Manager of Family Programs - Skirball Cultural Center
The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an experienced Manager of Family Programs within the Education and Visitor Experience Department. The Manager will oversee a team responsible for envisioning and implementing participatory programs for families, especially those with young children. They will provide staff management, program creation and implementation, operational support, and administrative and budget planning for Skirball family offerings that relate to and take place within its Family Art Studio and Archaeology Dig site, indoor and outdoor performance spaces, museum galleries, and the award-winning destination, Noah’s Ark at the Skirball.
This position reports to the Head of Noah’s Ark and Family Programs. They work closely with other Education and Visitor Experience staff, and across many Skirball departments. This is a full-time position that includes regular weekend and occasional evening work.
Family Programs Creation, Planning, and Implementation—Select, produce, and organize a wide variety of offerings for families, including campus-wide festivals (annual Puppet Festival and Hanukkah Festival), performances (including a summer amphitheater series), art studio projects, archaeological programs, and in-gallery experiences. Identify innovative artists and performers (music, storytelling, dance, and puppetry). Shape or collaborate on content to ensure accessibility and mission alignment for a diverse family audience. Negotiate/contract artists and performers. Track myriad details related to program implementation including artist/performer communication, contracts, recruitment, budget.
Staff and Volunteer Management—Manage and guide a team of regular and on-call staff, volunteers (including the Teen Volunteer Program), and summer interns; provide leadership, support, and guidance to ensure that content and experience goals are met. Provide support to the Head of Noah’s Ark and Family Programs with employee recruiting, hiring, orientation, training materials. Keep staff and volunteers apprised of Skirball policies, procedures, and content offerings.
Communication and Collaboration—Develop and write program materials and oversee their production and distribution. Must have excellent writing and public speaking skills, and the ability to respond quickly and effectively to family audiences and Skirball colleagues. Work closely with other Skirball departments—e.g. Public Programs, Operations, Communications and Marketing, and Private Events—to ensure collaborative planning and successful promotion and implementation of all Skirball family programs.
Budget and Attendance Tracking, Analysis, and Reporting—Support the Head of Noah’s Ark and Family Programs in developing annual family programs budget and attendance targets, and track/manage expenses to ensure compliance with approved budget. Develop assessment tools to measure program impact, interpret data and identify trends, and communicate outcomes. Track data and seek to improve processes.
Skills and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or higher in performing arts, arts education, museum education, or related field.
Prior experience in developing and managing inspiring performance programs for families.
Prior experience producing large scale public events. Organizational skills sufficient to plan large-scale projects and initiatives.
Prior experience in successfully managing a team and providing effective leadership and coaching to staff and volunteers.
Orientation toward child-directed, flexible, experiential programming with a focus on collaboration and respect for every learner.
Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills; warm and welcoming manner and ability to engage positively with people of different ages and abilities.
Excellent written communication skills, including strong editing skills.
Team player with a collaborative workstyle, ability to accept and support change, and work effectively with people of various backgrounds and work styles.
Clear resonance with Noah’s Ark at the Skirball’s aesthetic and educational approach.
Ability to work long hours that require physical agility (kneeling, lifting, sitting on the floor, etc.) and sustained energy.
Basic knowledge/understanding of Jewish cultural practices desirable.
Personal computer skills; proficiency utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
An active interest in the Skirball Cultural Center’s mission and goals.
Please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to
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Human Resources Department
Manager of Family Programs
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049