POSITION SUMMARY: The Program Director works with the Executive Director to shape the strategic vision for the Center’s programming and grow museum attendance and engagement. The Program Director is responsible for overseeing all programs to ensure program objectives are met, to guide the overall direction of the programs, and to ensure the Stowe Center’s mission is integrated into programs and special projects. Major responsibilities will center on program design, execution, and day-to-day management. Must be effective in forum and presentation environments. The Program Director reports to the Executive Director and is a member of the senior Management Team.


  • Design museum tours. Train and support Visitor Center Manager in tour delivery and implementation.
  • Design and oversee delivery of new and existing programs (on and offsite), including school, youth, and adult programs, ensuring content-rich and engaging experiences.
  • Establish annual program goals. Develop clear recommendations based on program results to date, audience attendance, implementation challenges, and formal evaluations.
  • Supervise Program Coordinator, directly, and oversee Museum Associates projects as assigned.
  • Collaborate across the organization to promote close and productive interdepartmental relationships and communications.
  • As a member of the Management Team, play a key role in developing and implementing the overall strategy, service delivery, operations, and management of the organization.

Program Strategy

  • Develop and bring to scale programs and tours that support the Stowe Center as a dynamic, relevant, and inclusive cultural institution that invites engagement and participation. Strategically leverage Stowe’s story and the Center’s historic resources, including collections, buildings, and grounds.
  • Collaborate with marketing and development to produce external communications and promotion strategy to increase visibility, attendance, and support for programs and tours.
  • Support organizational strength and sustainability with community partnerships and engagement.
  • Ensure that HBSC remains on the cutting edge of its field and benefits from relevant external knowledge within the museum/public history and cultural nonprofit fields.

Financial Monitoring of Programs

  • Monitor programs budgets to ensure stated targets are met.
  • Review and provide feedback on financial performance of programs, assess return on investment.
  • Work in tandem with development to maximize fundraising opportunities through programming as they arise. Assist with grant writing, fundraising events, membership cultivation, and solicitations as needed.

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • From an operations standpoint, ensure that programs outcomes are achieved and build associated systems to address challenges and support improvement.
  • Define priority data points for programs and carry out systems that enable high quality data collection, protocols, and procedures.
  • Compile and report information to benefit Stowe Center management, funders, Board members, and others.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated success moving ideas to implementation; outstanding project management.
  • Commitment to the Stowe Center’s mission.
  • Understanding of history, literature, and the ability to see their contemporary relevance.
  • Public presentation and writing skills.
  • Sophisticated communication and critical listening skills, as well as a learning style that demonstrates expertise and respect while recognizing and integrating knowledge of others.
  • Culturally competent with knowledge and proven proficiency discussing and demonstrating commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity as a leader and in daily routine situations.
  • Ability to translate executive-level organizational goals into specific program initiatives.
  • Advanced problem-solving and decision-making skills and the ability to multi-task in a dynamic public environment.
  • Experience with data management, analysis, and program evaluation.
  • Experience with budgeting and financial management.
  • An effective team member and team builder for management and staff.
  • Experience and appreciation for working in an urban community.
  • Experience and appreciation for working with the public; audience-focused.
  • Minimum five (5) years of related experience in nonprofit management. Arts, culture, library, and/or museum experience a plus.
  • An advanced degree such as an M.A. in public history, public humanities, museum studies, or a humanities-related field may have helped prepare the candidate.


The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center preserves and interprets Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, promotes vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspires commitment to social justice and positive change. As an international heritage tourism site, museum, program center, and research library, HBSC welcomes visitors from all 50 states and 20 countries. The Center is a non-traditional museum where visitors connect the past to the present by discussing 19th century issues that resonate today. Stowe’s 1871 home is a National Historic Landmark and the Stowe Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) published more than 30 books and wrote extensively about issues pertaining to racism, women and gender, class, and domestic life. Her best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin is complicated and controversial. It galvanized public sentiment about abolition, but its title character is more closely associated today with a term for a race traitor.

The inequities Stowe wrote about persist and provide the foundation for the Stowe Center’s programming.

In 2018, the Stowe Center completed an extensive renovation of Stowe’s Hartford, Connecticut home, including interior renovations, and a redesigned the Stowe House tour, adding facilitated conversation to connect the past to the present and inspire visitors.


Salary: $60,000 – $65,000, plus benefits package.

Relocation assistance, negotiable


To apply, submit a letter outlining your interest and fit for the position; a resume or CV; names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses for three references.

Address your letter of interest to Briann Greenfield, Ph.D., Executive Director.

Review of applications will begin September 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The Stowe Center is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its staff. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is an equal opportunity employer. Women, members of protected classes, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.