Director of Music and Public Programs
The Director of Music and Public Programs designs and implements a broad range of programs intended to reach visitors of all ages and abilities, including children, families, and adults. With a focus on elevating Cheekwood’s musical offerings, the Director will connect with local musicians, build internal infrastructure, and learn and implement best practices. Cheekwood’s public programs provide unique opportunities for visitors to experience our botanical garden, historic home, and museum of art through activities that enrich, educate, and entertain. Candidate should be creative and highly organized with experience in the music industry and public program planning and logistics.
Essential Functions & Responsibilities:
Manages, develops, and oversees all aspects of on-site public programs including, but not limited to:
Seasonal Festivals: Cheekwood in Bloom, Summertime at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Harvest, Holiday Lights
Thursday Night Out, including weekly concerts and performing arts events.
Programs enhancing art exhibitions, botanical garden displays and historic initiatives.
Oversees all musical performances on the grounds, works to cultivate relationships with local musicians and music organizations, and creates sufficient infrastructure within Cheekwood to sustain additional programming.
Along with Vice President of Education and Director of School and Youth Programs, plans, oversees, and executes the Great Spring Art Hunt, and cultural celebrations with a focus on music and performing arts activities, including but not limited to the African American Cultural Family Celebration, Japanese Moon Viewing, and El Día de los Muertos.
Works closely with museum, garden, and other education staff to develop and implement public programs, expanding on annual themes, exhibitions, and horticultural seasons.
Oversees program logistics, planning, and execution, including production, set-up, and tear-down.
Utilizes Altru software to schedule programs and create customer registration.
Seeks out community partners, musicians, speakers, etc. to secure participation in public programs.
Maintains public programs calendar, attendance statistics and evaluation data.
Provides accurate and timely information for marketing and website information.
Responsible for managing budget and meeting expense/revenue goals related to public programs.
Works as event supervisor as needed on weekends and after hours.
Actively researches opportunities for public programs with a focus on music and the performing arts at Cheekwood. Prepares cost benefit analysis for presentation at internal meetings; analyzes the effectiveness and cost benefit of all programs for annual review; outlines annual goals, schedules, & timelines for all on-site public programs.
Work Requirements and Qualifications
Bachelor's Degree in cultural programming, marketing, community education or similar.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum of four years’ public program experience at a museum, botanic garden, musical venue, or comparable non-profit organization.
Self-directed and able to manage multiple projects at once.
Able to work varied hours and weekends.
Experience managing support staff.
Strong analytical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.
Enjoys working with the public.
Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign & Photoshop
Knowledge of the local music community
Horticultural knowledge a plus.
First aid training is a plus.
Please send letter of interest and resume to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.