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Executive Director of Museum Education [Art Institute of Chicago]

Art Institute of Chicago – Executive Director of Museum Education

m/Oppenheim Associates is assisting the Art Institute of Chicago in the
search for an innovative arts educator to deliver continually refreshed,
exciting educational experiences to people of all ages, backgrounds and
interests.  As part of that process, we are reaching out to the community
for suggestions and nominations.

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is a world-renowned, encyclopedic art
museum housing one of the world’s most important permanent collections,
including many iconic works of leading artists, and mounting approximately
30 exhibitions a year.  In collaboration with curators, the museum’s
education professionals deliver an enriched experience of AIC’s collections
and exhibitions to a diverse range of patrons and visitors.  With the third
largest collection of art in the United States, the Art Institute’s
encyclopedic collection consists of approximately 300,000 works of art in 11
curatorial departments.  The AIC welcomes approximately 1,400,000 to
1,800,000 visitors annually and has a membership of over 91,000.

With the appointment of Douglas Druick as the AIC’s new President and
Director, the Executive Director of Museum Education will join the Art
Institute at an exciting time.  An accomplished curator, Druick has a strong
belief in the value of education that uses objects to connect visitors to
art and cultural history.  The President views the Education function as
critical to the success of the museum; indeed, he has delayed the launch of
AIC’s new long-term planning project until the new Executive Director of
Museum Education is hired so that the Education Department is fully
represented as that plan is shaped and subsequently implemented.  The
Executive Director of Museum Education will be a critical member of the
President’s Senior Management Team, and will have a strong voice as AIC
engages Chicago’s diverse citizens and visitors through its permanent
collections, special exhibitions, and education and public programming.

The Education Department is expected to evolve over the years to enrich the
gallery experience and address the needs of AIC and Chicago.  Of particular
importance is to build on the existing partnership with Chicago Public
Schools, and educate a new generation of visitors and patrons who will form
the backbone of a vibrant city’s creativity and workforce.  The President
and Director seeks to elevate the visitor experience as a central part of
AIC’s future.  In collaboration with other departments, the Education
Department will play a major role in the design and implementation of new
approaches that attract new audiences, address the needs of current
visitors, and that incite return visits.  An enhanced partnership between
the curatorial departments and Museum Education will be critical to the
success of such initiatives and it is the President’s hope that programs
flowing from such cooperation can become a model for museum-based education
in the field.

The museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago have a combined
endowment of almost $800 million, and the museum has an annual operating
budget of approximately $100 million, of which about $2.5 million is
allocated to education.  The museum employs 22 full-time staff in the
Education Department.  There are presently over 150 trained docents that
have been qualified through a four-year educational program recognized as
one of the most rigorous in the field.

A complete position description and additional information can be found at<> and<>.

Coordinator of Teacher Programs [Art Institute of Chicago]

Job Title: Coordinator of Teacher Programs, Department of Museum
Education, The Art Institute of Chicago

(Full time, salaried)

Reports to: Director of Teacher Programs


Works under Director to coordinate all aspects of teacher workshop
scheduling, administration, and implementation; includes development and
implementation of short and long-term strategic goals and objectives for
teacher professional development; helps to coordinate and support
special projects; works with Teacher Advisory Panel. Designs,
administrates, and often conducts all open-enrollment workshops for pre
K-12 teachers of all disciplines, school librarians, teaching artists,
community educators, home school parents, and pre-service teachers on
how to incorporate visual art‹specifically the museum¹s collections and
special exhibitions‹into their curriculum and orients them to resources
available in the museum; sets themes, goals and objectives for
workshops; hires teaching staff, if needed; manages course/seminar
registration, museum space reservation, records; carries out program
assessment and evaluation as appropriate.  Provides program support for
all work of Teacher Programs division and collaborations with Student
Programs division.


B.A. in art history, art, art education, museum education or
humanities‹MA preferred; classroom and museum teaching experience;
staff development, curriculum writing, and 2-3 years art museum
education experience preferred; prior work with diverse populations
desirable; excellent oral/written communication skills, ability to
multi-task and prioritize.

All applicants must apply online. See complete job posting and link to
application at:

All questions should be directed to the Human Resources department at . Do not contact the Museum Education department
with questions about this position or to inquire about the status of an

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