The Director will report to the board of directors of a newly formed independent not-for-profit created to provide direction, coordination, and cross-marketing of educational services, program research and evaluation, teacher training, and strategic new educational initiatives to the joint and individual programs of the three museums. The board of directors of the new entity is now comprised of Michael Conforti (Director, the Clark), Christina Olsen (Director, Williams College Museum of Art), and Joseph Thompson (Director, MASS MoCA). In broadest terms, the goal is to create a distinctive and comprehensive offering of pre-K to adult educational programs for the Berkshires and beyond, capitalizing, cross-pollinating, and amplifying the unique assets of the three museums.
The initial work of this new position will entail coordination and creative marketing of existing programs (in the form of a well-designed and comprehensive catalogue of the 3-museum educational programs, both in print and online formats), working in collaboration with the three education departments to align calendars and provide a wide array of age-specific offerings. Other early work will focus on co-development of new educational programs targeted at teens, college students, and regional teachers, including the fund-raising efforts and administrative tasks associated with creation of these and associated programs. Longer-term initiatives will include creation of a dynamic and forward-looking web presence, archiving and distribution of curricular and research findings, growth of the three museum’s geographical reach, and the positioning of this new cooperative educational venture as a national model for the field.
The successful candidate will be a creative arts administrator, a strong writer, capable of drafting and administering grants, and a natural collaborator (since the job will require working closely with the education staffs at the three museums, co-developing curricular themes, ensuring effective cross-marketing, and orchestrating research and teacher institute activities). The ideal candidate would have experience in K-20 education, a demonstrated interest in the arts, knowledge of new core curriculum standards, a flair for creative grant-writing, and good executive skills.
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