The Balboa Park Learning Institute (BPLI) program is a new model for professional education developed by the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, the collaborative body and collective voice of 27 diverse cultural institutions located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park (California). Balboa Park ranks consistently as one of the top urban cultural parks in the nation due to its Spanish Renaissance architecture, acclaimed gardens, dozens of museums and cultural institutions, the world famous San Diego Zoo and expansive recreation facilities—all nestled within a 1,200-acre park in the heart of a major metropolitan area.


The Balboa Park Learning Institute utilizes the Partnership’s collective resources to provide on-going and highly customized professional learning opportunities to professionals, volunteers, and organizations in Balboa Park, as well as the greater San Diego region and beyond. It also builds networks and leads exploratory projects with local, state and national partners that use Balboa Park as a learning laboratory. The Learning Institute launched in late 2008 with generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which continues today.



Now in its fifth year of successful development as a groundbreaking collaborative learning model for adults working in the cultural sector, the Director of the Balboa Park Learning Institute will lead the post-start-up phase of the program. There are several major projects to develop and/or oversee—such as the co-creation of a new, IMLS-funded Park-wide customer service program and the implementation of a national art and science innovation incubator project funded by the National Science Foundation—however, there is also room to shape new curricula, business strategies, and the next phases of the program. Generally, responsibilities span visionary program development and implementation, relationship building and complex collaboration, fiscal management and fundraising, and communication and evaluation.


Requirements: The following or an equivalent – A Master’s degree or higher in a field related to the responsibilities of this position, five years of experience at a senior management level, and demonstrated ability in collaborative leadership, visionary program development and effective implementation, and adult learning. Special content expertise pertaining to new strategies (and new technologies) for audience engagement, the evolution of customer service and the experience economy, and/or the blending of art and science are preferred. The Balboa Park Cultural Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Compensation: Compensation for this senior-level position is commensurate with experience.


Questions: For further information about the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and to view a complete position description visit <> .


To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to by 5:00 p.m. PST on Friday, January 18, 2013. Please put “BPLI Director Application: <Insert your first initial and last name>” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until the deadline. No phone calls please.