Posted July 22, 2014.
The Engagement Manager reports to the Associate Director of Engagement and assists with all aspects of running the museum’s active Engagement Department. The Engagement Manager will partner in developing and implementing campus and public programs that foreground the Block’s teaching and learning mission, its emphases on interdisciplinary and cross-cultural programs, and its relevancy to the university community and communities beyond Northwestern. The Engagement Manager responsibilities are to 1) research, plan and coordinate production of campus and public programs, 2) develop student-centered programs and initiatives, 3) hone and implement a student and community guide program, and 4) foster relationships to make the Block’s work meaningful to audiences beyond the university.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for art, education, interdisciplinary and museum learning; possess the ability to tackle large projects independently; and thrive in a fast-paced environment. The Engagement Manager will build and maintain productive relationships with museum colleagues and members of Chicago’s cultural community, educators, students, interns, and the public to meet the museum’s new mission and vision.
This critical role:
In tandem with the Associate Director of Engagement, co-develop intellectually solid and creative programs related to the museum’s exhibition schedule;
Works with campus and community partners to conceive cross-disciplinary content and programs to enliven discussion and expand interpretation of collections and exhibitions, enhancing the Block’s profile as a cultural and intellectual hub on campus and in the Evanston/Chicago area. Within this, generate programs to engage a wide range of formats, topics and interpretive approaches, and appeal to diverse audiences;
Develops and implements student engagement at the museum, including serving as the primary staff liaison for the Block Student Advisory Board;
Develops and implements gallery teaching, including managing tour program and training student and community guides;
Participate in developing and implementing interpretive strategies;
Fosters relationships with relevant constituencies and partners, including with teachers, community groups, targeted audiences, and new audiences;
Oversees the day-to-day management and production of the public programs at the Block, along with events organized by campus partners, including but not limited to: management of logistics of auditorium presentations and in-gallery programs, hospitality that accompanies programs, and interpretative materials created in conjunction with programs; serving as liaison for campus partners and program participants;
Trains, promotes, plans and oversees the implementation of the student guide program and volunteer guides;
Oversees and manages volunteers and guides;
Develops and sustains liaisons with local educators and community partners;
Maintains and develops liaisons with relevant campus departments, organizations and student clubs, and targeted community partners for outreach;
Manages student advisory board and serve as primary point of contact for student board;
Assists in creating and managing budgets for programs and projects;
Works with Communications Manager to implement evaluation for tours and public programs; Assists with writing and research for grants as requested;
Performs other duties as required or assigned.
A bachelor’s in art history, art education or related humanities field. Advanced degree in education, art history or related field preferred or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired;
Significant experience in arts programming, with at least three years of experience in a museum and /or university environment;
Knowledge of current education theories and trends in formal and informal educational settings.
Familiarity with museums and the university environment is required;
Knowledge of museum procedures, practices, ethics and museum education methods and theory;
Teaching experience (formal or informal);
Experience working with university students and K-12 students and teachers preferred;
Exceptional oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and in collaboration with museum staff, university faculty and students, teachers, school administrators, and docents;
Self-directed with the ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed; ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment and to be a team player in an active museum environment;
Excellent organizational, event and project management skills to set goals, and meet deadlines;
Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize short-term and long-term projects;
Excellent customer service and hospitality skills, exceptional independent judgment and diplomatic skills.
A master’s degree in education (or related field) preferred, or the equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
Working at Northwestern University:
Beyond being a place to learn and grow professionally, Northwestern is an exciting and fulfilling place to work! Northwestern offers many benefit options to full and part-time employees including: competitive compensation; excellent retirement plans; comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage; dependent care match; vacation, sick and holiday pay; professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.
Northwestern greatly values work/life balance amongst its employees. Take advantage of recreational, cultural, and enrichment opportunities on campus. Employees also receive access to childcare solutions, retail discounts, and other work/life balance resources.
Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly believes in creating an environment that welcomes students, faculty and staff of all races, nationalities and religions. In doing so, we offer our students the opportunity to learn and grow in diverse communities preparing them for successful careers in an increasingly global and diverse work force.
For consideration, please click on the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University’s electronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will search and apply for current openings. To apply for this position in eRecruit, enter the Job Opening ID number in the appropriate search field. Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your resume. For all resumes received, if there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter or the department hiring manager will contact you. Job Opening ID number for this position is 23607.
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