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Director of Education and Public Programs [Neuberger Museum of Art]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on October 3, 1973 in job announcements |

The Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College (NMA) seeks a Director of Education and Public Programs (DoEPP). Reporting to the museums Director, the DoEPP develops and leads the museum interpretative program to provide a stimulating learning environment for museum constituencies, to meet the needs of the museums diverse audiences, and to further the mission of the college and museum.

Purchase College combines professional conservatory programs in the performing and visual arts with rigorous studies in the liberal arts and sciences. The NMA is the tenth largest college museum in the country and the premier museum of modern, contemporary art, art of the Americas and African art in Westchester and Fairfield counties. Through experimental or art-historical perspectives, the NMA features 8 changing exhibitions annually, ranging from single-artist presentations to thematic surveys, newly commissioned artist projects, and a rotating collection of 6,000 objects. Along with a Performing Arts Center, a School of the Arts, and a School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the museum contributes to the college mission to provide an exceptional educational experience.

The NMA is transforming the way in which it works with the public, connects with the community, and addresses cultural needs. Building on its respected collection, exhibitions, and research, the NMA seeks to foster a lifelong interest in the visual arts by providing opportunities to experience and learn new ways that connect visitors to artists innovating expressions and ideas, and social and cultural history. A key institutional priority is to increase synergies between curatorial and educational scopes, as well as deepen the collaboration with Purchase College students and faculty. The DoEPP will work across platforms, departments, and schools.

The ideal candidate has a curatorial background, intellectual curiosity, and active engagement with contemporary culture; is dedicated to learning through the role of exhibitions and expand the language and convention of public programming.

In consultation with the museum director, in close collaboration with the museum staff and docents, and college staff and faculty, set the vision, goals and plans for the Department of Education and Public Programs. The DoEPP will also be required to:

- Work collaboratively, encourage ongoing dialogue and learning, build strategic partnerships both outside and inside the museum

- Devise and refresh, organize, lead, and evaluate the museum school, family, access, and adult programs in all of their formats, which currently include: school tours K12 serving 68 schools in 21 districts; Writing trough the Arts; teachers conferences; Family Second Saturdays; Curatorial Fellowship Program; Neu First Wednesdays; Neu Experiences in Art; Yaseen Lectures; and talks and tours

- Lead, organize, and oversee volunteers in the Museum Service Council, which includes a corps of 60 docents, including interviews, training, program development, motivational activities, and tour booking with the education coordinator

- Serve as administrative head of the department: supervise department FT personnel of two; supervise the recruitment of interns and work-study students; devise and supervise department budget; respect deadlines

- Enforce best practices and internal policies; strive for the highest standards in serving museum audiences

- Develop and implement strategies to ensure that all educational and public programs are evaluated in a consistent manner

- Work with Development and Visitor Services departments in preparing, tracking, evaluating, and reporting of all educational programs grants, including narratives when appropriate

- Work with the Director of Digital Initiatives on the transformation of the museum website into a meaningful extension of the museum and new programming

Qualifications:

MA in curatorial studies, museum education, art history, studio art, and related fields, required

3 to 5 years of experience and proven success in creating and implementing public and educational programs in a not-for-profit or art museum setting, including exhibitions

Excellent presentation and written skills

Well-developed leadership and interpersonal skills, including demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, trustees, volunteers, and community leaders

Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate a team and create a positive environment

Special Note:

Candidates are required to complete an online application and submit a letter of interest, resume, writing samples (attach as “Other Document 1″), past program samples (attach as “Other Document 2″, and the contact information of three references (email, address, phone numbers – attach as “Other Document 3″ ).

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

All application materials should be uploaded tohttps://jobs.purchase.edu

Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Purchase College is an AA/EEO employer. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the University’s crime statistics for the past three years; and the availability regarding the University’s current campus security policies. Purchase College’s Annual Security Report is available athttp://www.purchase.edu/Departments/UniversityPolice/clery.aspx

Candidates are required to complete an online application and submit a letter of interest, resume, writing samples (attach as “Other Document 1″), past program samples (attach as “Other Document 2″, and the contact information of three references (email, address, phone numbers – attach as “Other Document 3″ ).

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

All application materials should be uploaded tohttps://jobs.purchase.edu

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