My Profile

Senior Director of Programs - Genesee Country Village & Museum, Mumford, NY

  • July 25, 2019 9:50 AM
    Message # 7796648

    Position: Senior Director of Programs

    Reports to: President & CEO

    Primary Function: Provide leadership and management for four departments and the majority of public programs for an 1800s Historic Village, Nature Center and Art Gallery.

    Direct Reports: Five (5)

    In-direct Reports: One (1) full-time, two (2) year-round part-time, multiple seasonal

    The Senior Director of Programs will provide leadership and management of current and new public programs for the country’s third largest living history museum, which also includes a nature center and an art gallery. The Senior Director will be a creative thinker who can work with staff to develop informative and interesting programs for a wide range of audiences and also assist with implementing new strategic initiatives. The position will require extensive collaboration with other key staff across the Museum and with outside organizations. It will also have a significant impact on attendance and revenue in the coming years.             


    General Management – 60%

    Provide leadership and oversight management the following departments:

    Department of Education (1 staff)

    ·         Oversee coordination of on-site school tours, out-reach programming for schools and adult audiences, youth and adult workshops and seminars in the Historic Village.

    Nature Center (1 staff)

    ·         Oversee coordination of on-site school tours, out-reach programming for schools and adult audiences, youth and adult programs, and camp programs in the Nature Center.

    Department of Special Events (2 staff)

    ·         Oversee coordination of 15-20 large-scale special events per year, including generation of new ideas, scheduling, and logistics.

    Communications (1 staff + 1 consultant)

    ·         Oversee marketing of all Museum programs, including writing of press releases, production of flyers, electronic communication, and development of social media content. Also oversee the Museum’s website content and other workings. Work with PR and Marketing Consultant to plan and implement marketing strategies for all programs. 

    Provide the following support for all departments:

    ·         Insure that all programs are of the highest quality and are both educational and fun for those attending. Also insure that programs support the Museum’s mission and goals.

    ·         Develop and assist in creating budgets for all departments on an annual basis

    ·         Regularly monitor all budgets and promptly address any resulting issues/concerns, insuring that budget goals are met, particularly as they relate to revenue.

    ·         Insure that staff are working efficiently and collaboratively and meeting their respective goals.

    ·         Regularly furnish the Communications Department with information and plans on programs and activities in order to insure adequate publicity and marketing of such programs.

    ·         Work closely with the Department of Development in planning for and developing grant requests, sponsorship requests, and other donor-related activities.

    ·         Assist with staffing or managing events as needed, particularly on nights and weekends.

    Program Planning – 15%

    ·         Develop policies and procedures to insure full and open planning, communications, and evaluation of programs between all departments involved in and affected by public programs.

    ·         Work with staff to develop new programs and evaluate current ones both during regular Museum hours and in the off-season. 

    Strategic Planning/Community Partnerships – 15%

    ·         Serve as point for many of the new programming initiatives within the Museum’s ongoing strategic planning process. Will require building partnerships inside and outside of the Museum.

    ·         Serve as main point of contact for outside groups looking for GCV&M participation in their events/festivals/community programs and represent the Museum throughout the community at meetings, speaking engagements, etc

    Other – 10%

    ·         Serve as a member of the Administrative Committee

    ·         Frequently interact with Board of Trustees and key donors and stakeholders

    ·         Maintain relationships with professional organizations and an understanding of the latest trends in museums and non-profits, particularly living history museums.

    ·         Other duties as assigned.


    ·         8+ years of experience in a museum or educational institution, with a focus on programming, marketing, and/or tourism, with a preference for a living history site.  Supervisory and programming experience also required. 

    ·         Preference for Master’s degree in related field.

    ·         Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.

    ·         Ability and desire to work in a team environment and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

    ·         Proven ability in management and leadership including supervision, planning, budgeting, oral and written communications, and training.

    ·         Proven ability in creating, planning, implementing, and evaluating creative and relevant public programs for a wide range of diverse audiences. Experience with strategic planning is a plus. 

    ·         Excellent computer skills.

    ·         Ability to work nights and weekends, particularly during the summer, and also to travel to museum conferences and to other museums for benchmarking purposes. 

    ·         Must complete a background check.

    There are physical requirements to this position due to getting around the vast campus and managing numerous Museum programs: driving a golf cart and extensive walking when needed, and lifting and carrying at least 25 pounds.

    To apply, please visit: https://newdev.atsondemand.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=512962.viewjobdetail&CID=512962&JID=694167

    Last modified: July 25, 2019 9:55 AM | Becky Wehle

The Museum Association of New York strengthens the capacity of New York State’s cultural community by supporting professional standards and organizational development. We provide advocacy, training, and networking opportunities so that museums and museum professionals may better serve their missions and communities.

Museum Association of New York is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. 

265 River Street
Troy, NY 12180 USA

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software