Community Partnerships Manager
Worcester, MA Education
Job Type

Job Title: Community Partnerships Manager

Employment Type: Full Time, Exempt

Department: Education

Division: Learning & Engagement

Reports to: Director of Learning & Engagement 

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes

Salary Range: $62,000 - $64,000 Annually

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at WAM:

At WAM we are committed to building a diverse environment, one where staff feel a sense of belonging, and are valued for their contributions and the perspectives they bring. Please visit our Mission, Vision, and Values page to learn more. 

Job Overview: 

To manage strategic partnerships that strengthen community engagement, help the Museum become more attentive to the ever-changing needs and activities of Worcester, and expand the Museum’s audience in support of its mission, vision, and values. Partners include local and regional cultural groups, arts-education organizations, schools and academic institutions, social service agencies, and other entities that further connect the Museum and the community.  


  • Provide vision for, implement, and assess an integrated and accessible framework for outreach and partnership programs to support community involvement and build museum audiences. 
  • Serve as the primary contact and project lead for programming partnerships, nurturing existing relationships with collaborative partners and access groups while creating opportunities that enhance the Museum’s footprint in the local and regional community.
  • As part of the Learning & Engagement Division, work collaboratively across the Museum, particularly with the Marketing & Communications department and the DEAI Specialist(s), to evaluate past – and coordinate around concurrent – outreach efforts; propose changes based on comparative research; and shape and implement measures of success for engagement with communities on and off campus.
  • Select, plan, and organize the Museum’s participation in strategically chosen community events and festivals in collaboration with other departments; provide high-quality learning activities, information, and logistical support promoting Museum visitation, classes, public events, and memberships.
  • Represent the Museum at school assemblies, teacher workshops, and college festivals; connect with art teachers, social studies teachers, and other educators and faculty. 
  • Champion global and cultural awareness through collaborative programs, events, and experiences for Museum guests. 
  • Sit on the Museum’s Education & Community Engagement Committee; serve on other community boards, arts organizations, and advocacy groups where appropriate.
  • Participate in regional and national dialogues about museums and community engagement; keep informed about best practices in community engagement and other relevant areas of museum education.
  • Develop, recommend, and monitor budgets for outreach events and partnership programs; oversee statistical reporting of events and programs.
  • Work with Director of Learning & Engagement to write proposals that support grants and other educational funding opportunities.
  • Participate in exhibition project planning and implementation teams as assigned.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Working knowledge of best practices in outreach and community engagement; demonstrated success in evaluating and strengthening partnerships.
  • Collaborative work style, with a strong team player approach and consensus-building skills.
  • Understanding of administrative principles and methods, including goal setting; program development and implementation; and handling multiple projects simultaneously. 
  • Exceptional listening, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Strong proficiency in organization, systematic thinking, and interpersonal problem-solving. 
  • Proficient in budget management and data analysis.
  • Embraces and promotes diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and how they relate to both the Division’s goals and the Museum’s mission, vision, and values.
  • A sense of humor, humility, creativity, and collegiality.
  • A commitment to emotional, social, and cognitive development, with a progressive approach to teaching and learning and an interest in professional growth.

Education and Experience: 

  • B.A./B.S. degree required, M.A./M.S. preferred.
  • 3-5 years working with museums or cultural organizations. 
Salary Description
$62,000 - $64,000 Annually