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Museum of Arts and Design Seeks Manager of Public Programs

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madLogoThe Museum of Arts and Design is seeking a full time Manager of Public Programs. Read below for job description and how to apply.


Manager of Public Programs

Reporting to the V.P. of Education and Programs, the Manager of Public Programs develops, plans, and implements adult public programs at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), including lectures, symposia, cinema screenings, performances, workshops, in-gallery artist-centric programs, and special projects. The Manager of Public Programs is responsible for establishing an innovative program schedule that reflects and builds on MAD’s unique identity as a museum that celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a deep knowledge of contemporary art, design, and culture, as well as familiarity with emerging and established practitioners across a variety of disciplines.

Responsibilities Include:

– Developing and planning a robust and diverse roster of programs that foster engagement with MAD members and other established adult audiences while developing connections with new audiences to the Museum.

– Building public engagement through both traditional and innovative programs that connect the Museum and its activities to the culture at large and offering participants the opportunity to learn through a variety of avenues from participatory and experiential to academic and scholarly activities.

– Identify trends in contemporary culture, focusing on art, craft, and design, and create a dynamic forum to explore these developments

– Organize both large and small-scale programs for a variety of adult audiences that include both specialized art and design communities as well as the general museum-going public.

– Collaborate and support artists, designers and makers through traditional and interdisciplinary practices.

– Oversee all aspects of program planning, administration, and implementation, including program budgeting and supervising program staff and interns.

Job Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree required, MA preferred; 3-5 years of experience producing public programs in a museum or cultural setting; deep knowledge of contemporary developments in the arts, design, performance, and cinema communities; demonstrated creativity in developing new models for programs and visitor engagement; strong research, writing, and communication skills; flexible and collaborative personality; experienced in public speaking; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; supervisory experience; budgeting, billing and record keeping experience; computer and database experience. Ability to work evening and weekend hours for programs required.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application: Please submit an email with cover letter and resume to with Manager of Public Programs in the subject line. No phone calls please.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields, presenting artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill to their work. 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 21st-century innovation, fostering a participatory setting for visitors to have direct encounters with skilled making and compelling works of art and design.

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