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Director of Public Programs
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
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.
Individuals interested in applying for this position should send a resume, cover letter, and 3-5 references to executive director Rod Cofield. Email is: email@example.com