Vice President of Museum Experiences

Website Putnam Museum and Science Center

You Belong Here!

This will be the most fun you’ll ever have at work! Putnam Museum is seeking a programming professional to lead efforts to connect with audiences through gallery experiences, exhibit design, and education offerings, and virtual and print materials. The successful candidate brings ten-plus years’ experience in an equivalent position, with background in exhibit content, education, and special events as well as being skilled in project management, multitasking, detail orientation, and complex problem-solving. The right person has high drive, creativity, and flexibility when working in a fast-paced environment while balancing humor, compassion, and motivation in their leadership of staff.

Job Duties

  • Collaborative leadership of curatorial and exhibit staff to preserve the Putnam’s historic collection, drive exhibit rotation, and lead updates and expansion of permanent galleries, all guided by the interests and needs of our community.
  • Manage Science Center and Education Annex, including active learning focus, parent engagement, special events, and rich community partnerships.
  • Infuse learning standards for all ages into visitor experience, including leveled interpretive materials such as exhibit graphics, print resources, electronic media, and more.
  • Lead the Putnam’s renowned Education offerings including in-house and outreach programs, IMMERSE residency, Summer Camps, STEM activities, school visits and group tours, and more in support of the Putnam’s Strategic Plan.
  • Connect historic collection with Putnam members and general community through ongoing special events and public education offerings, including lecture series, theater selections, and local collections.
  • Supervise 6+ program staff members, including hiring, training, performance feedback, and coaching to support employee growth and performance, as well as coordinating partnership with City of Davenport AmeriCorps program.
  • Drive active communications with all audiences, including assisting in developing promotional campaigns, copywriting for publications and media releases, and more supported by marketing personnel.
  • Develop program outcomes and conduct program evaluation to assure quality, intended impact, continuous improvement, and high degree of accountability to supporters and the community.
  • Plan, monitor, and adhere to annual budget for areas of responsibility, manage equipment and supplies inventories, and participate in grant writing and funder case statements to align need and intended impact with funder interests.
  • Act as liaison to community for collaborative initiatives and to draw upon area expertise, including local school districts, cultural planning and collaboration, workforce development, STEM initiatives, trades education, and more.


  • Ten plus years in equivalent position, with background in education, project management, and special event experience required. Gallery and exhibit design experience preferred, but not required.
  • High drive, creativity, and flexibility in a fast-paced work environment and skilled in multitasking, detail orientation, and problem-solving in complex environment.
  • Management experience required with demonstrated ability to effectively lead a team, as well as work collaboratively with staff, peers, and dedicated volunteers.
  • A trusted reputation in the fields of education, arts and culture, history, or related community sectors and experience establishing industry relationships.
  • Broad experience in meeting the needs of consumers, including demonstrated skillset in engaging youth of all ages, parents as teachers, adult learners, and underserved audiences.
  • College degree preferred but is not a substitute for rich experience and demonstrated success in similar role.

Competitive benefit package. Starting salary range is $72,000 – $75,000 annually.

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Application deadline is August 20, 2022

Putnam Museum & Science Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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