Manager of Public Programs

  • The Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • Cleveland, OH, USA
  • Nov 04, 2017
Full time Education

Job Description


Manager of Public Programs


The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), founded in 1920, is located in the heart of University Circle, five miles east of downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America, the Museum offers an incredible visitor experience, attracting roughly 300,000 visitors a year. There are more than 140 public education programs and over 80,000 students served annually. The Museum employs about 160 people.

Building on its strong foundation of excellence in education and research, the Museum is poised to transform itself. The Museum will invite and engage a broader audience in the exploration of science and the natural world by revolutionizing the way it presents natural history. The Museum has launched a capital campaign to support a dramatic renovation and expansion of its facilities and exhibits. This ambitious plan will position the Museum to play a leading role in regional and national efforts to improve science education and increase scientific literacy.

The Museum is seeking a dynamic, creative, organized and energetic individual who is passionate about science education in our region and beyond.


A professional level staff member responsible to the Director of Education to develop, coordinate and execute programs for youth, families, and adults related to the Museum's goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop, manage, deliver and evaluate non-school educational programs for Cleveland area youth, families and adults.

Supervision of the following public programs and associated staff: youth, family, adult, summer camps, outdoor education, and other Museum-wide educational events.

Manage operating budgets and develop funding proposals for above public programs.

Organize and run the Museum's annual high profile Explorer Lecture Series.

Serve as part of management team to set direction for the Education Division with the Director of Education, Manager of School & Teacher Programs and Planetarium Manager.

Work with Museum curators and area institutions in University Circle and beyond to develop collaborative public programs.

Collaborate with Marketing and Communications team to ensure all public programs are effectively marketed and advertised.

Keep abreast of scientific knowledge and Museum research.

Effectively coordinate and track multiple projects simultaneously, prioritize and work well under pressure with a high degree of accuracy to meet stringent and overlapping deadlines.

Communicate and work with a diverse audience in a pleasant, tactful and enthusiastic manner.

Maintain professional conduct with Museum staff and the public at all times.

Perform all duties according to established Museum operating, safety and environmental quality policies.

Perform other duties as assigned by Manager or Management.

Education and/or Experience:

Master's degree in education or natural history related field.

3-5 years experience managing and supervising staff.

Other Qualifications:

Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Experience teaching and planning programs in a museum or other informal education setting.

Excellent educational program development skills.

Ability to communicate and work effectively with Museum staff, students, parents and public groups in a professional, pleasant, tactful, and enthusiastic manner.

Willingness to include evenings and weekends in a normal work schedule.

Must have excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills.

Must be able to rapidly adapt and respond to changes in environment and priorities.

Must be able to work independently as well as with teams.

Must have proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references

Job Announcement Number: 17A33

Posting Date: November 3, 2017

No phone calls, please.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is an EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, ADA EMPLOYER and a SUBSTANCE-FREE WORKPLACE