Job Details

Programs Lead

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/21/2019



The Portland Art Museum is seeking a Programs Lead to coordinate and support a range of educational and community-based programs, including artist-led programs, gallery talks, lectures, community dialogues, performances, and larger special events. The position will serve as part of a collaborative team to plan and implement these programs in partnership with local artists and community organizations, and to ensure that programs align with the Museum’s ongoing dedication to racial equity, inclusion, and accessibility. This position reports to the Associate Director of Programs and works within the Museum’s Department of Learning & Community Partnerships.

This full-time position is part of the museum’s commitment to expand our collaboration with community members and local partner organizations, and to advance accessibility and inclusion through programs, visitor learning, and partnerships. Guided by its Strategic Plan as well as an institution-wide Equity & Inclusion Initiative, the Museum is actively working to promote racial equity and accessibility both within the organization and among its audiences and the broader community. These commitments have also led to the Museum renaming its education department, shifting from Education & Public Programs to the new title of Learning & Community Partnerships. We welcome a new team member to help support our efforts for inclusive and community-centered programming.

The Portland Art Museum (PAM) strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas. With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and Northwest Film Center’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys. The Northwest Film Center (NWFC), a sister organization to the Museum, is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. PAM and the NWFC are committed to advancing equity and inclusion by creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We will continue learning as we work to evolve as an Institution, recognizing that this journey has no end and our commitment must remain. We have an active equity team currently engaged in a journey to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having all colleagues join and contribute to this important work. Learn more at

PAM and the NWFC are equal opportunity employers, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief, disability or any other legally protected status. We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, PAM and the NWFC will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at or 503.276.4358.

Essential Functions:

• Supports the Associate Director of Programs by organizing program and event logistics, staffing programs, arranging guest travel, reconciling program budgets, maintaining program statistics, and supervising work study students.
• Collaborate across museum departments with Guest Services, Events, Security, and Curatorial staff about programming needs.
• Work as part of the Learning and Community Partnerships team to cultivate responsive relationships with a diverse range of local organizations.
• Help ensure that the Museum develops programming that is relevant to local community partners and that connects them to collections and special exhibitions. Facilitate, and sometimes lead, educational programming.
• Align programming with the Museum’s ongoing commitment to racial equity and inclusion.
• Work with Marketing team to write and edit programming content for the Museum’s website, member’s magazine, social media, and other communication channels.
• Other duties as assigned.


● College degree or 2-3 years’ experience working in arts programming.
● Excellent organizational skills and comfort working on multiple team-based projects at once. Experience using MS Office, Google Suite, and other technology tools for smooth internal and external project management and communication.
● Experience developing community partnerships and community-centered programming or events.
● Experience working collaboratively in an equitable and inclusive framework with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds.
● Flexibility to frequently work outside of traditional office hours (M-F 9-5), as needed.
● Curiosity and interest in a wide range of visual arts and experience working with artists is preferred.
● Experience facilitating participatory meetings, workshops, and art-making activities is preferred.
● Effectively communicate and maintain active working relationship with Associate Director of Programs (supervisor), colleagues in Learning & Community Partnerships and other departments.
● Contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, collegiality, collaboration and openness to many perspectives.
● Program facilitation often involves being physically present at events around the museum campus and can include light lifting, climbing and descending stairs, and standing for long periods.

Application Process:

This position is full-time, working 35 hours per week with a pay range of $19-$21 per hour. The position requires a flexible schedule since programs often take place outside traditional 9 a.m.-5 p.m. office hours. The position is eligible for the Museum's benefits package first of the month following 30-days of full-time employment. Benefits include medical and dental, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, jury duty, bereavement), long-term disability and AD&D, and a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center. Please see our website for more details.

To apply online visit: follow the link to create a profile. Resumes received without completed employment application will not be considered. Please no drop ins. For questions or accommodation please contact

The Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date: Monday, January 21, 2019 at 4 PM PST

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