Manager of Public Programs

Posted on 01/31/2019

Manager of Public Programs
Gilcrease Museum – Application Deadline: Open until filled

The Manager of Public Programs reports directly to the Director of Learning and Community Engagement at Gilcrease Museum. In collaboration with the Director of Learning and Community Engagement, develops, plans, and implements public programs connecting the Museum’s mission, strategies and core ideas to the culture at large. This is a full-time, grant-funded position.  Identifying funding to continue this position is a museum priority.


  • Under the leadership of the Director of Learning and Community Engagement and in collaboration with community representatives, staff and other stakeholders, serves as the point person to develop an innovative roster of programs that result in increased attendance, community engagement, and generate revenue
  • Coordinates and implements all aspects of programs, including but not limited to large-scale social programs and festivals, lectures, symposia, films, performances, workshops, in-gallery artist-centric programs, and special projects
  • Identifies strong threads in contemporary culture and community conversations that tie into the Museum’s core stories and mission and creates a dynamic forum to explore these developments
  • Collaborates with and supports visual and performing artists, scholars and other presenters through traditional, interdisciplinary and innovative practices
  • Collects, analyses data, evaluates attendance and level of engagement and learning from programs and revises strategies in response to findings as needed
  • Collaborates with marketing staff to promote Museum programs and develops resources and materials for publications, publicity, and social media
  • Works with other Museum departments to effectively plan and improve working methods for the successful delivery of public programs, particularly AV/IT production, Membership, Special Events, Development, Volunteer Services, and Physical Plant
  • Works with the education team, curators and other Museum and university staff in researching, developing and producing interpretive materials for varied constituencies (i.e., adults, college students, volunteers, senior citizens and the general public) as part of public programs
  • Develops, manages and tracks program budgeting on a regular basis
  • Performs additional tasks or accepts other responsibilities as requested

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Art History, History, Visual Arts, Anthropology, Education or a related field with a strong grounding in the history, culture and creative expressions of North America; three years of experience producing public programs and events in a museum or cultural organization; demonstrated creativity in developing new models for programs and visitor engagement; strong writing and communication skills; professional and collaborative approach; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; budgeting, billing and record keeping experience;  flexibility and sensitivity to working with diverse audiences; proficient in PC or Mac software applications, including Word, Excel, and Outlook; ability to work flexible hours, including frequent evening and weekend hours, for programs as required.

Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in Art History, History, Visual Arts, Anthropology, Education, Museum Studies or related field preferred.  Multilingual ability, particularly in Spanish, is a plus.

The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.  The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.  The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to:  The University of Tulsa, Office of Human Resources, 800 S. Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK  74104 or email to [email protected] or fax to (918) 631-3543.  The review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer Disabled/ Veteran.