Family Program Specialist

Los Angeles, CA
The Autry 

Family Programming Specialist

The Autry seeks a Family Programming Specialist who will aid in research, planning, organizing, implementation, and evaluation of interactive programming to help interpret the museum’s mission in a lively and entertaining way that will to appeal to culturally diverse family audiences. 


Working with the Director of Programs and Public Events, the Family Programming Specialist is responsible for independent curation and implementation of a monthly event series that promotes inter-generational participation and engages young families in the history, cultural traditions, and landscape of the American West. Responsibilities include: 

  • Curating a well-balanced roster of activities that drive attendance and make the Autry an engaging, repeat destination for young families
    • Conduct research into facilitators, performers, and subject-matter experts for upcoming programs that appeal to an audience demographic reflective of surrounding neighborhoods
    • Develop relationships with community partners, institutions, artists, and program facilitators
    • Create vibrant and original public programming tied to the Autry’s mission, strategic goals, and exhibition calendar
    • Collaborate with Communications and Marketing staff to gather images and write marketing copy to appeal to target audiences
  • Implementing twelve programs per year (once per month) to include day-of event management
    • Oversight of event budgets, preparation and tracking of performer and partner agreements
    • Supervisory oversight of outside performers and program facilitators
    • In-house coordination of event infrastructure with audio visual, custodial, and visitor services staff
    • Supervision of museum volunteers to assist with program implementation
    • Management of events in a manner that ensures a safe production environment for visitors, staff, and volunteers
  • Contributing to good working relationships within a team dynamic that includes technical specialists, subject matter experts, and creative personnel


A professional background in family programming, museum education, or museum studies with at least three to five years prior experience engaging public audiences in a cultural institution.

Prior experience in multi-cultural family programming preferred.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Aptitude for problem solving in real-time situations.

Ability to act decisively and sensitively under pressure. 

Proven ability to work independently with minimal supervision.


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