The Director of Education develops the philosophy and direction of the
museum¹s educational programming and represents the Museum in the wider
national and international dialogue about the educational value of picture
Throughout, s/he helps raise awareness about the Museum and its commitment
to the picture book as a means of fostering critical and creative thinking
skills, early literacy, and an appreciation of art.
Reporting to the Executive Director, this position leads the creation,
implementation and evaluation of all education programs for teachers,
students and the public. S/he works collaboratively with the Executive Director,
Chief Curator, and Professional Education Staff to ensure that programs complement
each other and are consistent with the Museum¹s mission. The position also
develops and maintains a strong network with community organizations in
alignment with organizational objectives.
The Director leads a team of approximately 12, which includes 4 full-time
and 8 part time staff members as well as seasonal staff and volunteers.
€ Provide primary leadership, management and strategic direction for all
o Supervise, directly and indirectly, all department Staff which includes
Educators, Library Staff, Art Studio Educators, Educational Administration, Guest Services and Volunteers.
o Work collaboratively with Education Staff on the creation and
implementation of programming specifically designed for school groups, families, educators, picture book enthusiasts, and the informal visitor.
o Work with the larger arts and education community to support programming;
engage the best collaborators and contractors for performances, lectures, and
o Coordinate with internal Museum departments and key related staff to
ensure efficient co-ordination of activities and effective communication both internally and externally.
o Work closely with Museum¹s marketing team to develop promotional
materials and coordinate local and national promotion of programs.
o Work closely with Museum¹s Development Director on potential grants and sponsorships to support educational initiatives.
o Teach workshops and give lectures, as needed.
€ Identify and develop community partnership strategies to support the
Museum¹s educational goals.
o Serve as public face for the Museum¹s education department to external
established and new stakeholders.
o Represent the Museum at relevant professional and community meetings
€ Oversee and manage resource development, development/fundraising and
budget planning and management.
o Prepare grant project narratives and reports in collaboration with the
o Manage budget including budget development, tracking and reporting;
execute contracts and payroll.
€ Work with the Chief Curator to develop exhibits, engaging creative
strategies and text labels.
Experience and Qualifications
€ Minimum 5 years experience as a leader in non-profit arts/cultural
management, arts administration, school or other educational setting
€ Masters Degree in education and/or the arts required
€ Understanding and passion for progressive Education; knowledge of current
early education trends, State and Federal education policy, and Visual Thinking Strategies a plus
€ Demonstrable management experience and ability to lead a team effectively
€ Demonstrable knowledge and interest in picture books
€ Demonstrable understanding of museum-based teaching and learning
€ Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including
presentational skills and negotiation skills; the ability to work collaboratively with staff and partners, and to tailor speech and writing to a variety of audiences and purposes
€ Demonstrated experience building community relationships
€ Experience with social media tools as a means of building community and
reaching new audiences
€ Strong organizational, project planning, and writing skills
€ Ability to work a flexible schedule; participation in evening and weekend
program activities and
€ Travel required
The mission for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit
organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire
a love of art and reading in through picture books. The only full-scale
museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
Eric and Barbara Carle founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is
the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 40,000-foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 schoolchildren.
Its extensive resources include a collection
of more than 10,000 picture book illustrations, three art galleries, an art
studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and
Applications must be received by end of day Sunday March 31, 2013
To apply send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to:
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 West Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002