For over 125 years, Pequot Library has been a pillar of Fairfield County, providing professional, encouraging library services and diverse programming to our local and regional community. Pequot Library helps children develop a life-long interest in reading and learning through engaging programs and special activities. The library presents concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and a wide range of cultural, educational and community events in both its Auditorium/Concert Hall and The Perkin Gallery. Inspired by its collections and adult programs, the library engages its audiences with the pressing issues of today. The library is committed to integrating its unique important Special Collections into its day-to-day service to a broad and diverse community through exhibitions, multidisciplinary programs, and hands-on learning opportunities.
Pequot Library Association (Pequot Library) is searching for a dynamic and enthusiastic nonprofit arts professional to develop a wide variety of interpretive programs for all ages that are inspired by the rotating schedule of visual art and Special Collections exhibitions, Children’s Library initiatives, and innovative public library multidisciplinary learning opportunities. Major responsibilities include managing a robust schedule of programs involving artists, authors, musicians, performers and other vendors in the form of gallery talks, panel discussions, symposia, music concerts, theatrical performances, dance, book discussions/signings, and other related programming. The Public Programs Manager will work closely with colleagues to curate a changing schedule of innovative, high-caliber learning experiences for a diverse audience, including film series, day art /history trips, scholarly presentations, hands-on art-making and writing workshops, inter-generational learning opportunities, life-long learning opportunities for older adults, and other experiential opportunities inspired by the Library’s collections and exhibitions.
- Manage a robust schedule of programs involving artists, authors, musicians, performers and other vendors in the form of gallery talks, panel discussions, symposia, music concerts, theatrical performances, dance, book discussions/signings, and other related programming.
- Collaborate with the Library’s longstanding Meet the Author volunteer committee and community partner, Music for Youth as well as other similar community groups.
- Work closely with colleagues to curate a changing schedule of innovative, high-caliber learning experiences for a diverse audience, including film series, day art /history trips, scholarly presentations, hands-on art-making and writing workshops, inter-generational learning opportunities, life-long learning opportunities for older adults, and other experiential opportunities inspired by the Library’s collections and exhibitions.
- Working closely with the Children’s Librarian, support the Library’s annual family and community events including the Fourth of July Bike Parade, Holiday Caroling Party, Miss Susan’s Campout, Halloween Pet Parade, and others.
- Working closely with the Children’s Librarian and Education Coordinator, this position develops and implements a robust schedule of preK-12 schools after-school, summer, and break programs throughout the year, including the annual Fairfield Public Schools student art exhibitions and the Books for Teachers program.
- Manage the Library’s community outreach with school administrators, educators, and peer organizations throughout the area, including developing educator workshops and trainings.
- Working closely with the Education Coordinator and Special Collections Librarian, train and mentor volunteer docents and contracted educators.
- Contribute to development of exhibition related support/interpretive resources like gallery guides and educator pre-visit materials.
- Support Special Collections exhibition development, as needed.
- Develop and manage all speaker/performer contracts.
- Work closely with Marketing and Communications Manager on writing related press releases and program descriptions and the design of invitations and related collateral.
- Evaluate public programs and build awareness and participation, being aware of community needs and interests.
- Draft youth and adult program related grant/fundraising proposals and contribute to the Library’s overall social media presence.
- Manage the Library’s high school and college student internship program.
- Manage the Library’s public program registration.
- Develop and manage the public programs, including school programs, annual project budgets.
- Assist with identifying funding sources and manage grant applications and reports for all public programs.
- Master’s degree in Education, a Humanities subject, or a related field with at least five years of professional experience working in a public, private, or university library, nonprofit arts and/or culture organization, private/public school, an art museum/historical society, or similar setting.
- Proven track record of developing innovative public programs for all ages related to a wide variety of humanities fields and current events.
- Excellent verbal and writing communication skills for a variety of audiences and ages, including the ability to deliver engaging public speeches and presentations.
- Able to thrive in a faced-paced environment that supports teamwork and collaboration among library staff, volunteers, and high school/college interns.
- Prior supervision of professional staff and volunteer management.
$50,000 - $55,000 (annual salary)
How to Apply
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a confidential letter of interest, c.v./résumé, and three references (in one document) by Friday, January 17, 2020 with the subject heading Public Programs Manager to email@example.com. Only the most qualified candidates will be contacted. The application process involves agreeing to a criminal background check.