Title: Public Programs Manager
Report to: Executive Director
Supervises: Part-time Education Coordinator and high school/college interns
Status: Full time; exempt salaried employee, 40 hours/week, with occasional evenings and weekends
Salary/compensation: $50,000 including health insurance and a competitive benefits package. Pequot Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Pequot Library Association (Pequot Library) is searching for a dynamic and enthusiastic nonprofit arts professional to develop a wide variety of interpretive programs for all ages that are inspired by the rotating schedule of visual art and Special Collections exhibitions, Children’s Library initiatives, and innovative public library multidisciplinary learning opportunities.
• Manage an ambitious schedule of programs involving artists, authors, musicians, performers and other vendors in the form of gallery talks, panel discussions, symposia, music concerts, theatrical performances, dance, book discussions/signings, and other related programming.
• Collaborate with the Library’s longstanding Meet the Author committee and community partner, Music for Youth as well as other similar community groups.
• Work closely with colleagues to develop a robust line-up of innovative interdisciplinary learning experiences for a diverse audience, including film series, day art /history trips, scholarly presentations, hands-on art-making and writing workshops, inter-generational learning opportunities, life-long learning opportunities for older adults, and other experiential opportunities inspired by the Library’s collections and exhibitions.
• Working closely with the Children’s Librarian, support the Library’s annual family and community events including the Fourth of July Bike Parade, Holiday Caroling Party, Miss Susan’s Campout, Halloween Pet Parade, and others.
• Collaborate with colleagues to develop one-time and ongoing youth programs in conjunction with the circulating collection of library holdings.
• Working closely with the Children’s Librarian and Education Coordinator, this position develops and implements a robust schedule of preK-12 schools after- school, summer, and break programs throughout the year, including the annual Fairfield Public Schools student art exhibitions and the Books for Teachers program.
• Manage the Library’s community outreach with schools, educators, and peer organizations throughout the area.
• Contribute to development of exhibition related support/interpretive resources.
• Develop and manage all speaker/performer contracts.
• Work closely with Director of Communications on writing related press releases and program descriptions and the design of invitations and related collateral.
• Evaluate programs and build awareness and participation, being aware of community needs and interests.
• Draft youth and adult program related grant/fundraising proposals and contribute to the Library’s overall social media presence.
• Manage the Library’s high school and college student internship program.
• Manage the Library’s program registration software.
• Develop and manage the public programs, including school programs, annual project budgets.
• Master’s degree in Education, a Humanities subject, or a related field with at least five years of professional experience working in a library, nonprofit arts and/or culture organization, or a museum/historical society.
• Proven track record of developing innovative public programs related to a wide variety of humanities fields and current events.
• Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills for a variety of audiences and ages.
• Able to thrive in a faced-paced environment that supports teamwork and collaboration among library staff, volunteers, and high school/college interns
• Prior supervision of professional staff and volunteer management.
About Pequot Library
Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science & the Humanities to our Community
Pequot Library’s mission extends far beyond most traditional public libraries. Housed in a historic building, framed by an expansive front lawn, and located on over three acres in the historic village of Southport in Fairfield, CT, Pequot Library is a small gem to be discovered.
For over 125 years, Pequot Library has been a pillar of Fairfield County, providing professional, encouraging library services and diverse programming to our local and regional community. Pequot Library helps children develop a life-long interest in reading and learning through engaging programs and special activities. The library presents concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and a wide range of cultural, educational and community events in both its Auditorium/Concert Hall and The Perkin Gallery.
Inspired by its collections and adult programs, the library engages its audiences with the pressing issues of today. The library is committed to integrating its internationally important Special Collections into its day-to-day service to a broad and diverse community through exhibitions, interactive programs, and hands-on programs.
The Library was recently awarded the CT Treasure award by the CT Chapter AIA and an Award of Excellence from the CT League of History Organizations. In fiscal year 2017-2018, the Library welcomed more than 65,000 visitors of all ages for over 500 programs.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a confidential letter of interest, c.v./résumé, and three references (in one document) by Friday, March 3, 2019 with the subject heading Public Programs Manager to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. The application process involves agreeing to a criminal background check.