Program Manager

Weeksville Heritage Center

Organization Description: 
Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC) is a historic site and cultural center in Central Brooklyn that uses education, arts, and a social justice lens to preserve, document and inspire engagement with the history of Weeksville, one of the largest free Black communities in pre-Civil War America, and the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses. Founded in 1838, Weeksville was the second largest of approximately 100 independent African-American communities established before the Civil War.

When a group of community activists rediscovered three remaining original homes 1968, they purchased, rehabilitated, and restored the Hunterfly Road Houses, re-opening their doors as the Weeksville Heritage Center in 1973. In 2014, WHC opened its new Cultural Arts and Education Center and campus, including a visual arts gallery, performance space, resource center, and administrative offices. WHC is now poised for a bright new era, with the resources and vision in place to fully activate our history and expand our education, preservation, and public programming.

Recently announced as New York City’s newest Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) member, the first since 1998, WHC is one of New York City’s cultural treasures, dedicated to preserving and celebrating the story of the 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, a nationally significant, exceptionally well-documented and rare extant example of an independent African-American community organized by Black entrepreneurs and land investors to promote economic, social, and political rights.

Position Description:
The Program Manager is an integral part of the Programming department working closely with the Vice President of Learning and Engagement to oversee the Programs team. The incumbent will manage various programs and exhibitions, working collaboratively with other teams across the organization to ensure the successful facilitation of exhibitions and events.

Reports to:
Vice President of Learning and Engagement

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
– Collaborates with the Vice President of Learning and Engagement to lead and manage a portfolio of programs related to program development, delivery, promotion, and scheduling, in addition to exhibitions, in accordance with the organization’s education and public programming plans
– Oversees the Program team function, supervising the Program Coordinator and acts as team liaison with other members of the organizational staff
– Manages the budgets for all programs
– Ensures policy implementation for compliance and safety for all programs
– Serves as the main point of contact for artists and curators 
– Liaises with the program team leadership, Finance, and program partners to coordinate participant contracts, forms, and to ensure payments are received
– Coordinates logistics for all public programs, community engagement initiatives, development/fundraising, and special projects including production checklists, event and program copy, work orders, marketing support requests, walkthroughs and run-of-shows
– Serves as the internal point of contact during programs and events, troubleshooting with IT and Operations where necessary
– Produces and organizes program evaluations for participants, visitors, and facilitators

Candidate Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in any field of study.
– Minimum 2 years’ experience in arts education and/or program development
– Minimum 3 years’ experience working in nonprofit sector, preferably in a social justice, arts, or cultural organization
– Cultural competency to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
– Ability to demonstrate the authority, passion, and vision for Weeksville Heritage Center’s unique history for a broad audience
– Demonstrated success in managing and motivating a team, both as a member and a leader
– Ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities
– Proficient computer skills, especially using Microsoft Office Suite and G Suite
– Detail-oriented with excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills

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Application Info:
Submit a resume and cover letter to: Please include Program Manager in the subject line and include where you found this job posting in the body of your email. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Thank you for your interest in the position.