Public Programs Manager

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #874
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences. Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The CMP COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Policy requires that all employees provide proof of COVID vaccination or if not fully vaccinated, must provide proof of negative COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis.

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.

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.

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.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional guidance on essential functions follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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