Director, Public Programs & Community Engagement

Director, Public Programs & Community Engagement

The Public Programs & Community Engagement department presents a wide range of free programs that are open to the public, and bring the Museum’s culturally-specific mission and world-class exhibitions to life. These adult programs—which include artist talks, panels, performances, hands-on workshops, thematic tours, book clubs, and more—demystify artistic practices, elevate creativity as an art form accessible to all, and open the pathways for direct engagement with contemporary art and artists.

As a key member of the Museum’s leadership team, the incumbent oversees the development and delivery of adult public programs and the coordination of community engagement initiatives. Serving as point of contact between the department and key internal and external stakeholders, s/he is responsible for nurturing strategic cultural partnerships, in Harlem and beyond.


The Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement’s primary responsibilities include, but are not are limited to:

  1. To research, design, and deliver innovative adult public programs that engage a diverse cross-section of the Museum’s stakeholders, with a focus on impact:
  • Researching, designing, developing and coordinating public programs and community engagement strategies geared towards adult audiences, aged 19+
  • Implementing audience development strategies that nurture relationships with existing audiences, and developing alternative strategies that meet new or untapped audiences where they are
  • Building and nurturing relationships with a growing, city-wide matrix of partner organizations to strategically diversify our audiences and areas of expertise, and leverage resources
  • Developing entirely new public program models that forge closer connections to the local community, increasing access to, awareness of, interest in, and appreciation for contemporary art
  • Collaborating with the appropriate Museum departments to create information destinations and promotional materials across multiple platforms, including web, print, and social media
  • Reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of said platforms in ensuring community awareness
  1. To manage the department’s operational, financial, and staffing infrastructures:
  • Managing junior staff and setting goals and objectives for all involved in the department’s work
  • Overseeing temporary or seasonal staff such as contract workers, teaching artists, program consultants and volunteers
  • Developing and monitoring the department’s budget and resources, and periodically conducting departmental audits, program evaluations and cost analyses to see how the department can operate more efficiently
  • Creating relevant professional development opportunities that weave together our rich network of Museum family, including AIR alumni, MEP students, internship/fellowship alumni, former staff, and our board
  • Assisting with fundraising as it relates to grant applications and reports
  1. To deliver thought leadership in support of the Museum’s expanding goals and objectives:
  • Serving as co-lead of various Museum working groups and task forces
  • Analyzing, identifying, and developing new and existing content areas for programming in alignment with the Museum’s mission, values, and organizational priorities
  • Developing strong, strategic, cross-sector relations with government officials, community groups, and other CIGs to extend Museum services to a wider community
  • Keeping abreast of developments in the field and exchanging best practices with colleagues
  • Presenting at board, donor and cultivation events when appropriate, and publically representing the Museum at symposia, conferences, and on panels
  • Continuing to build the Museum’s presence and leadership in NYC and beyond
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    • Master’s degree, preferably in Art History, Museum Studies, or related field
    • Minimum of eight (8) years of experience in the museum/art field with demonstrated experience in community engagement and knowledge of the New York art community
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with diverse groups required
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
    • Excellent computer skills, particularly MS platforms, including Word, Outlook and Excel
    • Availability nights and weekends as required to facilitate public programs
  • : Send resume and cover letter to: No phone calls or faxes, please.
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  • : Senior-level | Full-time
  • : Museum
  • : Public Programs
  • : The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • 144 W. 125th Street
  • New York
  • NY
  • 10027
  • : Dennell Jones
  • : 2128644500
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