Public Programs Manager [The Wolfsonian]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on September 13, 1973 in job announcements |

Florida International University is a comprehensive university offering 340 majors in 188 degree programs in 23 colleges and schools, with innovative bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs across all disciplines including medicine, public health, law, journalism, hospitality, and architecture. FIU is Carnegie-designated as both a research university with high research activity and a community-engaged university. Located in the heart of the dynamic south Florida urban region, our multiple campuses serve over 50,000 students, placing FIU among the ten largest universities in the nation. Our annual research expenditures in excess of $100 million and our deep commitment to engagement have made FIU the go-to solutions center for issues ranging from local to global. FIU leads the nation in granting bachelor’s degrees, including in the STEM fields, to minority students and is first in awarding STEM master’s degrees to Hispanics. Our students, faculty, and staff reflect Miami’s diverse population, earning FIU the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution. At FIU, we are proud to be ‘Worlds Ahead’! For more information about FIU, visit fiu.edu.

Job Summary

Curates, plans, and implements public programs at The Wolfsonian for mainly adult audiences (general public, FIU community, and students).

  • Researches, develops, plans, and implements exhibition- and collection-related public programs for diverse audiences that recognize the changing needs of adult learners from traditional formats (lectures, films, symposia, special tours, concerts, and special-interest gallery visits) to those utilizing new digital media and participatory strategies.
  • Manages details of public programs, including organizational aspects related to business office procedures (travel, payment); development of related collateral and press materials; Creates and oversees program budgets; and develops materials for fundraising.
  • Works collaboratively with Assistant Director for Education, curatorial staff and other museum staff; Maintain extensive contact with the general public, FIU community, and scholars and professionals of design, architecture, art, art history, and fields related to The Wolfsonian collection to formulate public programs.
  • Arranges and provides tours for the general public, program partners, featured guests, and others on a regular basis. Work with Assistant Director for Education to train Wolfsonian staff to conduct guided tours of temporary and permanent exhibitions.
  • Participates in overall program development with other division staff through bi-weekly program meetings.
  • Participates in planning interpretation for improving visitor’s experience of the museum and its collection, and evaluating strategies implemented in collaboration with education and curatorial department staff.
  • Stays current with educational practices and scholarship through a network of colleagues in the field, other disciplines, and literature reviews; represents the museum at public forums, including public talks and other presentations.
  • Prepares, conducts, and compiles audience survey reports for public programs using available survey software such as Survey Monkey.
  • Maintains inventory of audio-visual archives; works with website coordinator to make public program content available through the museum website and through FIU and other content providers.
  • Interprets State, University and Board of Governors policies to ensure compliance. Recommend changes in policies and procedures to the Assistant Director for Education and the Museum Director.
  • Perform other related tasks as required or as directed. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.
Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in an academic discipline associated with museum studies (History, Art History, American Studies, Museum Education or related field) and two years of related work experience; or a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in in an academic discipline associated with museum studies (History, Art History, American Studies, Museum Education or related field) and four years of related work experience.
Desired Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in appropriate area of specialization (Art , Design, or Architectural History; American or European Studies; History; Museum Education, or related field), with at least two years of related program experience.
  • Knowledge of art, design, and architectural history, experience with public program implementation, exceptional administrative and organizational skills, computer literate with experience in web-based applications and social networking, and strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A passion for modern art, design and architecture; demonstrated ability to think creatively and strategically; excellent communication skills, especially the ability to speak and write about the museum, its collection, and program activities in a manner comprehensible to diverse adult audiences; a positive work outlook; high energy, strong motivation, and a hands-on work ethic; the personality to enjoy social and community interaction; a professional demeanor; diplomatic, and comfortable in dynamic or challenging situations.
Job Category


Advertised Salary

$40,000 – $50,000

Work Schedule

Begin time: 8:00 AM
End time: 5:00 PM

Pre-Employment Requirements

Criminal Background Check

How To Apply

As a current employee, you must log into Employee Self Service (ESS) to apply for this and any other internal career opportunity of interest.  Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume/ curriculum vitae, cover letter or any other documents within the application process.  It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume into one attachment. Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

*This posting will close at 12 am of the close date.

How To Apply

If you have not created a registered account, you will be asked to create a username and password for use of the system. It is recommended that you provide an active/valid e-mail account as that will be the main source of communication regarding your status within the process. Before you begin the process, we recommend that you are prepared to attach electronic copies of your resume, cover letter or any other documents within the application process. It is recommended that you combine your cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae into one attachment.  Attached documents should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. All applicants are required to complete the online application including work history and educational details (if applicable), even when attaching a resume.

*This posting will close at 12 am of the close date.

Clery Notice

In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the University Police department at Florida International University provides information on crimes statistics, crime prevention, law enforcement, crime reporting, and other related issues for the past three (3) calendar years. The FIU Annual Security report is available online at:http://police.fiu.edu/docs/Campus_Security_Report_&_Safety_Guide.pdf.

To obtain a paper copy of the report, please visit the FIU Police Department located at 885 SW 109th Avenue, Miami, FL, 33199 (PG5 Market Station).

Equal Opportunity Programs
FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and is an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer.

Search Information

Job Opening ID: 506620
Department: The Wolfsonian


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