Director of Programs

South Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara
Full Time
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation

Reports to: Associate Director for Public Engagement

Classification: Regular, full-time, non-exempt, on-site

About the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation: The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) is a nonprofit that operates El Presidio de Santa Bárbara State Historic Park for the State of California and owns and operates Casa de la Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara. As a county-wide preservation organization that also manages an urban historic park which includes museums, archaeological sites, and numerous historic structures, we provide educational programs for both school and the general public that addresses the region’s multi-ethnic past and present.

Scope of Position: Working with the Associate Director for Public Engagement and related committees, the Director of Programs creates and implements a range of public and school programs that support the mission of SBTHP and provide access to the historic properties managed by the organization. Oversees recruitment and training of volunteers to support programs and creates related program curriculum materials. Supervises program staff and related volunteers. Works as part of a team managed by the Associate Director for Public Engagement to support all aspects of the public experience at SBTHP’s historic properties.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Develops school programs which meet State Social Studies and other curriculum framework requirements for all grade levels. Responds to the needs of educational institutions (teachers) for in-class, on-site, and virtual visits. Ensures scheduling of all school visits, group tours and other programs.
  2. Cultivates a strong working relationship with teachers, school administrators and other community stakeholders and partner institutions. Creates opportunities for teacher professional development (in-service programs).
  3. Responsible for development, implementation, evaluation and promotion of public programs that serve the mission of SBTHP and its strategic initiatives, including festivals, lectures, film screenings and others.
  4. Responsible for recruitment, training, management, and evaluation of program staff, interns, and volunteers, and cross training Visitor Experience Assistants and Event Attendants to support public and school programs.
  5. Develops, writes and produces materials and media to enhance programs utilizing multi-media equipment, and applying best practices for linking technology with ideas.
  6. Develops, prepares, and administers annual program department budget, ensuring that revenue/expense goals are met.
  7. Provides data, narrative information, images, etc. upon request by the Associate Director for Public Engagement to support grant applications and reporting.
  8. Works closely with colleagues in the Public Engagement Division, including the Director of Visitor Experience and the Archivist and Librarian, to collectively support the public experience at historic sites managed by SBTHP.
  9. Provides written and oral reports on the status of existing and new programs as requested.

SBTHP is a diverse organization with a small staff and many activities; all staff members, including the Director of Programs, must be versatile and cooperative in carrying out a variety of responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts degree in education, history, archaeology, or a closely related field required. Experience in teaching, strong oral, written, organizational and interpersonal skills, along with good computer and multi-media skills required. Outgoing and confident manner, leadership skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, perform well under pressure, and deal with awkward situations required. Must be available to work occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays. A Master’s degree, or three-year’s equivalent experience in a teaching or museum/nonprofit education program preferred. Proficiency in Spanish, and experience teaching all age groups and volunteer management preferred. Experience with audio/video equipment, editing software and video conferencing tools like Zoom preferred.

Applicants with demonstrated experience that will support SBTHP’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy as well as the organization’s mission and values will be prioritized.

Start Date: ASAP

Typical Schedule: Office hours are 8:30 – 5:30, Monday through Friday. This position will work regular office hours with flexibility to manage evening and weekend programs.

Salary: $28-33/hour plus benefit package

Application Process: A complete application form, cover letter and resume are required. The cover letter should include a statement about how your experience will support implementation of SBTHP’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Policy, and also support the organization’s mission and values. Please send application package to Kevin McGarry,

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