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Cheekwood Estate & Gardens

Public Programs Manager

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens


Job Summary

Reporting to the Vice President of Education & Outreach, the Public Programs Manager designs and implements a broad range of programs intended to reach visitors of all ages and abilities, including children, families, and adults. 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. We are seeking a team member that is creative and highly organized with extensive experience in public program planning and logistics.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages, develops, and oversees all aspects of on-site public programs including, but not limited to:
  • Seasonal Festivals: Cheekwood in Bloom, Art al Fresco, Summertime at Cheekwood, Cheekwood Harvest, Holiday Lights
  • Thursday Night Out entertainment series
  • Wellness 360
  • Programs enhancing art exhibitions, botanical garden displays and historic initiatives.
  • Along with Vice President of Education and Youth & Family Program Manager, plans, oversees, and executes the Great Spring Art Hunt, 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.  
  • Oversees program logistics, planning, and execution, including production, set-up, and tear-down. 
  • Utilizes Altru software to schedule programs and create customer registration.
  • Manages support staff including Public Programs Coordinator, instructors, interns, and program assistants for camps, classes, and workshops. 
  • 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 at Cheekwood and 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.


Bachelor’s Degree in cultural programming, marketing, community education or equivalent work experience.

    1. Minimum of three years’ public program experience at a museum, botanic garden, or comparable non-profit organization.
    2. Self-directed and able to manage multiple projects at once.
    3. Able to work varied hours and weekends.
    4. Experience managing support staff.
    5. Strong analytical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.
    6. Enjoys working with the public.   


    1. Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, specifically InDesign & Photoshop
    2. Horticultural knowledge a plus.  
    3. First aid training is a plus.

Additional Information


Health, HRA, Dental & Vision Insurance

Short-term and Long-term Disability Insurance

Life Insurance

403 (b) Annuity Plan or ROTH 403 (b)

10 Paid Holidays

Paid Time Off


How to Apply

Please send letter of interest and resume to Penny Bruckse, Vice President of Human Resources at Pbruckse@cheekwood.org.

Cheekwood is an equal opportunity employer


  • Date Posted: May 13, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Arts / Culture
  • Start Date: 06/07/2021
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs./wk