Title: Public Programs Coordinator
Location: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, non-smoking facility
Reports to: Director of Education and Public Programs
Supervises: CAMH FAQ Team and occasional interns
Pay Type: Salary, Exempt
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national, and regional art. Through dynamic exhibitions accompanied by scholarly publications and accessible programs, the Museum reaches out to local, regional, national, and international audiences of various ages.
CAMH provides a diverse array of public programs for a variety of audiences. Public programs are often in response to specific exhibitions and themes or more broadly about contemporary art and ideas. Programs present interesting viewpoints and challenging topics through a variety of means—ranging from film screenings, poetry readings, panel discussions, artist conversations, scholarly symposia, musical performances, and more.
CAMH has a variety of regular programs for visitors of all ages, including ones that cater to families. Family Programs include Drop-in Experience, Open Studio, Family and Community Days, and Outreach into the community.
Description of the Position
The Public Programs Coordinator is a full-time exempt position in CAMH’s Education and Public Programs Department. The employee works closely with FAQ Team to create exhibition-based art workshops in order to ensure that the development of the Family Program is in line with the institution’s mission as guided by its current long-range plan. In addition, the Public Programs Coordinator is in charge of conducting research to stay current of educational best practices, teacher and community outreach, and organizing family programming (i.e. Family Days, Open Studio, Drop-in Experiences, and other programs as advised) with the goal of increasing attendance, reaching new audiences, and building new partnerships.
The Public Programs Coordinator provides critical support to the conception, planning, and logistics of public programs. Under the guidance of the Director of Education and Public Programs, the Public Programs Coordinator has the opportunity to create public programming specifically related to CAMH exhibitions. This position also helps with details such as documenting events through audio, overseeing rehearsals, coordinating with colleagues in regards to program needs, creating staffing plans as needed, providing technical support, and set-up and breakdown of programming needs. In addition, the Public Programs Coordinator is tasked with coordinating Family/Community days and overseeing Saturday programs, such as Drop-In Experience, Open Studio, In Conversations, and more.
Principle Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist in the development and implementation of CAMH’s public programs.
• Attend Public Programs meetings with Curatorial staff to plan and brainstorm upcoming programs.
• Provide administrative support for public programs including creating public program agreements with visiting speakers, arranging travel, creating itineraries, regular check-ins, etc.
• Assist in organizing information regarding public programs for the Communications and Marketing Department including website descriptions and social media posts.
• Assist in ticketing and waitlists for special programs that require advance registration.
• Coordinate rental equipment when needed for special programs.
• Keep track of public program data in coordination with Development and Visitor Services Departments.
• Interpret and present information in a variety of formats to diverse audiences, including children, first-time Museum visitors, adolescents, college students, educators, and arts professionals.
• Extrapolate essential information from verbal and written formats, especially concerning the texts and vocabulary of contemporary art.
• Provide support in documenting public programs through photography, audio-recording, and technical support.
• Create budgets and track expenses for public and family programs.
• Attend exhibition previews, events, and programs, and other Museum programs as required.
• In partnership with the Teen Council and Tour Program Coordinator schedule FAQ Team for Family Day, Open Studio, Drop-in Experiences, and other public programming.
• Manage and guide FAQ Team as they lead regular Family Programs.
• Create new and engaging activities for family programs that are related to current exhibitions, thoughtful in their use of materials, and interesting for a wide range of visitors.
• As a member of the Education and Public Programs Department—be a team player and willing to help out with any department needs or programs.
• Other duties as assigned.
• BA or BFA in appropriate field and a strong interest in contemporary art and its place in community life.
• 2+ years in education or arts-related position, including event programming and the coordination of part-time employees.
• Comfortable with public speaking, teaching, and leading large groups of people of all ages.
• Detail-oriented and ability to plan complex projects from start to finish, preparing materials and directions for audiences of all ages and abilities.
• Sensitivity and willingness to have challenging conversations related to exhibitions.
• Work efficiently with others.
• Act as a strong advocate for the education public programs in the museum and community.
• Ability to multi-task and plan many activities and programs simultaneously.
• Ideal candidate will be energetic, outgoing, and enthusiastic with strong interpersonal skills to foster effective working relationships at all levels, including working in team situations.
• The ability to motivate groups and to facilitate group projects.
• Excellent written and verbal communication, including the ability to present information in a variety of formats to a variety of audiences: children, first-time Museum visitors, adolescents, college students, educators, and arts professionals.
• Understanding and knowledge of current museum-teaching pedagogy.
• Flexibility, creativity, and calm in the face of challenging situations.
• Strong computer skills including experience with current programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe, and Photoshop.
• Familiarity with audio, video, and technical equipment.
• Ability to lift tables, speakers, screens and other equipment to set-up for public programs.
• Strong organization skills and ability to handle multiple projects.
• Other duties as assigned.
Please send your resume and cover letter to Felice Cleveland at email@example.com with the subject line Public Programs Coordinator. No phone calls, please.