Posted June 12, 2014

Position Description: From its founding in 1914, the Montclair Art Museum has been a vital presence in the immediate community and surrounding region. The Museum’s collection began with gifts from prominent Montclair residents that included both American and Native American art, laying the foundation for the Museum’s significant holdings. This pioneering spirit still reverberates in the Museum’s pursuit and presentation of high-quality art that characterizes and celebrates America’s diversity, including the recent launch of New Directions, a series of solo exhibitions of the work of contemporary artists and the cornerstone of MAM’s newly created contemporary art program. MAM’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works. The American collection, which started with a gift of 36 paintings from William T. Evans, comprises paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculpture dating from the 18th century to the present, and features excellent works by Benjamin West, Asher B. Durand, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein, as well as younger and emerging artists such as Louise Lawler, Chakaia Booker, Whitfield Lovell, and Willie Cole. The first institution in New Jersey designed as a museum and one of the first in the nation to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Montclair Art Museum, as it completes its Centennial year, continues to seek novel ways, through its exhibitions, education programs and outreach efforts, to inspire and inform its growing and ever more diverse audiences. The Museum operates with a budget of approximately $4.2mm and a staff of 30 FT and 75 PT individuals. MAM is governed by a 39 member Board of Trustees and has over 300 volunteers. It serves more than 65,000 visitors annually. The new Deputy Director for Education and Audience Development, a new position, inherits an education division with a reputation for excellence and a strong foundation to build upon. MAM’s leadership is committed to innovation and has established an environment welcoming new approaches in teaching and learning, communications and operations. The new Deputy Director will find willing collaborators internally and ready partners externally all eager to explore creative ways to advance the museum’s educational mission. S/he will provide the leadership, oversight and management for the programmatic vision, audience experience and strategic initiatives necessary to ensure that MAM provides a museum experience for the 21st century for all of its visitors both on and off site as well as virtually. The Deputy Director will play a critical role in analyzing current programming, evaluating potential and developing the tactical growth of The Vance Wall Art Education Center, a conceptual umbrella that includes all educational activities from tours, public programs, curricular partnerships and gallery interpretation to the Museum’s community-focused Yard School of Art, and represents the Museum’s overall educational direction and programming both current and future.The Deputy Director will help formulate the essential messaging of the educational program of the Museum, and work across departments to ensure that audience needs are integral elements of programming and functionality. The Deputy Director reports to and works in concert with the Museum’s Director and assists the Director in representing MAM locally, regionally and nationally, reflecting the Museum’s strong commitment to high quality exhibitions, educational programs and relevance in the life of its community.The Deputy Director for Education and Audience Engagement will be a creative pacesetter, flexible enough to work within an established institution with an important collection, an ambitious program but real financial constraints. S/he will be a person of integrity with a commitment to excellence and innovation, able to set expansive goals with realistic budgets and able to both raise funds and generate revenue. The new Deputy Director will understand and contribute to the changing role of art museums in society by supporting the leadership role of the Montclair Art Museum in the community and in the nation. S/he must have vision and imagination and must be a leader with a deep passion for the visual arts, art history and art education. Candidates should be well versed in new practices, research and theoretical models of museum education and have a strong network of relationships with leaders in the field of education in general and museum education in particular. S/he must be able to work effectively with the curatorial staff to help implement interpretive plans that make the art accessible to the Museum’s diverse audiences and must be able to work successfully in a dynamic and collaborative environment. To learn more about the Montclair Art Museum please visit their web site view the full job profile <>

Qualifications: MA


Job Date: 2014-06-12

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Application Info: Applicants should submit resumes, the names of three references and a one-page narrative describing their interest in the position and their experience that relates to the responsibilities described above. Management Consultants for the Arts, an executive search firm retained by theMontclair Art Museum, will review applications. Send applications and recommendations of candidates to:Linda Sweet, Partner, Management Consultants for the ArtBox MAME-mail:

Contact Name: Linda Sweet

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Contact Phone: 203-353-0722 <tel:203-353-0722>