Public Programs Manager


Public Programs Manager

Reports to:

Warehouse421 (general) manager

Job Status:

Permanent, full-time, Sunday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm: 40 hours per week, plus some evening and weekend hours required.

Job Summary:

The Public Programs Manager is responsible for cultivating a vibrant community around Warehouse421 through envisioning, producing, and evaluating unique and memorable exhibitions, public events, activities, and multi-faceted initiatives. Programs seek to engage with diverse groups to build a connection with Warehouse421 in unique, creative, and enduring ways.

The Public Programs Manager is responsible for the research, development, planning, implementation and evaluation of all public programs at Warehouse421 and for ensuring that these forward thinking programs complement and supplement the exhibition program, serve the institution’s mission, and are guided by its long-term plans.


  • Develop and executes a year-round calendar of exhibitions, events, activities, and initiatives from idea through evaluation. Invent new, unique, high-quality programs from scratch and evaluate and tweak returning programs to make them better. Creatively envision ideas that achieve multiple goals, articulate their value, and work toward them over time with many different partners and collaborators;
  • In collaboration with warehouse421 (general) manager, plan and implement all exhibition at Warehouse421;
  • Prepare and/or supervise exhibition interpretation materials, including didactic labels, gallery notes, family guides, visitor comment books, and other related visitor services in close consultation with exhibition curators and warehouse421 (general) manager;
  • Be responsible for all bookings and the delivery of Public Programs, including but not limited to exhibition talks, lectures, symposia, special activities, performances, film screenings, music concerts as well as activities for families and children;
  • Ensure events are designed to Warehouse421 target audiences, reaching a range of groups. Enact strategies for audience growth and diversity as part of Warehouse421’s marketing and audience strategies;
  • Conduct audience research and evaluate program effectiveness;
  • Produce small and large-scale events across the arts, design and humanities disciplines. Producing events Warehouse421 requires flexibility and adaptability given its restrictions;
  • Work with Communications & Marketing team to produce key communications and promotional materials, and shape the language used to describe programs and community engagement. These materials include press releases, print calendars, postcards, flyers, and advising on newsletter articles, blog posts, and more. Oversee some of the department’s marketing initiatives to help build a local audience. Occasionally, speak with members of the press;
  • Prepare, monitor, manage, and evaluate the department budget;
  • Undertake feasibility analysis of all programs, ensuring programs are financially sustainable;
  • Develop and report the Public Programs project and annual key performance indicators;
  • Prepare Public Program content for funding applications;
  • Be responsible for the Public Program statistical reports and contact database;
  • Establishes short-term and long-term goals and objectives for the department in consultation with Warehouse421 (general) Manager;
  • Maintain a current knowledge of national and international public programs management practices and comparative contemporary international museum practices and visual culture;
  • Develop and maintain professional networks, attend workshops and professional courses and supervise and train staff as required;
  • Establish relationships with other cultural organizations. Visit relevant exhibitions and events, establish and maintain contacts within the art and academic community and liaise with professional colleagues;
  • Identify, initiate, and deepen relationships with various community stakeholders;
  • Represents Warehouse421 to a variety of special constituencies (local, regional, and national) and to the public at large;
  • Attend Warehouse421 events as required, which includes evening and weekend hours;
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Management Team to achieve institutional goals and objectives;
  • Meet weekly with Warehouse421 (general) manager;
  • Performing related duties and responsibilities as required.

Education and Work Experience:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Art History, Museum Education or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years programmatic and staff management experience.

Skills and Other Characteristics:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement Public Program strategy and programs.
  • Demonstrated experience of program delivery including the ability to work independently and with a team to deliver institutional and individual goals on time and within budget and be familiar with event management and administration.
  • Excellent contacts and professional networks. Good knowledge of persons qualified and appropriate to deliver Public Program content.
  • Knowledge of UAE and regional art and culture.
  • Excellent organizational skills, flexibility and ability to work well in a team. Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines. Clear and articulate written and oral communication skills.
  • Proven ability to liaise at all levels within the institution and with other industry bodies, contractors, suppliers and customers.
  • Strive for excellence and detail orientation in all initiatives.
  • Excel in staff management and interpersonal interaction, have keen listening skills, strong ability to guide others at differing levels of experience, and ability to teach and be taught by colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to both envision and execute a broad range of public events and activities; some experience with educational programming is required.
  • Ability to thrive in a busy, fast-paced environment and be adept at juggling many projects at once.
  • Ability to articulate strategy and provide ongoing direction to implement that strategy.
  • Flexible, fun, and collaborative personality.
  • Appreciates and relentlessly pursues the high level of excellence required in all aspects of the operation of this public space.
  • Flexible and able to handle unexpected situations and with meeting aggressive deadlines.
  • Appreciation for aesthetics and design.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and database skills.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Excellent research skills.
  • Comfortable speaking to large groups and diverse audiences.
  • Oral and written fluency in Arabic desired.
  • Self-motivated.
    Ability to commit to a flexible work schedule, including occasional nights and weekends.

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