Public Programs Manager

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SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Public Engagement, the Public Programs Manager manages an array of public programs reflecting the diversity of the Newberry’s core collections. Formats include lectures, discussions, symposia, workshops, and performances for a variety of audiences. The Manager takes primary responsibility for ensuring that all events meet the highest standards of quality, professionalism, and hospitality.

RESPONSIBILITIES: In collaboration with the Director of Public Engagement, the Manager:

  • Plans and produces audience-centered events, working with speakers and other participants on program content and format;
  • Ensures smooth operation of logistics and high-quality audience experience during events;
  • Maintains communications with program participants, Newberry colleagues involved with specific programs, funders, and other partners;
  • Uses registration software to oversee registration records and reports, analyzes program statistics, and oversees maintenance of detailed program records;
  • Works with the Marketing Communications department to develop marketing and publicity strategies to promote programs;
  • Develops and oversees audience research and program evaluation and analysis;
  • Prepares and manages annual budget, researches funding opportunities, and assists with drafting grant proposals and reports;
  • Contributes to long-term planning and strategic direction for the program;
  • Collaborates across the institution to develop programming integrated with broader library initiatives;
  • Represents the Newberry with outside academic, professional, and cultural organizations, and builds relationships with prospective collaborative partners;
  • Directs, supervises, and evaluates the work of a Program Coordinator;
  • Performs other activities as required to achieve department, division, and library goals



  • Master’s degree in a humanities or humanistic social sciences field, public history, or museum studies; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Proven initiative and strong organizational skills and attention to detail, with demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Excellent communication, public speaking, and interpersonal skills, and clear and organized writing and editing proficiency;
  • Experience in supervision (of employees, interns, volunteers, or similar);
  • General competence with office equipment and software, including Microsoft Office programs


  • Experience in producing public programs;
  • Experience or training in project management;
  • Experience with the culture of academic institutions, public humanities institutions, or research libraries

SCHEDULE: This is a full-time, exempt position that generally works 35 hours per week, varying between Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday, depending on the program schedule. While a remote work arrangement is possible, the incumbent will primarily work onsite.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Starting salary c. $36,400. The Newberry offers a comprehensive benefits package including a variety of health, dental, and vision insurances; generous paid time off (vacation time, sick leave, personal days, and paid holidays); a 403(B) retirement plan with an employer match after the first year; employer-provided basic life insurance; and much more.

TO APPLY: See our Employment web page here. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Applications without both items will not be considered. Please no phone calls.

The Newberry’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is essential to our mission: providing free and open access to a collection spanning more than six centuries; building and sustaining communities of learning, advancing and disseminating knowledge; and acquiring and preserving materials that represent a range of perspectives and experiences—including those that historically have been underappreciated, marginalized, or silenced. As a civic institution that values the free exchange of ideas, it is the Newberry’s duty to ensure that attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion informs all that we do, internally and externally. This is an urgent priority for the staff and board of trustees as we shape our institution and outreach.

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