Volunteer Tour Leaders [MIT List Visual Arts Center]

The MIT List Visual Arts Center is currently seeking 2 volunteers to lead walking tours of MIT’s Public Art Collection.  MIT’s noted public art, which is enjoyed by the MIT community and visitors alike, has numerous works by major artists.  Since 1961, generous gifts, loans, and commissions have made possible the inclusion of works by Alexander Calder, Jennifer Bartlett, Frank Stella, Petah Coyne, Henry Moore, Beverly Pepper, Mark di Suvero, and several major bronzes by Jacques Lipchitz.  Commissions through MIT’s Percent-for-Art program also enrich MIT’s Public Art Collection.  Percent-for-Art commissions include works by Louise Nevelson, Cai Guo-Qiang, Sarah Sze, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Anish Kapoor, and Lawrence Weiner.

Volunteers will be trained and have the opportunity to learn about this major collection of public art as well as contribute a valuable service to a nonprofit art institution.  Qualified volunteers will have a deep appreciation of art, an interest in modern and contemporary art history, and effective public speaking and communication skills.  The physical ability to lead a walking tour for up to two hours is necessary.  Candidates are asked to make a one-year commitment and be available for at least two tours per month, occasionally including evenings and weekends.

For more information, please contact David Freilach.

DAVID A. FREILACH
Assistant Director
freilach@mit.edu
617-253-5076   Telephone
617-258-7265   Fax

Youth Programs Coordinator [Museum for African Art]

ABOUT THE MUSEUM FOR AFRICAN ART

Located in New York City, the Museum for African Art (MfAA) is the nation’s leading institution dedicated exclusively to fostering understanding and appreciation of the arts, culture and people of Africa, both past and present. Through exhibitions and publications of the highest aesthetic and scholarly merit, and engaging programs of the widest possible audience, the Museum offers the public multiple perspectives from which to appreciate African art and understand the lives of the people who create it.

As the Museum for African Art approaches its 27th year and the realization of its capital campaign to construct a 90,000 square foot facility in Manhattan we are expanding our staff in preparation for the Museum¹s opening in Fall 2011. Until Summer 2011, staff will continue to work from offices in Long Island City. Museum employees across all departments are dedicated, hard working professionals engaged in planning for the opening of the new building, and creating and overseeing a roster of traveling exhibitions and programming for diverse audiences.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Youth Programs Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating a range of educational programs, specifically geared for youth audiences. The coordinator will be primarily responsible for a high school internship program and afterschool and Saturday programs for teens, and work as part of a team planning family and other public programs.  The coordinator is a newly created position, and will be a part of a growing education department.

Duties and Responsibilities:
·      Oversee the Youth Ambassadors High School Internship Program designed for students to deliver education programs, explore careers and learn work place skills, planning the program and supervising and scheduling high school interns.
·      Coordinate afterschool and Saturday programs including creating promotional literature, registering participants, and maintaining supplies.
·      Lead and staff appropriate educators and teaching artists for each program. Train and provide teaching artists and assistants with necessary resources and materials needed for planning and implementation of programs.
·      Document programs providing images, lesson plans, program summaries and updates for the Museum’s website and newsletters.

·      Coordinator will assist with other education and interpretive programs as needed, working with colleagues throughout the Education Department and the Museum. Other programs might include family and adult public programs, school and volunteer programs and artist’s residencies.
·      Work as a key team player with other staff on the implementation of long range education plans and other team endeavors.

Qualifications:
·      Individual must be a reflective practitioner with at least an undergraduate education in art history, history, anthropology, education, visual arts, or a related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
·      Must enjoy working with high school aged youth and have a minimum of one year working directly with youth. Experience in youth development and empowering youth, with strong facilitation skills and experience in conflict resolution strategies is helpful.
·      Knowledge of child development and digital educational resources, writing curriculum around museum collections and exhibitions, and evaluation methods is a plus.
·      Candidate must be available to work after-school hours and with some weekends. Travel to school and community locations throughout the five boroughs may be required.
·      Excellent research, communication, organization, and interpersonal skills are necessary.
·      Candidate should have a strong desire in collaborating with schoolteachers, teaching artists, and Museum staff at all levels.
·      Spanish or French language ability and knowledge of underserved populations is helpful.

TO APPLY

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references by email only to careers@africanart.org with the subject “Youth Programs Coordinator Position.”

The Museum for African Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers a competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision benefits, 403b plan participation, paid annual vacation and sick time.

Director of Education [The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art]

Please note, the original job description is extremely long and only excerpted below. For complete details, view the PDF available here on the Nelson-Atkins’s website.

The successful candidate will serve as Director of Education and Interpretive Programs and will lead the department’s objective of developing and providing educational and interpretive programs, and initiatives that create transformative and educationally enriching experiences of art and culture for museum visitors.

As head of the Museum’s Education Division, the Director of Education and Interpretive Programs leads departments in Interpretation (including digital media); adult programs; family and youth services; studio programs; school and youth serving organizations; and library services. This leadership includes the oversight of the Museum’s expansive docent and docent-in- training program which is a critical ingredient in our endeavor to create enriching and educational visitor experiences.

The Director of Education and Interpretive Programs will report to and work with the Director and CEO of the Museum. He or she will provide the oversight, strategic leadership, and management expertise for the education division of the museum. The Director of Education and Interpretive Programs will oversee all the education division’s professional staff and programs and, in close partnership with the Director and CEO, will ensure that the museum’s mission is clearly articulated and strategic objectives are collectively agreed upon and attained.

The Director of Education and Interpretive Programs will be expected to create an extensive partnership with all curatorial departments mutually, expressly collaborating efforts in all educational program development. In addition, the incumbent will establish productive working relationships with board members and community partners serving as an advocate for the institution’s education programs internally and externally, assuring that the needs of the Museum are advanced and understood.

The Director of Education and Interpretive Programs is required to manage a wide variety of staff functions, in a rapidly evolving institution. He/she will need to innovate and initiate actions in new media developing interactive programs that consider market changes and the rise of new media as a preferred communications tool.

The Director of Education and Interpretive Programs will exhibit excellent judgment and communications skills while dealing with individuals with widely varying backgrounds and styles.

As a member of the senior leadership group, the Director of Education and Interpretive Programs will be expected to think and plan strategically as well and operationally and to then execute those plans personally and through staff members and others throughout the institution.

Coordinator of Exhibition Programming, True F. Luck Gallery [The Visual Arts Center of Richmond]

The Visual Arts Center of Richmond invites applications and nominations for Coordinator of the True F. Luck Gallery and associated exhibition programming. Responsibilities will include: organizing exhibitions for the True. F. Luck Gallery that reflect the craft based, hands-on mission of the organization, developing associated educational materials for children, adults and teachers, assisting with the Centers fundraising events, and overseeing the installation of artwork around the facility. The successful candidate will show a strong interest in sharing the story of art practices with a diverse audience, creatively bringing information about process into every exhibition, and proposing interactive components to exhibitions when appropriate.

Please visit our website to learn more about the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
A graduate degree or equivalent experience in Art, Arts Management, Art History, Art Education or related discipline with previous gallery management and experience required.

Position: Full Time

Salary: Salary is commensurate upon experience and ranges from $40,000 – $45,000.

Benefits: Full benefits.

Open Until: Open until position is filled

How to Apply: Please submit by mail or via email, the following documents: curriculum vitae, a gallery philosophy statement reflecting the role of the gallery in a craft-based community arts center, examples of scholarly and/or creative work, artist statement (if applicable), syllabi of courses taught, and contact information for at least three references. Imagery can be sent as a pdf file or a website address. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, screening of applications will begin by December 14th, 2010.

send to:
Aimee Joyaux, Chair Exhibition Programming Search Committee
Vice President of Arts Education
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
1812 W Main St | Richmond, VA | 23220
P: 804.353.0094 x 211
F: 804.353.8018
aimeejoyaux@visarts.org

Director of the National Library for the Study of George Washington [Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens]

Director of the National Library for the Study of George Washington

Mount Vernon, the most popular historic home in America, is in the design phase for a 45,000 square foot facility that will serve as the international headquarters for scholarship about the life and times of George Washington.  The Director of the new National Library will provide strong leadership and vision in the quest for knowledge about America’s most effective leader.

The Director will expand Mount Vernon’s collection of books and manuscripts, dramatically enhance scholarly research, develop an aggressive plan to disseminate knowledge about George Washington to a large and diverse audience, and use technology and other creative techniques to underline Washington’s relevance to new generations.

The Director will develop a business plan that calls for Mount Vernon to be an important destination for seminars and conferences focusing on the leadership of George Washington.  It will serve both existing audiences (teachers’ institutes) and a wide range of corporate, government and non-profit organizations which seek leadership training.

The Director will establish strategic alliances with partners, and effectively manage the Library resources, including staff, space, time, money, equipment, and technology.  He/she will also direct the research, care, and effective use of the special collections – including the Association’s institutional records – with the goal of exposing the most important of these artifacts to audiences both on and off the estate.

The Director will provide leadership to an aggressive acquisitions program, books and manuscripts exhibitions, and special projects.  He/She will actively promote the books and manuscripts collection through lectures, special tours, publications, podcasts, audio tours, and the internet.  The Director will also manage all educational programs specifically designed to reach beyond Mount Vernon’s gates, and he/she will be responsible for materials and programming related to a variety of important audiences, including teachers and students.

In addition to managing the operations of the Library and its collections, the Director will create new programs that reach millions of Americans through “popular culture,” recognizing that they are unlikely to be exposed to traditional approaches of scholarly communication.  The Director will also devise new ways to communicate internationally about George Washington.  Information exchange, using the highest standards and latest technologies, will be a critical focus.  The Director is charged with the implementation of new technologies, strategic partnerships and collaborations; as well as building and maintaining important relationships with other libraries and museum collections, such as The Papers of George Washington and the Founding Fathers Library Project.

In collaboration with the Development office, the Director will cultivate current and potential donors and raise funds to support new acquisitions and programs.  He/She will create a plan to expand and endow the Library’s reference and special collections through gifts, purchases, and loans, so that Mount Vernon can become the most prominent and accessible educational resource on George Washington in the world.

A qualified candidate for the position of Director will offer a graduate degree and experience with scholarly methods and resources, as well as a familiarity with historic manuscripts and rare books.  Knowledge of 18th-century American history, professional experience in a special collections library or museum setting, and familiarity with the latest electronic outreach tools, is preferred. A doctorate in history, library science, or other related topic is highly desirable, as is a record of publishing, and speaking in public. The qualified candidate will have excellent interpersonal, communication and managerial skills, as well as a vigorous work ethic driven by a vision to safeguard Washington’s life and legacies for future generations.

Please forward a resume, cover letter and salary history/requirement by email to hrmail@mountvernon.org, by fax to 703.780.8320 or by US Mail to POB 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.