Jobs At CHM

Producer of Events


Classification: Full-time Exempt

Location: Mountain View, CA

Department: Programming


The Computer History Museum (CHM) mission is to decode technology—its computing past, digital present, and future impact on humanity.  From the heart of Silicon Valley, CHM is home to the world’s foremost collection chronicling the story of the ongoing digital revolution through the people, companies, and inventions changing the world.  CHM offers collections, exhibits, events, content, and education to inspire and empower people to make or use technology to shape a better future.

As part of an exciting transformation to build the foundation to reach millions around the world to harness technology for positive social impact, the Museum is embarking on a new era of programming. CHM’s programming engages a growing community in Silicon Valley and around the world of history’s pioneers and today’s changemakers, thought leaders, next generation innovators and entrepreneurs, the public, and K-12 students and educators. Programming offers dynamic experiences in a rich array of formats to promote civic discourse, facilitate dialogue and debate, deepen understanding, enhance skills, spark creativity, and build community. Programming topics explore what it means to be human in an age of computing and how we each can help technology serve humanity, through exploring topics such as the history and future of computing, AI and innovation as forces for change, the promise and perils of technology, as well as ethics, equity, and empowerment through technology.

CHM has a strong track record of success in featuring leading figures on stage as well as engaging audiences in-person or online through CHM platforms, public radio and public television, and other channels.  Event content becomes part of the Museum’s collection, used for additional content, education materials, and exhibits. CHM Programming is integrated with multi-disciplinary activities across the Museum. These span from exhibition openings and education programs to the Musem’s annual Fellows Award for computing pioneers and the Patrick J. McGovern Tech for Humanity Prize. New initiatives include a thought leadership initiative on the future of tech in society. 

Role of Producer of Events

Now is an exciting time to join the programming team in this new role to expand the scope and scale of the Museum’s reach and impact. CHM is seeking a creative, collaborative, productive, and passionate Producer of Events to help design, develop, execute on programming and related strategic museum programs.  Working closely with the VP of Innovation & Programming, and the programming team, the Producer will lead a portfolio of programming focused on the public, community lifelong learners, young professionals, families, and youth.

The Producer will be responsible for the full lifecycle of their programming portfolio, spanning ideation, research and development, planning, speaker and participant invitations and management, partnership development and stewardship, event production, companion content development and distribution, evaluation, and reporting. Producer of Events will collaborate with stakeholders and manage cross-functional teams to drive day-to-day activities through the entire program life cycle, so that programs deliver excellent targeted results and advance on time and in budget.

The Producer of Events will lead a portfolio of programming that involves new initiatives as well as priority events on the 2022 roadmap, such as:  

  • Speaker Series, including leading thinkers and authors speaking on topics at the intersection of tech, economy and society, ranging from health and the environment to privacy and the future of work.
  • Tech and Creativity series, including for rotating exhibition openings, featuring artists, technologists, and others
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access series, including public education events, networking for young professionals
  • Student and educator workshops
  • Weekend film screenings and interactive technology demos 

Event formats will range from lectures, panel discussions, demos, interactive workshops to film screenings, exhibition openings, festivals, and more. Events will be offered onsite at CHM in Silicon Valley, offsite in other locations, as well as through virtual and hybrid formats.

While events are a major focus, program elements span the museum’s core activities, including collections, exhibitions, events, education, research, publications, and content. As a member of the programming team, additional related workstreams will support CHM’s Prize programs, thought leadership initiatives, and education programs.

Partners and participants will include a diverse area of people across sectors and geographies, such as tech executives, scholars, artists and performers, journalists and book authors, community leaders, educators and others. Collaboration within the programming team and across the organization as well as with a diverse array of stakeholders, partners, and participants is key to success and impact.

Job Responsibilities

  • Support overall programming initiatives that advance CHM’s mission, strategy, brand, and financial sustainability as a physical museum, creator of content and experiences, and forum for thought leadership
  • Create and execute on programming tailored to engage, delight, inform, and impact local and global target audiences with a focus on the public, community lifelong learners, young professionals, families and youth.
  • Build audiences—both repeat and new--that develop into Museum community members, subscribers, members, and patrons.
  • Craft programming concepts and requirements with executive team members; develop briefs, target outcomes, detailed implementation plans, project documentation, budgets
  • Execute an array of on-site, off-site, in-person, digital, and hybrid programming, e.g. forums, workshops, demos, film screenings, exhibition openings, festivals and more for 10-1,000+ people.
  • Work to secure speakers, partners, and participants; manage communications throughout engagement
  • Develop and implement programming that fosters community inclusion and incorporates community voice; promote activities and programs that attract under-served and diverse audiences
  • Manage event operations with colleagues, partners, and vendors, from guest lists to production, set up and take down.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and team members across the Museum, such as in marketing, media, curatorial, content, collections, exhibits, fundraising, operations, and finance—to develop and execute on programming roadmaps and work streams
  • Facilitate, host, and lead meetings; represent programming in meetings within and outside the organization
  • Serve as point of contact for assigned portfolio of programs. Act as a consultant to executive leadership for decisions
  • Manage project schedules and communication. Drive progress/status updates and deliverables with cross-function team members. Identify risks, escalate issues as necessary, and solve problems
  • Develop, negotiate, monitor agreements with talent, vendors, contractors
  • Respond to Museum or public inquiries, serving as front-line contact for the programming team.
  • Work with marketing team to shape promotion and messaging strategy, draft event and initiative descriptions, create promotion assets or other audience-facing materials
  • Contribute to development, collection, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative metrics. Track metrics, monitor potential gaps, propose actions as needed, and report on key metrics in partnership with programming and business analytics team.
  • Work with the Vice President of Innovation & Programming, fundraising team, and others to develop and steward relationships with partners and donors, including through proposals, presentations, and reports
  • Work on programming administration, such as with finance team for tracking budget, resources, and revenue
  • Stay up to date on programming best practices and trends; work with VP of Innovation & Programming and others to develop and test prototypes to inform ongoing innovation

Position Requirements

  • BA or BS degree in related field; graduate degree preferred
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience in developing and producing public programming and events for adults and youth. Exceptional candidates with other experience will be considered.
  • Knowledge and experience with in-person, virtual and hybrid programming practices and methods, including experience design
  • Strong planning, project management, and organizational skills. Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently and to work proactively and with flexibility in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Track record for delivering target outcomes on-time, within-budget to a high degree of excellence
  • Demonstrated skills for collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving and an ability to work with diverse staff at all levels
  • Ability to effectively build relationships with external stakeholders, partners, and funders, including from major corporations, foundations, universities, non-profits, publishers, and PR firms
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written; excellent public speaking and presentation skills, including for interactions with thought leaders and executives
  • Domain knowledge or intellectual curiosity about history and contemporary issues of technology, economy, and society
  • Commitment to building equitable and inclusive programming and workplace culture and practices
  • Knowledge of partnership and contract negotiations and management
  • Experience with budget development, management, and reporting
  • Growth mindset and ability to contribute to culture of ongoing evaluation, learning, innovation
  • Proficiency in computer systems and applications including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required; willingness to learn and use Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint and other applications.
  • Experience (or willingness to learn and use) databases (such as Salesforce) or other IT tools as needed
  • Ability to participate in events during evenings and weekends as needed

Physical Requirements

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks
  • Frequently sitting
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, use a telephone, writing by hand, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 20 pounds
  • Periodically travel to programming or partner off-site locations, and other travel as required by position responsibilities
  • Museum environment involves both indoor and outdoor working conditions

CHM is dedicated to inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. CHM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and a list of 3 professional references and email to Please be sure to add the job title (exactly as it is spelled out in this site) that you are applying for in the subject line of your email.


We believe that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success. CHM provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, CHM will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.


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