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Education Programs Coordinator [Montalvo Arts Center]

Montalvo Arts Center

Education Programs Coordinator (Full-time, non-exempt)

Full job description is available at<>

Under the direction of the Education Director, the Education Programs
Coordinator is responsible for the coordination and management of a range of
educational and interpretive programs for a variety of audiences, including
K-12 grade students, teachers, and the general public audience. The
Education Programs Coordinator is also responsible for the improved
efficiency of all administrative aspects of the department including program
registration processes, database, and website development and maintenance.
The Education Programs Coordinator will regularly assist with writing and
editing of education publications and materials. This position assists with
the daily management of Montalvos expanding Arts Education and Outreach


*Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:*


In collaboration with the Education Director, the Education Programs
Coordinator will oversee aspects of program coordination from planning to
evaluation for both the school & teacher audience and the general public
audience. Programs may include the performing arts series for students,
summer camps, professional development workshops for teachers, art classes,
ArtSplash! open house and outreach programs to underserved communities; as
well as other as yet unforeseen programs. Responsibilities will often
include attendance at events to oversee operations.

Of primary responsibility is the coordination of the Performing Arts Series
for Students. Duties to include preparation of marketing materials,
processing contracts, administration of all performance logistics, manage
program budget, school scheduling, event management, and program evaluation.

Interest and ability to work with and interact with the artists in residence
at Montalvo Arts Center, and host them into local schools K-12 to lecture or

Improve, expand and update Education Department database on a frequent and
on-going basis. Position responsible for update of Education area of website
on a regular basis.

Serve as recording secretary for Education and Outreach Executive Committee
meetings, and other committees as needed. Prompt preparation and
distribution of accurate meeting minutes.

Maintain and update master calendar with Education and Outreach events and
meetings regularly.

Supervise and manage temporary camp staff, volunteers and interns, both
youth and adult.

* Other duties may be assigned as required.

*The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications: *

B.A. in Art Education, Arts Administration, or related field.

2-3 years experience in education program development at a museum, arts
education organization, school, university or related institution.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and Microsoft

Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Bilingual in Spanish or
Mandarin a plus.

Ability to work independently or as part of a team, and take initiative as
required. Ability to think creatively, and to conduct effective problem
resolution for improved departmental operations.

Highly motivated, positive person with demonstrated ability to manage
multiple projects simultaneously.

Excellent organizational and time-management skills. Evening/weekend work

Ability to work harmoniously with staff, trustees, volunteers, artists, and
the general public audience.

CPR/First Aid certification and valid drivers license required.


Salary is between $35,000-$45,000 based on qualifications and experience.
The position may begin at 80% (32-hrs/wk) with the possibility of going
full-time (40-hrs/wk) in the near future. Montalvo offers a comprehensive
benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; FSA;
and 401(K) retirement plan.

To apply, submit a cover letter along with your resume to Human Resources
via email at<>. No phone calls
please. Applications deadline is September 30. Applications will be screened
for qualifications and experience. Not all applicants who meet the minimum
qualifications will be offered an interview.

For more detailed information about Montalvo Arts Center visit our website

Director of Interpretation and Audience Engagement [New Orleans Museum of Art]

The New Orleans Museum of Art seeks a


In 1910, Isaac Delgado offered a gift to the City Park Commission to
create a “temple of art for rich and poor alike.” The Isaac Delgado
Museum of Art, a neoclassical building designed by Samuel Marx, opened
their doors to the public the following year. Expansions in the 1970s
and 1980s tripled the size of the Museum and in 1989, the Board of
Trustees voted to change the Museum’s name to the New Orleans Museum of
Art. In 1993, the “new” NOMA reopened to the public: a state of the art
facility of 130,850 square feet. The permanent collection has over
40,000 works of art with a range of objects from the Italian Renaissance
to the modern era, and especially known for its collections of European
and American art, African art, Chinese ceramics, and Central American
art from the pre-Columbian and Spanish eras. In 2003, the five-acre
Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden opened with fifty permanently
installed objects including works by Louise Bourgeois, Rodin, and
Barbara Hepworth. Today we have over sixty sculptures, and the number
continues to grow. At no cost to visitors, this garden functions as a
place of relaxation and contemplation and symbolizes the central role
the Museum plays in the city of New Orleans. A century since its doors
opened, NOMA has become the premier art museum of the Gulf South.

When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, the collection
was fortunately spared. However, the damage that was caused to the
Sculpture Garden and building forced the Museum to close for seven
months. NOMA reopened as quickly as possible, serving as a beacon of
hope for the city of New Orleans. Having functioned in that capacity for
the past six years, the Museum is finally planning for its future once
again. It is imperative to understand Katrina–it affected every
person and organization in New Orleans, only within the past few years
has the city and the Museum begun to emerge from the devastation, and it
is now that the Museum can finally focus on the process of rebuilding
its staff, programs, and spaces.
The mission of the New Orleans Museum of Art is to inspire the love of
art: to collect, preserve, exhibit, and present excellence in visual
arts while educating, challenging and engaging a diverse public.
The Museum once again has active K-12 educational programs for the
students in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes. NOMA has
consistently worked with teachers from schools across the spectrum of
the New Orleans school district: charter, recovery, public and private.
An active docent program with 60 active docents (docent training is
offered throughout the year) provides tours for students that are
tailored to fit specific class and curricula needs. Regular teacher
workshops are also available to assist educators in using the Museum as
a teaching resource. Most recently, the newly configured department of
Interpretation and Audience Engagement is collaborating with Young
Audiences of New Orleans to create a program that focuses on language
arts education for underserved students, and will be tested during the
summer and introduced into the schools in the fall of 2011. This
education effort conforms to Louisiana curricular requirements. Other
youth programs include art classes and summer art camps that introduce
participants to the Museum’s collection and follow up with a correlative
hands-on art experience. NOMA’s Friday evenings also offer children’s
art activities. Student internships, in cooperation with the many
universities and colleges in the area, are available during the summer
in all of the Museum’s departments. Family workshops, which had been a
staple of the Education Department, will soon be reinstated.

NOMA also offers a variety of adult programs that invite active public
engagement. Friday nights have been popular with events that include
hing from artist lectures to movie screenings and Shakespeareaplays in the
Sculpture Garden. “Inspired by New Orleans” is another
program planned to bring writers, musicians, architects, and artists
together to create a rich dialogue about the ways in which New Orleans
has inspired their work. All of these events have begun to attract large
audiences and engage the community.
The Museum’s exhibition program is both active and versatile, bringing
significant national touring exhibitions to New Orleans and
distinguished exhibitions organized by its curatorial staff. Current
exhibitions includeAncestors of the Congo Square: African Art in the New
Orleans Museum of Art, Read My Pins: The Madeline Albright Collection,
and Swoon: Thalassa. In addition, this year the Museum is celebrating
its 100th anniversary with a focus on objects from its outstanding
permanent collection and a fall exhibition of over 100 gifts and
promised gifts to the collection.
Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Museum is a private institution
created for the public good. NOMA serves 115,000 visitors annually and
employs approximately 63 full time and 10 part time staff. It operates
with a budget of over $6 million. The department currently has three
full time staff.

The Director of Interpretation and Audience Engagement must be ready to
reinvigorate and re-imagine the New Orleans Museum of Art’s newly
configured Department of Interpretation and Audience Engagement, a
department that was reduced in scope as a result of Hurricane Katrina
and the economic downturn. S/he is responsible for developing,
implementing and managing a well-conceived education program for the
Museum that will enhance the level of understanding and relevance of the
Museum’s collections to a full range of audiences. S/he must be an
enthusiastic supporter of public engagement and public accessibility and
ready to engage the many constituencies and stakeholders of the museum.
The Director of Interpretation and Audience Engagement reports to the
Museum’s Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Administrative and Programmatic Responsibilities
1. Participates in strategic planning of the Museum’s programs with the
executive director and other members of the senior management team.
2. Prepares and manages department budget.
3. Works with Executive Director, department heads, and curators to
establish short- and long-term goals for programs related to the
collection and exhibitions for the museum’s audience.
4. Supervises the staff in the department of Interpretation and Audience
Engagement to ensure the smooth operation of all aspects of the
department, and is responsible for recruitment, training, development,
and performance of staff.
5. Works as a member of a team to plan exhibitions and to write, edit
and produce educational material for collections and exhibitions.
6. Working with the interpretation and audience engagement staff,
develops and oversees plans for children and adults programs as well as
school programs.
7. Knowledgeable about K-12 curriculum and understands the needs of
teachers in order to provide meaningful educational programs.
8. Reinvigorates and provides leadership to the existing docent program
by enhancing the training program in both art history and visual inquiry
9. Works with interpretation and curatorial staff to evaluate all
programs for quality, audience attendance, educational content, cost
effectiveness, etc.
10. Works as a member of a team with curators and interpretation staff
to identify and engage guest speakers for exhibition-related programs.
11. Works with the development department to secure funding, equipment
and other resources necessary to attain departmental goals.
12. Oversees, and as appropriate researches, writes, and develops a full
range of interpretive materials including brochures, audio guides,
videos, advanced technology aids, and other educational tools.
Creative Partnerships
13. Acts as the chief spokesperson for the depart
ment, representing it
to its many constituencies both inte14. Builds relationships in the
community, encouraging and developing
collaborations with appropriate organizations and maintaining a high
professional profile locally and nationally

The new Director of Interpretation and Audience Engagement must have a
strong vision and commitment to innovative educational programming. S/he
must be imaginative and be a leader with a deep passion for the visual
arts and art education. S/he must be able to work effectively with the
curators to help implement interpretive plans that make the art
accessible to audiences in the galleries. S/he must work collaboratively
with schoolteachers to integrate Museum programs into the curriculum.
S/he must also be an effective manager and team player who can work
successfully in a dynamic and collaborative environment and must have a
track record in developing and implementing innovative programs that
reflect knowledge of current issues in museum education and of the
evolving role of art museums in their communities. S/he must have:
1. Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Art History, Art Education, or
related field.
2. Leadership and managerial skills and the ability to supervise.
3. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
4. A strong marketing orientation and budgeting skills.
5. Strategic thinker and good implementer.
6. Minimum 5-7 years management of an art museum
interpretation/education program.
7. A successful track record securing grants and other funds for
interpretation programs.
8. Conversant with current technologies and how they can be used as
educational devices throughout the Museum.

COMPENSATION: The position will offer a competitive salary and a good
benefit package.

START DATE: Fall/Winter 2011

Send resume and cover letter indicating interest, qualifications, and
list of references to the email listed:

Diane Frankel
Management Consultants for the Arts
400 Main Street, Suite 400
Stamford, CT 06901
Email to:

Dierctor [Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery]

Director, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery
Columbia University

Reporting to the Executive Vice President of Arts and Sciences, the
incumbent directs the activities and operations of the Miriam and Ira D.
Wallach Art Gallery and contributes to Columbia’s historical, critical, and
creative engagement in the visual arts. The incumbent also participates in
the planning for the relocation and expansion of the Wallach Gallery, which
is currently under way. The new Gallery, designed by Renzo Piano for the
Manhattanville campus, will unite the scholarly and creative endeavors of
the Department of Art History and Archaeology and the School of the Arts in
a 12-month program of exhibitions and related events. The Gallery is
scheduled to open in 2015. It will continue to mount a diverse array of
historical exhibitions that embody the University’s high standards of
research and instruction and to make the rich resources of University
collections-art, archeological, anthropological, and library-accessible to
the public in compelling ways. It will also encompass the annual spring
exhibitions of School of the Arts M.F.A. students as well as contemporary
art exhibitions and foster opportunities for interdisciplinary projects and
related events. The incumbent will aim to attract new audiences beyond the
University community and to establish the Gallery as a public forum for the
exchange of ideas and perspectives in the visual and related arts. In
keeping with the University’s pedagogical mission, the incumbent will strive
to provide opportunities for students to experience all facets and stages of
the exhibition process-administrative and managerial, educational,
promotional, and curatorial:
*    Cultivate and develop programming initiatives working closely with
Gallery Steering Committee; review exhibition proposals and advise in
*    Program season of public exhibitions; advise faculty, student, and
curators in organization and realization of exhibition projects,
adherence to best curatorial practices and compliance with scheduling
budgetary guidelines
*    Supervises all print publications, website, and e-publications,
preparation of texts, images, editing, design, and production
*    Maintain effective working relationships with academic and
leadership throughout University
*    Shape public profile of Gallery and serve as its spokesperson within
and local and national/international arts communities
*    Develop collaborative relationships with other University departments,
organizations, and community groups
*    Oversees Gallery’s facility and equipment, improvements, and purchases
*    Hire and supervise professional staff and outside curators
*    Oversee Gallery’s budget and develop long-term plans for Gallery’s
*    Monitor expenditures and ensure compliance with University fiscal
*    In consultation with University and School Development Officers,
annual fundraising campaigns and strategies, formulate annual
targets, identify potential donors and funding sources; cultivate and
relationships with major donors, corporations, and foundations; and
on long-term fundraising plans
*    Develop and implement comprehensive marketing and public relations
campaigns and oversee production of all printed materials and
*    Cultivate relationships with media contacts and art critics
The incumbent reports to the Executive VP of Arts and Sciences on all
operational aspects of the unit. For matters of policy and major and
sensitive decisions, the incumbent also consults with the chair of the
Department of Art History and Archaeology and the Dean of the School of the
Arts. Guidance in policy matters also comes from the Wallach Art Gallery
Steering Committee.
Job Requirements
Please see the following link for more details: 126482
all applications must be submitted via the link above. No paper application
will be accepted.
Columbia University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Project Assistant, Lemelson Center [National Museum of American History]

Project Assistant, Lemelson Center, Education and Public Programs
Office, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Opens September 14, 2011; applications must be received by October 5,
2011. Expected start date is the January 2, 2012.

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and
Innovation (Lemelson Center) at the Smithsonian¹s National Museum of
American History (NMAH) is recruiting for a Project Assistant to join
the team. The Lemelson Center is dedicated to exploring invention in
history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. Working
individually and with members of the Lemelson Center team, under the
supervision of the Center¹s Exhibition Program Manager, the Project
Assistant will conduct research about historic and contemporary
inventors, innovators, and ³places of invention,² assist with exhibition
development, coordination, and related program planning, assist with the
Center¹s podcast series ³Inventive Voices,² and provide administrative
and programmatic support for the in-development Places of Invention
exhibition project and for general Lemelson Center activities. Places of
Invention, scheduled to open in 2014, will be a new, interactive,
family-friendly exhibition for the Lemelson Hall of Invention at NMAH
that tells the stories of historic and modern communities where people,
resources, and spaces have come together to spark inventiveness.

Applicants must demonstrate experience in conducting historical
research, writing, and giving presentations, and have strong
organizational skills. The best qualified applicants will also have
experience developing museum exhibitions and related programs. A
master¹s degree or equivalent experience in history, public history,
American studies, museum studies, or relevant field is preferred.

This is a full-time, 2-year Trust (non-Federal) position at IS-9, Step
1. The salary is $51,630 with excellent benefits.  To apply, please
submit a cover letter, a resume documenting the above criteria, two (2)
writing samples, and contact information for three (3) work and/or
academic references by October 5, 2011 to:

Monica M. Smith
Exhibition Program Manager
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
MRC 604, PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012 – Email

The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Women and minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to

Senior Manager, Public Programs [American Museum of Natural History]

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent
scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the
Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and
disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the
universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research,
education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and
scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire
planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

Senior Manager, Public Programs

The Senior Manager, Public Programs works with the Public Programs
division of the Education Department, and reports to the Associate
Director of Public Programs. This position oversees the direction and
management of major cultural programs and festivals. The Senior Manager
also contributes to the conceptualization and planning of the overall
programming vision managing staff, building audiences and strategically
integrating community and internal resources to maximize cultural and
educational impact. The events produced by the Senior Manager encompass
various mediums of expression, including performances, lectures,
demonstrations, discussions, conversations, workshops, and hands-on
activities. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:

● Create, innovate, develop, and implement cultural and scientific
programs that draw large and diverse audiences in the highly competitive
NYC events landscape
● Collaborate with Museum curators and outside experts in
conceptualizing and developing innovative program ideas
● Contribute to the overall planning and strategy for the public
programs area
● Manage support staff, office assistants, and other programming
contractors, interns, and volunteers
● Build and present programs through strong relationships with a
variety of community organizations, individuals, and institutions
● Manage relationships and expand local, national, and
international networks for program participants and audiences
● Develop and oversee program budgets
● Collaborate with other Museum departments on writing public and
private fundraising proposals and final reports
● Give media interviews when appropriate
● Conceive and draft key program “take-away” messages and
educational/program materials
● Constantly engage in arts and cultural programming in NYC,
keeping abreast of innovation in the field, locally and beyond

● Track record of success in program development, audience
development, and successful grant seeking.
● Proven track record of strategic planning for and execution of a
full season of programs across diverse topics and art/presentation
● Demonstrated excellence in crafting and communicating an
overarching strategic vision for a diverse and interconnected series of
● Strong history of creating and articulating core content themes
and goals that provide a context, rationale, and cohesive framework for
a broad series of events
● Extensive experience managing staff
● At least 10 years of programming experience with demonstrated
excellence in producing top quality events with exceptional community
organizations and performers as well as high profile artists and talent
● Established reputation in arts and cultural professional
networks; significant personal experience with and professional
connection to marquis-name talent
● History of innovative and groundbreaking work and thinking,
particularly in projects that require extensive collaboration and
cross-disciplinary approaches―demonstrated track record of originating
new kinds of programs and ideas, robust portfolio of
“outside-the-box” programs and events
● Bachelor’s Degree required in a field connected to the scope
of the Museum’s mission, Master’s Degree in Arts Administration or
related field preferred
● Excellent oral and written communication skills
● Ability to manage multiple projects at the same time, and work
with a variety of people inside and outside the Museum

Applicants interested in applying may send their resume, specifying
salary history and requirements to:
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/
Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum encourages Women, Minorities,
Persons with Disabilities, Vietnam Era and Disabled Veterans to apply.
The Museum does not discriminate due to age, sex, religion, race, color,
national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual
orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law.
If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please
call the Office of Human Resources.
Please be advised that due to the high volume of applicants, we are
only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best
fit the needs of the open position.

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