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Manager of Public Programs - Newark Museum

Manager of Public Programs - Newark Museum

The Manager of Adult Programs oversees the management of Public Programs and the Volunteer Docent Program.  This individual develops coordinates and implements public programs for visitors, including museum-wide festivals, Second Sundays, Late Thursdays, community events, film screenings, and panel discussions.  Responsible for developing dynamic programs that reflect the opportunities of a unique urban museum that specializes in art, science and the humanities, and ensure an ongoing and productive conversation with a diverse and growing audience.  Develops and maintains the Volunteer Docent Program, including docent training. This individual must have a commitment to working in a team-based environment that values innovation, creative learning, risk taking and experimentation.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with the Education Leadership Team to define learning goals and audience objectives for engaging public programs that relate to the Museum’s mission, temporary exhibitions, and permanent collection galleries, and are built on a commitment to excellence and innovation 

Develop and plan a wide range of large and small-scale programs that provide access to the Museum and appeal to Greater Newark’s growing and diverse communities 

Identify trends in contemporary culture, focusing on art, food, music, film, technology, and the humanities, and create a dynamic forum to explore these developments

Research, identify and build relationships with potential presenters and performers, including artists, scholars and other specialists

Work with community partners to develop events that connect to the Museum’s educational and engagement missions 

Maintain communication with a network of arts and community organizations and represent the Museum at select community meetings

Work collaboratively with colleagues in other Museum departments, especially Membership, to analyze target audiences, develop appropriate outreach strategies, and ensure effective promotion of all public programs 

Prepare budgets and monitor associated expenses, including organizing and supervising registration and purchasing materials necessary for programs 

Prepare monthly reports of events and attendance including narrative and/or budget reports when appropriate

Attend and supervise most public programs, interfacing with the public, including weekends and evenings, as necessary

Develops and maintains the Volunteer Docent program and promotion of group tours provided by docents.

Serves as primary contact for the Docent council to ensure a positive and productive relationship with the docent volunteers

Partners with exhibition and curatorial departments to provide docent training

Maintain contact with the broader network of museum professionals through participating in conferences, professional networks and organizations


B.A. or B.S. degree 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

Experience working with diverse groups of adults, communities and docents and/or volunteers

Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel

Strong organizational and effective communication skills

Interested candidates should submit resume and letter of interest to: 

  Human Resources
  Newark Museum
  49 Washington Street
  Newark, NJ  07102
  Fax:  973.642.0459

 The Newark Museum is an equal opportunity employer.  Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we can only contact those candidates whose qualifications meet the requirements of this position.