Assistant Director for Interpretive Programming [Cincinnati Art Museum]

Position: Assistant Director for Interpretive Programming****

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Reports to:  Director of Learning & Interpretation


Date:  March 2012****

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**I.              **Definition****

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The Assistant Director for Interpretive Programming oversees the Department
of Interpretive Programming in the Division of Learning & Interpretation
and has two major areas of responsibility: the development, implementation,
and evaluation of all interpretive programming for the public of all ages
in the pursuit of lifelong learning through the exploration of art in the
Art Museum; in collaboration with the Director of Learning & Interpretation
the development, implementation, and evaluation of interpretive methods and
tools for special exhibitions and the installations of the Art Museum¹s
permanent collection.  This position works cooperatively with other Art
Museum colleagues and the community to develop interpretive programming.
This position is considered the Art Museum¹s key staff member for expertise
related to current theories and practices in interpretive programming.****

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**II.             **Requirements****

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Bachelor¹s degree and MA in art history, art education, or museum education
required.  Five years of related experience, especially teaching and
community-based collaborations.  * *Excellent language skills, both written
and oral are required for this position.  Ability to effectively present
information and respond to visitors¹ needs is central to this position.
Strong organizational skills; must be able to manage numerous projects
simultaneously and to work independently and at a high level of
productivity in a very busy office.  ****

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III. Essential Duties and Responsibilities****

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**A.    **Works with the Director of Learning & Interpretation and the
Assistant/Associate Directors of Docent Learning, School-Based Learning,
and Community Engagement, as well as the rest of the division, to develop
long-range goals and interim objectives for the Division of Learning &

**B.    **Establishes a shared and systematic approach to accomplishing the
goals and objectives established for interpretive programming.****

**C.    **Supervises the Coordinator for Interpretive Programming and works
hand in hand with the individual in the conception, creation and
implementation of all interpretive programming.****

**D.    **Generates, through a close working partnership with collections
Curators and members of the Division of Learning & Interpretation staff,
interpretive programming designed to enhance both exhibited objects and the
visitor experience. ****

**E.    **Undertakes on an on-going basis, special projects, exhibitions
and programming requiring inter-divisional and inter-departmental planning
and development;* *programs characterized by uniqueness, community
involvement, user value, visibility and impact.   ****

**F.     **Develops and implements new and/or different approaches to
interpretation including current learning theory and methodology, new
technology and museum ³best practices.²****

**G.    **Evaluates on an on-going basis all interpretive programming for
all ages (6-100) including workshops, classes, lectures, gallery talks, and
other activities.  Seeks out varied methods of evaluation.****

**H.    **Interfaces with all Art Museum divisions on Art Museum-wide
events and planning with the intention of insuring program /event success.**

**I.      **Nurtures and supports ongoing community-based collaborations
and actively seeks out new collaborations with other institutions and
community organizations designed to create true partnerships and on-going
commitments contributing to the overall quality of life in the Greater
Cincinnati region.****

**J.     **Plans, organizes, implements and evaluates all interpretive
programming in accordance with museum ³best practices.²****

**K.    **Generates reports on interpretive program statistics,
accomplishments, offering, direction, needs, budget, etc. ****

**L.     **Works closely with the Director of Learning & Interpretation and
the Development Division providing narrative content and statistics needed
for grant proposal preparation and final reports.****

**M.   **Participates in national, regional, and statewide museum
conferences, workshops and professional growth seminars related to
interpretive programming, interpretation, outreach and visitor needs.****

**N.    **Works with the Division of Marketing and Communication on the
promotion of interpretive programs.****

**O.   **Formulates and monitors the departmental budget and carries out
all purchasing and payment procedures in compliance with Art Museum policy.*

**P.     **Attends regular meetings of the Exhibitions Committee,
accompanied by the Director of Learning & Interpretation.****

**Q.   **Any other duties as assigned by the Director of Learning &

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IV. Other Responsibilities****

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1. Cooperates in a teamwork fashion with all co-workers to accomplish
2. Demonstrates respect and dignity to co-workers and visitors.****
3. Provides excellence in service and portrays a positive and
professional image of the Cincinnati Art Museum.****
4. Maintains confidentiality and upholds professional standards.****
5. Follows Cincinnati Art Museum protocols, procedures, rules, and

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If interested, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements
to: HR Dept, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202.
Fax (513) 639-2932.
No phone calls or third parties please. *Deadline to apply: April 6, 2012***

*The Cincinnati Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly
committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety
of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.****

Assistant Curator of Docent Learning [Cincinnati Art Museum]

Assistant Curator of Docent Learning

The Cincinnati Art Museum has an opening for the Assistant Curator of Docent
Learning in the Learning & Interpretation Division.

Responsibilities: Working under the direction of the Director of Learning &
Interpretation, this position directs the development, implementation, and
evaluation of the Art Museum’s on-going Docent program. This includes
planning and evaluation of all of the activities of the Docent Corps at the
Art Museum, ensuring that short-term and long-term goals are met.  The key
activities include: structuring the content and format of touring
strategies, training of new Docents, recruiting of new Docents, providing
continuing education for the entire Corps, and guiding program committees.
This position serves as the main liaison between the Docents and the staff
of Art Museum.

The position interfaces consistently with other members of the Division of
Learning and Interpretation to develop, implement, and evaluate the
Docent-led touring programs for adults, youth, and families at the Art
Museum (does not include staff-led or special consultant tours coordinated
by Adult Programs or School Programs).  These programs are both available
for free-choice visitors and those arriving for scheduled programs such as
school groups and adult group tours.  This position also works closely with
Marketing to design programs and assist with promotional events where
Docents are included to build audiences among tourist groups and others who
come specifically to the Museum for special topics or themes-based tours
conducted by Docents. Programs include off-site presentations.

Requirements: Masters degree in art education, art history, museum
education, or related field.  Knowledge of art history and the ability to
teach art history are essential.  The candidates should have at least two
years experience in public programs in an art museum/gallery setting and
some knowledge of visitor studies/educational theory.  The candidate should
be familiar with and supportive of open/discussion based tour methods (e.g.
Visual Thinking Strategies). Candidates should have a proven track record as
excellent managers and effective leaders, and a demonstrated ability to work
collaboratively with volunteers, colleagues/staff, and community
representatives.  Candidates should possess strong organizational abilities,
excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills, and have a good
knowledge of computing, finance, and budgeting.

A cover letter, resume, and professional references should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department, Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive,
Cincinnati, OH 45202-1596. Fax: (513) 639-2932 No phone calls please.  Deadline to apply: July 1st, 2011.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly
committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of
backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.