Coordinator of Public Programs (Regular/Full-time)
Reports To: Head of Public Programs and Community Engagement
Employment Status: Regular/Full-time
Reporting to the Head of Public Programs and Community Engagement and working within the High’s Education Department, the Coordinator of Public Programs works on all aspects of public programs, including artist-created events, lectures and conversations, gallery talks, and symposia. The position is responsible for managing the High’s seasonal course offerings, which include multi-week programs that offer a unique and in-depth approach to museum education. The Coordinator of Public Programs oversees all aspects of program logistics and coordination with colleagues across the Museum. S/he will contribute to ongoing development of programming that furthers the High’s mission, help to build public engagement through programs that take an experimental approach to museum education, and connect the Museum’s programming with audiences and ideas within the High’s collection/special exhibitions and the wider Atlanta community.
The ideal candidate will have outstanding organizational skills and a keen understanding of event production and will demonstrate passion for art and a creative approach to developing audience-centered programs in collaboration with artists, writers, scholars, and other key voices in Atlanta arts and culture.
• Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Schedule will flex, on average, twice per month to accommodate evening and weekend programs, including 1:30–9:30 p.m. every first and third Friday.
• Weekends and evenings as necessary to fulfill public program offerings.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
• Coordinating all aspects of program planning, administration, and implementation, including program scheduling, promotion and documentation, and supervising interns. Programs include but are not limited to Friday Jazz, Drawing in the Galleries, Talks/Lectures, classes, Musing Together, Conversation Pieces, First Fridays, and community programs
• Developing and implementing multi-session courses for adult audiences that offer in-depth views into current exhibitions and the High’s permanent collection
• Maintaining the Public Programs budget, including projecting, updating, and reconciling expenses for all Public Programs and Courses and projecting and tracking Public Programs revenue/attendance
• Supporting the Head of Public Programs and Community Engagement in the development and planning of a dynamic roster of programs in dialogue with current exhibitions and the High’s permanent collection
• Collaborating with artists and colleagues across the Museum, particularly in the coordination of large-scale, Museum-wide initiatives
• Coordinating both large- and small-scale events for audiences to learn in experiential ways and exploring opportunities to create programs with a focus on objects in a variety of spaces in and around the High
• Helping to produce programs in collaboration with academic institutions and other arts organizations across Atlanta and beyond
• Other duties related to public programs as assigned
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and Experience:
• B.A. in Education, Fine Arts, Art History, or Art Education required
• Experience producing public events or museum programs preferred
• Proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; experience with Mac platforms; Keynote preferred
• Ability to work scheduled weekend and/or evening hours to align with public program offerings
Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, and ability to work independently
• Must be a team player with an ability to work with a variety of contractors, artists, and staff
• Creative thinker with outstanding customer-service skills
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills required for working with volunteers and the public
• Strong research, writing, and communication skills
• Demonstrated interest in museum education
• Flexible and collaborative attitude
• Ability to accurately write correspondence and reports. Ability to communicate professionally and effectively with speakers, volunteers, and staff in person, via email, and on the phone in a fast-paced work environment.
• Ability to solve practical problems and prioritize needs in a variety of situations when standardization may be limited. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.