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Executive Director of Museum Education [Art Institute of Chicago]

Art Institute of Chicago – Executive Director of Museum Education

m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting the Art Institute of Chicago in the
search for an innovative arts educator to deliver continually refreshed,
exciting educational experiences to people of all ages, backgrounds and
interests.  As part of that process, we are reaching out to the community
for suggestions and nominations.

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is a world-renowned, encyclopedic art
museum housing one of the world’s most important permanent collections,
including many iconic works of leading artists, and mounting approximately
30 exhibitions a year.  In collaboration with curators, the museum’s
education professionals deliver an enriched experience of AIC’s collections
and exhibitions to a diverse range of patrons and visitors.  With the third
largest collection of art in the United States, the Art Institute’s
encyclopedic collection consists of approximately 300,000 works of art in 11
curatorial departments.  The AIC welcomes approximately 1,400,000 to
1,800,000 visitors annually and has a membership of over 91,000.

With the appointment of Douglas Druick as the AIC’s new President and
Director, the Executive Director of Museum Education will join the Art
Institute at an exciting time.  An accomplished curator, Druick has a strong
belief in the value of education that uses objects to connect visitors to
art and cultural history.  The President views the Education function as
critical to the success of the museum; indeed, he has delayed the launch of
AIC’s new long-term planning project until the new Executive Director of
Museum Education is hired so that the Education Department is fully
represented as that plan is shaped and subsequently implemented.  The
Executive Director of Museum Education will be a critical member of the
President’s Senior Management Team, and will have a strong voice as AIC
engages Chicago’s diverse citizens and visitors through its permanent
collections, special exhibitions, and education and public programming.

The Education Department is expected to evolve over the years to enrich the
gallery experience and address the needs of AIC and Chicago.  Of particular
importance is to build on the existing partnership with Chicago Public
Schools, and educate a new generation of visitors and patrons who will form
the backbone of a vibrant city’s creativity and workforce.  The President
and Director seeks to elevate the visitor experience as a central part of
AIC’s future.  In collaboration with other departments, the Education
Department will play a major role in the design and implementation of new
approaches that attract new audiences, address the needs of current
visitors, and that incite return visits.  An enhanced partnership between
the curatorial departments and Museum Education will be critical to the
success of such initiatives and it is the President’s hope that programs
flowing from such cooperation can become a model for museum-based education
in the field.

The museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have a combined
endowment of almost $800 million, and the museum has an annual operating
budget of approximately $100 million, of which about $2.5 million is
allocated to education.  The museum employs 22 full-time staff in the
Education Department.  There are presently over 150 trained docents that
have been qualified through a four-year educational program recognized as
one of the most rigorous in the field.

A complete position description and additional information can be found at<> and<>.

Curator [Fairfield Museum and History Center]

Curator, Fairfield Museum and History Center

Position Title: Curator
Reports To: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Full time, salaried, Exempt
Hours: 35 hours / week. Some evening and weekend hours required
Function: The Curator is responsible for the planning and implementation of
Fairfield Museum¹s exhibitions and collections management functions.

Position Responsibilities:

Exhibitions and Programs: Develop, implement and manage in
collaboration with museum staff
a regular advance schedule of exhibitions. Design and install
exhibitions when necessary and
direct contract staff in exhibit design and fabrication.
o Oversee the advance scheduling, planning and design of all museum
o Conduct research and prepare content with museum staff and/or outside
o Supervise guest curators, designers and exhibition fabricators;
administer contracts,
schedules and budgets
o Train volunteer docents in presenting exhibition tours; conduct
tours as necessary
o Work with the Museum¹s education staff to develop effective
Collections Management: Work closely with the Library Director to
develop, refine and manage
the Museum¹s collection.
o Maintain all registration records to professional standards
o Make recommendations for acquisitions and deaccessions
o Oversee proper storage and care of museum collections
o Oversee the intellectual framework for collections development
o Manage necessary conservation assessments and supervise contract
o Keep up to date on professional standards for collection care and

Outreach: Initiate and contribute to interpretive collaborations with
community organizations,
affinity groups, schools and other constituents. Represent the
Fairfield Museum in the
community and act as a public spokesman for the institution when

Teamwork: Work closely with the executive director, museum staff and
Board committees to
develop and implement the exhibition schedule, and direct the museum¹s
curatorial functions.

Expertise: Maintain a high level of expertise in museum
interpretation, including a thorough
understanding of relevant professional, ethical and legal issues; as
well as a strong understanding
of regional history and culture.

Evaluation: Design and oversee exhibition assessments that drive
program innovation, quality
and adaptability.

Development: Assist in grant writing and sponsorship development that
support and promote
museum exhibitions and programs.

Performs other activities as required.

The successful candidate will bring:
1. Broad, hands-on experience in creating, leading and evaluating
creative and successful
museum exhibitions.
2. A dynamic and collaborative working style that encourages
collaboration, active learning and
community engagement.
3. Knowledge and experience with collections management, storage and
collections registration
4. Academic background in American History, American Studies or
related discipline.
5. Highly developed skills in communication (verbal and written),
organization and
management, as well as a dynamic and outgoing personality.
6. Experience with budgeting and contract administration.
7. A successful track record in building community collaborations and
leading volunteers
8. Ability to be entrepreneurial, innovative, adaptive and creative.
9. BA / BS required, MA preferred, with 3 or more years experience in
history museums, public
programming, exhibitions or related fields.

Position Status:
Full-time, year-round position with competitive salary. Benefits
package includes group health
insurance (100% of individual premiums paid by employer), $15,000 term
life insurance and shortterm
disability; paid vacation, holiday and sick leave; and
employer-sponsored 401k retirement plan.

About the Fairfield Museum and History Center
The Fairfield Museum and History Center provides visitors of all ages
with a wide array of
educational programs, exhibitions and special events that teach
regional history, celebrate our shared
culture, and prepare students and adults to be better informed
citizens and more active participants in
their community. We believe in the power of history to inspire the
imagination, stimulate thought and
transform society.
The Fairfield Museum creates experiences that make history personal,
engaging and meaningful and
in so doing strengthen people¹s connection to the world around them.
The museum¹s collection and
archive are one of the most important humanities resources in
southwestern Connecticut and a
valuable resource for teaching history and related disciplines. Museum
exhibits attracted more than
18,000 visitors in 2011 from New York to New Haven, and our
educational programs served more
than 5,000 students from Fairfield and nearby communities.
Education is central to the core of FMHC’s mission. We have a proven
track record of providing
programs for regional schools that supplement state curriculum
mandates for Social Studies and
History. We are committed to providing educational experiences,
particularly to lower income
constituencies that allow all students the opportunity to participate.
The number of students enrolled
in museum programs has increased 70% over last year and have nearly
tripled since 2007.
The Fairfield Museum serves as an important venue for community
involvement and dialog through
relevant exhibitions, speaker forums and events. Since opening its new
facility in 2007, the Fairfield
Museum has become a focus of civic pride, a regionally prominent
center for the study of arts and
humanities, and a museum of state-wide renown.

Curator of Collections and Exhibitions [Stamford Museum & Nature Center]

*Curator of Collections & Exhibitions*

*Stamford Museum & Nature Center*

*Stamford, CT*

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Serving as the creative and visionary voice of all exhibitions and the
professional steward of the permanent collection. Works closely with the
Executive Director and key programmatic staff and directs all aspects of
annual exhibitions program. As Stamford’s art museum, set in an
expansive nature center with working farm, the SM&NC exhibition thematic
focus includes a pallet of fine art, popular and contemporary culture,
natural history, agriculture, science, history and astronomy targeted to
family audiences and varied interests. The Curator coordinates with
guest curators and/or organizing entities from contract through
successful implementation. Serves as spokesperson in the interpretation
of exhibitions and/or collections to the media and general public. Is
responsible for the overall care and management of the museum’s
collections, including documentation, safe keeping, storage, handling,
conservation and interpretation. For in-house exhibitions, researches
topics, defines themes, identifies supporting materials, creates
checklists, drafts interpretive text and labels and manages all
installations. Leadership & Management – 20%, Annual Public Exhibition
Program – 60%, Collections Management – 20%

Minimum five years relevant professional curatorial and collections
experience preferably in the museum field. Minimum BA in art history,
anthropology, museum or cultural studies – MA preferred. Must possess
mature, professional, respectful demeanor with key contacts acting with
discretion, confidentiality, be an excellent communicator — oral and
written, ability to multi-task, think creatively, understand strategic
planning and policy implementation, have excellent research skills, be
able to interact seamlessly with all departments, lead task forces or
programmatic initiatives and serve on leadership team. Position reports
to the Executive Director. Competitive Benefits Package. No relocation.
Send resume with salary requirements in confidence to Katherine Smith at <>.

Education Coordinator [Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland]

EDUCATION COORDINATOR, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland


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*COMPANY: Museum of Contemporary Art*

DEADLINE: 2012.05.25**


*SCHEDULE: Part time, 24 hours per week*

*CONTACT PERSON: Christina Eagleeye-Wilson*

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The new MOCA is a flagship project of Cleveland¹s emerging Uptown district,
a major urban-revitalization project undertaken by Case Western Reserve
University; developer MRN, Ltd.; and other institutions in the University
Circle neighborhood. MOCA will serve as a catalyst for creativity and
growth in the area‹which is home to one of the country¹s largest
concentrations of cultural, educational, and medical institutions‹with
greatly expanded educational and public programs, as well as imaginative
collaborations with neighboring organizations and cultural partners.
Designed by the internationally acclaimed firm Farshid Moussavi
Architecture, London, the nearly 34,000-square-foot, four-story structure
is FMA¹s first major building in the United States, and its first museum.

The *Education Coordinator* supports all MOCA education initiatives and
programs including but not limited to K-12 school, teacher, and student
outreach, onsite group tours, docent council activities, university
collaborations, and education-based public events.

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*Primary Responsibilities*

*K-12 and University Initiatives*

Assists the Curator of Education in cultivating MOCA¹s relationship and
any partnerships with Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and
other Northeast Ohio area K-12 schools and educators

Serves as one of three project managers for MOCA¹s CMSD Immersion Project

Coordinates K-12 group tours and oversees the school group tours
calendar (including university tours)

Assists in the production of exhibition-related curricula resource
materials and hands-on student activities

Conducts school tours using approved VTS methodology and art activities
(training provided by MOCA)

Assists with and attends education events, professional development
programs, and other teacher and/or student-based activities

Attends appropriate events for area teachers to promote MOCA¹s education

Works with the Curator of Education, Front of House, and Event Manager
to coordinate and assign docents to school and group tours

Assists with tracking school group tour attendance and profile
information; helps prepare related statistical analysis and reports

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*Docent Council Support*

Assists the Curator of Education with the MOCA Docent Council, including
recruitment, training, coordination, communication, and retention

Provides general clerical support for docent-related activities and tour
General Programs Support

Updates and maintains the Programs calendar and departmental electronic

Manages or assists with public programs as assigned, including but not
limited to family programs, education workshops, entertainment programs,
and social events

Assists in the development and execution of evaluation methods for
public programs

Assists in content development for media-based interpretive education

Provides general clerical support for the Programs Department as needed

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*Reporting Relationships*: This position reports to the Curator of Education

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– Excellent skills in organization, communication (both verbal and
written), project management, and customer service.
– Collaborative nature and ability to interact with all levels of
management, staff, and the public.
– Experience with public speaking
– Previous experience in an educational environment
– Experience working directly with children and/or teenagers.
– Bachelor¹s Degree, preferably in Art Education, Education, Art
History, or Studio Art
– Clerical skills including filing, note taking, scheduling, and
– Computer competency and skills in software like Microsoft Office and
Google Apps
– Accommodate a non-traditional schedule including weekend and evening

Email *cover letter, résumé and 3 professional references* to Christina

Or mail to:         MOCA Cleveland

8501 Carnegie Ave.

Cleveland, OH  44106

Deadline for applying is May 25, 2012.

Curator of Education, Interpretation and Visitor Experience [Greensboro Historical Museum]

Curator of Education, Interpretation and Visitor Experience, Greensboro
Historical Museum, NC

Primary job function and duties: The Greensboro Historical Museum is
seeking an energetic, creative, community-minded person to head the section
of Education, Interpretation and Visitor Experience. The Curator of
Education, Interpretation and Visitor Experience is primarily responsible
for the development, implementation, and evaluation of all interpretive,
educational and special event programming of the Greensboro Historical
Museum using current learning theory and methodology, technology and museum
best practices. The Curator is responsible for supervising all employees,
docents and volunteers within the department and effectively managing their
hours, duties, responsibilities, and work progress. She/he is responsible
for evaluating and improving visitor services and experience of the museum,
exhibits and collections, including on-line and outreach community
programs. This position requires an exceptionally well organized person
with a strong community focus, the ability to multi-task and work in a fast
paced museum environment. The employee in this position must possess strong
interpersonal skills, and a high level of skill in both verbal and written
communication. The ability to work collaboratively with the Museum Board,
staff members and the community is essential. The Greensboro Historical
Museum is a cooperative partnership between the City of Greensboro, North
Carolina, who owns the Historical Museum structure and hires Museum
employees and the Greensboro Historical Museum Inc, who owns and controls
the Museum collections. This is a full-time salaried position that requires
40 or more hours per week of work, usually Monday through Friday with
frequent weekend and evening hours.* This job is Exempt and is not subject
to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. *

*For more information and to download an application please visit the City
of Greensboro’s website (*
*Hiring Salary Range:* $32,250

*Work Schedule/Requirements: * 40 hours, M-F 8-5. Occasional evenings and

*Minimum Qualifications:*


– Bachelor¹s degree in History, Anthropology, Education, Museum Studies,
or related field
– At least three years work experience in a related field.
– Work experience with computer and database management, social media
and professional office procedures and protocol (indicate on application)


*An Ideal Candidate Would Also Possess (Preferred Qualifications):*


– Three years experience working in the education department of a
history or anthropology museum.
– Three years of museum experience in a supervisory position.
– Master¹s degree in education, museum studies, history or anthropology.


*Special Notes Concerning This Position:*

Please note: The assessment process for this position will include a few
writing samples in addition to a formal interview process.

Apply Here:

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