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Audience Engagement Specialist & Director of Interpretation [Cleveland Museum of Art]

Audience Engagement Specialist & Director of Interpretation, Cleveland
Museum of Art

Audience Engagement Specialist
Education and Interpretation
The Cleveland Museum of Art seeks qualified candidates for its new Audience
Engagement Specialist position. As a key member of the Department of
Education and Interpretation, the Audience Engagement Specialist works
closely with the Director of Interpretation and the museum-wide Program
Sub-Committee to reinvigorate educational public programming at CMA for
intergenerational audiences, with particular emphasis on university
students, young professionals, and youth and family audiences. Responsible
for programming the museum’s collections and exhibitions beyond the lecture
and symposium, this position will help to generate innovative in-gallery
experiences, artist demonstrations, and art-making activities. The Audience
Engagement Specialist will also help to conceive and stage events for the
39,000 square-foot atrium, a civic space at the heart of the museum’s
campus, and for the Transformer Station on Cleveland’s West Side. Special
emphasis should be placed on programs that can attract members of the
Cleveland and Northeast Ohio communities who have not yet connected with the
museum. Forging relevant community partnerships will be key to the
successful reinvigoration of CMA’s educational programming.
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in an art-related field
and a minimum of two years of related museum or art-space experience and/or
training, or equivalent combination of education and experience. An M.A. in
art, museum studies, or art history is preferred. Candidates should possess
excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, as well
as the ability to prioritize work projects and work well under pressure to
meet deadlines. Knowledge of museum audiences and interpretive strategies is
important. Previous experience with word-processing software and accounting
spreadsheet software is helpful.


Director of Interpretation
Education and Interpretation
The Cleveland Museum of Art seeks qualified candidates for the position of
Director of Interpretation. Reporting to the Director of Education and
Interpretation, the Director of Interpretation plays a key leadership role
within the department and the museum as a whole, and is charged with
developing experiences that enhance visitor learning and enjoyment in the
permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions. S/he is a leading
member of a team of educators, curators, and designers working
collaboratively to create a broad range of interpretive materials and
programs for intergenerational audiences, including families and youth,
university students, young professionals, adults, and seniors. This position
works with staff to set in-gallery interpretive goals for the permanent
collection, oversee educational program planning, participate in museum
docent training, and teach in the galleries to varied adult audiences.
Together with the Director of Education and Interpretation, this position
also oversees the development of the new mobile interpretation system for
the permanent collection galleries, which dovetails with the interpretive
technology in the museum’s planned Lifelong Learning Center. Additionally,
the Director of Interpretation is expected to work with outside consultants
and other members of the Department of Education and Interpretation to make
sure that this mode of interpretation is accessible to a wide variety of
audience segments.
Qualified candidates will have a M.A. or Ph.D. in art history or a related
field and a minimum of five years of museum experience or an equivalent
combination of education and experience. Candidates should also possess
excellent interpersonal, communication, and teaching skills, as well as
experience working on cross-departmental teams, supervising staff, and
managing budgets. Candidates must be familiar with best practices in the
field of museum interpretation, and with current strategies for reaching
varied audiences. Familiarity with new technologies in mobile interpretation
is highly desirable.


Director of Education [The Mattress Factory]

SUPERVISOR: Co-Executive Directors
STATUS: Full time, Exempt


The Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art located in Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, and hailed as the best facility for Installation Art in the
United States, seeks an experienced and creative professional to lead its
Education Department. The Education Director will articulate, guide and
manage the goals and objectives of the Mattress Factory Education
Department, supervise one full-time Education Programs Coordinator, and
develop and manage programs, activities and interpretive materials that
educate and engage the museum’s diverse public and respond to an
internationally-renowned contemporary art permanent collection and residency
program. The Education Director will develop and oversee all education
programs of the institution.  The Education Director is a senior member of
the staff and is integral to developing a public understanding of
contemporary installation art.

– Serve as a catalyst for connecting museum audiences to the creative
practice of living artists and the issues and ideas that surround the
creation of contemporary Installation Art by imagining, managing and
evaluating education materials and resources, robust public programs,
outreach materials and projects, teacher professional development, events
for families and children, and tour programs.
– Articulate the historical context of installation art, the creative
process of the resident artists and the Mattress Factory mission to
students, teacher groups, the academic community, museum members, the
general public and families.
– Oversee management of the museum’s Education Department staff, consisting
of one full-time Education Programs Coordinator and 10 Museum Educators.
– Manage all aspects of the education department budget.
– Advise Museum Development Department in defining education programs that
have funding potential and that meet criteria for grants.
– Collect and organize data for proposals and final reports.
– Meet with current and potential funders as needed.
– Oversee implementation of grants and programs related to education to
assure that grant requirements are being implemented in a timely manner and
that funds are being spent within the grant guidelines.
– Seek to establish partnerships with other organizations in the community
that may enhance Mattress Factory programs.
– Works closely with PR and Marketing Manager, Development staff,
Exhibitions Manager, Visitor Services staff, Director of Operations, and the
Co-executive Directors.
– Work weekend and evening events, as needed.
– Conduct guided museum tours and workshops.

– Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, museum/art education, or a related
field is required.
– Teaching certificate and/or Master’s degree in art, education or related
field preferred.
– At least 5 years museum/arts organization experience is required.
– Must have demonstrated experience working with teachers and students,
managing public programs in art/cultural organizations or museums, and
knowledge of contemporary art practices and art history.
– Minimum 2 years of supervisory experience required.
– Familiarity with Mac platforms preferred.
– PA Criminal History and Child Abuse Clearances required.

To Apply
Send resume, cover letter and three references to Catena Bergevin, Director
of Operations, at<>. No phone
calls please. This position will be available after February 18, 2012.

Educational Director [Emerson Umbrella]

The Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts seeks qualified candidates to fill the
position of Director of Educational Programs.

The successful candidate should be highly energetic, self-motivated, have the
ability to work well within a community of artists, have clear communication skills,
and have a keen awareness of the local and greater Boston Arts communities.

Candidates should have experience working with children and adults, organizing
summer children’s programming, on-line registration, and organizing course

We are looking for candidates with a bachelor degree in Fine Arts or related field
and with a minimum of five years experience working within an Arts organization.

Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail to Jerry Wedge, Executive
Director, Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts enriches lives and builds a vibrant
community through the arts.  We inspire creativity, learning, and personal growth
through education, performing and visual arts, cultural events, and community
collaborations.  Each year we engage, excite, and educate people of all ages
– from toddlers to seniors – in the arts.  Our performing arts and events draw
thousands to our 300-seat theatre.  We present approximately 10 exhibitions
per year including curated, juried, and non-juried exhibitions and works by local,
regional, and national artists.  Our popular Musketaquid Arts and Environment
Program links discovery of art with passion for nature.  And, our community of 50
artists adds tremendous vitality and inspiration.  Visit
for more information.

Museum Educator & Visitor Services Coordinator [American Swedish Historical Museum]

Museum Educator & Visitor Services Coordinator, American Swedish Historical
Museum, Philadelphia

Position: Museum Educator and Visitor Services Coordinator

The American Swedish Historical Museum (ASHM) was founded in 1926 to
preserve and present Swedish and Swedish-American history and culture to a
broad audience. The ASHM is the oldest Swedish museum in the United States,
and the only museum in the East to present the Nordic people¹s
contributions in the history of America ­ contributions encompassing the
arts and humanities, industrial design, science and technology, from the
founding of the New Sweden colony in 1638 to the present day. The ASHM
fulfills its mission of sharing Swedish culture through permanent,
temporary and traveling exhibitions, public events and educational

Position Description:

The museum educator is responsible for developing and delivering
high-quality educational programs for children covering a variety of topics
from colonial history to Swedish literature to Swedish holiday traditions.
The educator is part of a 6 person full-time staff team and has the
opportunity to work on a diverse array of programming and projects. We are
looking for a self-motivated, creative, dynamic person who is at ease
working with audiences ranging from pre-schoolers to board members. As
visitor services coordinator, this staff person is also responsible for the
part-time staff who greet visitors and work in the gift shop and for
keeping attendance records.

Duties include:

School program development, scheduling and implementation for both on-site
and outreach programs.

Family program development, including hands-on components to exhibitions

Special exhibition programming

Conference planning

Developing, scheduling and giving tours of the permanent collections for

Hiring, training, scheduling and supervising part-time visitor service

Periodic visitor surveys

The Museum Educator and Visitor Services coordinator reports to the
Executive Director and supervises the part-time Visitor Service staff.
Regular work schedule is M-F 8:30-4:00. The museums regular schedule of
events and activities also requires evening and weekend work.


Education: Bachelor¹s degree in education or a humanities field required.
MA in museum education preferred.


Minimum: Must be creative and have the ability to design innovative
educational programs for diverse audiences; experience working with
electronic media and writing curriculum. Must possess excellent written and
verbal communication skills and reflect a polished, professional demeanor
in a variety of situations. Understanding of best practices in museum
education, ability to prioritize projects, strong written and oral
communication skills, strong skills with Microsoft Office suite, valid
driver¹s license, must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.

Preferred: Familiarity with Swedish history, culture and language.

Minimum Experience: 3 years experience in planning and presenting
educational programs, preferably in a museum setting. Completion of a
Master¹s Degree can be substituted for 2 years of experience.

Salary and Benefits: The ASHM is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a
competitive salary as well as medical and dental insurance and a 403b plan.

Application deadline is March 5, 2012.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume via email to or mail to

Tracey Beck

Executive Director

American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145-5901

No phone calls please.

Curator of Education [Mahoning Valley Historical Society]

Curator of Education, Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Youngstown, OH

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society ( seeks a
full time Curator of Education to develop, coordinate and implement museum
and outreach educational programs for the AAM-accredited Arms Family
Museum, and the new Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center in Youngstown,
Ohio.  Responsibilities include supervision of interpretive tours,
workshops, special classes, lesson plans, exhibit guides and other print
and electronic resources, and to develop and implement evaluative
assessment instruments to ensure continuous improvement of these programs.
successful candidate will be a self-starter and highly motivated to create
and present innovative and inclusive programs that cater to all learning
styles, and promote interdisciplinary collaborations, partnerships, and
links with school districts, universities and colleges, other museums, and
community organizations in the Mahoning Valley region.****

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Minimum qualifications: Bachelor¹s Degree in education, history or a
related field with experience as a classroom teacher or museum educator;
knowledge of state curriculum standards and professional education
practices; excellent oral and written communication skills.  Send resume
and letter of application to: Manager of Education and External Relations,
Mahoning Valley Historical Society, 648 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502;
or, by email to

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