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Director of Public Programs [Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on January 10, 1973 in job announcements |

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in

New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York,

New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources

that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater,

state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture,

Art, Drama, and Music.

 

 

 

The Yale Peabody Museum, with its world-class collections (numbering over

12.8 million specimens and growing), is able to bring tremendous resources

to bear on its mission:  to advance knowledge and a broad understanding of

Earth’s history, life and cultures. The Director of Public Programs is key

to the Museum’s educational activities that seek to inspire people,

especially children, with a love for the natural and cultural world and an

appreciation of its importance to human health and wellbeing.

 

 

 

Reporting to the Director of the Peabody Museum and working with the senior

staff, the Director of Public Programs is responsible for the activities and

budgets of the Museum’s public programs including exhibitions, public

education, events, volunteers, and visitor services.

 

 

 

Responsibilities include managing the development, design and production of

exhibitions with support from the Curator-in-Charge of the exhibit, exhibit

staff, Conservator, Operations Manager and Collections Managers as

necessary; developing and implementing an integrated, strategic plan for

public programs in close consultation with the Director, curators and heads

of the Public Programming departments; soliciting and initiating ideas for

exhibits and educational programs, securing approval from the requisite

museum committees, and overseeing their implementation, while ensuring that

all programs integrate with the mission of the Museum; identifying,

initiating and/or fostering contact with individuals and/or community

organizations currently or potentially interested in the Museum’s public

programs, and encouraging their participation.

 

The Director of Public Programs will also initiate and foster relationships

with departments and schools at Yale that might participate in public

programs, and solicit and coordinate their involvement. (S)he will work

closely with the Director, the Director of External Relations, and the

Director of Development to raise funds to support Museum public programs

through grant-writing and other fund-raising efforts. Working with the

Collections staff and leveraging the Museum’s significant digital assets,

the Director of Public Programs will plan and oversee the development of

digital resources for public education and exhibitions, including the

Museum’s website.

 

This individual must contribute to the field of museum public programming by

participating in and presenting at conferences, workshops and meetings.

Fostering and maintaining a network of contacts at local and national

museums, the Director must maintain up to date knowledge on new research on

museum programming and techniques and how they relate to program development

and implementation.

 

 

 

Qualifications:

 

*         Minimum requirement of Bachelor’s Degree in related field and five

years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and related

experience.

 

*         In depth knowledge and proven museum management abilities in areas

such as exhibition practices, public education, audience research

techniques, strategic planning and budgeting.

 

*         Proven ability to write grants and raise funds for public

programs.

 

*         Proven ability to lead, supervise & train staff. Strong consensus

building skills.

 

*         Demonstrated ability to create, develop and implement public

programming (including exhibitions and education) in a museum setting.

 

*         Preferred: Experience in an institution with large natural history

collections. Experience with digital media. Experience in university

museums. Demonstrated understanding of the needs of museum audiences.

 

 

 

Application: Review of applications will begin January 23, 2013.  For more

information and immediate consideration, please apply online at

www.Yale.edu/jobs<http://www.yale.edu/jobs> – the STARS req ID for this

position is 19835BR. Please be sure to reference this website when applying

for this position.

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