Public Programs Manager


The Program Manager develops and implements an array of public programs that advance the Library's expanded public engagement efforts by designing programs that explore the connections between science and society and cultivating partnerships with local and regional organizations.


  • Oversee the execution of the Kansas City Invention Convention, working closely with educators, volunteers, students, corporate and foundation partners, and venue hosts.
  • Manage a portfolio of public programs, which include developing and growing partnership programs with local and regional organizations. 
  • Serve as an in-person or on-camera program host or moderator as needed.
  • Assist the Vice President for Public Programs with the development and implementation of all public programs, including researching and identifying topics and speakers, communicating with speakers; writing speaker contracts and negotiating terms; planning and producing virtual, in-person, and asynchronous programs and YouTube series.
  • Assist program attendees with questions and needs; strategize ways to grow audiences.
  • Assist with the management of department operational needs, including budget planning, reconciliation, and forecasting; booking programming and production services; and accounts payable processing.
  • Assist with the management of the Cherry Street Studio and virtual programming platforms, including scheduling, consultation, lighting, camera work, audio, recording, streaming, and editing.
  • Complete all other duties as assigned or requested for the general support of Public Programs and the Library.
  • Four-year degree required. 
  • Three or more years of related work experience required. 
  • Documented success in educational program development, project management, and event planning.
  • Must maintain a valid, current driver’s license. 
  • Excellent communication skills and comfortable speaking to large groups and diverse audiences.
  • Verbal, mathematical, and reasoning abilities sufficient to analyze data, work with computer databases, communicate effectively, and perform other duties.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office products, including proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Teams, Word, and Excel.
  • Basic knowledge of or willingness to work with studio production equipment, including camera work, lighting, video editing, virtual platforms, etc.


The work is primarily performed in an office setting.  Some travel Is required. 


The Linda Hall Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

The Linda Hall Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.