Director of Education Queens Museum of Art

*Position Posting *

*Director of Education *

Queens Museum of Art is seeking a Director of Education to lead a team, of
nine staff members and fifteen educators, responsible for engaging the
public in learning through the museum’s collections, exhibitions and other
resources. Currently, the programmatic divisions are: Schools, Families and
After School, ArtAccess (for people with special needs) and New New Yorkers
(for adult immigrants).

*Essential Duties and Responsibilities*

*Education Responsibilities*
– Establish the vision and direction of a vibrant, highly collaborative,
community-focused group of educators;
– with the department staff and outside partners, conceive, implement,
manage and assess an active and vibrant body of discussion-based and studio
programs, centered on the museum’s permanent collection, special
exhibitions and other resources;
– establish and reestablish our pedagogy, which includes gallery practice,
studio practice and the relationship between the two;
– disseminate museum’s practice through public speaking and writing in the
form of presentations, conferences, blogs and publications to widely
represent the educational interests of the museum, travelling locally and
nationally as needed;
– network with peers from museum education departments, expand the museum’s
visibility in our diverse communities and strengthen ties with the broad
regional and national education community;
– understand and apply historical and current research in museum and art
– oversee the staff’s, educators’ and teaching artists’ collaborative
action research and all other forms of assessment and evaluation needed to
insure the highest quality learning experiences;
– support and nurture the professional growth of each member of the
department and conceptualize professional development for the museum
educators and teaching artists;
– insure that the diverse cultures and varying abilities of our community
are appropriately met and challenged by our staff and programs;
– create an environment that fosters relationships across communities and
– lead the department into becoming the most collaborative and
partnership-based museum education department possible;
– advise the Executive Director and the Board of Trustees on educational
matters, initiatives and programs.

*Administrative and Fundraising Responsibilities*
– oversee all education-related funding proposals and reporting;
– develop appropriate pricing and earned income opportunities to increase
– develop and monitor departmental budgets, contracts, agreements and other
administrative documents;
– collaborate with and oversee the department team, which includes nine
staff, 15 educators and teaching artists and several interns who teach in
over five languages;
– oversee all staffing in the department, being primarily responsible for
all Manager hires and supporting the Managers in the staffing of all
Coordinator, Assistant, Educator and Intern positions;
– serve as the primary point person in Education for other members of the
museum, including the Executive Director, Curatorial staff, exhibiting
artists, Public Events staff, Development, Marketing and PR, Security,
Facilities and the Business Office;
– grow the programming to take advantage of an expanded museum space and
other learning opportunities in libraries, schools and community spaces;
– execute and refine strategic planning, by collaboratively determining the
future direction of the department;
– insure high quality and appropriate facilities for the programs to
improve the quality of experience for students;
– oversee the marketing and public relations of the programs through the
web, social media and print;
– assist on other projects and initiatives as needed, working with
colleagues throughout the Education Department and the Museum.

Master’s degree with significant experience and proven ability to develop
effective educational programs, grow and sustain meaningful relationships.
Demonstrated management, collaborative and budgeting skills. Excellent oral
and written communication skills.

*Application Instructions*
Please send a cover letter and resume to