The Public Programs Manager of Leffert’s Historic House leads the development, maintenance, and evaluation of educational programs for diverse public audiences. They are also responsible for managing the daily operations and coordinating the general operations of the historic building. This position will work closely with the VP of Public Programs and the ReImagine Lefferts Coordinator to develop and implement ReImagine Lefferts, a new initiative centered around transforming the Lefferts Historic House Museum and its interpretive approach. The goal of Reimagine Lefferts is to completely re-focus the museum on the lives of the enslaved Africans owned by the Lefferts family and the Indigenous people of the Lenapehoking whose unceded ancestral lands the house rest on. As we reimagine what Lefferts can be, we want the museum to provide more dialogue about the legacy of slavery and the exploitation of marginalized American communities.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS / KEY JOB OUTCOMES
- Manage the daily operations of the museum during public hours, seasonal special events, and rentals.
- Manage, develop, carry out, and evaluate educational programs, exhibit development, and grounds maintenance
- Coordinate general operations, including historic building preservation and collections management.
- Recruit, hire, supervise, and train Lefferts House Coordinator, Museum Interpreters, Park Youth Representatives, interns, and volunteers
- Participate in long-term planning and key decision-making for the department
- Manage partnerships with eternal organizations and community partners
- Coordinate with the Marketing and Communications department to develop appropriate collateral to expand the outreach and success of programming, including signage, flyers, press releases, and web content
- Manage and develop program budgets and ensure operating expenses are in line with the planned budget
- Assist with the creation of fundraising proposals, budgets, tracking, reports, and on-site funder visits.
- Coordinate with other departments to support public programs
- Transport materials for exhibits and grounds maintenance as needed
Performs other job-related duties and functions as assigned
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
- Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, history/archiving, material culture studies, or other relevant discipline with two (2) years or five (5) years respectively, of professional experience working with museum collections and coordinating educational programming
- A valid NYS Driver’s License
COMPETENCIES (Knowledge, Skills & Personal Attributes)
- Passion for the Alliance Mission & Core Values: A passion for public parks and environmental conservation combined with a commitment to treating others with respect, appreciating individual differences and embracing the values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Ethics & Integrity: Earns the trust and respect of others through a consistent commitment to integrity, honesty and professionalism in all interactions.
- Historic preservation: Knowledge of preservation techniques to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance.
- Collaboration & Teamwork: Committed to working in collaboration with others, promoting cooperation and commitment to others and being a positive team contributor.
- Staff Management & Coaching: Inspires confidence and motivates team members. Enables staff to grow and be successful in achieving goals through meaningful feedback, instruction, encouragement, support and professional development.
- Communication Skills: Ability to convey concepts and make presentations in a clear, culturally competent and understandable manner. Demonstrates effective listening skills and openness to other people’s ideas and suggestions
- Public Speaking: Must have excellent verbal communication skills and ability to impart key information to your audience. Should be able to engage with an audience and interact with members of the public.
- Customer Service: Exhibits a strong commitment to delivering excellent and responsive service to internal and external stakeholders, including patrons and visitors.
- Relationship Building: A natural relationship builder, highly interpersonal with the capacity to work think strategically and build constructive and positive working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation and mutual respect.
- Results & Impact Focus: Ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and highly motivated to consistently produce high quality work and achieve desired outcomes and results.
- Technology: Proficient with automated technologies that support area of responsibility including G Suite and Microsoft Office Suite.
WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL DEMANDS
- Work is normally performed both in an office setting which does not subject the employee to any hazardous or unusual elements and in the field, which subjects the employee to various external elements including potentially adverse weather conditions
- Requires operating a motor vehicle; operating equipment where carelessness could result in injury; standing for extended periods of time; stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, lifting, pushing, pulling, and/or crawling; use of manual dexterity and fine motor skills and use of a desktop, laptop, or video display terminal
- Requires moderate physical exertion (consistent need to lift, push, pull, carry, etc. up to 30 lbs.)
- Requires communicating information with co-workers, stakeholders and/or the public; reading correspondence, instructions and/or technical documents; writing correspondence and/or reports and filling in forms
- Salary Range; $67,000 to $71,000 (annually)
- Pay is based on a number of factors including job-related knowledge, skills, and experience
Diversity Makes Us Stronger Together: Prospect Park Alliance serves park users of all socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and strives to reflect this diversity throughout our operations and in our leadership, staff, stakeholders and supporters. We know that by creating an equitable and inclusive workplace built on mutual respect and the appreciation of difference, our employees will feel safe to express themselves, voice their opinions and work together to find common ground and solutions. Integral to this vision is our longstanding commitment to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment.