Reminder! John Falk Book Discussion & Drinking About Museum

This is your reminder that the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is hosting not one but two fantastic professional development events next week. Everyone should try to make at least one of them!

First up is on Wednesday, June 6. The NEMA Young and Emerging Professionals and the Greater Boston Museum Educators’ Roundtable are co-sponsoring a book discussion group of Identity and the Museum Visitor Experience, by John Falk, and – most excitingly – Falk himself will be joining in by Skype.

Networking for the event is from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., and the discussion group itself is from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. To RSVP, email Emily Silet – esilet[at]decordova[dot]org.

Then on Thursday, June 7 is the next installment of the fabulous Drinking About Museums series. I’ve copied the text right over from Ed Rodley’s blog:

We’re continuing our ambitious agenda of museum visits followed by drinking, and this month, we’re moving out into the ‘burbs, this time to Lincoln, MA, and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.  Their new Gary Webb show will be up and our hostess, Jennifer Schmitt  is hoping we might do a bit of  brainstorming about how deCordova might employ digital technologies in their future plans. Bring your thinking caps!

We’ll be at deCordova at 4:30PM looking for you.  DM me (@erodley) or Jenn (@bantryhill) if you get lost or delayed.

Afterwards, we will adjourn to The Colonial Inn in Concord for refreshments. It’s a short drive from deCordova, so leave yourself transit time. If you can’t join us for the museum part, come meet us in Concord! Burgers and beer will be had and more conversation will follow!

June 7th, 4:30PM
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
51 Sandy Pond Road
Lincoln, MA 01773

drinks following at 6PM 
Concord’s Colonial Inn
48 Monument Sq.
Concord, MA 01742

Here and There: Get Your Hands Dirty

Here: First, drop in between 11am and 2pm on January 28 at the deCordova’s one day installation, Snowdecahedron. Join local artist Dan Sternof Beyer and participate in making snow sculptures.

There: Next, sign up for a two day pottery workshop at Fuller Craft Museum on February 8 and 15. Suitable for beginners, this workshop covers pottery making tools and design and allows participants to make one of three types of terra cotta vessels.

Visit deCordova for more information about Snowdecahedron. Free with museum admission.

Visit Fuller Craft Museum for more information about this and other workshops. $108 includes all materials.

Director of Learning and Interpretation [DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum]

Director of Learning and Interpretation, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

*Director of Learning and Interpretation/ Deputy Director for Learning and
Interpretation*

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is seeking a Director of, or Deputy
Director for Learning and Interpretation (DLI). The exact title will be
dependent on experience and skills of the selected applicant. Located 12
miles from Boston in Lincoln, MA, deCordova is a contemporary art
institution with a 35-acre sculpture park and full museum exhibition
program. DeCordova has a $5 million operating budget that has seen
philanthropic support double over the past three years, a FT staff of
thirty, and visitation of over 100,000. The Education department currently
has four FT and two PT staff and a volunteer guide program with 45 members
providing nine hundred inquiry-based tours annually.****

** **

A new strategic plan has established the goal for deCordova to become the
leading sculpture park in the US within a decade, with a particular focus
on youth and family engagement, finding new means of making challenging
contemporary art broadly accessible, and hands-on art education. The Museum
is moving forward with a  partnership with a Reggio Emilia-inspired
preschool to establish the only full-time, embedded preschool program at a
contemporary sculpture park in the United States, and is committed to
establishing new educational initiatives in the Park that will become
models for other organizations.****

** **

The DLI is a key member of the senior management team and will lead
deCordova¹s educational efforts during a period of new program development
and opportunity. He/she will work to conceive, implement, evaluate, and
manage an entrepreneurial, coherent, and effective range of educational and
interpretive programs indoors and out that help make the deCordova¹s
exhibitions relevant and meaningful to diverse audiences.  He/she will be
the leader in establishing deCordova¹s core educational philosophy and
framework, ensuring that both become key components of institutional
identity and culture through his/her leadership and collaboration across
the Museum. DeCordova is actively exploring how to best incorporate
multiple learning pedagogies, and the DLI will both encourage and evaluate
those explorations based on current research and best practices as he/she
moves the institution toward a coherent mix of effective and sustainable
programs.****

** **

The ideal candidate will be a compelling and convincing advocate for
deCordova¹s educational goals, effective at cultivating support from Board
members and constituents, and will directly participate in building and
executing a sustainable institutional fundraising strategy. He/she will
have significant leadership experience in art museum education; experience
with and passion for contemporary art; an MA or PhD in art history, museum
education, or a similar field; be a recognized leader in/advocate for
innovative approaches in museum education; have demonstrated results in
developing funding streams; have highly developed management and
organizational skills; be innovative and creative in his/her approach; and
have a track record of mentoring and developing talented educators.****

** **

Additional skills/responsibilities of this position include:****

€          Administrative and staff management.****

€          Responsibility for establishing an annual education budget
linked to institutional strategic goals.****

€          Management of education revenue and expense to targets.****

€          Management of day-to-day programs, logistics, scheduling, and
staffing.****

€          Leadership of the Education Committee in conjunction with the
committee chair.****

€          Responsible for growing support for Education and the Museum as
a whole via cultivation and stewardship.****

€          Developing and implementing an evaluation plan that
qualitatively and quantitatively measures programs in the Education
department.****

€          Responsibility for the use of digital media as part of
deCordova¹s educational program strategy.****

€          A broad and open approach to communications, advocacy, and
relationship building.****

€          Collaborating with senior leadership on institutional projects
and initiatives.****

€          Other duties as assigned.****

** **

Qualifications:****

€          MA in art history, arts or museum education, or equivalent. Ph.D
desirable.****

€          Experience leading a museum education department.****

€          Experience with/passion for contemporary art.****

€          Familiarity with current pedagogical trends, technologies, and
evaluation methodologies.****

€          Highly developed organizational and management skills.****

€          Demonstrated ability to build, lead, and inspire a creative team
of educators and build collaborative projects with community partners.****

€          Experience working with youth and family audiences.****

€          Ability to write well and to produce analytic reporting from
complex data.****

€          Experience writing grants and supporting Development efforts
related to Education.****

€          Compelling public speaking presence and skills.****

** **

DeCordova offers a beautiful and rewarding work environment, committed
colleagues, a competitive salary, and robust benefits package including
subsidized health insurance. We actively encourage applications from
minority candidates; deCordova is an equal opportunity employer.****

** **

*Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by 5pm on
Friday, January 27 to: hr@decordova.org.*

** **

While all materials will be carefully reviewed, please note that deCordova
will only be able to respond to candidates in which it has an interest.****

Director for Learning and Interpretation [DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum]

Director for Learning and Interpretation, DeCordova Sculpture Park and
Museum

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is seeking a Director of, or Deputy
Director for Learning and Interpretation (DLI). The exact title will be
dependent on experience and skills of the selected applicant. Located 12
miles from Boston in Lincoln, MA, deCordova is a contemporary art
institution with a 35-acre sculpture park and full museum exhibition
program. DeCordova has a $5 million operating budget that has seen
philanthropic support double over the past three years, a FT staff of
thirty, and visitation of over 100,000. The Education department currently
has four FT and two PT staff and a volunteer guide program with 45 members
providing nine hundred inquiry-based tours annually.****

** **

A new strategic plan has established the goal for deCordova to become the
leading sculpture park in the US within a decade, with a particular focus
on youth and family engagement, finding new means of making challenging
contemporary art broadly accessible, and hands-on art education. The Museum
is moving forward with a  partnership with a Reggio Emilia-inspired
preschool to establish the only full-time, embedded preschool program at a
contemporary sculpture park in the United States, and is committed to
establishing new educational initiatives in the Park that will become
models for other organizations.****

** **

The DLI is a key member of the senior management team and will lead
deCordova¹s educational efforts during a period of new program development
and opportunity. He/she will work to conceive, implement, evaluate, and
manage an entrepreneurial, coherent, and effective range of educational and
interpretive programs indoors and out that help make the deCordova¹s
exhibitions relevant and meaningful to diverse audiences.  He/she will be
the leader in establishing deCordova¹s core educational philosophy and
framework, ensuring that both become key components of institutional
identity and culture through his/her leadership and collaboration across
the Museum. DeCordova is actively exploring how to best incorporate
multiple learning pedagogies, and the DLI will both encourage and evaluate
those explorations based on current research and best practices as he/she
moves the institution toward a coherent mix of effective and sustainable
programs.****

** **

The ideal candidate will be a compelling and convincing advocate for
deCordova¹s educational goals, effective at cultivating support from Board
members and constituents, and will directly participate in building and
executing a sustainable institutional fundraising strategy. He/she will
have significant leadership experience in art museum education; experience
with and passion for contemporary art; an MA or PhD in art history, museum
education, or a similar field; be a recognized leader in/advocate for
innovative approaches in museum education; have demonstrated results in
developing funding streams; have highly developed management and
organizational skills; be innovative and creative in his/her approach; and
have a track record of mentoring and developing talented educators.****

** **

Additional skills/responsibilities of this position include:****

** **

€Administrative and staff management.****

€Responsibility for establishing an annual education budget linked to
institutional strategic goals.****

€Management of education revenue and expense to targets.****

€Management of day-to-day programs, logistics, scheduling, and staffing.****

€Leadership of the Education Committee in conjunction with the committee
chair.****

€Responsible for growing support for Education and the Museum as a whole
via cultivation and stewardship.****

€Developing and implementing an evaluation plan that qualitatively and
quantitatively measures programs in the Education department.****

€Responsibility for the use of digital media as part of deCordova¹s
educational program strategy.****

€A broad and open approach to communications, advocacy, and relationship
building.****

€Collaborating with senior leadership on institutional projects and
initiatives.****

€Other duties as assigned.****

** **

Qualifications:****

** **

€MA in art history, arts or museum education, or equivalent. Ph.D desirable.
****

€Experience leading a museum education department.****

€Experience with/passion for contemporary art.****

€Familiarity with current pedagogical trends, technologies, and evaluation
methodologies.****

€Highly developed organizational and management skills.****

€Demonstrated ability to build, lead, and inspire a creative team of
educators and build collaborative projects with community partners.****

€Experience working with youth and family audiences.****

€Ability to write well and to produce analytic reporting from complex data.*
***

€Experience writing grants and supporting Development efforts related to
Education.****

€Compelling public speaking presence and skills.****

** **

DeCordova offers a beautiful and rewarding work environment, committed
colleagues, a competitive salary, and robust benefits package including
subsidized health insurance. We actively encourage applications from
minority candidates; deCordova is an equal opportunity employer.****

** **

*Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday,
December 23 to: hr@decordova.org.*

** **

While all materials will be carefully reviewed, please note that deCordova
will only be able to respond to candidates in which it has an interest.****

Visitor Services Associate [DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum]

VISITOR SERVICES ASSOCIATE

(two positions, one starting February 2011 and one starting summer 2011)

The Visitor Service Associate position is integral to fulfilling deCordova’s goal that each visitor has a superb and meaningful experience in the park and museum.  Visitor Service Associates work on frontlines to cultivate and strengthen deCordova’s ties to its audience by creating a positive first impression and lasting connections through quality services, smooth operations, communication that is personable and informative, well-run amenities, and accessibility throughout the museum environment.

Reporting to the Assistant Director of Visitor Services, the ideal Visitor Services Associate will be hands-on, collaborative, energetic, and customer-oriented.  VS Associates interface with all museum visitors and consistently exceed visitor and member expectations by providing orientation, information, resources, and creating an environment that is responsive to visitors’ needs.  Given the highly visible nature of this position, the ability to communicate effectively, comfort with the public, and appropriate dress for the position are all necessary.  VS Associates are expected to arrive at work no later than 9:45 am each morning and remain until the end of day closing (between 5:00 – 5:15 pm).  One half hour lunch break is included in the work day.  The work schedule includes weekend hours, some holidays, and occasional evening events.

Hours: Part-time, variable

Category: Exempt (or Non-Exempt)

Reports to: Assistant Director of Visitor Services and Events

Positions reporting to this position: n/a

• Interest in museums, contemporary art, and sculpture

• Friendly and welcoming demeanor; enjoy working with the public

• Dependability and punctuality

• Exemplary interpersonal communication, customer service, and public relations skills

• Experience with/ability to learn money-handling, cashiering, and point-of-sale transactions

• Flexibility to work at various stations within Visitor Services

• Efficiency, grace, and tact during high traffic cycles

Please send cover letter and resume to Seth Deysher, Assistant Director of Visitor Services and Events at sdeysher@decordova.org or via postal mail to 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.  Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  DeCordova is an equal opportunity employer and seeks diversity in its workforce.