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Program Coordinator

American Independence Museum

Opened to the public in 1991, the American Independence Museum includes the 1721 Ladd-Gilman House, a National Landmark property, and the Folsom Tavern, built in 1775. Located in historic downtown Exeter, NH, the museum is committed to inspiring civic engagement in all citizens through inclusive programs, events, exhibits, and tours focused on New Hampshire’s role in the Revolutionary War. The museum operates seasonally from May-November with programs year-round in Folsom Tavern and online. The museum's permanent collection includes an original Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration of Independence and early drafts of the U.S. Constitution. Learn more at


AIM is seeking an entrepreneurial Program Coordinator to think creatively, build our audience and support our Program Manager through the planning and execution of both longstanding and new events and programs. Working with volunteers and the Program Manager, the Program Coordinator will help plan and execute public and education programs, virtual and on-site. They will also assist with the museum’s event rental program and museum tour operations.


Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree as well as experience with innovative programming.  The successful candidate will be detail oriented, a self-starter, enjoy working on a small team, and have great communication skills. Familiarity with planning and running large-scale events is desirable. Applicants should be familiar with Microsoft Office; experience with Square POS, Little Green Light database, Zoom, or GSuite is a plus. This position is 20 hours (3-4 days) per week year-round with the potential for additional hours. Hours and days are dependent on the museum’s operations during its open season (May-November). Schedule to be determined between candidate and Executive Director, and is based out of the Ladd-Gilman House in Exeter, NH. Due to COVID-19, staff are permitted to work remotely during the off-season. Nights and weekends required, based on the museum's program and event schedule. We are an equal opportunity employer.


Educate: Dynamic and exciting public programs 

  • Work with the Program Manager to research, create and execute free and revenue-generating public programs at the American Independence Museum with an eye to public engagement, audience growth, visibility and mission alignment.

  • Organize, coordinate and execute the annual American Independence Festival, the museum’s signature community event in July. Plan the event and organize all aspects including volunteers, vendors, reenactors, contracts, programming and budget. Lead the museum’s Festival Committee. 

  • In conjunction with Program Manager, research, develop and implement new and existing education programs with a focus on curriculum standards, museum collections and mission alignment.

  • Assist with registrations for public and education programs including phone inquiries, email correspondence and online sign-ups.

  • In conjunction with the Program Manager, staff public and education programs. 

  • Support the Executive Director and Development Manager with fundraising for programs, including research for grant writing and communication with corporate sponsors 

Engage: Audiences, Visitor Services & Partnerships 

  • Serve as point of contact and day-of coordinator for all event rentals; manage bookings, vendor set-up and break-down, and site visits

  • Build relationships with local community and mission-aligned partners including local schools, Parks and Recreation departments, and other historic organizations

  • Work with Content and Marketing Manager to advertise museum grounds as event rental venue 

  • Foster relationships with local non-profit organizations and local schools 

  • Assist with tour operations in the absence of the Collections Manager & Curator 

Inspire: Engagement at the museum

  • Assist with development and installation of digital and physical interactives in museum exhibition spaces 

  • Work with museum staff to plan and execute programmatic components of events

  • In conjunction with Program Manager and Collections Manager & Curator, create a welcoming, inclusive, educational and seamless visitor experience for all who engage with the museum

  • Serve on Program and Exhibits Visioning Committees  

  • Assist with museum operations, as needed, including leading museum tours 

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume and cover letter to by January 31. No phone calls please.

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Date Added: January 11, 2022

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