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Director of Content Development [Mob Museum]

Posted by Phillippa Pitts on November 17, 1973 in job announcements |

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Department: Education

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

The Director of Content Development oversees all permanent manifestations of educational content at the Museum, through exhibits and online mediums.  In addition, this individual provides leadership in programming efforts that advance the mission, raise the organization’s profile, and increase visitation.  The Director of Content Development is responsible for creating partnerships that will bolster the Museum’s effectiveness as a growing educational resource for the community. Reporting to the Executive Director & CEO, this post is a key member of the senior executive team, providing strong leadership in support of the mission, vision and values of the organization.

Major Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a senior executive of the Museum, providing leadership in all areas of content development for educational programming and exhibit and online experiences.
  • Fulfill the role of a subject matter expert for Museum content: provide responses for media inquiries, offer training and support to staff and volunteers, and enhance relationships with external constituents.
  • Provide strategic direction in the exhibit development process, identifying key themes and objectives, as well as possible targets for artifact acquisitions.
  • Supervise staff within the education and content disciplines.
  • Assist in the creation of an array of public programs that engage diverse audiences and bolster the Museum’s reputation as a dynamic venue and subject matter authority.
  • Participate in the expansion of the Museum’s online presence, assisting in the creation of internet based content that builds audience and advances the mission and brand.
  • Establish relationships with government agencies, academic institutions, and other individuals and organizations that will support ongoing content development efforts.
  • Oversee the content development strategy, direction, and priorities in close conjunction with the senior staff and appropriate committees of the Board of Directors.
  • Develop concepts, whitepapers, and implementation plans for special projects, such as an oral history initiative, independently or in collaboration with partner organizations.
  • Participate in the creation of programs, such as a lecture series, that drive admissions, enhance membership appeal, build awareness, and are attractive to sponsors.
  • Craft materials for e-newsletter and blog posts.
  • Enhance the Museum experience by providing supplemental content that increases participation for niche audience targets.
  • Work with other staff members to create and facilitate student focused programming.
  • In conjunction with exhibit developers and Registrar, manage exhibit content and the reference materials associated with such content.
  • Support the Registrar in ensuring the adherence to the collections management plan.
  • Participate in the Collections Subcommittee, which maintains the integrity of the accession and de-accession process.
  • Assist Registrar in management of artifact leases, including planning for extensions or replacement objects.
  • Establish relationships with individuals who serve as content advisors for the Museum.
  • Assist the Development Specialist on grant applications, as appropriate.
  • Create initiatives that increase confidence and interest among school administrators and educators by demonstrating an alignment between concepts addressed within the Museum and key middle school and high school curriculum content standards.
  • Foster collaborations between community partners to develop new programs, facilitate promotional events, and create offsite brand extensions.
  • Participate in the training of staff and volunteers to enhance the quality of the day-to-day guest experience and to facilitate special programs and activities.
  • Develop and maintain the budget within the content development disciplines.
  • Demonstrate leadership in fostering an organizational culture that values innovation, promotes inclusion, and inspires excellence in the work environment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience / Qualifications / Requirements:

  • Min. 10 years of broad-based experience in academic, museum, or other informal education environments.
  • Min. 5 years as a teacher, facilitator, historian, exhibit developer, or related profession.
  • Background in history and/or extensive knowledge of organized crime and law enforcement is highly desired, as is an understanding of Las Vegas’ development.
  • Broad knowledge of formal and informal educational programs for students and adults.
  • Strong public speaking and written communication skills are a must.
  • Able to interact effectively with a spectrum of age levels and cultural backgrounds.
  • Exceptional leadership and management skills, with the ability to engage a diverse range of individuals in matters of vision and strategy, as well as day-to-day workplace issues.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, vendors, community organizations and the public.
  • Knowledge of professional museum principles and practices is desirable.
  • Extensive experience in research and writing.
  • Able to supervise, train, and motivate museum staff.
  • Flexible, innovative, self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills and software competency in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Passion for growing a world-class museum that is unrivaled in content and recognized for a truly outstanding guest experience.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a developing organization where change is frequent, structure is evolving, and flexibility, teamwork, and good humor are absolute necessities.

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Education, History, or Museum Studies is required. Advanced degree or teaching credentials in a related field is preferred.

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