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Manager, Program Initiatives

Posted: 05/23/2022

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Job Title: Manager, Program Initiatives
Department:  Community Engagement
Reports To: Senior Director, Education and Community Engagement
Wage: $44,000 annually
FLSA Status: Fulltime/ Exempt
Job Code: 61300

The statements below reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the major responsibilities of the identified position and are not to be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job. An asterisk (*) indicates that this is an essential function of the job as outlined in the American with Disabilities Act.


The Manager of Program Initiatives is responsible for coordinating and implementing programmatic initiatives that advances and fulfills the mission of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center both locally and nationally.

Public Programs

  • Provide support in the execution of programming content that reflect the legacies of American slavery and contemporary slavery
  • Develop programs that reflect educational standards 
  • Produce program initiatives that promote the mission and vision, adhering to grant guidelines and requirements when appropriate
  • Model, implement, and assess strategies related to the institutional objectives
  • Provide leadership in the development of programming content that connects American slavery to contemporary slavery
  • Serve as an advocate for enhancing the national aspect of the institution
  • Create and develop programming surveys to evaluate programmatic goals
  • Support planning and implementation for promotions of programming initiatives
  • Create various programming initiatives related to relevant topics around the changing and permanent exhibitions

Community Engagement

  • Maintain community contacts and partnerships
  • Forge new community relationships to increase program attendance
  • Act as the liaison between other institutions and the museum
  • Support partnership opportunities with organizations, local and national
  • Collaborate with educational institutions and community organizations
  • Participate in projects, committees, or community activities

Project Management

  • Develop and manage project budgets
  • Evaluate and report on programs and events

Professional Development

  • Stay current on research as it pertains to the position
  • Attend conferences, webinars and training to remain current with museum updates


  • Bachelor of Arts in History, Interpretive Planning, Museum Studies, or related field (2 years or more related work experience may be equivalent)
  • Demonstrate experience working with community organizations
  • Strong knowledge of Underground Railroad and African American History preferred
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to adapt quickly and remain flexible
  • Ability to work with a diverse workforce
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Suite

Working Conditions:

Standard office environment associated with position. Must be able to lift 35 lbs. Must be able to stand and walk for extended periods of time. May be required to perform other duties as requested or assigned.

Additional Information:

Position is full time. Flexible day, weekend, and evening availability necessary. Must work some holidays.

Please apply at or mail resume to

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