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Program Developer

  • Exploratorium
  • 03/26/20
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 94111
  • TBD / Yearly
  • Full-Time
Program Developers are the primary staff responsible for creating and executing a wide variety of programs for Exploratorium visitors. Program development at the Exploratorium emphasizes iterative prototyping and incorporates input from program leadership and project team members, as well as visitor feedback. Program Developers research, cultivate, and steward collaborative relationships between the Exploratorium and content providers who may be community members, artists, scientists, and museum staff, and work confidently and collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders including Marketing and Institutional Advancement departments. Program Developers are individuals with strong creative, organizational, and interpersonal experience and interest in working with Exploratorium staff, the public, and community groups.


Idea Generation and Execution:
In collaboration with program teams, external content providers, internal experts, and collaborators, generates, prototypes, and produces wide ranging, high-quality program activities under the direction of program leadership; shepherds program activities from conceptualization through implementation, including setting timelines and meeting deadlines, defining audiences, contacting, coordinating and contracting with content providers, determining technical needs and safety requirements, staging events, communicating needs across the institution and aligning budgets.
Supports content providers before and during programs to insure success with museum audiences and compliance with museum standards of safety and quality.
Gathers and interprets feedback to support iteration; evaluates the effectiveness of a wide range of experiences in a variety of program formats.

Team Participation:
Participates as a program team member; actively and physically supports other team members in developing and producing a weekly schedule of programs for the public.
Supports positive team functioning through flexibility, giving and receiving feedback, online and in-person communication, and openness to trying out new ideas.

Community Engagement:
Attends to and develops relationships with relevant organizations, community groups and individuals as needed for programs, under leadership guidance.

Collaboration and Communication:
Documents and administers program work according to standards set by department and program leadership and in compliance with museum policy and procedures.
Implements, updates, maintains and monitors program documentation in accordance to department procedures. Maintains information on content providers and documents expenses under direction of manager.
Gathers program information to share across the institution to be used for web, marketing, PR etc.
Acts as liaison with other program staff and other Exploratorium teams.
Effectively monitors and is able to communicate about the program calendar.

Availability to work evenings and/or weekends
Ability to lift/carry 25 pounds.
Other duties as assigned


Curiosity, creative and inventiveness.
Bachelor level degree or equivalent combination of education and work experience
Minimum 2 years of experience planning, developing, and/or presenting programs in a museum, classroom, or informal education environment
Proven ability to work effectively on teams and with colleagues, and outside content providers (artists, scientists, etc.)
Demonstrated capacity to produce in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
Excellent spoken and written communication skills
Excellent attention to detail and follow through
Proven ability to be flexible and maintain positivity on challenging projects
Demonstrated problem solving ability
Cross-cultural fluency and ability to work with diverse people (bilingual/bicultural a plus)


Open until filled


This is a full-time, position that includes benefits. To apply, please visit the Exploratorium job page.

The Exploratorium is committed to providing equal employment without regard to race, color, religious expression, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, ancestry, genetic information, citizenship, marital status, pregnancy, veterans status or any other class protected by applicable law.

The Exploratorium will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

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