Manager of Public Programs


The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a Manager of Public Programs to join the Education department. The Manager of Public Programs is responsible for the research, development, planning, coordination, and production of inventive and inclusive programs supporting the Museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions, as well as programming related to MAD’s larger mission. Current programming includes talks and symposia, performances, cinema, and hands-on workshops. We are open and eager for any other fresh ideas you bring with you!

In this role, our ideal candidate will enrich programming for our existing audiences and increase engagement opportunities for new audiences. This role will develop outreach strategies to connect MAD’s vision as an accessible and inclusive environment for people of diverse backgrounds, ages and abilities to engage in experiences and conversations on art, craft and design. 

This role will tackle both front and back of house responsibilities related to programming. If you are a detail-oriented planner who is also comfortable and eager to be in front of a crowd, this is the perfect opportunity for you!

This role will report to the Deputy Director of Education and will work collaboratively with colleagues in Education as well as cross-departmentally with colleagues across the Museum.

The Museum of Arts and Design has a mission to explore how craftsmanship, art, and design intersect in the visual arts today. Through its exhibitions, programming, and collection, MAD promotes a view of the world unobstructed by traditional definitions of fine art. MAD provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of art, craft and design while contributing their specific skills, expertise, and talents.


This is a full-time, exempt position with compensation of $60,000 per annum.
Generally, we expect your office working hours to be Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm, which includes an unpaid hour for lunch at a minimum of 35 hours per week.

This position requires on-site presence and  and ongoing availability to work weekends, evenings and holidays aligned with the event schedule. *In these instances, alternate Monday through Friday scheduled start and end times may be utilized.


  • Manages the research, proposal and production management of live, public engagement events and workshops at the Museum, coordinating with internal Museum staff and external partners and vendors.
  • Manages correspondence and coordination with guest speakers and/or performers, including execution of letters of agreement and contracts as well as program outreach.
  • Acts as primary point of contact for programming inquiries and communications with staff, partners and program participants (phone, email, in-person)
  • Maintains and develops schedules as well as short-term and long-term planning for Museum programming.
  • Liaises and coordinates with internal Museum departments as needed for pre-production, set up and execution of workshops and events (including Curatorial, Exhibitions, Marketing and Communications, Visitor Engagement, Facilities, etc.)
  • Commitment to MAD’s DEAI goals in all aspects of audience engagement, recruitment, mentorship support, and curriculum development. 
  • Budget management, tracking and reporting of programming efforts and attendance reporting on a monthly and ad hoc basis.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Advancement department for funding opportunities
  • This is a newly created role within our small and mighty Education department, and there will be additional opportunities to provide support and act as thought partner to your fellow colleagues within the team on various projects and additional programming opportunities.


  • Bachelor’s degree expected with graduate work in art history, arts management or related field a plus, but experience is the most important qualification.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience developing and implementing Exhibition Programs and/or live events with artists and performers.
  • Experience hosting and moderating live events a plus.
  • Ability to function well in a high-paced and creative 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 are a plus.   
  • Technical skills and experience related to live performance a plus.   
  • Knowledge of contemporary art, craft, and design landscape.


  • Subsidized medical health coverage
  • Dental, vision, life insurance and disability coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan with discretionary match
  • 12 Paid Holidays per year, plus 1 Floating Holiday
  • Paid time off, including vacation, personal and sick leave.
  • Flexible spending accounts (pre-tax income for eligible health and dependent care expenses)
  • Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
  • Access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job posting describes you, then please apply for this role. 

COVID Guidelines: The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, MAD requires all newly hired staff members and freelancers to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster if eligible. Requests for reasonable accommodation for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

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. 

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