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Program Manager - The Edgar Allan Poe Museum

19 Apr 2022 1:25 PM | Maeve Jones

Program Manager


The museum’s staff and Board of Directors are honored to be faithful stewards and caretakers of Poe’s legacy and to honestly share his story with the world in meeting the mission of “Illuminating Poe for everyone, evermore.”  The Program Manager position offers the opportunity to influence and enhance the education offerings of the museum as well as to establish and implement the strategic direction for education through programming, events, and visitor experiences. 


What We’re Looking For:

Our successful candidate will understand the role that education plays in ensuring the museum serves as a resource for all things related to Poe, his life, and his significant influence on literature.  By creating fun and engaging programs, this candidate will help ensure that Poe’s story is faithfully told and his influence on literature is celebrated.

Specific Responsibilities.

  • ·       Develop new programs (and augment existing programs) that diversify the museum’s programmatic outreach, including events.
  • ·       Engage all aspects of the Poe community through programmatic outreach to include scholars, students, educators, and all Poe aficionados.
  • ·       Build and strengthen partnerships with a particular focus on the greater Richmond region including schools, other nonprofits, other museums, businesses, historical sites, and tourism partners.
  • ·       Ensure all programmatic initiatives are mission centric and strive for programmatic excellence and profitability.
  • ·       Capture programmatic data that can be used to provide rationale for the development of new programs and funding opportunities.
  • ·       Work with the Executive Director to establish and maintain a program budget.
  • ·       Periodically serve as the back-up for the guest services (front-desk) position in the gift shop and take responsibility for the feeding and care of the cats, Edgar and Pluto.
  • Ensure the operational and programmatic success of the museum which may include task-based activities that are outside the scope of the core-responsibilities listed above.

Further, the Program Manager will:

  • ·       Report directly to the Executive Director.
  • ·       Manage and guide the work of the Event Coordinator and the Program Coordinator.
  • ·       Seek relevant continuing education related to museum programming best practices.
  • ·       Develop a managerial style, that is fair, equitable, ethical and is based on the organization’s guiding principles.
  • ·       Provide consistent and timely critical information to the Executive Director, coupled with periodic updates on the museum’s programming initiatives.
  • ·       Develop a deep appreciation of Poe’s work and ensure that all programmatic efforts are created within the scope of the museum’s guiding principles:

o   Edgar Allan Poe is a visionary and iconic American author whose work is timeless, valuable, and relevant.

o   The Poe Museum is a repository and resource for all things related to Poe’s life, work, and influence. 

o   We are honored to be faithful stewards and caretakers of Poe’s legacy and to honestly share his story with the world. We will do so enthusiastically and with creativity, respecting all aspects of his work, including the quirky and the bizarre.

o   While Poe and his work have far-reaching influence, we are grateful that he called Richmond home and celebrate the museum’s contributions to our community and our community’s contribution to the museum.

Salary and Hours This is a full-time position with some weekend and evening hours required. The annual salary will be capped at $40,000 with an opportunity for increase as the organization prospers.


This posting will remain open and active until the position is filled. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter outlining interest and qualifications to; no phone calls please.


The Poe Museum is a century old historic institution in the Shockoe Bottom neighborhood of Richmond, Virginia and is a repository and resource for all things related to Poe’s life, work, and influence. 

The museum creates a sense of belonging and community along with a rich and diverse set of experiences for its varied audiences which include Poe enthusiasts, educators, scholars, collectors, and more.

Additional information about the beginnings and history of the Poe Museum can be found at: About The Poe Museum - The Poe Museum.

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