Managing Museum Educator

The Metropolitan Museum of Art seeks a Managing Museum Educator in the Education Department.  This position oversees gallery and studio experiences across audiences in a newly created division of the Education Department, reporting directly to the Chairman of Education. The Museum seeks an experienced Education leader who will serve as a key programmatic partner to the department head. As such, the successful candidate is responsible for strategic planning, conceptualization, development, and implementation of gallery-based and studio-based programs for all visitors, supervising staff for gallery programs, studio programs, programs for the disabled and other communities, and
audience-specific programs. This person will set goals in consultation with the department head and will ensure their accomplishment through exceptional supervision and mentoring of direct reports and the development of strategic interdepartmental collaborations within the Museum, as well as outside partnerships that advance the quality and variety of programs.

This position oversees and connects two crucial areas of museum experience- gallery learning and art making- in order to ensure their interrelationship and relevance for visitors of all ages. The successful candidate will bring new perspectives and innovations to the content and format of existing programs, and will engage new and broader audiences in in-depth, meaningful experiences around works of art. The training of teaching volunteers will be phased into this division and the position will ultimately be responsible for establishing and monitoring standards for quality teaching in collaboration with the volunteer organization.

The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic vision and goals for gallery and studio programs for all audiences and lead evaluation efforts to determine success. S/he will also assess content, formats, and audiences of existing programs, and propose innovations and initiatives to optimize offerings, in addition to establishing partnerships with key external organizations and/or leaders to develop dynamic collaborations, interdisciplinary approaches, and expanded audiences. Duties also include developing the division¹s annual budget, analyzing and making recommendations for fee-based programs and revenue targets, and working closely with the Development Department to secure program support. S/he will administer a large division and establish efficient processes and systems for program development and logistics, in addition to supervising a large staff and
instilling high performance levels and accountability. S/he will also represent the department head in high level meetings and external partnerships.

Successful candidates will have 7-10 years experience within an art museum, in addition to a strong, proven track record of developing and implementing high quality, innovative programs using original works of art in a museum setting and attracting broad and diverse audiences. S/he must have the ability to effectively manage and mentor a large staff
within a complex institutional environment and to collaborate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders. Experience managing budgets and administrative functions, in addition to exceptional organizational skills and oral and written communications skills is required. M.A. in Art History, Museum Education, or other related field, or related experience is required. Must have knowledge of and experience with studio practice and contemporary artists in addition to knowledge of and demonstrated ability in gallery teaching and pedagogy. Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history by March 15, 2011 to employoppty[at]metmuseum[dot]org as a Word attachment only with the position title ³Managing Museum Educator² in the subject line.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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New York, NY 10028-0198