Public Programs Manager

Carnegie Museum of Art

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The Public Programs Manager will work collaboratively with education and curatorial staff to create and implement a public program plan that connects expansive publics with Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA); creating and nurturing welcome and belonging, critical thinking, generosity, and mutuality. The Public Programs Manager is responsible for conceptualizing, developing, organizing, supporting and facilitating public programs as an integral component and expression of the museum’s artistic program.

The Public Programs Manager will work with staff across the museum to produce public programs that connect ideas, critical questions, multiplicity of cultures, and lived experiences with museum publics, artists, neighborhoods, the region, and the art field. This role will support the development and implementation of engaging public programs for museum staff as well as develop CMOA as a programming partner and community resource. This role works to both structurally and programmatically further CMOA’s work of creating a museum environment that asserts that all of our existing and potential publics have what they need to engage with art. It is our work to create and make visible the many points of entry for our publics, while integrating our public experiences and knowledge into the dialogue and language of the museum.

The Public Programs Manager will have broad fluency and translation skills in working with expanding publics, access to museum programming and maintaining a 126-year-old collecting art museum as a contemporary and open space. The person in this role must be skilled at both the front and back end of public programs operations and production to welcome and create points of entry for publics before the program even begins. This role is integral in creating cross disciplinary inquiry-based discourse across a diverse array of exhibitions and broad ranging permanent collection for an ever-growing museum public.

This position necessitates flexible hours and is a public facing role. The person hired for this position will be encouraged to remain aware of the local, national, and global context for art and the role of Carnegie Museum of Art in both local and global contexts.


Principal Accountabilities:

Develops and coordinates cross museum programming plan:

Develops and coordinates the annual programming plan in concert with the exhibition and permanent collection exhibition schedule.

Collaboratively develops crosscutting critical museum wide questions that center the museums programs in dialogue and community learning.

Creates operational procedures for the successful development and implementation of programs guided by various staff throughout the museum.

Public program collaborative development and project management:

Collaborate, plan, organize, manage, and coordinate public programs across the museum, as well as designate programmatic/operational responsibilities.

Interface with curators, educators, visitor services, special events, and technicians for the successful implementation of programming.

Serve as a member of the department’s management team which is responsible for connecting Carnegie Museum of Art’s artistic programs to regional and international publics.

Integrate department arts engagement methodologies with a focus on inquiry-based programming that is access centered and speaks to multiple learning and social styles into all public programming and engagement.

Expands public engagement through a culture of welcome, generosity and mutuality in all programs:

Develop and implement public programming strategy that continues to expand the Carnegie Museum of Art as a hub and resource for local communities while connecting to field wide and international dialogue, inquiry and practice.

Manages and leads successful operations and implementations of public programs:

As a leadership position the Public Programs Manager not only works to effectively project manage programs and events but also direct reports learning program development and implementation as well as leads various staff members in developing a culture of welcome as core to all programs.

This position requires leadership in collaboration across multiple positions from IT to security to facilities as well as across a broad range of museum publics.

Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

A collaborative leader who thinks innovatively about ways of connecting publics across cultures, ages, race, neighborhoods, economics, genders, and ideologies to a wide range of art.

Efficient and detail-oriented, ability to produce events and manage their myriad details.

Practice or experience expanding how a museum welcomes and learns from a multiplicity of critical and engaged publics.

Experience producing a range of public programs including but not limited to events, workshops, symposia, film series, celebrations, lectures, and performances in collaboration with an institution.

Production experience is essential; from operationalizing how to create a public program, to considering the multiple constituent groups to involve, to what is needed for the physical space to meet the program goals, to ensuring both the process of program development and planning and the actual program are welcoming and generative for all who are involved. This person will also have experience of connecting specific audiences that do not self-identify as museum audiences with programs that would be of interest to them.

Highly creative thinker capable of conceptualizing and project managing wide-ranging, engaging, informative public programs that consider CMOA’s histories, role as a neighborhood museum with a global reach, collections and exhibitions.

Education and Experience:

Master’s degree and 5+ years of public program experience at a cultural, community, or educational institution or equivalent required.

Demonstrated experience with developing culturally responsive and dialogical public programming.

Leadership and project management experience across departments and disciplines.

Demonstrated aptitude for collaborative, expansive, creativity, curiosity, integrity, and a strong professional ethic.

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Experience working in fast paced settings.

Ability to adapt and locate creative solutions in ever changing situations.

Demonstrated ability to contribute in team settings.

Willingness to be open, to learn from and respect a multiplicity of backgrounds

Experience working in range of organizations and institutions

Documented experience working directly with community stakeholders, artists, or parents.

Fluency in language(s) other than English valued.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires mobility to lead and contribute to program implementation throughout program spaces and museum exhibit halls for several hours at a time. Able to bend or lift items of 20–50 lbs. or ask for assistance when necessary.

How to Apply

Apply through Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh opportunities page :

Posted on June 14