Head of Public Programs

The Head of Public Programs is a position newly created to unleash the programming potential of the Clark Art Institute, supporting and augmenting its diverse exhibition and educational offerings. Building on the Clark’s decades-long tradition as a venue of fine, professional, and performing arts events, this visionary individual will help the institution further evolve by implementing innovative, thought-provoking programs related to the museum’s permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, and topical issues of interest to the museum’s community. Whenever possible, the Clark strives, in all of its programming, to provide audiences an added dimension of cultural and educational value.

The ideal candidate demonstrates a strong background as a presenter of the performing arts and relishes the challenge of assembling a calendar of surprising, boundary-pushing events within a museum setting.

Essential Functions:
- Serve as lead administrator for public programs at the Clark Art Institute.
- Research, develop, and execute a multifaceted set of public programs—including, but not limited to, lectures, concerts, theater and dance performances, film screenings, and nature walks—that highlight the museum's unique resources and that position the museum as a dependable hub for cultural programming in the Berkshires.
- Provide direct leadership for budgeting and contract negotiations.
- Establish and achieve goals for audience development, financial sustainability, and community engagement.
- Broaden the diversity of programming, balancing the need of maintaining the museum’s established audiences with the need for active outreach to new audiences.
 
Responsibilities:
- Program and manage a calendar of 200+ annual events in the areas of film, talks, storytelling, book events, theatre, dance, and music, pacing programs based on expected attendance, staff capacity, and institutional priorities.
- Collaborate with the Chief Curator to identify, cultivate, develop, and present events that support the exhibition calendar.
- Prepare/execute contracts, communicate contractual components with museum staff, as needed, and oversee compliance of all contractual components.
- Prepare and carefully oversee the programming budget.
- Coordinate and manage logistics for all events, working in collaboration with multiple departments.
- Manage recruitment/deployment of volunteers to staff key events and/or work with hosting department to ensure appropriate coverage.
- Oversee Artranet (intranet) and master calendar listings to ensure accuracy and completeness.
- Collaborate with the Communications Department to plan and execute promotional publicity.
- Forge and maintain strong professional networks among presenters of performing arts and other cultural programming for the public.
- Forge and maintain professional relationships with local businesses, cultural organizations, and educational institutions to identify, develop, and execute opportunities for cooperative programming.
- Manage special projects and events as required.
 
The ideal candidate:
- Demonstrates a confident, engaging public presence, with the ability to address audiences of diverse backgrounds, in both large and small settings, formal or informal.
- Demonstrates the breadth, curiosity, and versatility to help knit the performing arts into a museum setting of diverse exhibition themes.
- Preferably holds a master’s degree in a related field.
- Has a minimum of three years of progressively responsible administrative experience in managing performing arts organizations or programs.
- Demonstrates familiarity with creative placemaking and the role that museums can play in community development.
- Demonstrates strong writing skills, appropriate for program notes, publicity materials, grant narratives, and general communication.
- Demonstrates technological alacrity, including high proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office, experience with ticketing software, and a welcoming disposition to embrace and learn new technology as needed.
 
Key Relationships:
- Reports to Chief Curator.
 
Workplace Requirements:
- Flexibility in schedule is necessary. Must be able to work frequent evenings and weekends as required by performance schedule.
- Moderate physical exertion related to event preparations.
- Ability to pass a background check.

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to HumanResources@clarkart.edu with the subject line: Head of Public Programs. For more information about the position, please email HumanResources@clarkart.edu. Candidates will be contacted by the Clark if an interview is considered appropriate.

The Clark is an equal opportunity employer.