Taft Museum of Art seeks a Manager of Adult Programs.

The Taft Museum of Art (TMA), located in downtown Cincinnati, is seeking a full-time Manager Adult Programs (MAP), reporting directly to the Director of Learning & Engagement.  This position is unique and requires a positive, highly organized team player who loves working with the public is an avid educator and has a passion for helping others learn and engage in the arts. Art History education is required, or something compatible.  Attention to detail is vital; able to works independently is a must and a communicator that can connect with people of all different backgrounds and thinking styles. 

Position Overview:  Reporting directly to the Director of Learning and Engagement, the Manager of Adult Programs (MAP) impacts the Taft in delivering its mission of providing meaningful experiences by connecting people with great art in a historical setting and the community. The individual in this position plans, develops, coordinates, implements, and evaluates adult programs ranging from lectures and symposia to musical performances and writing workshops. They work closely with curatorial, development, marketing, and operations departments to assist with program planning and interpretation for exhibitions and collections, grant funding, publicity, and facility usage.

The MAP organizes programs for diverse audiences, ranging from novice to expert; explores new program initiatives and collaborations with community partners; and advances the Taft's mission and long-range plan goals. Also, they need to be a highly effective public speaker and educator capable of speaking in front of large groups. Must have excellent writing and technology skills. They interact with the arts community and civic groups as an advocate for the arts and the Museum. The ability to communicate in a highly effective way, both in writing and speaking, with artists, other educators, and Museum staff, is critical to success and delivering the mission of the Museum.

The MAP maintains a budget for the department. Having a flexible schedule is part of the position, evenings, and weekends required.

Roles and Responsibilities (The work.)


  • Enrolls and works closely with the Director of L&E to develop a diverse range of programs for adult audiences.
  • Develops adult programs based on the Museum’s collection and exhibitions and explores new and innovative ways to connect art to music, literature, and technology.
  • Collaborates closely with the curatorial department and the Director of L&E to develop interpretive materials for adult audiences; works closely with the Museum’s Development Department developing and coordinating information for grants and program gifts.
  • Develops and manages budgets for adult programs, including grant reparations.
  • Negotiates and executes contracts with speakers, artists, and independent contractors.
  • Manages program logistics and oversees registrations for programs and events. Must be able to manage multiple programs at the same time.
  • Works closely with the marketing department to promote programs and events, including café or special events as needed.
  • Maintains attendance records and evaluates programs and compiles audience evaluation results to utilize for future program improvement.
  • Oversees website updates and online registrations as they pertain to adult programs.
  • Professionally presents and introduces programs to the staff, visitors, and audiences.
  • Assist Director of L&E with the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, including scheduling meetings for the Duncanson Committee, processes applications, setting up interviews with DAR applicants, and assisting with program planning in preparation for the residency.

Community Engagement

  • Collaborates with community leaders and organizations to develop programs that reach diverse audiences.
  • Communicates with community groups/organizations to foster program partnerships and to generate visitor participation.
  • Represents the Museum in the community regularly, including presenting programs and speaking to civic groups.
  • Creates new and innovative programs in art history, history, music, and other relevant areas to engage new audiences of adults.
  • Understands and embraces the museum's mission and goals. Models and reinforces core values of respect, integrity, excellence, creativity, and collaboration.


  • Additional projects as assigned by Director or CEO.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university (Master's preferred) in art history, art education, public history, arts administration, or related field.
  • Two years or more developing and implementing programs in an art museum or similar non-profit institution. Excellent understanding of museum education theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing Adult Programs and serious interest in reaching local community audiences; excellent general knowledge of art history, performing arts, and film.
  • Supervising a small team and grant writing experience.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, reliable transportation, be able to climb stairs, and to stand for up to three hours at a time.

Competencies & Core Values (How we get the work done!)


  • Listens without judgment; does not form a response until others have wholly expressed their thoughts. Values ideas from others, even when views differ from your own. Builds trust!
  • Understands and values each team member’s expertise, background, experience, and unique perspective.
  • Creates a pleasant work environment by being a positive influence and respectful to every person.


  • Demonstrates excellent service by responding and communicating to the docents/volunteers, visitors, staff, board members, and others in an accurate, timely, proactive, and positive way.
  • Follows all the policies, processes, and procedures outlined in all TMA manuals to include, but not limited to, HR, Security, Facility, and Curatorial.
  • Impeccable with one’s word. Always conducts yourself in a trustworthy and ethical manner.


  • Knowledge of the TMA collection, to be considered one of the experts at the museum regarding upcoming exhibitions and the museum collection.
  • Skilled educator and public speaker who can create an engaging environment so the participant will learn and grow. 
  • Excellent writing and technology skills to include Microsoft Office essential software: Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • High-energy professional, who can be on feet for extended periods, deliver tours and training others. Move through the museum with confidence and serve as a role model.  
  • Detail orientation with outstanding organizational skills and excellent follow-through. Understanding of urgency of deadlines and practical completion of time-sensitive tasks.  
  • Ability to achieve essential goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrates emotional maturity and ability to stay calm under pressure, smile, and think on feet.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships, maintain a high level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances.


  • Demonstrates curiosity, initiative, and enthusiasm for learning about new information technologies, processes, current best approaches, and methods. Is open to change and brainstorming possibilities with others, receptive to feedback and ideas from others.
  • Thinks out of the box and is innovative in new learning and engagement approaches for adult audiences.
  • Demonstrates proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability.
  • Collaboration
  • Works with docents and other staff by enrolling the right people at the right time to deliver the right programs and information.
  • Communicates on a timely basis and ensures all are aware of any significant changes, with plenty of lead time.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work with different personalities and thinking styles.


Salary range: $35,900.00-$39,500.00. Benefits include: Health Care Insurance, 401K, Dental Care, Life Insurance, Vacation Days, Personal Days, Sick Days, Parental Leave, Free downtown parking, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Museum membership, and other special discounts.

Job classification: Full-time, salary

To apply: visit  https://taftmuseum.org/get-involved/careers/job-openings/?gnk=job&gni=8a7887a86f38cafc016f76ef9a6e4e48&gns=Ohio+Museums+Association. Deadline to apply is February 29, 2020. Please ensure you submit a cover letter, resume, sample of your writing (program and talk), and three references. Our team will review your information, and we will get back to you, we promise, with the next steps.  No phone calls, please.

Posted: January 14, 2020
Deadline: February 29, 2020