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Public Program Manager

Date Posted:  Jan 17, 2023
Requisition ID:  418612

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites (ISMHS) is a statewide museum system with 12 locations including the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis and 11 historic sites in the Indiana communities of Evansville, Corydon, New Albany, Rome City, Madison, Fountain City, Geneva, New Harmony, Nashville, Vincennes, and Metamora.


MissionTo serve as a catalyst for informal lifelong learning that connects the stories of real people, places, and things.


VisionBe the leader in informal lifelong learning that is recognized, sought-after and celebrated regionally, nationally, and globally.



  • Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Stewardship
  • Transparency


Strategic Priorities:

  1. Engage and serve an expanded and diverse audience through transformative experiences: Collections. Exhibits. Programs.
  2. Translate/transform our historic sites from buildings/tours to experiences/legacies.
  3. Brand awareness and reputation management.
  4. Sustainability (product and financial).
  5. Organizational culture.



This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $52,000. 


About the Job:

As the Public Program Manager, you will be responsible for researching, developing, facilitating, promoting and evaluating public, family and adult programs for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. You will be responsible for the supervision and training of the part-time Public Program Engagement Specialist.  You will be responsible for cultivating partnerships to support programs and build relationships within the community.  You will also be responsible for working collaboratively across departments to enhance the visitor experience and support the museum's mission.  

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Vision and Leadership:
    • Develop, manage and administer programs for public, adult and family audiences including large scale events, community festivals and events, holiday programs, classes, and other public programs. 
    • Identify and cultivate key community program partners such as community organizations, libraries, museums, universities, artists and cultural institutions to advance the museum mission
    • Work with the Vice President of Programs and Education Engagement and other departmental staff to develop and implement strategic goals, objectives and action plans for public, adult and family programs
    • Coordinate a comprehensive public, adult and family program plan and schedule
      • Train and oversee volunteers who support museum programming
      • Serve on museum-wide, cross-departmental teams as assigned 
    • Evaluate programs through formal and informal tools and produce relevant reports
    • Work with marketing and communications staff to develop and implement a marketing plan in support of programs 
      Foster strong local, regional and national network of peers in related fields 


  • Community and Support Organizations:
    • Establish and manage relationships with potential and ongoing community partners
    • Present workshops and sessions on various topics at local and statewide museum and education associations and organizations


  • Operations and Supervision:
    • Supervise part time Public Program Engagement Specialist
    • Manage and facilitate public, adult and family programs including special events, festivals and classes
    • Coordinate training of staff, interns or volunteers for public programs
    • Coordinates with visitor services all communication of public programs for staff and general public
    • Identify problems and provide solutions for operations, staffing and program issues 
    • Provide excellent customer service to audiences attending programs, as well as to all visitors within the museum
    • Prepare and administer project budgets for public programming

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in education, museum studies, or a related field
    • Master's Degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of museum or cultural institution experience; administrative experience
  • Knowledge of nontraditional teaching methods.
  • Knowledge of trends in museum education.  Knowledge of similar programs in other museum and education settings.
  • Evidence of creative program development.
  • Ability to relate to diverse audiences personally and through programs.
  • Ability to respond effectively to evaluations and to accept critical suggestions.
  • Familiarity with ADA compliance rules and procedures and awareness of cultural sensitivity issues.
  • Strong public speaking, organizational, networking and public relations skills.
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills.  
  • Ability to pay attention to detail.
  • Coordinate with marketing trends related to education program customers.
  • Broad understanding and experience in museum education for diverse audiences.
  • Supervisory abilities and effective human resource skills.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Coordinate with curatorial staff Research skills and ability to produce accurate information.
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate concepts and information on a variety of Indiana related topics for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to create and manage budgets.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role provides direct supervision for one or more staff members.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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