The Public Programs Manager will develop and manage an engaging and diverse program of talks and events, including the museum’s popular Read the Revolution speaker series. Reporting to the Director of Education, the Public Programs Manager works closely with the Gallery Education Manager and across the Curatorial, Education and Marketing departments to create, implement and evaluate the Museum’s talks and events, targeting new and existing audiences, including Members. The Manager supervises the Public Programs Coordinator and liaises with Education and Guest Services Managers to staff programs appropriately. The qualified candidate has proven experience in successful public program planning and management in museum or heritage settings.
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.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Develop, define and manage a robust program of engaging, mission-driven talks and events that offer continued opportunities to explore and interpret the Museum’s core galleries and support the Museum’s changing exhibition program.
- Work closely with Curatorial, Education and Marketing staff to conceptualize, develop, execute, and publicize programs, ensuring effective and appropriate outreach and communications.
- Support the Museum’s efforts to increase annual attendance with rich and varied programming for general audiences (including families), Members and high-end supporters.
- Utilize experience within and knowledge of the field to develop a program of dynamic and relevant speakers and creative professionals to deliver talks & events that reflects the Museum’s educational mission and advances its strategic purpose.
- 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 program types to ensure the Museum offers unique, innovative, and reflective programs in multiple disciplines.
- Assist in the research and development of funding proposals for family and adult programs.
- 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.
- Attendance at Public Programs and other Education programs as needed, requiring evening, holiday and weekend work.
- Additional duties, as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree in American History, American Studies or closely-related field required; Master’s degree in Education, History, Museum Education or Museum Studies strongly preferred.
- Minimum of 3 - 5 years of management-level experience at a museum, historic house, or other cultural or heritage setting, planning and implementing talks and events programs for adults and children.
- Strong knowledge of 18th-century American history and material culture, as well as demonstrable familiarity with the current field of research.
- Knowledge of Philadelphia’s Historic District and community organizations a plus.
- Understanding of theories and best practices of learning and engagement in museums.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing, and oral presentation skills.
- Practical experience in 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 and flexibility.
- Ability to lift 25 pounds. Frequent use of stairs required.
- Valid driver’s license.
The Museum of the American Revolution (www.AmRevMuseum.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Applying for this position:
This position is a full time position.
To apply, please send a cover letter including resume and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Please note – in order for you to be considered for this position we will need a cover letter, resume and three professional references. Unfortunately, applicants that do not include these items will not be considered for the position. The Museum will contact you if an interview is considered appropriate.