Director of Education, Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University

Director of Education

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking
Director of Education who will provide long and short-range planning for
all exhibition-related and museum-related programs including those for
students, educators, families, children, scholars, and the general public.
With the opening of its world-class museum, designed by Pritzker Prize
winning architect Zaha Hadid in Spring, 2012, Michigan State will emerge as
one of a handful of University museums devoted to international
contemporary art.

The Director of Education will join an energetic and professional group led
by the Founding Director, developing and implementing educational programs
for the Broad Art Museum. He/she will be a creative thinker who can foster
new ways of thinking about museum education. This is an extraordinary
opportunity to be a key player in the creation of a new museum of
contemporary art. The Broad Art Museum/MSU is unique among contemporary
museums in that it possesses an historical collection dating back to Greek
and Roman art. The museum’s exhibition program will actively engage
dialogues across the centuries with the benefit of this historical


* Pursue and develop relationships with university faculty and
administrators across a range of disciplines to co-create collaborative
programs with the Museum;
* Develop, plan, and implement educational programs for diverse audiences,
including children, educators, community groups, the public and those with
disabilities and/or special needs;
* Work in close collaboration with the Curator to develop tours and
educational programs around the exhibitions and permanent collection;
* Work with Museum staff to develop new venues and formats for interchange,
programs for various audiences, and educational publications including:
books, guides, videos and/or software, and international
conferences/seminars for teachers, Broad Art Museum Web educational
* Develop detailed budgets and forecasts for educational programs;
* Work closely and cooperatively with private and state school systems in
scheduling tours and programs and ensure that all school-targeted programs
will reinforce MSU’s curriculum standards;
* Engage in outreach activities that will further the breadth and scope of
the Museum;
* Provide management, supervision to all educational programming, as well
as on-going training to educational staff, museum docents, interns and
* Foster curricular engagement with the Museum’s collections, exhibitions,
programs and initiatives, associated research materials, and staff
* Act as a conduit between faculty and museum staff to facilitate the
development of museum programs and exhibitions within the galleries that
support the research and teaching mission of the university;
* Regularly attend and participate in relevant meetings, symposia,
workshops, and other forums of brainstorming, information exchange and
logistical planning within the Museum and across the university;
* Maintains a global perspective on the university’s teaching, learning and
research resources; and acts as an ambassador for the Museum at various


Education and Work Experience: Minimum, MA; PhD preferred; at least five
years’ museum experience. Broad knowledge of art history and how the
contemporary can be contextualized in the larger scope of world art history
are strongly desired.

Skills and Abilities: Applicants must possess the ability to generate and
implement educational programs with a local, national and international
reach. The Director of Education will have demonstrably strong connections
to museum educator peers, and other institutional connections across the
U.S. and internationally. The Director of Education must be eager to fully
explore and work within a university environment, making connections
between art and a very extensive pool of academic disciplines. At the same
time, the Director of Education needs to be an outgoing member of the local
community, willing and able to make strong connections with the museum’s
local neighbors and visitors. Ability to work varied hours including
evenings and/or weekends depending on program needs.

The Director of Education will be a consummate professional and team
player. Ideally, the Director of Education will be able to dream big dreams
while being fully grounded in the day to day life and work of the museum.

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