Director of Programs

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

Reports to

Associate Director for Public Engagement



Regular, full-time, non-exempt


Scope of Position

Working with the Associate Director of 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 of Public Engagement to support all aspects of the public experience at SBTHP’s historic properties.


Duties and 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.
  4. Responsible for recruitment, training, management, and evaluation of program staff, interns, and volunteers for 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. Provide written and oral reports on the status of existing and new programs as requested.
  10. 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 assigned by the Executive Director.



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 the implementation of SBTHP’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan as well the organization’s mission and values will be prioritized.


Start Date




$24/hour plus benefits 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 Plan, and also support the organization’s mission and values. Please send application package to Kevin McGarry.

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