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Chief Programs Officer

19 Mar 2018 2:28 PM | Anonymous

The Tenement Museum is seeking a Chief Programs Officer to work under the direction of the Tenement Museum’s President to help shape the strategic vision for its programming.  In the last five years the museum has successfully completed a capital campaign, doubled its visitorship and budget and expanded its programming to include post-WW II immigration.  Over the next five years the museum will seek to further its mission as an institution that educates America about the value of immigration.  To accomplish this, the museum has developed an ambitious plan to expand its reach and impact beyond the city of New York to the nation as a whole and help reshape the national narrative on immigration.   The Chief Programs Officer will be responsible for leading the development and delivery of innovative programming that will enable the museum to scale its impact.  The museum currently sees 250,000 visitors each year, of which 50,000 are school children, with the goal of increasing visitorship to 350,000 people within the next five years and developing ancillary programming that reaches an additional 650,000 people off-site.  All programs and tours are facilitated by an Educator.   


  • Shape the vision and strategy for exhibitions, education, outreach, and public programs ensuring high-quality and innovative programs.
  • Oversee the planning, design and budgeting of new and existing programs to achieve our goals of expanding our reach and impact. 
  • Ensure continuous quality improvement of all programs and content, including educator evaluation and training. 
  • In collaboration with President, develop and deepen relationships with thought leaders, policy makers and key funders. 
  • Work closely with Development and Finance in the development of program designs, objectives and budgets to support funding proposals and efforts. 
  • In coordination with President and senior management team, play a key role in the overall development, strategic planning, service delivery, and management of the organization.
  • Collaborate across the organization to promote close and productive interdepartmental relationships and communications.
  • Manage a division of two departments, Curatorial and Education, comprised of 14 full time employees and 65 part-time educators.
  • Develop and manage a budget of $1.5 million and regularly monitor program division budgets and expenses.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications

  • A passionate commitment to the Museum’s purpose of educating the nation about the importance and value of immigration and immigrants.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience of development and delivery of educational and/or museum-based programming.
  • Significant experience as a leader of people with the proven ability to recruit, manage performance, retain and develop key talent. 
  • Proven ability to work with and lead teams
  • Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, developing and implementing projects and creating funding proposals and budgets to support that process.
  • Excellent analytical, strategic thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Love of history and storytelling.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Familiarity with digital and emerging technology a major plus.
  • Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in education, history or museum studies preferred.

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter through our career portal.

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