Manager, Public Programs

Job Type

Full Time




200 Lake Road
New York
United States


The Rockefeller Brothers Fund seeks a Manager for its Public Programs at Pocantico Center who is responsible for overseeing all aspects of public programming on the Estate and represents the Fund in its relationships with a wide variety of partners, including Historic Hudson Valley (HHV), other not-for-profits, and the community.

The Manager, for Public Programs reports to, provides general administrative support, and performs other tasks as requested by the Executive Director, Pocantico Center.

Key Responsibilities

Public Programs


  • Identify and contact potential partners within the cultural ecosystem of Westchester County and New York City to explore opportunities for expanded public access to the estate on the days not programmed by HHV.
  • With the Director of the RBF’s Culpeper Arts and Culture Program, curate the residency and performance programs at The Pocantico Center.
  • Manage the production of The Pocantico Arts Collaborative programs including box office, promotion, and set up in collaboration with Pocantico and Greenrock staff.
  • Work with staff and interested partners to develop diverse public programs that are compatible with the RBF’s mission and broad program objectives.
  • Vet all potential programs with Pocantico staff before entering into a contractual relationship.
  • Issue necessary contracts to partners for specific programs to be conducted on the estate: one type for ongoing programs and another for one-time programs.
  • Schedule and manage calendar for all public programs.
  • Coordinate with Pocantico staff; “Learning Experiences” programs by creating calendar, invitations, information sheets, and gate lists.
  • Manage the two local school collaboratives to encourage ongoing dialogue and joint programming.
  • Oversee the documentation and evaluation of the Pocantico public programs in order to inform the Pocantico Committee, the RBF Board of Trustees, and others of Pocantico Center activities.
  • Manage public program related budget in consultation with the Executive Director.

Visitation Program

·      Review and edit all interpretive material associated with the tours.

·      With the Executive Director, act as RBF liaison with HHV and maintain regular dialogue with the HHV Kykuit team to build and maintain a stronger working partnership.

·      Monitor tours to confirm that RBF and NTHP story is being conveyed on all tours during the applicable seasons.

·      Track monthly visitation numbers and distribute to Pocantico staff. Issue regular updates on the status of the visitation program to the Executive Director.

·      Oversee school garden program and all garden volunteers.

Community Relations and Administrative Support

·      Assist staff in cultivating relationships with community leaders.

·      Perform other tasks, including special projects such as the Orangerie adaptive reuse, as requested by the Executive Director.

The incumbent will perform all other duties assigned by the Executive Director, Pocantico Center.


  • Knowledge of cultural ecosystem in Westchester County and/or familiarity with community leaders on the local and county level is beneficial.
  • Knowledge of the Rockefeller family history and legacy is desirable.
  • Proven organizational skills and orientation to detail.
  • Strong managerial skills and the ability to communicate clearly to a diverse group of individuals and organizations.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Long-range planning skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to understand and apply information technology to efficiently accomplish work.

Additionally, each employee is expected to:

·      Understand and support the philanthropic mission of the RBF.

·      Respect and value those who partner with or request assistance from the RBF.

·      Manage the resources of the RBF in a manner that maximizes the funds available for charitable activity.

·      Appreciate the value of diversity initiatives and equal opportunity in all work relationships.

·      Respect the contribution of each employee of the RBF and support colleagues in fulfilling their individual responsibilities.

·      Appreciate differences in perspectives and point of view and work collaboratively with colleagues toward shared goals and objectives.

·      Commit time to RBF activities and conversations that strengthen the Fund’s culture and improve its effectiveness.

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with five years of related experience with a cultural institution. Alternatively, advanced degree in a related field, with three years of required experience.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from candidates regardless of race, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience, a generous benefits package, and a pleasant work environment.

To apply, please send a letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications along with a resume to Include ‘Manager, Public Programs’ on the subject line of your email. No telephone or fax inquiries please. Application deadline is November 23, 2018.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Attn: Human Resources – Manager, Public Programs, Pocantico Center

475 Riverside Drive, Suite 900

New York, NY 10115

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