment for visiting artists
  • Maintaining an up-to-date master calendar of public programs and events
  • Overseeing and directing volunteers and other members of the program department as needed
Minimum Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, museum studies, art, or equivalent professional experience
  • Knowledge of best practices and trends in informal education and multidisciplinary approaches to education
  • Recognizes the value in developing multi-generational audiences for the Museum and champions their needs and interests whenever possible
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Possess strong leadership and communication skills—written and oral
  • Possess strong organizational skills; ability to manage various projects simultaneously and efficiently
  • Empathetic and personable; able to connect with others easily
  • Able to work with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as an independent self-starter and effectively manage multiple priorities
Desired Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in education, museum studies, art, AND 1 to 3 years of relevant professional experience
  • Proven record of attracting and retaining diverse audiences within similar setting
  • Experience working with historically under-served populations
  • Previous museum experience preferred

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and written assessment to [email protected] You may also mail or drop your application off at the Museum. Please refer to the links below for more information. Incomplete or plagiarized applications will be not be considered.

This is an entry to mid-level, full-time position. Compensation is based on experience and education, with an estimated hourly rate of $18 – 20. Other benefits, such as health insurance, are available. Occasional weekend/evening work hours and out-of-town travel is required.

This is a multi-stage hiring process. Candidates may be asked to provide writing samples and a list of references at a later stage. The final candidates will be interviewed on-site. The position is open until filled.

Related Links
Job Description
Written Assessment
Supplementary Material, Exhibit Panel

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