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Head of Public Programs

Harvard University

Harvard University

Head of Public Programs
University Administration
60412BR

Job Summary

The Head of Public Programs is a skillful collaborator who leads a team engaging millions of annual visitors by crafting inclusive, accessible programming for diverse audiences. They are a leader who facilitates relationships across the Arboretum, other units of Harvard University, related cultural institutions, the City of Boston, and diverse, local community groups. Reporting to the Director of the Arnold Arboretum, the Head of Public Programs is responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the Arboretum’s public programming.

As part of its 150th anniversary, the Arboretum is keenly focused on two goals: renewing our founding promise of environmental justice in the landscape and combating climate change. The Public Programs department is central to the institution’s effort to create more equitable access for neighbors and attract a more diverse set of audiences. The Head of Public Programs will play a leadership role in these initiatives to create a more welcoming culture across the Arboretum.

The Arnold Arboretum is Harvard University’s museum of trees, combined with world-class scientific resources, and a commitment to enhancing our diverse programming. As part of the Boston Parks system, free and open to all daily, we host 3-4 million visitors each year and were one of the very few botanical gardens or arboreta in the world not to close during the height of the pandemic. We view ourselves as a key public health resource to the City of Boston and beyond. The Arnold Arboretum has a visitor center in the Hunnewell Building and also has a mobile visitor center that moves around the landscape to meet people where they are.

We welcome interested applicants to view our website at: https://arboretum.harvard.edu to learn about our sesquicentennial celebration at https://arboretum.harvard.edu/arnold150/. Read about our land acknowledgment https://arboretum.harvard.edu/stories/early-indigenous-land-use and our statement on the legacy of slavery: https://arboretum.harvard.edu/about/our-history/the-arnold-arboretum-and-the-legacy-of-slavery/.

Position Description

  • Leverage the Arboretum’s renowned plant collections and highly knowledgeable staff to connect with a broad audience using both in-person and digital content.
  • Develop and implement a strategic plan for public programs that ensures excellence in the design, delivery, and assessment of all formal and informal visitor experiences.
  • Manage and actively support the work of the Program Manager for Visitor Engagement, the Manager of Children’s Education, the Digital Programs and Content Manager, and indirectly their staff and volunteers.
  • Serve as an advocate and representative for the department by sharing successes externally and communicating departmental needs internally.
  • Closely collaborate with members of the Arboretum senior management team, particularly Living Collections, Institutional Advancement, Research, and the Library to advance the Arboretum’s mission.
  • Engage with Arboretum colleagues and consultants to develop and implement signage improvements across the landscape and also inform designs to renovate Arboretum entrances to enhance the visitor experience.
  • Prepare and manage departmental annual budgets to align with the strategic plan of the department and the Arboretum institutional priorities.
  • Occasional night and weekend work required for special events.

Basic Qualifications
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications to be considered for this role:

  • Seven or more years of experience working at a public garden, museum, library, community center, or educational setting including creating visitor programming for multiple audiences.
  • Four or more years of staff and volunteer management.
  • Demonstrated experience in reaching and welcoming diverse audiences.
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills including the Microsoft Office Suite.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and teamwork skills.
  • Graduate degree in education, museum studies, public gardens management, plant sciences, or a related field, preferred.
  • Experience in outdoor education programs and/or interpretation of natural sites.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Record of achievement working with diverse communities with a culturally competent approach, defined as the ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including tact, diplomacy, and the ability to influence and direct others.
  • Demonstrated team leadership skills
  • Budget and contract management experience.
  • Multilingual (working knowledge of one or more additional languages) preferred.

Physical Requirements

This position takes place in indoor, greenhouse, and outdoor conditions. This position supervises events that take place outside for several hours.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

Job Function
Museum

Sub Unit
Arnold Arboretum

Location
USA – MA – Jamaica Plain

Department
Public Programs

Time Status
Full-time

Union
00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Education, Identity

Schedule
Full time. Monday through Friday. 35 hours per week.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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