JOB TITLE: Public Programs Manager
REPORTS TO: Director of Education
FLSA STATUS: Exempt, 3/5 time position

The Mattatuck Museum is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibitions, programs and collections of national significance. These initiatives interpret the history of the greater Waterbury region and American art from the Colonial period to the present. The museum offers a full range of cultural programs for people of all ages including art classes, concerts, readings, lectures, bus/walking tours, workshops, special guests, community events and family activities, among others. These programs take place during the day, evenings and on weekends and so Public Program Manager will work three days per week Wednesday through Saturday depending upon program schedule.

The ideal candidate for this position will be experienced in handling a wide range of administrative and program related tasks, be well organized and flexible, and able to work independently with little supervision. Must possess excellent communication skills, especially the ability to speak and write about the museum, its collections, changing exhibits, and program activities in a manner comprehensible to diverse audiences. Enjoys the challenges of supporting a busy institution with diverse programs, while possessing the ability to kindly interact with staff, participants, visitors, Board members and donors in a fast paced environment – sometimes under pressure – while remaining adaptable, proactive, resourceful and efficient. Willing to work weekends and evenings fulfilling programmatic responsibilities as required. A high level of professionalism is crucial to working at the Mattatuck Museum.

Under the supervision of the Director of Education, the Public Programs Manager:

  • Manages all details of public programs from inception to execution, including organizational aspects related to business office procedures (travel, payment); identification of the materials and equipment necessary to run activities; development of related collateral and press materials; creation and oversight of program budgets; assistance in the development of materials for fundraising; and setting up the rooms/galleries for presentation of the programs.
  • Works collaboratively with the Rental Coordinator in order to schedule items on the Master Calendar.
  • Works collaboratively with the Director of Education, curatorial staff and other museum staff; maintains extensive contact with the general public and scholars and professionals of design, architecture, art, art history, and fields related to museum’s collections to formulate quality public programs that make an impact and advance the museum’s brand and name recognition throughout the State of Connecticut, and across New England and the greater NYC region.
  • Participates in overall program development with other staff through regular meetings to share information on relationships, community partners, opposition research, and other museum department initiatives that influence programming projects.
  • Maintains a tracking database of all programs and its participants.
  • Works with the Director of Education and Finance Manager to track and report budget information in a timely manner.
  • Identifies photographers for program events; uses photo release forms regarding minors; and works with the Marketing Director to post photos with accurate captions on the Web or social media pages. Archives all photos on Shared Drive for various future uses. Maintains audio-visual equipment.
  • Prepares, conducts, and compiles audience survey reports for public programs. Identify approaches to upgrade the museum’s program evaluation methods, collection and reporting in order to help influence outcomes-based programming.
  • Works with Marketing Director to make public program content available through the museum Website and other social media tools.
  • Performs the duties in such a way in order to create a seamless, efficient and impressive experience for all visitors.

Job Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in appropriate area of specialization (Art, Design, or Architectural History; American or European Studies; History; Museum Education, or related field); experience with public program implementation; interest and knowledge of art, design, and architectural history; exceptional administrative and organizational skills; strong attention to detail; outgoing personality with enthusiasm for culture; computer literate with experience in web-based applications and social networking; effective and impressionable interpersonal and communication skills; and advanced knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook.

Annualized Salary Range: $32,000 – $38,000, commensurate with experience

The museum offers full benefit package including vacation, holidays, health insurance and 403b plan as well as support for professional development to qualified employees.

To apply, please send cover letter that addresses qualifications and interest, current resume and 3 professional references to: DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION SEARCH, Attn: Robert Burns, Director, Mattatuck Museum,144 West Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 or via email to Deadline to submit an application is November 2, 2012.

Documents should be sent as attachments using Microsoft Word or PDF format, and should not exceed five (5) megabytes. No phone calls please. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Mattatuck Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism, as well as to the development of a climate that supports equality and diversity.