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Associate Director of Interpretation, Div of Education [Philadelphia Museum of Art]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on March 2, 1973 in job announcements |

*Associate Director of Interpretation – Division of Education and Public
Programs*

*Philadelphia Museum of Art     *

The Philadelphia Museum of Art seeks candidates for a new position,
Associate Director of Interpretation, a position within the Division of
Education and Public Programs.  The Associate Director of Interpretation
oversees the development and implementation of interpretive strategies and
materials relating to the Museum¹s permanent collection and special
exhibitions. The Associate Director of Interpretation works both with
his/her colleagues in the Division of Education and across the institution,
with the Curatorial, Conservation, Design, and the Information and
Interpretive Technology departments to develop new strategies for the
interpretation of the permanent collection and special exhibitions,
aligning with the institution¹s audience development goals and addressing
the specific needs and interests of an increasingly diverse Museum audience.

The Associate Director of Interpretation is a member of the senior
management team of the Division of Education and Public Programs and
attends departmental leadership meetings and curatorial meetings in this
capacity. He/she prepares budgets and works with the Development Department
on the preparation of grants as needed. This position serves as an art
historical resource within the Division of Education, occasionally teaching
in the galleries with the general public and volunteers, and participating
in other Education related projects as assigned.  He/she works closely with
Museum educators, curators, and designers to create new opportunities for
visitors to have meaningful experiences with the collections, and leads
initiatives that will invite and inspire new and previously un-served
Museum audiences.

Qualified candidates will have a M.A. or Ph.D. in Art History with a
minimum of 5-7 years relevant experience as a museum educator or curator in
a supervisory capacity.  Proven experience leading/participating in museum
interpretive projects required, as is a track record in successfully
engaging new and diverse Museum audiences.  Candidates must possess a broad
knowledge of the fields of museum education and visitor studies.  The
Associate Director is expected to be actively participating in the museum
field, developing and maintaining relationships with other museum
professionals, and participating in professional activities.  Must have
willingness to bring an open and experimental approach to understanding and
advocating for new kinds of visitor experiences in museums, and in serving
target constituencies identified in the institutional strategic plan (e.g.,
diverse audiences, families, young adults). Strong candidates will possess
an enthusiasm for collaboration and relationship building among staff and
stakeholders, and leadership experience in establishing and assessing
interpretive goals and outcomes.  Excellent written and oral communication
skills are essential, as is an ability to work with the various computing
tools that the staff is expected to use on a regular basis. Proven
experience in writing interpretive materials for museums, preferably for
multiple audiences, and familiarity with the use of new technologies to
interpret the collections and to engage new audiences necessary.

***Application Instructions:*

·      ** Go to http://www.philamuseum.org/jobs/

·       Create a*** single document* that contains a cover letter and
resume to be uploaded with your application.

·       Candidates without a social security number should decline the
background check section.  This does not impact the status of your
application.

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