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Interpretation Manager [Amon Carter Museum of American Art]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on June 7, 1973 in job announcements |

AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART SEEKS AN INTERPRETATION MANAGER to join its nationally-recognized Education team. Specializing in the knowledge of visual art, the Interpretation Manager’s combined skills as an educator, editor, writer, and project manager place him/her at the center of the Amon Carter’s interpretation of works of art—both at the museum and virtually. The Interpretation Manager develops, coordinates, implements, manages, and evaluates a broad range of interpretive strategies and materials designed for use by visitors of all ages and abilities to explore and understand the Amon Carter’s collections and special exhibitions.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Advocate for the interests of the museum’s diverse audiences and the significant role of education within all special exhibition and collection installations both in the museum and online.
  2. Work collaboratively with staff from Curatorial and Education to develop and evaluate interpretive goals and strategies for the museum’s collections and exhibitions to advance the museum’s mission and facilitate extraordinary art experiences for museum visitors.
  3. Recommend and prioritize interpretive strategies and platforms based on current knowledge of audience engagement, museum education, and technology.
  4. Lead teams from Collections, Curatorial, Education, Marketing, Information Technology, and Publications to coordinate, implement, manage, and evaluate interpretive content for the museum’s collections and special exhibitions. Platforms include, but are not limited to, text panels and object labels, brochures and other printed guides, signage, participatory spaces, web resources, and in-gallery technology applications.
  5. Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate interpretive materials for specialized audiences, including families, educators, and people with disabilities.
  6. Advise on the creation of text panels and object labels for the permanent collection and special exhibitions and then review and edit them to ensure adherence to museum guidelines, content goals, and audience understanding and reading level.
  7. Collaborate with various departments to plan and manage the production of multimedia resources (helping locate appropriate outside vendors), including videos, audio guides, and web components.
  8. Work with the Director of Education and the Director of Development to secure funding opportunities for interpretive resources and ensure that all funding stipulations are fulfilled.
  9. Maintain interpretation line items in various budgets; maintain project files.

Qualifications

• MA degree in art history, museum education, American studies, museum studies, or other related field (emphasis in American art a plus).
• Minimum two years of museum education, interpretation, or curatorial experience required.
• Demonstrated ability to make scholarly information accessible to various audiences, including the general public, families, and educators.
• Substantial experience writing and editing for a general audience with a strong background in visual art.
• Commitment to working as part of a collaborative team.
• Diplomatic, analytical, well organized, and able to meet strict deadlines while working on several concurrent projects.
• Possess innovative ideas about museum interpretation and knowledge of art history.
• Familiarity with museum education theory, trends in electronic media, and facility with technology.

Supervision is received from the Director of Education. Salary and benefits competitive; background screen required. Position open until filled. Send cover letter outlining your interest in the position and related skills and experience as they relate to the position, resume or CV, a writing sample related to the interpretation of a work of art (please also indicate the audience the sample was written for, e.g., families, scholars, etc.), and professional references to HR Manager, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107 fax (817) 665-4315 or to human.resources@cartermuseum.org. EEOC.

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