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Public Programs Manager

Museum Vision and Mission:

MOHAI is treasured locally and respected nationally as a vibrant resource where history inspires us to be our best, individually and collectively. By collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of our diverse history, MOHAI highlights our regional tradition of innovation and imagination. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future. MOHAI is a place and a community of people with histories of successes and failures that: bind us together; amuse, disturb, and inspire us; inform and guide us; and deepen our connection with our heritage.


Position Title:  Public Programs Manager

Reports to:  Director of Interpretive Services

Location:  MOHAI, at Lake Union Park’s historic Armory building

Rate of Pay:  $57,000 – $60,000 annually

Classification:  Exempt, Salaried, Full-time

Schedule:  Weekdays with some evenings and weekends

Benefits include: Medical and dental insurance and eligible for participation in 403 (b)      savings plan

Application deadline: Tuesday, August 3, 2021 by 5 p.m.


Position Description:

This position is responsible for all aspects of MOHAI’s Public Programs, ranging from programmatic vision to the details of program execution. This individual will manage the day-to-day responsibilities and oversees all aspects of programming designed to enhance adult visitor engagement with exhibits, in support of MOHAI’s mission. The Public Programs Manager reports to the Director of Interpretive Services and is a member of the Interpretive Services Department and Leadership Team.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and evaluate innovative and balanced public programs utilizing a range of opportunities including workshops, lectures, panel discussions, tours, and family events that will engage and excite a diverse audience.
  • Ensure that all interactions are culturally responsive, respectful, and based on a foundation of MOHAI’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • Oversee that all public programs advance MOHAI’s commitments to racial equity and inclusion.
  • Coordinate and manage public programs including oversight of speaker and artist arrangements and facility logistics for the success of the program.
  • Communicate regularly with internal stakeholders to strengthen collaboration, implementation, and support of Public Programs.
  • In coordination with MOHAI strategic initiatives, analyze target audiences and develop appropriate outreach strategies.
  • Collaborate with the Interpretive Services team to support MOHAI-developed exhibits and create visitor experiences that enhance these exhibits.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of MOHAI in-gallery experiences, including group visits, tours, and digital experiences.
  • Work with the Director of Interpretive Services and Interpretive Services Team to develop programmatic vision, strategic long-range plans, including annual goals, programs, and cross-departmental budgets.
  • In collaboration with the Community Engagement Officer, establish and maintain relationships with individuals, groups and institutions in an effort to extend Museum services to a wider community. Build and foster relationships with other organizations.
  • Supervise and collaborate with the Public Programs Developer and manage Public Programs work performed by the Interpretive Services Coordinator.
  • Collaborate with the Education and Volunteer Coordinator in the training and supervising of departmental interns and volunteers.
  • Manages all people involved with the execution of a public program including volunteers, contractors, and MOHAI staff.
  • Manage department budget, resources, and grant funded programs.
  • Work collaboratively with the Advancement Department to ensure effective funding and promotion of all public programs.
  • Collaborate with Interpretive Services and Collections Resources to produce audience experiences—through exhibits, programs, and group visits—that draw on community partnerships and cultivate new audiences.
  • As a member of the Leadership Team, provide input on museum-wide initiatives, in alignment with the strategic plan.
  • Develop and manage the processes, policies and tools needed to create and implement Public Programs, including Altru and digital program delivery platforms (e.g. Zoom, CultureConnect, etc.)
  • Analyze data and interpret results in support of strategic goals.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of three years’ experience in History, Museology, or related field.
    • Success in developing programs that are engaging to the public.
    • Knowledge of audience engagement best-practices
    • Experience working with community partners
    • Hands-on experience with successful cross-team collaborations.
  • Excellent writing, speaking, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills; and computer literacy.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with the ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and manage multiple assignments.
  • Have or ability to acquire knowledge and experience with racial equity strategies
  • Experience managing a wide variety of people, colleagues, volunteers and external relationships through facilitation as well as conflict resolution.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Familiarity with social media and web-based learning experiences.
  • Experience analyzing data and interpreting results in support of strategic goals.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Willingness to work some nights and weekends as required.
  • Bilingual and multilingual capabilities welcome.
  • Enthusiasm for MOHAI’s exhibits, programs, and mission.

Museum Overview:

For nearly 80 years, MOHAI has been dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. With a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs, oral histories and archival items, and an expansive schedule of exhibits and programs, MOHAI is the region’s premier history center. MOHAI operates a dramatic and award-winning museum in Lake Union Park in Seattle’s vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood, and a Resource Center in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. MOHAI also hosts the Bezos Center for Innovation, focusing on the history and future of innovation in the Puget Sound region.

MOHAI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, please visit

To Apply (no phone calls, please): E-mail a letter of interest, resume, and three professional references by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 to:

MOHAI is a 501(C)3 Organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility and building a diverse team. We encourage contractors of color to apply.

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