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Public Programs Director, Western North Carolina Historical Association

07 Apr 2020 10:55 AM | Anonymous

Based at the Smith-McDowell House in Asheville, North Carolina, the Western North Carolina Historical Association seeks an experienced Public Programs Director to work with the Executive Director to conceptualize, plan, develop, and oversee all programs for adult and youth audiences. The Public Programs Director will manage multiple projects that interpret the permanent collection, exhibitions, and history of Western North Carolina.

Adult programs include, but are not limited to, lectures, film screenings, book discussions, guided tours, hikes, and other special events. Youth programs include, but are not limited to, school field trips, outreach programs, travelling trunks, and Living History Days.


  • With Executive Director, conceptualize, plan, develop, and facilitate daily, weekly, and monthly programming on site which substantially sustains the organization’s operations;
  • Oversee lectures presented by invited scholars and specialists in a range of historical fields;
  • Develop and implement projects and initiatives that help adult and youth audiences engage more deeply with local history in the museum’s collections and exhibitions;
  • Create physical and online interpretive materials designed to be used in the museum or elsewhere;
  • Lead museum tours for adult and youth audiences and docents that employ sound pedagogical approaches;
  • Train and supervise volunteers to assist with programming;
  • Track and assess the effectiveness and impact of programs and projects and make changes as necessary to serve the needs of diverse audiences and the sustainability of the organization
  • Write promotional copy for public programs;
  • Serve as the point person for Public Programs area for website content management, social media networking, and other online activities;
  • With Executive Director, market adult and youth programs to a diverse audience;
  • Write select components of grant proposals and reports related to public programs;
  • With Executive Director, organize and manage traveling exhibitions from the museum’s collection;
  • With Executive Director, edit and label text on permanent collection and special exhibitions; editing includes clarifying ideas and language for a general museum audience
  • Act as House Museum site supervisor as needed;
  • Adhere to an annual budget.

Education and Experience

  • BA degree in related field; MA preferred – or combination of relevant experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing programming for youth and adults

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills;
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, public speaking, and verbal communication;
  • Able to handle many activities and projects simultaneously;
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as needed to supervise programming;
  • Familiarity with website content management and social media networking;
  • Knowledge of PastPerfect Museum Software is a plus;
  • Applicants should be sensitive to the enhanced public role that museums play in society; and have a passion to communicate history to a diverse audience.

Position Details

  • Part-time, 28 hours/week with potential of becoming full-time as program needs grow
  • Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00am – 4:00pm with additional flexible hours as needed for program coordination and support.
  • Pay rate: $18/hour starting

Position open until filled. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to with ATTN: Public Programs Director Applicant in the subject line.

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