Public Programs Coordinator, Fredericksburg TX

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Position Title: Public Programs Coordinator

Reports To: Director of Education

Department: Education and Public Programs


Founded in 1971 as a 501(c) 3, the Foundation in an agreement with the Texas Historical Commission, manages and provides financial support to the State owned National Museum of the Pacific War to: 

  • Preserve and exhibit the material history of the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II;  
  • Offer and participate in programs that honor all veterans past and present and in programs that provide strategic insights into national security issues affecting our country;
  • Support education concerning the American experience in the Pacific Area during World WarII; 
  • Preserve and exhibit the material history of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz; and,
  • Providethe public, researchers, teachers and historians with a readily accessible platform for the exploration of the War in the Pacific during World War II. 

Position summary:

The Public Programs Coordinator leads, implements and manages a wide range of interdisciplinary, public and educational programs for the National Museum of the Pacific War that amplify connections between WWII Asiatic-Pacific Theatre history and its enduring relevance.  The position facilitates working collaborations with organizations, professionals, scholars, students, and members of the broader community; to conceptualize, create and manage educational, public, and special programming for the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works closely with Education Director and key staff to formulate a strategic vision for NMPW’s public and educational programs.
  • Develops, implements and manages innovative and compelling public and educational programs- examples from the past include- STEAM Ahead Spring Break and WWII Summer Camp.
  • Develops and manages lectures, symposia, author talks, performances and other programs including adult and children’s classes.
  • Creates, leads and coordinates a wide range of strategic partnerships including universities, organizations, communities, groups and institutions local and beyond.
  • Acts as a liaison for all Public Programs related partnerships.
  • Assists with budget planning, adhering to program budget and maintaining accurate financial records.
  • Supervises in the management of docents and volunteers for programs, including early education, upper level students, special needs and adult education.
  • Researches and identifies funding opportunities for the public and educational program and participates in fundraising efforts including the preparation of funding applications.
  • Coordinates key staff, volunteers, keynote speakers, and community partners, for all commemoration programs (Day of Remembrance, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day).
  • Coordinates key staff, volunteers, subject matter experts, and other partners for the Admiral Nimitz Foundation Annual Symposium. 
  • Participates in digital and physical museum outreach as needed.
  • Develops and implements evaluation tools to analyze the outcomes of educational and public programs, formulate reports, evaluates program effectiveness and make recommendations.
  • Coordinates registrations for all public/education/special programs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge and understanding of organization, goals and objectives, and policies and procedures.
  • Ability to work with experts, curators, scholars from all fields in creating programs for the exhibitions.
  • Excellent attention to detail; strong diplomatic and mediation skills.
  • Excellent organization and communication (both oral and written) skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include evening and weekend assignments.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and specific computer programs related to area of responsibility.
  • Knowledge and experience using websites, social media and other marketing outreach tools.
  • Ability to have a global perspective and apply innovative approaches to interdisciplinary programming in a museum setting.
  • Excellent program development and evaluation skills in Museum education.
  • Ability to define problems using independent judgment and critical thinking, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to display initiative and provide creative solutions.
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Ability to work well in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff.
  • Strong diplomatic and mediation skills.


Physical Demands:

The employee recognises that they work on an education campus encompassing 6 acres and thus daily walking will be involved in meeting the tasks of the day. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. There may be physical demands on occasion, for example, carrying boxes of brochures, carrying supplies, and/or setting up events. Any lifting in excess of forty (40) pounds requires the use of a back brace and dolly. Whilst most work will be indoors, there are occasions when the employee will work on events, filming or other activities outdoors.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Resource Interpretation, Museum Studies, Event Management, Education or a closely related field.
  • Combination of at least 4 years of experience in a similar position andrelated internships. 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft products including Microsoft 365 and SharePoint.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; ability to engage a people with a wide range of ages and experiences.
  • Flexible and adaptable style.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside the Foundation.
  • High energy and passion for the Museum’s mission.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Occasional weekend and evening work is required.

Ideal Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from a nationally accredited institution in Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, Education (special fields 20th Century) or related field and two (2) years of experience in museum setting.
  • Experience with Blackbaud/ALTRU Cultural Management Solution Software or the ability to master new software.
  • Experience in virtual programming such as webinars, virtual tours, distance learning etc.
  • Management of others or team.

Salary Range:

  • $37,000-40,000

To Apply:

  • Send letter of interest, resume and the names and email addresses of three referees to:
  • David B. Shields, Director of Education: