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Assistant Director, Interpretation and Research [The Museum of Modern Art]

Posted August 25, 2014.

The Museum of Modern Art is currently accepting applications for an assistant director, Interpretation and Research in its Education Department. Reporting to the director of Interpretation and Research, the assistant director, helps lead all aspects of the Museum’s interpretive planning process, which directly supports MoMA’s mission to help people “understand and enjoy the art of our time”; works collaboratively with curators and others to develop, implement, and evaluate engaging and accessible interpretive resources about MoMA’s collection and special exhibitions for a wide range of audiences; and, oversees the Museum’s qualitative visitor research initiatives, which plays a central role in the continued iteration of new initiatives and ensures high quality visitor experiences.

Specific responsibilities are as follows:

Works with the director of Interpretation and Research to lead the interpretive planning process with curators for MoMA’s collection and approximately 30 special exhibitions annually, ensuring content is accessible to non-art specialist audiences.

Works collaboratively to develop engaging, innovative, and accessible interpretive resources and experiences (both analogue and digital) including: interpretive texts; audio tours for adults, children, and visitors with visual impairments; mobile interpretive content and strategy; games and play-based learning resources; participatory learning spaces in the galleries; content for MoMA Learning web site; and, other digital learning platforms and initiatives.

Supervises the Emily Fisher Landau Education fellow and visitor research initiatives and qualitative evaluation of educational programs and interpretive resources.

Works with Digital Media to make interpretive resources available on, MoMA Audio+, MoMA App, MoMA Learning, and, other digital platforms.

Works with Digital Media, Marketing, and Graphic Design to promote interpretive resources with printed matter and signage as well as online.

Qualified candidates will possess a Master’s degree in art history, museum studies, museum education or related field. Minimum of eight years experience working in a museum setting is required. In-depth knowledge of modern and contemporary art. Strong writing skills and the ability to write for different audiences and platforms. Demonstrated knowledge of current museum education, interpretation and visitor research, and evaluation practices and theory. Familiarity with media production. Experience with mobile and web technologies, and game development. Demonstrated experience and willingness to innovate and experiment with new modes of visitor engagement with modern and contemporary art—both in a museum and on an increasing number of digital platforms. Demonstrated knowledge of current museum research and evaluation theories, strategies, and practice. Must be highly collaborative with the ability to interact effectively and professionally with a diverse group of colleagues within the institution and externally. Must demonstrate a high level of judgment and accountability. Given high volume of exhibitions and other projects, must have the ability to organize and work on multiple projects simultaneously. Supervisory experience preferred.

Application Instructions
Please submit resume and cover letter, which must include salary requirements, to Please reference the position title in the subject line.

The Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or political affiliation.

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