Fort Monroe Authority

Position Title – Public Programs Manager

Work Conditions – Office environment in historic building, not ADA accessible.  Light lifting, 40 hr work week, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM. Will require some weekends and evenings

Salary – $43,200 – $48,600 annually

Reports To – Director of Museums, Education and Interpretation

Under general supervision, the Public Programs Manager develops, manages and delivers public program events such as curator talks, living history events, reenactments as well as programs associated with exhibits, and assists in their promotion. The Program Manager works to raise awareness of Fort Monroe’s history and as a Site of Conscience. The Public Programs Manager develops and sources program content and collaborates with external individuals and organizations and creates programs that are site-related and involve historic buildings and fortifications.  Close collaboration with the Education Manager, Visitor Engagement Manager and Special Events Director, as well as FMA’s partnership with the National Park Service is required. The Public Programs Manager role requires multitasking capabilities, working with little supervision and a commitment to operating in a team environment. The role has a high level of interaction with curatorial, education and program staff, external stakeholders and guest speakers. Programming includes a variety of public and K-12 programs, in various formats, that engage audiences of diverse ages, backgrounds, interests and learning styles. The Public Programs Manager will examine the broader trends in historical interpretation both in theory and application to advance the organization’s ability to include multiple lenses in programming and reach varied audiences. The Public Programs Manager will also work with internal stakeholders and external community partners to develop strategies that support and align programs with local, regional, national and international communities FMA serves. 



  • Work with the Educational Manager and Visitor Engagement Manager and their respective teams to build systems that support public programs
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the FMA Director of Special Events on joint programming
  • Evaluate and assess the effectiveness and impact of programming and outreach efforts to serve the needs of audiences to provide insight for the MEI Director 
  • Develop new visitor experiences in collaboration with the Educational Program Manager and Visitor Engagement Manager. Conduct program preparation and execution
  • Create public programs to increase traffic, engage audiences, and expand learning opportunities for visitors
  • Working with the Director of Communications, create visitor-facing communications, including listings and schedules for programs, and contribute to press releases and social media to promote public programs
  • With the Visitor Engagement Manager and the Education Manager, manage and review the structure and capacity of FMA volunteers as a professional team to ably assist with the delivery of Public Program events
  • In collaboration with MEI and Fort Monroe Foundation staff, prepare Public Program content for funding applications, grant requests, and sponsor proposals
  • Manage and deliver offsite Public Program activities
  • Contribute to and provide print and digital content for FMA communication campaigns and publications as they relate to Public Programs


  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s in History or Public History preferred   
  • Experience: At least seven years’ experience at a museum, historical site or similar institution required. Experience in education, outreach or public programs preferred.

Or combination of Education and Experience.


This posting will be posted as open until filled.  If interested, please apply at  Resume and cover letter must be submitted to be considered for this position.