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Inclusive Cultural Arts Specialist [Port Discovery Children’s Museum]

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

We are looking for a creative, child-centered, high-energy, and detail-oriented team player to manage and implement the visual and performing arts initiatives at Port Discovery Children¹s Museum. Knowledge of early childhood education, inclusion practices and the arts is a MUST.  The Inclusive Cultural Arts Specialist will be the Museum’s advocate in the area of inclusive arts programming for all departments; will provide professional development for staff and volunteers; design and implement all programming and represent the mission of Port Discovery to outside agencies and institutions.

Strong writing, speaking, computer and organizational skills necessary for the administrative aspects of the job balanced by a healthy sense of humor, appreciation for the whimsical and a strong public presence for performing programs.  BS / BA in Arts Education or related field required ­ a Masters degree is preferred.  Minimum of 3 years experience in arts education or museum setting and performance skills a plus.

Workweek for this position is currently Tuesday through Saturday, but is subject to change.  Scheduled work hours will be adjusted according to department / museum needs.  Participation in special events, evenings, weekends and holidays will be necessary.

Port Discovery Children¹s Museum offers a generous benefits package in addition to providing you with the opportunity to make a difference in the community and in the lives of children.  If you are interested and feel you are qualified for this position, please send your resume, cover
letter, and salary requirements by clicking on the following link:

Port Discovery is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Executive Director [Thoreau Farm Trust]

Thoreau Farm Trust
Executive Director
Job Description

The Thoreau Farm Trust seeks a part-time (25 – 30 hrs/wk) Executive Director. The Trust recently completed an extensive restoration and rehabilitation of the Henry David Thoreau birthplace in Concord, MA. The site is now welcoming visitors for the first time in its history. The house is not a traditional historic house museum; rather the site is used to examine Thoreau’s forward-thinking ideas about life, nature, and civil responsibility, and how they relate to the challenges of the 21st century. The Executive Director will oversee all operations and continue to move the organization’s mission forward.

Board and Committees – Plan and participate in board and committee meetings, carry out board
directives, support board members in carrying out their duties, facilitate board development.

Fundraising and Finance – Manage all fundraising efforts for operating expenses, special projects, and capital needs; develop annual budgets, oversee accounts payable and bookkeeping; prepare books for annual accounting review.

Marketing and PR – Promote the site to attract visitors and cultivate support, distribute press releases, develop and implement an ongoing communications plan with donors and prospects, manage and create content for website and e-newsletter.

Building Management – Oversee physical care and maintenance of the building and grounds, work with contractors, respond to tenant issues and building emergencies, collect rent, negotiate leases.

Human Resources – Recruit, train, and manage paid interpreters and volunteers.

Relationship management – Manage relationships with donors, board, and tenants. Represent the
organization in the larger community and with town officials and other historic/cultural organizations.

Programming – Ensure positive visitor experience in accordance with the interpretive plan, plan special events.

Bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in non-profit management and fundraising preferred. Previous work in the museum field desired. The successful candidate will have: superior fundraising (particularly direct mail and grant writing) and marketing skills; facility with web and social media tools; the ability to create and manage budgets; the ability to think creatively and be self-motivated; organizational, interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to balance organizational vision with the management of day-to-day tasks; enthusiasm, energy and interest in history. Experience in program development a plus.

Send a cover letter and resume to Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Projected start date of June 15, 2011.

Arts Education Associate [Dia: Beacon, Riggio Galleries]

Arts Education Associate

Riggio Galleries
3 Beekman Street
Beacon, NY 12508

Dia Art Foundation is expanding its arts education and public engagement initiatives at Dia:Beacon, Riggio Galleries, and is seeking an experienced museum education professional to fulfill the position of Arts Education Associate and implement new school and teacher programs. Building on the current Arts Education programs in New York City and Beacon, the Arts Education Associate will create new learning opportunities around Dia¹s collection and oversee and manage school and teacher programs, internships, and community outreach initiatives. The Arts Education Associate will report to Dia Art Foundation¹s Curator and the Managing Director of Dia:Beacon and will work closely with the Senior Arts Education Associate in New York City.

Dia Art Foundation¹s education philosophy grows out of a belief that children should be exposed to artworks in conjunction with a radical approach to teaching that engages unconventional methodologies aimed at engendering and sustaining creative freedom and diversity in opinions. Dia encourages interdisciplinary exploration in Dia:Beacon¹s Riggio Galleries while presenting the exceptional opportunity to consider questions of visual literacy and its relationship to the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and the humanities. In keeping with the innovative works in the collection, Dia¹s Arts Education Programs foster rigorous, inquiry-based observations and associative thinking while providing tools for critical engagement and direct exchange.

The Arts Education Associate represents Dia Art Foundation in the Beacon community, in particular with elementary, middle school, and high school principals and teachers. The Arts Education Associate must develop strong relationships with the learning community in the Hudson Valley, attend meetings at schools, and implement innovative education initiatives in response to Dia¹s goals and priorities. The Arts Education Associate position encompasses a wide range of duties including: the development of thematic tours, specifically to elementary, middle, and high school groups based on Dia¹s collection; monthly training of guides, teaching artists, gallery attendants, and staff associated with the implementation of school tours (thematic
guided tours); school partnerships (with 6 Beacon City Schools); teacher development programs; family programs (Community Free Days); and an internship program. The position supervises part-time guides; part-time teaching artists; and part-time college-level interns.

This is a full-time position based at Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York. Working hours will be 40 hours per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Friday and occasional weekends required. The Arts Education Associate reports to the Curator of Dia Art Foundation and to the Managing Director of Dia:Beacon.

M.A. in art history, museum studies, art education or related field.
Minimum of 5 years of modern or contemporary museum experience in museum education or educational institution. Must demonstrate success in developing, implementing, and sustaining innovative education initiatives and working with students, youth, and teachers and the general public is essential. Must possess strong writing skills, and have the ability to communicate regarding major developments of 20th and 21st century art. Must have knowledge of critical, pedagogical, and related theories; a strong commitment to work with diverse populations;
and experience supervising guides, volunteers, and interns; and strong budget and administrative skills. The individual must be well organized, and have excellent planning and implementation skills with a high level of professionalism and commitment to the mission of Dia Art Foundation.
The Arts Education Associate must have strong communication skills and be experienced and comfortable with public speaking. The candidate must be fluent or knowledgeable in digitalmedia and presentation software. Experience in audio-visual skills including production/editing of simple audio and video content is also desired. Frequent local travel is required and reliable transportation is necessary.

Dia Art Foundation enables artists¹ visions by initiating, supporting, and preserving extraordinary art projects which exceed the scope of traditional museums and galleries. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects in-depth the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century; presents long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island; executes new commissions and an ongoing series of original artists¹ projects produced for the web; and produces scholarly publications related to its exhibitions and collection.

Dia:Beacon opened in May 2003 as the home for Dia Art Foundation¹s distinguished collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum features works by a focused group of some of the most significant artists of the last half century, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, John Chamberlain, Walter De Maria, Dan Flavin, Michael Heizer, Donald Judd, On Kawara, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Max Neuhaus, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Fred Sandback, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Andy Warhol, and Lawrence Weiner. It also features significant exhibitions and projects by artists who came to prominence during this period as well younger generations working today. In addition to its collection, Dia:Beacon hosts an innovative performance program that has included works by Joan Jonas, Robert Whitman, Merce Cunningham, and Trisha Brown.

Located on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, and easily accessible by train or car, the museum occupies a former Nabisco box-printing facility that Dia renovated with artist Robert Irwin and architect OpenOffice. Dia:Beacon¹s expansive galleries comprise 240,000 square feet of exhibition space illuminated by natural light.

Competitive salary and benefits accompany this position.

For consideration, send cover letter, resume, 2 writing samples (academic or museum related material essay, interpretative tools, arts education curriculum, etc.), and 3 professional references and contact information to the address below:

Attn: Arts Education Associate Search
Dia Art Foundation
535 West 22nd Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10011

DEADLINE: April 30, 2011

Submissions will only be accepted by postal mail only, no calls please.

Museum Educator [Albany Institute of History and Art]

Museum Educator

Full Time with Benefits
Seasonal Schedule:
October – May: Tues – Sat
June – September: Mon – Fri

Additional weekend and evening work required
Compensation commensurate with education and experience

This position reports to the Director of Education

The Museum Educator will create, implement, and evaluate a broad array of fun and interesting programs relevant to collections and exhibitions for families and the general public in collaboration with museum staff. Teaching responsibilities include developing and presenting studio art lessons and gallery talks for children, families, school groups, home school groups,
scouts, and general audiences. Administrative responsibilities include budgeting and reporting, lesson plan documentation, as well as planning, contracting with performers and coordinating logistical support for family festivals. Studio classroom responsibilities include organization,
maintenance, and supply inventory. Promotional responsibilities include maintaining electronic communication with audiences and drafting text for public relations and fundraising purposes. In addition, the Museum Educator will develop community partnership programs and special projects for target audiences, maintain the Children’s Gallery, and develop new interactives for
the space.

The successful candidate will:
*         Be innovative, flexible, and a motivated team player;
*         Demonstrate understanding of learning theories and their application;
*         Be proficient in Microsoft Office, digital media, and use of the Internet;
*         Communicate ideas in a clear and compelling manner, both verbally and in writing, with demonstrated skill in written communications;
*         Possess the ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously while remaining highly organized and detail oriented, with an ability to handle shifting priorities;
*         Follow through independently on routine responsibilities;
*         Work effectively with museum visitors, members, volunteers, and staff.

Interested applicants should submit the following via email to education[at]albanyinstitute[dot]org:

*         Letter of interest
*         Resume
*         List of three professional references with contact information

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

No phone calls please.

BA or BFA in art education, studio art, design, museum education, or related field is required; MFA, MAT and/or New York State Teaching Certification is preferred. Classroom experience and familiarity with NYSED Standards in the Visual Arts is essential.

Physical requirements:
Often standing, carrying up to 50 lb., sitting, average walking, bending, stooping, crouching, climbing ladders, kneeling, balancing, pushing and pulling, crawling, computer and phone tasks.

Director [DiMenna Children’s History Museum]

Director of the DiMenna Children’s History Museum

Job Summary

The Director of the DiMenna Children’s History Museum (DCHM) at the New York Historical Society will provide direction and leadership for the development and implementation of programs and services that will advance its mission to teach children New York City and National history through the lives of children.

The Director of the DiMenna Children’s History Museum (DCHM) is responsible for:
* designing and managing age-appropriate tours and programs for elementary and middle school groups
* providing content for weekend family learning programs
* creating and leading professional development programs for teachers related to the content of the DCHM
* overseeing the creation of curriculum materials, gallery literature and educational games and materials for publication on the NYHS website and for programmatic use that extend the scope of the DiMenna’s character pavilions into related aspects of New York and the nation’s history
* identifying and supervising a college intern doing scholarly work on the topic of children in history
* working with curators and consultants on research in order to periodically update content in the DCHM and Children’s Library
* The Director of the DiMenna Children’s History Museum will periodically be required to work on weekends to accommodate family programming.

Supervisory Responsibilities
The Director of the DCHM will train and supervise a team of part-time museum educators, a floor manager and a college intern doing scholarly research.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements
The DCHM Director’s background in American history and museum education as well as extensive knowledge and understanding of children’s developmental stages will provide leadership and support for the work of the museum educators and education division staff members who will engage with the public on behalf of the DCHM.

The Director of the DCHM will have the following skills and experience:
* a background in childhood education and history
* at least five years of supervisory experience in a museum and/or education setting
* excellent verbal and written communication skills
* familiarity with the New York City Department of Education’s Social Studies Scope and Sequence and the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, K-12.
* be highly organized, energetic, flexible and good natured
* Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred
* Degrees must be in related fields.

For consideration please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to hr1[at]nyhistory[dot]org. In the subject line please reference the job title. The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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