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Head of Public Programming
Head of Public Programming
The Phillips Collection
Post Date: 01 Feb 2022


Active – Regular full-time

Professional Public Programming, Washington, DC, US

Requisition ID: 1159

Salary Range: Up to $52,000.00 Annually

Organize and execute the museum’s public program for relating to both special exhibitions and the permanent collection as well as academic and cross-departmental initiatives, both onsite and in external spaces and in partnership with community partners/institutions. Responsible for both live digital and hybrid formats. Collaborates extensively with interdepartmental teams and external partners to create robust, innovative, and inclusive cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural public programs that engage and builds new audiences in alignment with the Phillips’s mission and strategic initiatives. 


  • Supports the vision, strategy, and leads the implementation of the museum’s public program portfolio, including programming for special exhibitions, permanent collection, academic collaborations, and interdisciplinary programming.
  • Responsible for hands on implementation of the museum’s public programming for adult audiences: ensuring success by close collaboration with marketing, education and community engagement, curatorial and other departments. 
  • Organizes the museum’s strategic public programming (including , education, member, and special events) monthly meeting to ensure cohesion and collaboration in all programming efforts.
  • Fosters and manages public program partnerships including cultural organizations, embassies, and other museums to produce strong global/local partnerships and collaborative programs.
  • Works closely with Curators, Music staff, and external partners to develop and execute curatorial directed public programs in relation to current and future exhibitions. 
  • Works with Director of Community Engagement to create and develop unique programming opportunities for Phillips@THEARC
  • Works with Deputy Director of Academic Affairs and Curators to facilitate the annual International Forum / Artist of Consciences.
  • Works with Head of Digital Experiences to highlight and promote public programming across platforms, contributes content ideas and provides strategic input on museum-wide goals related to digital engagement.  
  • Co-creates monthly Phillips after 5 programs with cross-departmental collaboration between public programming, special events, marketing, and membership. 
  • Works with the Chief Diversity Officer to ensure that our programs reflect our principles and are equitable, inclusive, and diverse programming opportunities at the Phillips and satellite locations. 
  • Offers prompt and timely programming information to Development staff to enable them to craft engaging proposals, donor cultivation strategies, grant writing and reporting.
  • Offers prompt and timely programming information to Marketing and Communications staff to enable them to craft engaging promotional materials and promote the events
  • Oversees and manages budgets for public programs initiatives.
  • Manages key relationships with AV contractors for the delivery of hybrid programming. 
  • Works with Community Engagement Assistant to execute and manage all contracts and pay requisitions for public programming.
  • Provides programming data as required for annual reporting and evaluation research related to principal functions.
  • Keeps current with programming trends and ideas in the museum field.
  • Supervises interns in public programming. 
  • Provides departmental administrative support as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • 3-5 years of experience developing, managing, coordinating, and implementing public programs for a museum or equivalent cultural/non-profit institution.
  • Strong interest in and familiarity with museums, art, education, and visual culture.
  • A track record of successful event planning and execution (coordinating with external partners and day-of management experience).
  • Demonstrated experience with engaging diverse audiences/stakeholders/constituencies
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with external partners, including (but not limited to) cultural institutions, foundations, embassies, restaurants, musicians, independent artists, AV contractors, and creatives, etc.
  • Budget, contract and payment requisition management.
  • Ability to lead, manage, delegate, and juggle multiple priorities and simultaneously meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain big picture programming initiatives while maintaining minute details regarding specific programs.
  • Superior interpersonal skills to work with a broad range of people with an instinct for collaboration.  
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Appreciation and understanding for the important history and public mission of The Phillips Collection. 

The Phillips Collection is an equal opportunity employer and administers all employment decisions and personnel actions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic disposition or carrier status, marital status, veteran status, personal appearance, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.


Washington, DC, USA

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