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Posted: 08/20/2018

Museum at Eldridge Street
Public Programs

The Museum at Eldridge Street, a non-sectarian cultural organization, was founded with a mission to restore and interpret its home, the historic 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue. The Museum welcomes people of all backgrounds with educational and cultural programs inspired by the landmark building and its rich community in the Lower East Side neighborhood. Opened in 1887, the synagogue is the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Today, it is the only public marker remaining of the great wave of Jewish migration to the Lower East Side. Exhibits, tours, cultural events and educational programs tell the story of Jewish immigrant life, explore architecture and historic preservation, inspire reflection on cultural continuity, and foster collaboration and exchange between people of all faiths, heritages and interests.

Manager of Public Programs
Professional Opportunity
New York, NY
Open Until
Until Filled


The Associate Director of Cultural Programs designs, plans and conducts arts and heritage programs including concerts, festivals, walking tours, and lectures. This role is crucial to the Museums engagement with the public, as they manage the strategic and logistical aspects of the Museums year-long public programming and craft the creative direction of the public-facing programs. The Museums programs focus on Jewish culture, immigrant history, Lower East Side culture, and architectural preservation. An understanding of Jewish culture and the citys arts scene is important. This is a full-time salaried position reporting to the Executive Director. This position works Sunday Thursday with occasional evening hours required.



·         Designs, plans and coordinates Museums arts and culture programs

·         Negotiates and produces contracts for all program talent

·         Plans, coordinators, secures volunteers, and handles logistics for the Museums signature Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival

·         Coordinates with Manager of Operations to oversee on-site logistics for cultural programs including securing volunteers and additional staff, necessary supplies and equipment, clean up, etc.

·         Coordinates with senior staff to market and promote cultural programs

·         Works with Director of Public Engagement to foster partnerships with other arts and community organizations

·         Manages public ticket sales, reservations, and audience check-in

·         Creates program budgets and evaluates income vs. expense

·         Researches and updates current cultural and heritage program resources and interest areas for discussions on future programming

·         Provides cultural program department and event descriptions, project audience size, and provide cultural program/event budgets to assist Vice President for Institutional Development on grants applications and reporting

·         Works closely with Director of Public Engagement to analyze program effectiveness and craft future program strategy




The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:


·         Ability to analyze and think strategically about programming and Museum initiatives

·         Ability to work in a team as well as independently and proactively

·         Strong investment in role as Museum ambassador at public events

·         Basic knowledge of talent contracts

·         Ability to troubleshoot and handle on-site issues

·         Excellent organizational skills with attention to program and on-site details

·         Ability to create and manage short-term program budgets

·         Strong negotiation skills

·         Budget planning, development and control

·         Effectively communicate both orally and in writing

·         Familiarity with the local and national arts and culture arena, with preferred experience in the world of Jewish culture


The idea candidate will meet the following education and experience requirements:

  • Minimum Bachelors degree in arts, culture, or preservation

How to apply
To apply for the position, please send cover letter with salary requirements, and attach a resume in an email to BDimun@eldridgestreet.org. Please include “Manager of Public Programs” within the subject line of your email. No phone calls please. The Museum at Eldridge Street is an equal opportunity employer. As such, the Museum provides equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination with respect to age, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identification, marital status, military status or veteran, national origin, political association, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other classification protected by federal, state and local laws. The Museum at Eldridge Street is a 501-c-3 tax-exempt organization.
Chelsea Dowell
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 11215

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