Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is seeking an experienced professional to assume responsibility for creating
and producing dynamic public programs that have a broad visitor appeal and support and promote Ford
House’s mission and strategic vision. Reporting to the Director of Interpretation & Programs, the
Manager, Public Programs & Events takes the lead in planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating
events and festivals; youth, family and adult programming; classes; workshops; lectures, etc. He/she
works closely with other Ford House departments to coordinate event and program schedules, purchase
or rental of equipment and materials, staffing, logistics, marketing, fund-raising, etc. The Manager, Public
Programs & Events cultivates and establishes partnerships with educational and other non-profit
/community organizations that are associated with target audiences and strategic objectives and serves
as a liaison to these groups.
As a member of the Ford House management team the Manager, Public Programs & Events participates
and assists in special programs, projects, and activities as needed and represents and promotes Ford
House’s mission, vision and values to the community. He/she will contribute to the success of Ford
House by demonstrating strong leadership qualities, taking complete ownership of the pubic programs
department, and bringing innovative ideas and positive discussion to the organization.
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor’s degree in history, museum studies, American
Studies, or a closely related field with a minimum of three years of professional work experience in the
creation, delivery and management of educational and public programs at a museum or cultural site.
Additional required qualifications include:
• Outstanding written communication skills including the ability to write effectively for a variety of ages
and backgrounds
• Excellent verbal communication and customer service skills and the ability to work effectively as a
member of a highly energized, creative team
• Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines and to
prioritize and organize work effectively
• Budget management experience and demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Suite
• Initiative, good judgment, and the ability to work well independently
• Must be able to lift up to 10 lbs. and physically move about the buildings and grounds of the estate.
Strong interactive learning, teaching and training skills and knowledge of current education trends and
museum methodology are desirable.
Ford House offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of fringe benefits. To apply,
please forward a letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to Deborah Griffith at
dgriffith@fordhouse.org, 313-453-2034.