Title: Coordinator of Public Programs, High Museum of Art

Department:                       Education – Public Programs

Reports to:                         Head of Public Programs and Community Engagement

FLSA:                                 Exempt

Employment Status:            Regular/Full-time


Coordinates public education programs and events for visitors of all ages and stages of experience at the High Museum of Art.



  • Mondays – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Weekends and evenings as necessary to fulfill public program offerings.


  • Works with the Head of Public Programs and Community Engagement to develop an annual slate of creative, engaging public education programs inspired by the High’s permanent collections and special exhibitions.
  • Coordinates and implements program offerings for visitors of all ages and stages, for example: lectures, courses, films, symposia, family days, studio programs, community days, opening day events; musical, dance, and theatrical performances.
  • Collaborates with education department members and other museum departments (especially Membership and PR/Marketing) to develop and promote public programs.
  • Coordinates all aspects of program logistics to include scheduling, registration, contracting, ordering materials and supplies, and program evaluation.
  • Communicates with artists, speakers and contractors regarding facilitating contracts, travel arrangements, payment, and billing.
  • Works cross departmentally with AV tech, Visitor Services, Housekeeping, Security, Special Events, and other support staff to produce large audience driver programs.
  • Develops and edits program descriptions and visitor friendly copy for e-newsletter, flyers, website, membership magazine and other media.
  • Uses and monitors program budget to achieve an efficient use of resources.
  • Participates in planning meetings; learns about exhibitions and special projects that will aid in program development.
  • Researches program themes, speakers, performers, and formats and keeps informed about other programs locally and in other museums.
  • Teaches and participates in workshops, gallery teaching, and courses, as needed.
  • Works with Family Programs Assistant to coordinate program volunteers for public programs.
  • Researches and develops community artist contacts and maintains current network of relevant artists (storytellers, musicians, theater, etc.).
  • Develops contacts with a wide range of community and volunteer organizations to support community collaboration.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and Experience:

  • BA in studio art/art education/art history or humanities and 3 – 5 years of museum experience with increasing responsibility desired.
  • MA in museum education/studio art/art education/museum studies/art history preferred.
  • Strong event production experience. Proven track record with managing large scale events.
  • Experience developing and implementing public programs within a museum context.
  • Experience planning large audience driver programs and events.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with current audience research and publications on public programs in museum desirable.
  • Creative thinker with outstanding teaching skills and classroom management abilities.
  • Ability to network, identify and cultivate program partners/resources in the community.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, and ability to work independently and with a variety of people.
  • Must be a team player with an ability to work with a variety of contractors, artists, and staff.
  • Professional demeanor, polished presentation and public speaking skills.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required for working with volunteers and the general public.
  • Diplomatic leadership skills and ability to coordinate and negotiate with various departments within the Museum.
  • Excellent writing skills.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and scheduling software.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to assemble and to evaluate budgets and accounting statements.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to assess and evaluate information as to its validity and appropriateness.
  • Ability to organize and express information in clear, logical sequence.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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