Today’s Hours

Full Time

Public Programs Manager

Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide direct supervision and management of public programs

  • Provide direct supervision of Public Programs unit; oversee scheduling of staff and programming; assign daily responsibilities to staff and volunteers. Ensure coverage of on-floor programming within the scope of Public Programs. Coordinate daily/weekly schedules with other departments and program and or exhibit managers as needed. Address staff issues; take necessary disciplinary steps or render assistance as warranted. Document concerns and report to supervisors and MOD if necessary. Hire and train staff required to carry out programming. Evaluate staff performance, and presentation skills.
  • Supervise public programmers and volunteers; ensure attention to duties as assigned. Engage staff in activities, provide ideas and support to further understanding of subject matter and guest engagement. Empower staff to innovate as appropriate.
  • Research and implement safety protocols and ensure adherence to protocols by all staff engaged in on-floor presentations.
  • Oversee purchase, control and inventory of needed supplies and equipment within Public Programs.

Participate in all aspects of Public Programs with regard to interactive presentations.

  • Greet, engage, and assist all visitors to MSC. Present scheduled science demonstrations, pop-up science (informal, hands-on science presentations), and other interactive programming to general visitors and school groups within and outside the museum setting.
  • Observe, monitor, and implement safe, accessible practices. Apply universal design considerations in program planning and delivery.
  • Coordinate the training of staff and volunteers for live science demonstrations, pop-up science, and special event activities.

Program research, development, and evaluation.

  • Implement new and changing interactions with guests to ensure a rich, exciting, and engaging guest experience.
  • Research and acquire resource materials for use by staff and general public.
  • Develop new programs and interactive components associated with Public Programs and contribute other Education Department efforts.
  • Establishes and maintains uniform records of Public Programs presentations and activities
  • Suggest improvements for existing presentations, materials, equipment, and scheduling.
  • Collaborate with Education Department members and members of other departments to meet the goals of Maryland Science Center.
  • Assist in the evaluative process of new prototypes, materials, and scripts.
  • Contribute to development, management, and procurement of grant related programs as appropriate.

Oversee planning, coordination, and presentation of special programming.

  • Oversee planning of interactive special events within the museum setting and other locations.
  • Help coordinate event needs (preliminary, actual, and post-event stages) with regard to personnel, materials, and equipment both within the unit and cooperatively with other museum departments or outside agencies.
  • Participate in presentations that highlight specific themes, create an atmosphere of engagement, and represent the MSC in a positive manner.
  • Manage materials, expenditures, and records to ensure operation within the established budget and properly document all expenditures; provide accurate references for future programs.
  • Work with other educational establishments in the community, as assigned. Develop cooperative relationships. Assist in developing programming that may include prototyping, informal and formal presentations, training of staff and volunteers, and evaluation of program goals/materials.

Represent the museum at conferences and media events.

  • Provide programming and support for the museum at local or national conferences and for media events both within the museum and in the community.

Other duties as assigned within the context of this job description.

  • Assume other duties within the scope of this job description as deemed necessary by the Director of Education or other higher authority.

Pay range:

  • $37,000-$40,000


  • B.S. degree preferred in science, teaching or another related field.
  • A.A. degree or directly related work experience may substitute for some of the educational requirements.


  • Requires a minimum of six months of supervisory experience, preferably in a museum setting.
  • One year of experience in the presentation of informal, educational programming.
  • Experience in program development is highly desired.

Knowledge of:

  • Basic and general science principles with a capability to apply such knowledge to the creation of informal education programming that emphasizes both participant and staff engagement
  • Basic computer programs including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Basic audio/visual equipment


  • Supervisory and scheduling experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Theater/live Performance/public presentations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.

Ability to:

  • Work without direct supervision as necessary
  • Be flexible and adapt to constantly changing situations
  • Contribute as an active member of a team of staff and volunteers
  • Work occasional evening and regular weekend hours

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass background check
  • All hired employees must provide proof of COVID vaccination

This employee normally may perform some work of a senior level position in the process of gaining knowledge and experience necessary for advancement and may also perform some of the work in a lower-rated position when required. Normal duties and responsibilities include assistance to other employees.

How to Apply

Please download and complete MSC’s employment application form and submit it with a resume and cover letter by email to jobs@mdsci.org with the position as the subject.


Education – Human Resources
Maryland Science Center
601 Light Street
Baltimore MD 21230


EOE/M/F/H/V. No phone calls please.