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Manager of Public Programs

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is at the beginning of a long path toward building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) institution. We are looking for individuals, at all levels of the institution, who are interested in joining us on this journey of intentionality and public accountability. This path broadens our workforce (board, staff, volunteers), expands our artist selection and acquisition practice as well as strengthens our internal and external communication systems, networks and norms.

The Manager of Public Programs Oversees all programs and engagements at Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) including workshops, talks, performances, interactive and educational programs with an emphasis on developing engaging and meaningful experiences for a wide array of audiences. Strong communication and organizational skills are a must. Successful community engagement experience and a track record of intentional audience growth through informal learning experiences are key to this work. Priorities include budget and project management experience. Program creation and evaluation experience required. This position reports to GFS’ Director of Education & Community Engagement and works collaboratively across the Education Department, and other departments, on planning, marketing, evaluation, and outreach. Education Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) practice, strong written and communication skills, collaborative working style and a self-starter are needed.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Develops, manages and creates public programs for diverse audiences with a constant eye toward growing our audiences to represent the regional community.
  • Serve as an ambassador for Grounds For Sculpture to help foster a culture of inclusion for all members, donors, volunteers, and guests.
  • Represents and advocates for the museum’s mission and programming to stakeholders both public and private maintains effective working relationships with colleagues, GFS supporters, and the public at large.
  • Oversees and manages partner artist & educators who explore art making, horticulture and wellness with youth, families and adults.
  • Fosters an atmosphere in which inquiry, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and reflection are valued.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate the work of relevant staff, Museum Educators, and volunteers working directly on public programming.
  • Oversees three studio spaces and material orders, ensuring supplies for programs are always on hand.
  • Works collaboratively across departments to analyze target audiences, and marketing and outreach strategies, to ensure effective promotion of programs.
  • Actively contributes to, and collaborates on, programming reports to funders and the cultivation of new funders or funding opportunities.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues across GFS to develop, coordinate, and promote programs tied to exhibitions, new institutional initiatives, and/or strategic goals.
  • Manages payroll for Public Programs staff and creates and tracks program budgets in conjunction with the Director of Education & Community Engagement and Finance Department.
  • Ensures quality of program delivery and develops and routinely implements systems for evaluating the impact and effectiveness of studio, horticulture, and teambuilding programs. These systems may include direct observations of instructors/educators, individual conferences, collecting feedback from visiting groups, monitoring attendance and participation data and trends, documentation, and preparing and analyzing statistical reports.
  • Strategically expands opportunities to increase and generate new contributed and earned revenue--thoughtfully budgeting, forecasting, and managing this growth with sustainability squarely in mind.
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field  
  • 3 or more years of relevant work experience
  • Background in art education, museum education, horticulture education, or related discipline.
  • Demonstrate respect and inclusiveness to all employees, embracing differences
  • Knowledge of, and ongoing interest in, best practices in museum teaching and studio art or horticulture education.
  • Experience both managing and facilitating hands-on/studio-based, teambuilding programs or performances for diverse audiences in a museum, garden, or similar informal learning setting.
  • Proven project management and evaluation skills.
  • Experience hiring, training, and managing professional staff and/or volunteers.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with strong understanding of, and experience with, budget management.
  • Ability to prioritize and work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Outstanding customer service and people skills, centered on teamwork, humility, and humor.
  • Creative thinker with strong organizational, communication and written skills.
  • High degree of computer proficiency, including database management experience and web research and social media skills.
  • Grounds For Sculpture requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Grounds For Sculpture will consider requests for reasonable accommodations. *2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna, 1 dose of J&J

GFS is stronger for the diverse ideas, lived experiences, passions and skill sets of our staff. To that end, we offer equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws. 


Compensation & Benefits: 

Annualized Salary: $60,000.00

Full Time (Exempt)

Benefits: Grounds For Sculpture offers a benefit package including: 403b plan with a discretionary match, medical benefits, dental and vision benefits, paid time off, company paid holidays, company paid life insurance, long term disability and ADD benefits.

Interested in applying? Please apply directly through our website and must include a cover letter:

About Grounds For Sculpture

Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum, founded by the late artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson. Featuring nearly 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in a beckoning landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and beckoning spaces to welcome, surprise and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture offers rotating special exhibitions in its six indoor galleries, rich educational programs, and dynamic family events. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : General

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