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Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement [New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA]


The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) was founded in 1910 when Isaac Delgado offered a gift to the City of New Orleans to create a “temple of art for rich and poor alike.” The museum, a neoclassical building, designed by Samuel Marx, opened to the public in 1911 as the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art at the main entrance to City Park. Today over 100 years later, NOMA has become the premier art museum in the Gulf
South. An expansion in the 1970s tripled the size of the museum and in the mid-1980s the museum expanded once again. In 1989, the Board of Trustees voted to change the museum’s name to the New Orleans Museum of Art and a state of-the-art-facility of over 130,000 square feet reopened to the public in 1993.
NOMA has 46 galleries housing an outstanding permanent collection. Comprised of nearly 50,000 objects, the installations and exhibitions represent historical periods from the Italian Renaissance to the best of the contemporary world. A wealth of American and European art—French, in particular—make up much of the collection. Louisiana artists are also well represented, and the museum has 19th-21st century American and European photography, ceramics, and glass from cultures around the globe, plus outstanding
holdings in African, pre-Columbian and Spanish period work, as well as Asian art, especially Japanese painting. In addition, the museum offers a year-round schedule of traveling and special exhibitions, events, tours, school and public programs.
In 2003, the 5-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture garden opened, and today there are 64 permanently installed sculptures including works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenberg, Louise Bourgois, Do Ho Suh, Anish Kapoor, to name only a few. In early 2018, the museum broke ground on a six-acre expansion to the garden. The expansion will have sites for 24 additional sculptures, as well as an outdoor amphitheater and stage, pedestrian bridges and walkways, a new gallery, and an outdoor learning
environment. The Museum anticipates completion in early 2019. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is always free to all visitors and represents a commitment to engage the broadest possible audiences for NOMA.
The Museum’s exhibition program is both active and versatile, bringing significant national touring exhibitions to New Orleans and distinguished exhibitions organized by its curatorial staff. Current exhibitions include Lee Friedlander: American Musicians; Carlos Rolon: Outside/In; A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes and Orientalism: Taking and Making with objects from the permanent collection.
Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Museum is a private institution created for the public good. NOMA serves almost 300,000 visitors annually and currently employs 87 staff members. The Learning & Engagement department currently has a staff of 6.

NOMA is committed to preserving, presenting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.
NOMA is a dynamic cultural center for visitors of all ages. The Learning & Engagement department provides a full complement of programs, partnerships, and outreach designed to engage diverse audiences. NOMA is a leader in new trends in museum education, including innovative initiatives in programming for early childhood education, teens, community connections, and the performing arts.
Increasing Access
NOMA+, a new mobile museum experience, is designed with the local community in mind. New Orleans is a city enriched with artists, culture bearers, and generations of master craftsmen. With NOMA+, the museum will join in those creative conversations in the neighborhoods where they happen, outside the museum walls. NOMA+ serves diverse communities by bringing the museum experience to neighborhoods, community centers, libraries, NORD centers, marketplaces, churches, adult education centers, schools, festivals, fairs, events, etc. NOMA+ engages a general audience including intergenerational families, adults, students, senior citizens, and festival/event attendees.

Each week, NOMA turns up the volume for Friday Nights at NOMA, an evening of arts-rich entertainment for all ages. This vibrant program series features a wide variety of activities, including live music, theater, art studio, cooking demonstrations, film screenings, outdoor movies, lectures, gallery talks, artist perspective talks, dance, performances, improv comedy, and much more.
Building Diversity
Working in partnership with the Ford and Walton Family Foundations’ Diversifying the Museum Initiative, NOMA offers two innovative paid internship programs for high school and university students. The Creative Careers Internship offers high school students the opportunity to learn about the many careers in the museum field through a combination of job shadowing, job placements, and professional mentoring. Each week, students visit local museums, arts organizations, and university campuses. The Professional Pathways Internship for university students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provides stipends for a 12-week internship working with NOMA’s professional staff.
Digital Interpretation
Developing digital interpretation in the galleries is a cornerstone of NOMA’s strategic plan for technology throughout the museum. Together with technology partner Culture Connect, NOMA has developed ten interactive ARTtab kiosks offering in-depth information on works of art in the permanent collection and enhancing the visitor experience. Additionally, the NOMA Mobile Guide provides visitors with a variety of
smartphone tours available for the museum and sculpture garden.
Engaging Teens
Teens are a key part of the museum’s mission, and NOMA provides a rich array of opportunities for teen involvement. All teens ages 13-19 receive free admission to NOMA anytime with the Teen Pass, provided by the Helis Foundation. Additionally, the Teen Squad is a group of creative high school students from across the Greater New Orleans area who work closely with museum staff to develop and implement programs and projects designed to engage teens. Teen Squad is open to students in grades 9 – 12.
Teens can also earn community service hours at NOMA through volunteer opportunities, including the Day of Service in the Sculpture Garden, as well as serving as Teen Camp Counselors in NOMA’s Summer Art Camps. Teens interested in literary connections may participate in Poets for Art, a master class for high school students led by the Louisiana Poet Laureate.
Resources for Schools & Educators
For the youngest students, NOMA offers Mini Masters, a collaborative arts integration program for pre-kindergarten students featuring works of art from the museum. MiniMasters encourages students to develop higher order thinking skills, make observations, and engage in conversations through museum visits and classroom activities. The program is designed to build capacity of early childhood educators through professional development and lesson modeling that develops discussion routines, techniques for
teaching the elements of art, and skills for creating art in the classroom.

The museum encourages the use of its most valuable resource – the permanent collection – as a rich, useful teaching tool. Educators can select from a wide variety of guided tour topics, and have a wealth of museum resources at their fingertips. Teaching Guides to the collection help bring arts instruction to the classroom, and are available online free of charge. NOMA also has Teaching Posters available for classroom use, featuring selected works of art from NOMA’s permanent collection. The reverse of each poster includes
interpretive guides, vocabulary, comparisons, and suggestions for student writing. Additionally, the museum offers Professional Development workshops, with complete lesson plans, images and activities. Educational activities at NOMA are developed in consultation with an Educator Advisory Board, comprised of teachers representing the wide array of schools in the New Orleans area.

Youth & Family
NOMA offers a variety of opportunities for families and children to enjoy the museum.Family Days include kid-friendly activities such as musical performances, puppet shows, student performers, art activities, storytelling, scavenger hunts and more. Kids get creative in NOMA’s Studio KIDS! art classes. Young artists are introduced to works of art in the museum and sculpture garden, then retreat to the studio to create art projects based on NOMA’s collection, focusing on on skill-building and technique development.
NOMA also offers 16 summer art camps during June and July for children ages 5 – 10. Camps include puppetry, photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, theater, etc. In a collaboration with Young Audiences and the Wolf Trap Institute, NOMA offers Baby Arts Play! Developed for babies and caregivers, the program integrates art, music, movement, and drama into everyday playtime. As an institution that aims to cultivate lifelong learning, NOMA seeks to engage community members of all ages, from early to advanced years of life. NOMA offers Artful Minds, an art observation program fostering communication and connections through visual art for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their
caregivers. Based on successful programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York, Artful Minds addresses the need in New Orleans for programs for our aging population.
The New Orleans Museum of Art seeks an experienced, creative and dynamic museum professional to lead its Department of Learning & Engagement. The successful candidate will serve as a member of the museum’s senior team, promote NOMA’s overall educational mission, advance strategic audience development goals, and develop/supervise the implementation of all educational and programmatic initiatives.
The Deputy Director for Learning & Engagement broadens and develops museum audiences by managing community outreach programs and cultivating substantive partnerships with a variety of organizations. The Deputy Director spearheads the interpretive aspects of the museum, developing inclusive and engaging strategies and experiences, including participatory learning and digital projects. Additionally, the
Deputy Director supervises the design of public programs such as lectures, films, performances, symposia, gallery talks, and more. The position reports to the Director.
• Represents the museum in local and national venues; serves as a thought leader in advancing the field of museum education; participates in professional conferences, boards, etc.
• Manages interpretive planning process, development and implementation of all educational programs; coordinates with Department of Curatorial Affairs to maximize impact.
• Develops and manages departmental budgets; works effectively with Administration, Finance, and Development staff to ensure programmatic fundraising goals are met
• Serves as liaison to museum’s board; stewards relationships with board members, donors, partners and community members as required
• Guides the museum’s strategic priorities for educational and interpretive endeavors as well as development of educational spaces
• Guides development of interpretive technologies in the museum galleries
• Oversees a wide range of PK – 12 school programs
• Oversees continued development of programs for family and teen audiences
• Manages and mentors a team of staff, volunteers and interns
• Supervises internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students
• Ensures programmatic initiatives are accessible for diverse audiences
• Supervises development of community outreach efforts including a mobile museum
• Evaluates programmatic endeavors and revises as needed
• Other duties as assigned by Executive Director
• Strengthens NOMA’s reputation as a national leader in museum education by developing high quality public programs and interpretative materials, and forging innovative partnerships advancing the museum’s mission.

Leads a team of museum educators including:
• Curator of Education
• Curator of Public Programs
• Youth & Family Program Manager
• Gallery Learning Specialist
• Community Outreach Coordinator
• Librarian
• Art Teachers

• Master of Arts Degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, Education or related field from an accredited university
• 5 – 10 years of successful leadership experience in a Museum environment, designing and planning interpretive experiences for diverse audiences.
• Expertise in current theory and practice in museum education.
• Knowledge of emerging technologies in museum education
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with professional colleagues, staff, and community partners
• Excellent verbal and written abilities
• Ability to manage multiple projects

• Ability to work with diverse audiences

• Interpersonal and management skills
• Attention to detail
• Excellent customer service skills
• Ability to foster a collaborative team environment

This can be sedentary work that requires the following physical activities:
• Sitting for long periods of time, walking, finger dexterity, talking, hearing and visual activity
• Occasional lifting (up to 20 pounds of art supplies, tables or other furniture, A/V equipment, computer equipment or paper supplies)
• Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

• Normal office environment.

The position will offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

Summer/Fall 2018

Send resume and cover letter indicating interest, qualifications and list of references to:
Diane Frankel
Management Consultants for the Arts
Or send email to: (preferred)

Vice President of Education and Engagement [International African American Museum, Charleston, SC]


About the International African American Museum

The International African American Museum (IAAM), scheduled to open in 2020, is a museum, memorial, and site of conscience that will present unvarnished history and culture, commemorate and celebrate the foundational role that Africans and their descendants played in the making of America, and highlight their diasporic connections around the world.

Nearly half of all enslaved Africans forced to America through the Transatlantic Slave Trade arrived in Charleston, and the vast majority disembarked at Gadsden’s Wharf, the future home of the IAAM and one of the most significant and sacred sites of the African American experience in the Western hemisphere. The IAAM will include immersive, interactive exhibits engaging to all ages and feature the Center for Family History, a leading genealogy archive that will help visitors identify their individual threads in the complex tapestry of history.

Position Overview

The Vice President of Education and Engagement provides leadership and direction for the strategies of IAAM’s education and engagement programs including curricula development and implementation; school-group outreach and tour coordination; exhibition and public program planning, delivery, and evaluation; faith-based community engagement; visitor services coordination; and internship, docent and volunteer programming. The successful candidate is a gifted leader, compelling communicator both in writing and spoken word – an outstanding museum educator, an able administrator, and a strong advocate for the IAAM. He/she will infuse energy into innovative and creative initiatives, and leverage scholarship, programs, collections, resources, and partnerships.

As a member of the senior administrative staff, the Vice President of Education and Engagement reports to the Museum’s CEO and contributes to institution-wide vision, planning and policy, as well as the cultivation and stewardship of donors and fundraising.

In addition to being an innovative thinker and an operative in the museum education field, the ideal candidate will bring a high degree of curiosity to the position, and an eagerness to initiate collaborations and cultivate partnerships with other museums, cultural institutions, and education organizations. With the Museum’s mission foremost in mind – to illuminate the influential histories of Africans and their descendants in South Carolina, highlighting their diasporic connections throughout the nation and the world – the candidate will further the public’s engagement and awareness of the myriad contributions of African Americans to history, culture, and society.

Responsibilities and Duties

Develops, directs, and monitors short and long-range program plans involving all aspects of education and outreach programs. Makes major policy decisions concerning education and outreach programs, including matters of budget, staffing, and organization.

Education Programs

▪ In partnership with the Museum’s CEO and Chief Curator, the Vice President of Education and Engagement guides and completes the conceptual development of the IAAM’s overarching, inaugural education programming.

▪ Creates and implements a long-term vision for the Museum’s education program utilizing a collaborative and integrated approach that significantly enhances the quality of the visitor experience; meets local, state, and/or national education standards; attracts positive press; and earns respect from the public, faith based, and academic communities.

▪ Creates, leads and/or directs the research, development, publication, dissemination, and evaluation of all education resources and programs – both on-site and digital – including K-12 curricula, public programs, faith-based initiatives, and tours.

▪ In concert with key staff, works to identify potential external funding sources and initiates, prepares and submits grant proposals to gain support from private organizations, as well as state and federal agencies. The incumbent ensures that grants and contracts and the supporting personnel are properly managed and that interim and final reports are submitted timely.

Engagement and Outreach:

▪ Establishes, maintains, and evaluates joint programs with local schools, youth organizations, community groups, universities, and cultural institution’s (museums, performing arts organizations, and historical sites). Provides expert advice and consultation to professional and other organizations.

▪ Contributes to reaching attendance and revenue goals through the development of innovative educational programs and initiatives focusing on school-groups, the general public, and the faith-based community.

▪ Assists in planning, presentation, and evaluation of conferences, symposia, and festivals on topics related to the content of the IAAM.

▪ Works collaboratively with curators, educators, and IT specialists to develop a multifaceted digital strategy that provides meaningful opportunities for visitor, student and public engagement. Embraces technology to create digital offerings (curricula, exhibitions, tours, games,) that reach new and diverse audiences, and extend the presence of the IAAM beyond the physical visitor experience. Actively contributes to the Museum’s expanding web and social media initiatives.

Exhibitions and Public Programs

▪ In consultation with the Chief Curator, conducts, directs, and encourages original, independent scholarly research on African American history and culture relating to education, resource materials, and outreach programs. Defines topics of genuine significance and ensures alignment with Museum’s strategic goals and priorities. Determines feasibility of the topic for publication, and/or public programming for both general and specialized audiences. Research results are considered a major contribution to scholarship in the field and museum education.

▪ In collaboration with the Chief Curator and designers, develops educational components within exhibitions. Interprets concepts to enhance public understanding and to assure that educational programs derive from the same conceptual base. Plans and oversees content evaluation and prototyping to support exhibition development.

▪ Initiates, reviews, and/or evaluates proposals for new educational projects or major shifts in existing programmatic initiatives. Approves or disapproves proposals and provides leadership and guidance on improvement and/or implementation.

Visitor Services

▪ In collaboration with senior staff creates, implements, and evaluates the Museum’s Visitor Services Program, including policy, protocols and budget involving floor operations, Information Desk coordination, print and electronic wayfinding resources, and customer service.

▪ Develops and manages effective and responsive staffing plans that provide full coverage for Visitor Services operations on a daily, weekly, seasonal, and yearly basis.

▪ Develops, manages, and evaluates training programs for interns, docents, and volunteers.

Complete other duties as assigned.

Requirements and Skills

▪ A graduate degree in African American history, museum studies, museum education, education or related field is required, Ph.D. preferred.

▪ Demonstrated knowledge of African American history.

▪ A minimum of five years’ experience in senior management leadership positions in a museum and/or cultural institution.

▪ A minimum of five years’ experience managing educational programs and staff in a museum or education setting.

▪ Commitment to working with children and families and experience working with a diverse audience.

▪ Evidence of and commitment to original scholarship with a proven record of initiating publications and public programs.

▪ Senior-level management and leadership responsibly with a track record of success in managing people, operations, policy, and budgets.

▪ Highly developed research, writing, and oral communication skills; the presence and credibility to serve as an effective spokesperson for with visitors, outside communities, supporters and donors, the public, and the media.

▪ Enthusiasm and talent for fundraising with successful results in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors, foundations, and corporate sponsors.

▪ Willingness to work in the evenings and on weekends during special events and/or heavy visitation periods or to meet deadlines.

▪ A positive, proactive, and collegial work ethic is essential.

Recruitment and Application Process

▪ Start Date: as soon as possible but no later than June 1, 2018

▪ Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits including medical, dental, vision,

paid vacation and sick leave.

▪ Term: Full-time, permanent position

▪ Travel: Required – domestic and international

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, a list of three professional references, a resume/CV, and salary  requirements to Ginny Deerin, Chief Operating Officer at No phone calls please.

The International African American Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Assistant Director [Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA]
Position Overview: 
The Somerville Museum in Somerville, Massachusetts is seeking a part- time Assistant Director to work with the Executive Director on a range of initiatives including exhibition design and installation, public programming, and collection management. Responsibilities include writing of grants to support museum
initiatives, membership management and outreach, and development and management of volunteer programs. The successful candidate must have curatorial and design experience as well as strong organizational and writing abilities. A degree in either Museum Studies, studio art, or a related Humanities
field is required. The Museum requires adherence to accepted museum policies and procedures

Hours: 15 hours per week.

Principle Duties to include: 
 A 2-3 day weekly administrative and public presence with occasional evening and weekend work required.
 Assisting with the development, installation and programming of exhibits.
 Working with the Program Team on publicity and outreach; Attending the monthly meeting of the Program Team and taking minutes.
 Participating in development activities, including grant-writing, fundraising, public relations and membership expansion.
 Contributing to newsletter preparation and website content.
 Maintaining and processing collection objects, records, inventory, loans, photographic materials, and donor information as needed.
 Coordinating and managing volunteers.
 Staffing the reception desk as needed in the absence of the Director.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact
information of three references by May 21 st to David Guss, Program Chair, Somerville
Museum, 1 Westwood Rd., Somerville, MA 02143 or by email to

Curator [Memorial Hall, Deerfield, MA]

POSITION: Memorial Hall Curator (20 hours per week)

REQUIREMENTS: Knowledge of New England history and museum and/or historical society experience. Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in History or related museum fields preferred.

REPORTS TO: PVMA Executive Director

JOB GOAL: Oversees the maintenance of Memorial Hall Museum’s collections through use of museum standards and best practices, to collaborate with museum departments, update permanent exhibits and produce new exhibits that educate, inspire, and meaningfully advance the PVMA mission.


  • Catalog Collections; research new acquisitions; create appropriate labels with sensitivity to multicultural issues.
  • Maintain up-to-date database
  • Care for collections, including proper storage, display, documentation and preservation
  • Liaise with other institutions regarding requests for loans of collection materials
  • Utilize social media and other platforms to heighten the visibility of and expand interest in Memorial Hall Museum and PVMA
  • Apply technology to enhance the visitor’s museum experience
  • Work on large group projects as needed
  • Manage curatorial budget
  • Supervise work of Curatorial Team
  • Provide regular reports to PVMA Council on status of curatorial operations
  • Cooperate with Development Office
  • Oversee photo orders
  • Assists with organizing, installing and dismantling museum exhibitions

We are looking for a person, who is collaborative, enthusiastic, accessible, and eager to establish a relationship with the community. Written and oral communication skills are essential to the position.

Salary Range is $22,000 – $25,000; with paid pro-rated vacation, sick, and personal time.

Please email cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to PVMAOffice@deerfield.history.museumDeadline: May 4, 2018AA/EEO

Part-Time Store Manager [New England Quilters Museum, Lowell, MA]

The New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) seeks an experienced retail professional to increase sales in our beautiful Museum Store and ensure a visitor-centered experience at the admissions desk. Merchandising experience and exceptional customer service skills are required. Candidates must be available to open and close the Museum 3-4 days per week, including most weekends.

General responsibilities:
 Use point-of-sale system, accurately and efficiently, for all sales transactions, inventory management, reports, and visitor data
 Manage inventory control, purchasing, pricing, and stocking merchandise
 Drive business through compelling visual displays in the store and windows
 Research and recommend new merchandise to achieve income goals
 Demonstrate knowledge of NEQM offerings and programs. Promote the benefits of membership to visitors
 Additional related duties as assigned by the Executive Director
The Museum is open 10 am to 4 pm as follows: (January to April) Tuesday to Saturday and (May to  December) Tuesday to Sunday. The Museum is closed July 4th, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Salary: Hourly, based on experience

How to apply:
Please e-mail a resume to Nora Burchfield, Executive Director at with a message explaining your interest in the position. Resumes will be reviewed as received and interviews scheduled on an ongoing basis.

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