Oklahoma Contemporary

Manager of Public Programs and Performance

The Manager of Public Programs and Performance is responsible for developing, executing and evaluating a successful and balanced annual roster of strategic, mission-based, engagement-focused programs for adult audiences. This position reports to the Director of Education and oversees the Public Program and Performance Division which includes the Technical and Production Manager and Coordinator of Public Programs and works with programming staff and exhibition team to develop adult programs that embody Oklahoma Contemporary’s mission, enhance exhibitions and emphasize diversity, innovation, collaboration and a sense of community. In addition to public programs, this individual will implement the details of our performance partnerships, develop a limited number of performances that celebrate local and regional talent and explore themes from the exhibition. The Manager of Public Programs and Performance will also work with the Director and department to lay out a strategic year-to-year plan for community engagement and audience development. Most of the Oklahoma Contemporary programming takes place on Wednesday through Friday evenings and over the weekend; as such, this position will require a flexible schedule.

The primary objective of Oklahoma Contemporary’s programs and performances are to connect adult audiences to the institution and campus in meaningful and creative ways, contribute to increased attendance and expanded audiences locally and nationally, and support the institutional goal to serve as a cultural resource and destination for Oklahoma City, the state and beyond.

Essential Job Functions

Essential Job Requirements and Qualifications

Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this job description is to be construed as a contract of employment. All job duties are subject to change as business needs necessitate.

Other Requirements and Working Conditions

Oklahoma Contemporary is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.

To Apply
Submit a cover letter and resume here.

Applications will be accepted until May 25, 2024. Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to give status updates. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Salary commensurate with experience ($45,000 - $48,000); excellent benefits package, including healthcare, dental, vision and retirement plan.

About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is always free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.

Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.

We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.


Monday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday

Wednesday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Friday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Visit us at 11 NW 11th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: 405 951 0000
Fax: 405 951 0003

Oklahoma Contemporary
P.O. Box 3062
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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