Manager of Public Programs-Education Department

James A. Michener Art Museum

The James A. Michener Art Museum is seeking a full-time Manager of Public Programs to join the department of Education. These programs strive to educate and involve the community in the arts and encourage participation in and contributions to the Museum’s mission. This individual provides learning and engagement efforts that put the Museum on the map as a vibrant site of thought-provoking conversation and dialogue. These programs range in scale and include lectures, talks, gallery programs, symposia, artist studio tours, music performances and special events that connect visitors to the Museum’s collection and exhibition programs. This person will work closely with all departments in leading and shaping public programs to be relevant, responsive, and audience focused. This person will create innovative programming, forge partnerships, and grow programs for evolving audiences ranging from young adults to Michener Art Museum’s older adult audiences.

Specifically, you will:

  • Develop and implement programs, including artist talks, lectures, workshops, and a variety of gallery programs.
  • Think creatively to make interdisciplinary connections and weave contemporary viewpoints into programs that explore the Museum’s collection and exhibitions.
  • Collaborate with curatorial and education staff to help shape programmatic offerings around exhibitions, installations, and the permanent collection.
  • Works collaboratively with departments across the Museum to ensure an exemplary visitor program experience
  • Recruit and implement music performers to fulfill the Music at the Michener program

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the education department staff to plan, present and evaluate Museum programs for diverse audiences.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate public programming for visitors of diverse backgrounds to support the Museum’s mission and strategic planning by creating a wide range of dynamic learning activities that engage and enhance visitors’ understanding and appreciation of the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and art in general through gallery talks, lectures, seminars, panel discussions, museum trips and special events.
  • Work collaboratively with the Curatorial staff to design and implement programs organized in conjunction with changing and permanent exhibitions; identify and engage speakers, including Museum and guest curators, art historians, educators, and artists.
  • Recruit and present a diverse schedule of events under the Music at the Michener category for all ages. Engage and hire performers, identify and build budgets, work together with the Advancement department to secure sponsorships, collaborate with Marketing staff to research target music audiences and press contacts, work with Facilities staff to identify and manage appropriate equipment and event set up requirements.
  • Provide Marketing Department staff yearlong public programming activity at the Museum; prepare and disseminate copy and images through a range of promotional vehicles, including the Museum’s quarterly publication, Museum eblasts, exhibition announcement cards, the Museum website, postcards and flyers, and others as necessary to reach a broad audience base.
  • Represent Public Programs Department perspective on internal Museum staff
  • Manage public programs budgets to ensure proper budget preparation and control for annual and long term goals.
  • Create and nurture partnerships with external stakeholders to further the Museum’s mission and support educational goals and objectives.

Your diverse background includes:

  • Master’s Degree in a museum-related field (preferred), including art history, humanities, museum studies and museum education.
  • 3-5 years of experience in managing and presenting innovative and dynamic public programs in a museum or educational/cultural setting for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrates strong personnel management, financial management, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills;
  • A creative, big picture thinker
  • Open to multiple points of view and skilled at dialogue
  • Inspired to bring audiences into conversation with works of art
  • A strong communicator who has excellent verbal and writing skills
  • Energized by working collaboratively; flexible problem solver
  • Experience in directing large and small grant-funded projects and budgets.
  • Engaged in current cultural dialogue
  • Knowledge of current and best practices with Museum public programs and educational programming
  • Excellent project management skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.

Physical requirements:

  • Periodically move throughout Museum facilities
  • Ability to ascend and descend stairs
  • Frequent use of multiple technical equipment and applications

Some evening and weekend hours are required.

This is a full-time position with benefits and a competitive non-profit salary. EOE.

Education Level: 
Master’s Degree in a museum-related field (preferred), including art history, humanities, museum studies and museum education.
To Apply

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and references, to Rebecca Rosen at or mail to James A. Michener Art Museum, Attn: Rebecca Rosen, 138 South Pine Street, Doylestown, PA 18901. No phone calls, please.