The Manager of Public Programs will oversee the application and selection process for the Museum’s Artist Studios Program (occurring twice a year), as well as organize small exhibitions or installations in the sixth-floor Education Center’s Project Space.

This position reports to: V.P Education, but will work collaboratively across the education department and other departments throughout the museum in creating, planning, collaborating, evaluation and outreach.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Research and develop program models that forge closer connections to the

    local community, increasing access to, awareness of, interest in, and appreciation for

    contemporary art, craft and design; dialog with community organizations, potential partners

  • Must possess excellent writing, organizational and project management skills, to meet goals and deadlines, and manage multiple projects.
  • Develop and plan a robust and diverse roster of programs that engage members, the general public and new audiences
  • Research and develop relationships with potential presenters, performers, artists and designers to stay current on the latest trends in contemporary art and design practices
  • Develop and maintain a network of arts and community organizations and represent the Museum through open communication on the museum offerings
  • Develop strong, strategic relationships with community groups, and other cultural institutional groups, to extend Museum services to a wider community
  • Work collaboratively across departments, including exhibitions, development and communications to analyze target audiences, develop appropriate outreach strategies, and ensure effective promotion of programs using both print and electronic media
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of evaluative tools to measure, interpret, and analyze the outcomes of programming efforts relative to strategic goals; establish clear goals or outcomes for programing and events at the onset of the development in order to assess success
  • Prepare budgets and monitor associated expenses, including organizing and supervising registration and purchasing materials necessary for programs
  • Create text and program descriptions for the website and email blasts for outreach purposes
  • Attend and supervise programs, interfacing with the public, including weekends and evenings, as necessary

Business Outcomes

  • Superior evaluation from museum audiences during and after attending programs
  • Increase audiences attending programs
  • Increase outreach into communities underserved by the Museum
  • Ambassador for the museum and programs at cultural events
  • Align programs to the museum mission


  • B.A. or B.S. degree required (Masters a plus) in art, art or science education, museum education, or a related field, or equivalent experience
  • 3-4 years of successful experience in the development and implementation of adult programming in a museum or similar arts education institution
  • Possess broad knowledge of culture, art, music, dance, performance, museums, and public dialogue
  • Experience working with diverse groups of adults and communities

    Strong organizational and effective communication skills

This is a full-time position, with a schedule of Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 5:30pm, must be able to work some weekends as required by scheduling of public programs.

MAD is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, Vietnam-era veteran or disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status as provided by law.

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