Director of Community and Public Programs

  • Bronx, NY, US

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Position Title: Director of Community and Public Programs

Status: Full time. Includes some evenings and weekends (for programming)

Direct Supervisor: Holly Block, Executive Director

General Summary

The Director of Community and Public Programs is responsible for cultivating a vibrant community around The Bronx Museum of the Arts through designing, marketing, producing, and evaluating a range of programs that complement our exhibitions, current events and trends, and that are aligned with the Museum's Core Values. Public Programs seek to engage with diverse groups of local, city-wide, and international visitors through innovation and collaboration, to create an enduring connection to the Bronx Museum. In addition, the Director oversees and manages a team of 4 museum staff members, and liaises with numerous consultants and performers for events and programs.

Essential Job Functions

Public Programs

  • Develop and execute a year-round calendar of over 40 events and activities from conception through evaluation.
  • Create new, unique, high-quality programs from scratch and evaluate and enhance returning programs to improve them.
  • Keep up-to-date with museum-based programming trends locally, nationally, and internationally and seek to strengthen the Bronx Museum's position as a thought-leader for community-based cultural projects.
  • Produce events in the Museum and in neighboring event spaces such as community parks, partner cultural organizations, and public spaces to broaden the impact and engagement of the Museum's reach.
  • Maintain close working relationships with members of the Development department and promote the department's ability to raise funds for the organization by liaising with donors and helping with funding applications when available.
  • Engage with the Education and Public Programs Committee of the Board of Directors by maintaining close communications with key members and presenting at several meetings a year.
  • Present public programs evaluative results to the Museum's board, staff, community members, and stakeholders.

Community Engagement

  • Possess an interest in -- and ability to -- understand the various dynamics at play in vibrant, diverse neighborhoods.
  • Act as primary liaison with the Museum's Community Advisory Council.
  • Cultivate community relationships with individuals and organizations.
  • Continually research and apply new forms of community engagement to invite active participation within the Museum's walls.
  • Work with exhibition and programming staff on evaluation strategies to assess both the reach of marketing efforts and the impact of Bronx Museum programming.


  • Work closely with the Museum's executive and finance departments to draft the annual budgets for the Public Programs and Marketing offices.
  • Ensure timely payment to public programs and marketing staff, consultants, and vendors, and that all relevant compliance is satisfied..
  • Monitor expenses throughout the year ensuring adherence to budgets.

Public Relations

  • Work with the Community Engagement and Marketing Associate to produce key communications and promotional materials, and shape the language used to describe programs and community engagement. These materials include print calendars, postcards, flyers, and advising on newsletter articles, social media posts, and more.
  • Act as primary liaison with the Museum's external public relations, Resnicow + Associates.
  • Oversee the department's marketing initiatives in the neighborhood to help build local audience and following.
  • Speak with members of the press when necessary.
  • Represent the Bronx Museum at Community Board meetings and other community events.
  • Nurture and maintain community contacts.

Visitor Services and Relations

  • Oversee the Museum's overall evaluation system, reporting to the Museum's board, staff, and stakeholders.
  • Oversee the shop and public liaison.
  • Act as primary liaison with Fountain House, the Museum's contractor who operates the XM café.
  • Maintain close working relationships with members of the Facility Rentals staff, to ensure smooth booking of event space throughout the building.
  • Renew the liquor license biannually.

Required Skills/Experience/Attributes

  • A minimum of three years programmatic and staff management experience.
  • Master's Degree or equivalent preferred; bachelors required.
  • Demonstrated ability to both envision and execute a broad range of public events and activities.
  • Ability to thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment and be adept at juggling many projects at once.
  • Superb communication skills; personable and diplomatic in working with diverse constituencies and inspiring participation from partners, media outlets, and community members. Fearless in reaching out to media.
  • Excellent MS Office skills (e.g. Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, and Word), Google platforms, InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Photography skills.
  • Enthusiastic about teamwork. Ability to work well with staff, interns, and volunteers to promote the philosophy and goals of the Bronx Museum.
  • Demonstrated interest in museum exhibitions and public programs.
  • Self-driven; able to multitask and lead interns. Entrepreneurial, creative, and superb on follow-through.
  • An analytic approach to work, constantly thinking in terms of iteration, implementation, testing, measurement, value, impact, and redirection.
  • Availability during select weekends and evenings is required.
  • Flexible, fun, collaborative personality.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Have prior experience with Bronx community organizations.
  • Bilingual in Spanish.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer.

In addition to a competitive salary, the position offers highly attractive benefits including comprehensive health insurance, pension, insurance, and leave benefits.

About The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives and public programs. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implemented a universal free admission policy, supporting its mission to make arts experiences available to all audiences.

Core Values

The Core Values are central to the work being completed by the Museum. They are a guide for the creation of new programs and exhibitions and one of the tools used for their evaluation as well.

BUILDING COMMUNITIES locally, city-wide, nationally and internationally through vibrant art, education, and public programs that promote collaboration and the exchange of ideas.

NURTURING CREATIVITY through public programs that support cultural expression and engage diverse audiences in the art and ideas of our time.

ENRICHING LIVES by creating meaningful experiences for all generations that promote personal discovery, exploration, and experimentation.

CONTRIBUTING TO THE BRONX by functioning as an economic catalyst and community anchor that makes the Bronx a great place to live, work, and gather.

FOSTERING INNOVATION by creating opportunities to explore diverse perspectives on new thoughts, ideas, and technologies.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

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  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
    1040 Grand Concourse
    Bronx, NY, US 10456
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