Manager of Public Programs (Full-Time/Temporary)

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks an innovative Manager of Public Programs to join the Education Department. This full-time position is temporary through December 31, 2021.

The Manager of Public Programs is responsible for the development and production of inventive programs supporting the Museum’s exhibitions and mission, including talks and symposia, performances, cinema, and hands-on workshops.

This position reports to the Deputy Director or Education and works collaboratively with colleagues across the Museum.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. MAD provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of the art, craft and design while contributing their specific skills, expertise and talents.


$50000.00 to $60000.00 (Annual)

  • Oversees production management of live public engagement events at the museum, working with museum staff and outside partners and vendors.

  • Oversees interns in MAD’s education department.

  • research, develop, plan and coordinate public engagement programs for existing audiences, both onsite and online, in collaboration with other departments at the museum.

  • Maintain and develop schedules, budgets, and long-term planning for museum programming.

  • Direct the implementation and production of Exhibition programs

  • Liaise with artists, partners, and outside vendors.

  • Maintain logistics for programming, including run-of-shows, outside partners, appropriate permitting, artists’ needs, manage expenses, etc.

  • Communicate regularly (phone, email, in-person) with staff, partners and program participants.

  • Work with MAD’s curatorial, exhibitions, communications and marketing, facilities and education departments on all aspects of production for live events.

  • Minimum 5 years-experience developing and implementing Exhibition Programs and/or live events with artists.

  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and at times stressful environment.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence with the ability to establish and maintain relationships.

  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines on simultaneous projects and work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, ACME and/or related software.

  • Technical skills related to projection, video, and sound a plus.

  • Technical skills and experience related to live performance a plus.

  • Must have experience facilitating projects with living artists.

  • Must have the ability to work onsite, with some nights, weekends and holidays.

  • Knowledge of the contemporary art, craft, and design landscape.

  • College degree expected, graduate work in art history, arts management, or related field a plus, but experience is the most important qualification

Compensation, benefits and perks – MAD offers a competitive salary in the range of $50,000 - $60,000 annually depending on experience, Paid Sick Leave and access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

MAD provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

About the Museum of Arts and Design

Since the Museum’s founding in 1956 by philanthropist and visionary Aileen Osborn Webb, MAD has celebrated all facets of making and the creative processes by which materials are transformed, from traditional techniques to cutting-edge technologies. Today, the Museum’s curatorial program builds upon a rich history of exhibitions that emphasize a cross-disciplinary approach to art and design, and reveals the workmanship behind the objects and environments that shape our everyday lives. MAD provides an international platform for practitioners who are influencing the direction of cultural production and driving twenty-first-century innovation, and fosters a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.