The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent
scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the
Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and
disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the
universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research,
education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and
scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire
planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

Senior Manager, Public Programs

The Senior Manager, Public Programs works with the Public Programs
division of the Education Department, and reports to the Associate
Director of Public Programs. This position oversees the direction and
management of major cultural programs and festivals. The Senior Manager
also contributes to the conceptualization and planning of the overall
programming vision managing staff, building audiences and strategically
integrating community and internal resources to maximize cultural and
educational impact. The events produced by the Senior Manager encompass
various mediums of expression, including performances, lectures,
demonstrations, discussions, conversations, workshops, and hands-on
activities. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

● Create, innovate, develop, and implement cultural and scientific
programs that draw large and diverse audiences in the highly competitive
NYC events landscape
● Collaborate with Museum curators and outside experts in
conceptualizing and developing innovative program ideas
● Contribute to the overall planning and strategy for the public
programs area
● Manage support staff, office assistants, and other programming
contractors, interns, and volunteers
● Build and present programs through strong relationships with a
variety of community organizations, individuals, and institutions
● Manage relationships and expand local, national, and
international networks for program participants and audiences
● Develop and oversee program budgets
● Collaborate with other Museum departments on writing public and
private fundraising proposals and final reports
● Give media interviews when appropriate
● Conceive and draft key program “take-away” messages and
educational/program materials
● Constantly engage in arts and cultural programming in NYC,
keeping abreast of innovation in the field, locally and beyond

● Track record of success in program development, audience
development, and successful grant seeking.
● Proven track record of strategic planning for and execution of a
full season of programs across diverse topics and art/presentation
● Demonstrated excellence in crafting and communicating an
overarching strategic vision for a diverse and interconnected series of
● Strong history of creating and articulating core content themes
and goals that provide a context, rationale, and cohesive framework for
a broad series of events
● Extensive experience managing staff
● At least 10 years of programming experience with demonstrated
excellence in producing top quality events with exceptional community
organizations and performers as well as high profile artists and talent
● Established reputation in arts and cultural professional
networks; significant personal experience with and professional
connection to marquis-name talent
● History of innovative and groundbreaking work and thinking,
particularly in projects that require extensive collaboration and
cross-disciplinary approaches―demonstrated track record of originating
new kinds of programs and ideas, robust portfolio of
“outside-the-box” programs and events
● Bachelor’s Degree required in a field connected to the scope
of the Museum’s mission, Master’s Degree in Arts Administration or
related field preferred
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time, and work
with a variety of people inside and outside the Museum

Applicants interested in applying may send their resume, specifying
salary history and requirements to:
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/
Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum encourages Women, Minorities,
Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply.
The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color,
national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual
orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.
If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please
call the Office of Human Resources.
Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are
only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best
fit the needs of the open position.