Director of Public Engagement

Fairfield Museum and History Center

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The Fairfield Museum and History Center in Fairfield, CT seeks a creative and dynamic Director of Public Engagement to lead the Museum’s public programs, exhibits, and educational activities to build a vibrant, visitor-centered, and welcoming regional cultural center. The position inspires and directs talented staff teams, and leads the implementation of an ambitious schedule of innovative, audience-focused content designed to inspire civic engagement, foster community dialogue, and celebrate the diverse history of southwestern Connecticut.

Salary: $85,000.00 - $100,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

  • Plans and implements, in consultation with the Executive Director and Board, a comprehensive multi-year engagement plan that uses the Fairfield Museum’s collections, exhibits, and public programs to inspire the imagination, stimulate ideas, and strengthen connections across diverse communities.

  • Initiates and leads collaborations with community partners and regional schools that enhance civic education, elevate the quality of Fairfield Museum’s services, and welcomes diverse audiences to create a more inclusive, community-focused organization.

  • Leads, inspires, and supports cross-departmental teams from curatorial, education, program, marketing, and visitor services departments in the planning, development, and execution of a dynamic interpretive plan that uses the arts and humanities to strengthen people’s connection to the world around them.

  • Leads and supports the collections, curatorial, and exhibit staff in planning and implementing creative strategies for exhibitions.

  • Leads and supports the education staff in the creation and delivery of innovative school programs that inspire student learning, build strong relationships with teachers and schools, and meet local and state education standards.

  • Directs the planning and implementation of adult and family-oriented programming that fulfills the Fairfield Museum’s strategic goals, encourages greater visitation, and builds broad community support and inclusive engagement.

  • Works with Museum staff to develop strategies for using technology and media to expand audiences and reduce physical barriers to participation.

  • Facilitates collaborations between Fairfield Museum staff and community colleagues that enhance the quality of Museum programs and that welcome diverse and expanded audiences to create a more inclusive, community-focused organization.

  • Develops evaluation strategies and incorporates that data into ongoing planning for interpretation, educational and public programs, and exhibitions.

  • Oversees the recruitment, training, and supervision of paid and un-paid public-facing staff, including but not limited to: visitor services, docents, and seasonal educators

  • Works with the Executive Director to develop departmental and project budgets, and monitors income and expenses to meet the Museum’s budgetary objectives.

  • Stays up to date on industry best practices and ensures that Museum programming, exhibitions, and public events are presented in a safe and professional manner.

  • Other Duties as required to advance the Fairfield Museum’s mission and strategic goals.


Applicants should possess creative energy, good humor, passion for community, and enthusiasm for leading museum innovation and engagement. Additional desired qualifications include:

  • Graduate degree in the humanities, communication, education, museum studies, or a field related to the position’s core competencies, and relative knowledge through experience.

  • 7-10 years of progressive and successful experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community programming.

  • Experience in the application of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles and practices.

  • Experience leading and inspiring a diverse team of creative staff, interns, and volunteers.

  • Working knowledge of current museum education theory and practices.

  • Strong project management skills.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to manage budget and contracts, and work under tight deadlines.

The Director of Public Engagement is a full-time, senior management position requiring occasional evening and weekend hours. Salary $85,000-$100,000 / year, or commensurate with experience, with a comprehensive benefit package including health, disability, dental and life insurance, and employer-sponsored 401K. The position will require employee to lift, bend, stoop, walk, speak, and stand for up to 7 hours in a day. The Fairfield Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

How to Apply

Email a cover letter and resume detailing your relevant experience by May 1st, 2021 to:

Posted on March 19