Director of Public Programs Position Announcement


Director of Public Programs Position Description

Chief Responsibilities of the Position

Oversees the entire public programs department; is a member of London Town’s senior staff; coordinates, develops, implements, and evaluates London Town’s public programs; has significant budget management duties.

2020 – 2025 Priorities

  • Oversee the creation, execution, and evaluation of a new interpretive plan and associated public programming

  • Develop, implement, and review new programming that connects to London Town’s gardens and natural resources

  • Assist with the planning and implementation of London Town’s ten-year capital improvement plan

Job Duties

  • Responsible for managing departmental personnel and volunteers; providing professional development for the department

  • Responsible for departmental budget (creation, execution, oversight, and future projections)

  • Ensure delivery of public programs and activities (on site and off) that support London Town’s mission and earned revenue goals – this currently includes school tours, homeschool programs, living history days, group tours, workshops, general visitor offerings, etc.

  • Continually evaluate the effectiveness of London Town’s public programs (engagement, educational outcomes, financial sustainability, etc.)

  • Ensure that accurate visitor data is kept for planning and reporting purposes

  • Collaborate with the development and marketing staff for fundraising, marketing, and PR needs

  • Perform other duties and projects as necessary


  • Bachelor’s Degree with a connection to one of the following: history, public humanities, museum studies, horticulture, public gardens, or similar field; at least 5 years of relevant experience to this position.

  • Knowledge and demonstrated practical implementation of current museum trends, visitor engagement best practices, inclusive programming, and community engagement.

  • Professional history of supervising a team of staff and volunteers.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects from conception to completion and evaluation.

  • Ability to perform all duties, and balance competing demands, in a friendly and professional manner.

  • Computer literate with a proficiency in Microsoft Office, social media, and related software for museum operations.

  • Physical requirements include: a combination of sitting, standing, and walking; lifting modest weights (up to 30 pounds); light to moderate physical activity (splitting wood, hearth cooking, etc.); and offering programs outdoors in a variety of weather conditions if not too severe.

Work Schedule and Conditions

  • This is an exempt, 40-hour/week position that includes the following benefits: accrued vacation and personal leave; retirement plan (Principal); flexible spending account ($750 currently provided each year by London Town) group health and supplemental insurance plans (currently no contribution from London Town).

  • During the initial stage of the position, a regular weekend work day will be required to better understand and evaluate London Town’s public offerings. As conditions permit, the incumbent will probably transition into a regular Monday-Friday schedule with evening and weekend hours as needed.


  • The position starts at $50,000 per year. A multi-year salary increase plan tied to performance and institutional goals will be developed.

  • This position is eligible for merit-based and financial surplus-based bonuses each year if work performance warrants them.

Staff Supervision and Oversight

  • The Director of Public Programs supervises a team of 3-5 year-round positions (mix of full and part-time) and 2-4 seasonal part-time positions as well as a variety of London Town-connected volunteers and outside volunteer groups.

  • The Director of Public Programs reports to the Executive Director.

Application Process

Individuals interested in applying for this position should send a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 references to executive director Rod Cofield. Email is:

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