Head of Families, Learning and Outreach Department [Qatar Children’s Museum]

Head of Families, Learning and Outreach Department, Qatar Children’s Museum

Qatar Museum Authority (QMA): www.qma.org.qa

Museum: new family museum based on areas of the arts (visual and performing) and the environment (including ecology) in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Purpose of position: to set up, manage and develop exhibits, programmes and resources for families, within the department of learning and outreach. Reports to the Manager of Learning and Outreach.

Responsibilities: include but are not limited to:
*   Family Programmes: initiate, research, plan and execute regular and one-off family programmes and events for multi-generational groups; research and initiate family resources to assist parents with their museum visit.
*   Summer Camp: in collaboration with other QCM staff plan and lead QCM summer camp programme(s).
*   Family liaison: act as main liaison with family support groups to facilitate their knowledge of museums and programmes; represent family needs in meetings and planning processes and coordinate with other QCM staff on inclusion of families in Museum events.
*   Family research: initiate and maintain a high level of knowledge for QCM on family needs (statistical and practical).
*   Full participation in QCM managerial processes, including all professional development; budget tracking and planning; staff mentoring, review and appraisal process; writing of web and print text; other processes as designated by the QCM Director.
*   Tracking and evaluation of the attendance and feedback from family programmes; coordination with other QCM staff of Museum priorities and calendar of events. Other responsibilities as designated by the department Head.
*   Represent the Museum at various educational and learning organizations; contribute to conferences, publications and research.
*   Participate with other QMA senior staff in cross-museum projects and initiatives.

Position requirements:  masters degree (or equivalent) in museum studies, museum education, life-long learning, or closely related subject; minimum 3 years museum management experience including management of staff and budget; (minimum 6 years total museum experience); experience with in-gallery programming for families and/or
children; computer literate with excellent written, presentation and communication skills. International work experience highly desirable.

Position contract offers excellent, tax-free salary with extensive benefits (including accommodation, flights, medical coverage and end-of-contract payment; 45 days paid vacation a year plus public holidays).

Application:  detailed cover letter and CV via email to Sue Underwood OBE, Director, Qatar Children’s Museum at sunderwood[at]qma[dot]org[dot]qa

Head of Early Years, Learning and Outreach Development [Qatar Children’s Museum]

Head of Early Years, Learning and Outreach Department, Qatar Children’s Museum

Qatar Museum Authority (QMA): www.qma.org.qa

Museum: new family museum based on areas of the arts (visual and performing) and the environment (including ecology) in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Purpose of position: to set up, manage and develop exhibits, programmes and resources for early years children (1-3) and their families, within the department of learning and outreach. Reports to the Manager of Learning and Outreach.

Responsibilities: include but are not limited to:
*         Early years research and advocacy: initiate and maintain a high level of knowledge for QCM on children 0-5 and their parents/caregivers and their needs (statistical and practical).
*         Information for this audience: ensure upkeep of information on QMA and QCM websites for these audiences; represent early years needs in meetings and planning processes and coordinate with other QCM staff on inclusion of this audience segment in Museum events as appropriate.
*         Early Years Programmes:  initial planning and creation of content of programmes and resources for young children and parents/caregivers to participate in together (multi-generational); initial and continuing use of exhibits by this audience, and how this activity may be increased; planning and creation of programmes and resources for early years groups (ie. young mothers groups, etc.).
*         Full participation in QCM managerial processes, including all professional development; budget tracking and planning; staff mentoring, review and appraisal process; writing of web and print text; and other processes as designated by the QCM Director.
*         Tracking and evaluation of the attendance and feedback from Early Years programmes and exhibits; other responsibilities as designated by the department Manager.
*   Represent the Museum at various educational and learning organizations; contribute to conferences, publications and research.
*   Participate with other QMA senior staff in cross-museum projects and initiatives.

Position requirements:  masters degree (or equivalent) in museum studies, museum education, child development, or closely related subject; minimum 3 years museum management experience including management of staff and budget; (minimum 6 years total museum experience); experience with in-gallery programming for families and/or children; computer literate with excellent written, presentation and communication skills. International work experience highly desirable.

Position contract offers excellent, tax-free salary with extensive benefits (including accommodation, flights, medical coverage and end-of-contract payment; 45 days paid vacation a year plus public holidays).

Application:  detailed cover letter and CV via email to Sue Underwood OBE, Director, Qatar Children’s Museum at sunderwood[at]qma[dot]org[dot]qa

Business Planning Manager [Qatar Children’s Museum]

Qatar Museum Authority (QMA): www.qma.org.qa<http://www.qma.org.qa/>

Museum: new family museum based on areas of the arts (visual and performing) and the environment (including ecology) in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Purpose of position: to set up, manage and develop the Museum’s business plan, operational plan and budget. Part of the Museum’s senior staff; reports to Museum Director.

Responsibilities: include but are not limited to:

*          Develop a five-year business plan and operational plan for the Museum in consultation with the Museum’s Director and senior staff; active involvement in key decision making, ensuring that the immediate and longer term business planning implications, opportunities and risks are fully considered.
*          Ensure that all plans support and align with the 2030 Vision.
*          Develop relationships with government bodies, universities and related organizations to ensure the effective communication of the Museum’s project.
*          Represent the Museum at various organizations; contribute to conferences, publications and research.
*          Contribute to staff professional development through active participation in leading staff training and workshops; contribute to other managerial process as designated by the Museum’s director.
*          Participate with other QMA senior staff in cross-museum projects and initiatives.

Position requirements:  minimum masters degree in museum studies, museum education, life-long learning, or closely related subject; minimum 5 years museum management experience including management of staff and budget; minimum 3 years experience related to business and operational development in a museum, historic site or similar (minimum 10 years total museum experience); computer literate with excellent written, presentation and communication skills. International work experience highly desirable.

Position contract offers excellent, tax-free salary with extensive benefits (including accommodation, flights, medical coverage and end-of-contract payment; 45 days paid vacation a year plus public holidays).

Application:  detailed cover letter and CV via email to Sue Underwood OBE, Director, Qatar Children’s Museum at sunderwood[at]qma[dot]org[dot]qa

Public Programs Manager [BMW Guggenheim Lab]

Public Programs Manager – BMW Guggenheim Lab

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is seeking a Public Programs Manager. The Public Programs Manager, BMW Guggenheim Lab, North America will lead the development and execution of a rich roster of educational programs for the BMW Guggenheim Lab at its first venue in North America (See project description at the end of this document). The Lab’s programming will include offerings aimed at youth, teen, and adult audiences. The Public Programs Manager must be a dynamic, innovative and devoted educator, willing to jump into an ambitious project with a short time frame and able to work collaboratively with a team.

About the BMW Guggenheim Lab
The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a long-term global collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and BMW. Spanning six years of programmed activities that will engage people in nine major cities across the globe, the BMW Guggenheim Lab is conceived as an innovative movable structure, which will travel from city to city bringing together ambitious thinkers and becoming a public place for research, experimentation, and the sharing of ideas about major issues affecting urban life.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods. The Guggenheim realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and partnerships. With nearly three million annual visitors worldwide, the Guggenheim and its network is one of the most visited cultural institutions in the world.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Lab Assistant
Key Responsibilities:
* Work closely with curatorial staff and BMW Guggenheim Lab Team members to create a rich calendar of public programs for the Lab. Programs are expected to take place on a daily basis and will engage a diverse audience of children, teens, and adults.

* Research and facilitate connections with local institutions and community groups that are potential collaborators or participants in Lab programs, including, for example, local schools, universities, and advocacy organizations.
* Develop and manage the overall schedule for the conceptualization, implementation, and documentation of the Lab’s programs.
* In conjunction with the Lab Manager, draft and manage the public program budget
* Serve as the primary point person for the Lab Team during the R&D month (currently scheduled for March 2011) and during the run of the Lab (August-mid-October).
* Oversee the successful execution of all public programs from start to finish, including, for example, creating letters of invitation, following up on lecture invitations, negotiating contracts with speakers, making travel arrangements for speakers, and ensuring that any set-up required for performances or workshops is properly prepared.
* Be present at all programs, provide house-management, facilitate audience interaction, and troubleshoot any problems that arise.
* Oversee registration for programs when participation is limited.
* Compile information and images for marketing and publicity materials for public programs, including the BMW Guggenheim Lab website and social media, and participate in the development of a compelling and effective outreach campaign.
* Handle and track all paperwork, from contracts to invoices, timesheets, and payments, for public programs.
* Create thank you letters for all program participants.
* In conjunction with the BMW Guggenheim Lab Manager, manage the work of the Lab assistant and the Lab intern in furtherance of the tasks outlined above.
* Investigate synching programs and audiences with uptown Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York exhibition, education and event schedule.

Qualifications and Requirements:
* BA/BS in art history/architecture /art education/museum studies or related field; MA/MS preferred.
* 5 years of experience organizing programs for adults, youth and families for a contemporary art, architecture or design institution in an urban area.
* Excellent organizational, written, verbal, interpersonal and administrative skills.
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, PC and Mac operating systems
* Experience with marketing and public affairs as well as a good design sense.

PLEASE NOTE:

* Applicant must be New York-based or willing to relocate to New York.
* This position will be part-time (20 hours per week) January through March 15, 2011, and full-time (40 hrs +) from March 15th through October 30, 2011.
* During the run of the lab (August – mid-October 2011), the applicant must be available to work weekends and evenings.
* The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability and pension plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores and a stimulating and collegial work environment.
* Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to employment[at]guggenheim[dot]org. Indicate the job title “Public Programs Manager-BMW” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Site Manager – Sunnyside [Historic Hudson Valley]

Site Manager – Sunnyside Restoration, Home of Author Washington Irving

The mission of Historic Hudson Valley is to celebrate the history, architecture, landscape, and material culture of the Hudson Valley, advancing its importance and thereby assuring its preservation.

Historic Hudson Valley is a museum of historic sites – buildings, landscapes, and collections. Sunnyside, the home of author Washington Irving, is dedicated to interpreting the life and times of America’s first man of letters as well as his influence on 19th Century landscape and home design.

Candidates for the Site Manager position must have an interest in history, strong management skills, a passion to teach and excellent hospitality and communication skills.

Primary Responsibilities:
To coordinate and participate in all aspects of site management especially as they relate to operations and customer service both on a daily basis and for public programs.

Principal Duties:

*  To assist Site Director as needed with planning, researching, implementing and evaluating special theme tours and public programs
*  Oversee and execute critical administrative tasks including but not limited to bi-weekly payroll for interpretive and custodial Sunnyside staff; Schedule/coordinate staff and volunteers for all daily activities and special programs
*  Supervise Historic Clothing program at Sunnyside with help from Museum Associate for Programs.
*  Serve as manager on duty three – four days each week to assure smooth operations and customer service interacting with museum shop staff, maintenance personnel, outside vendors, tour operators.
*  Serve as curatorial liaison
*  Coordinate and expand the Volunteer Program and develop a strategy to recruit new volunteers with input from site director
*  Assist in recruiting, training, and evaluating interpreters and custodial staff
*  Serve as costumed interpreter and museum teacher two – three times a week or as needed.
*  Assure the security of the site and the safety of visitors when on tour
*  Assist in the creation and implementation of new programs and the administration of current ones
*  Assist in the planning and management of special events
*  Maintain service contracts on all office equipment i.e. fax machine, copier, water cooler etc. Person in charge of equipment repair and general servicing
*  Perform other diverse duties as required by Site Director

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
*  Through knowledge of interpretive material for the site and its events
*  Strong communication skills; comfortable with public presentation
*  Flexibility; ability to handle pressure gracefully
*  Make visitor-based decisions; must be courteous and hospitable at all times
*  Ability to work well with staff
*  Familiarity with practices of volunteer programs in not for profit field
*  Spanish a plus

Skills and Abilities:
*  BA required; MA preferred
*  Academic background in American history, American material culture, Decorative arts or museum studies
*  Prior management experience
*  Initiative and resourcefulness
*  Ability to provide direction to staff
*  Strong verbal and written communication skills, comfortable with public presentation
*  Ability to make visitor-based decisions, courteous and hospitable at all times

Historic Hudson Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer