About the Clark

The Clark is a leading cultural institution and actively seeks employees who are energized and motivated by its dual mission as an art museum and a center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art. The Clark’s mission and its geographical location define three essential aspects of its character and identity: the quality of its art, the beauty of its pastoral setting, and the depth of its commitment to the generation of ideas. Clark employees enjoy the opportunity to live and work in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, a place of rich natural beauty, a dynamic environment defined by its deep cultural resources, and a region that is growing as both a center of innovation and a major tourist destination.

 Position Summary
The Clark Art Institute is seeking a Head of Public Programs. This position is charged with unleashing the programming potential of the Clark, supporting and augmenting its diverse exhibition and educational offerings.  Building on the Clark’s decades-long tradition as a venue of fine, professional, and performing arts events, the Head of Public Programs will help the institution evolve by implementing innovative, thought-provoking programs related to the museum’s permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, and topical issues of interest. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong background as a presenter of the performing arts and will relish the challenge of assembling a calendar of innovative, thought-provoking events within a museum setting.

This position reports to the Chief Curator.

Applications received before August 26 will be given priority. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)
  • Serve as lead administrator for public programs at the Clark Art Institute.
  • Research, develop, and execute a multifaceted set of public programs—including, but not limited to, lectures, concerts, theater and dance performances, film screenings, and nature walks—that highlight the museum's unique resources and that position the museum as a dependable hub for cultural programming in the Berkshires.
  • Provide direct leadership for budgeting and contract negotiations.
  • Establish and achieve goals for audience development and community engagement.
  • Broaden the diversity of programming.
  • Program and manage a calendar of 200+ annual events in the areas of film, talks, storytelling, book events, theatre, dance, and music, pacing programs based on expected attendance, staff capacity, and institutional priorities.
  • Collaborate with the Chief Curator to identify, develop, and present events that support the exhibition calendar.
  • Prepare/execute contracts, communicate contractual components with museum staff, as needed, and oversee compliance of all contractual components.
  • Prepare and carefully oversee the programming budget.
  • Coordinate and manage logistics for all events, working in collaboration with multiple departments.
  • Manage recruitment/deployment of volunteers to staff key events and/or work with hosting department to ensure appropriate coverage.
  • Oversee Artranet (intranet) and Master Calendar listings to ensure accuracy and completeness.
  • Collaborate with the Communications Department to plan and execute promotional publicity.
  • Forge and maintain strong professional networks among presenters of performing arts and other cultural programming for the public.
  • Forge and maintain professional relationships with local businesses, cultural organizations, and educational institutions to identify, develop, and execute opportunities for cooperative programming.
  • Manage special projects and events as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, and Skills
  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field preferred.
  • Demonstrate a confident, engaging public presence, with the ability to address many audiences, in both large and small settings, formal or informal.
  • Demonstrate the breadth, curiosity, and versatility to help knit the performing arts into a museum setting.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with creative placemaking and the role that museums can play in community development.
  • Demonstrate strong writing skills, appropriate for program notes, publicity materials, grant narratives, and general communication.
  • Demonstrate high proficiency with Google Suite and Microsoft Office, experience with ticketing software, and a welcoming disposition to embrace and learn new technologies as needed.

Work Experience
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible administrative experience in managing performing arts organizations or programs.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Physical Demands: This position requires sitting at a desk/workstation and using a computer for prolonged periods of time as well as moderate physical exertion related to event preparations.
  • Work Environment: Work will be performed in an office environment and museum spaces. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Flexibility in schedule is necessary. Must be able to work frequent evenings and weekends as required by performance schedule.

 All employees at the Clark are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are eligible for an exemption based on a medical, disability, or religious reason. More information on this policy can be provided by the Clark's human resources department.  

Employment at the Clark is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant.

The Clark is an equal opportunity employer.


Department: Curatorial
This is a full time position

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