Scheduled to open in 2016, the new Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), designed by the renowned Steven Holl Architects, is seeking a dynamic, energetic, intelligent, and collaborative creative leader to oversee the education and community engagement strategies for adult and family learning delivered by the ICA.
As part of the ICA’s inaugural staff, the Director of Education and Community Engagement will design, develop, and implement strategies for evaluating the impact of lifelong learning programs and for expanding external partnerships that are regional and global in scope. The Director is charged with maintaining high standards of excellence to create a dynamic and enriching visitor experience and to establish critical community outreach to educate and engage diverse audiences. This is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader who also knows how to develop, measure, and assess opportunities for creative engagement and learning across all ages to ensure the goals of the ICA’s educational and engagement programs are successfully aligned with the overall curatorial strategies and mission of the ICA.
The Director of Education and Community Engagement reports to the Director of the ICA and is part of ICA’s senior leadership team.
About the ICA (ica.vcu.edu):
The ICA will be an iconic gateway for the city of Richmond. As a non-collecting museum, the ICA will showcase a fresh slate of changing innovative exhibitions, performances, films and special programs that engage the university, students, faculty, the broader Richmond community, and beyond.
The 40,000-square-foot ICA will be an incubator for interdisciplinary experimentation for the entire university while simultaneously providing opportunities for collaboration both locally and internationally. It will be in direct dialogue with VCUarts (arts.vcu.edu), the #1 public art school in the country; set within a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research; and centrally located on the East Coast in a city with a top-10 museum and a region with few venues for the latest contemporary art. The ICA will become a conduit for global collaboration, bridging the distance to artists working in other regions internationally.
About Richmond, Virginia:
Richmond (VisitRichmondVA.com) is an art-centric town, but there’s much more all around us. Hiking, biking, kayaking and rafting opportunities abound. Brown’s Island and Maymont Park are just a few of the natural treasures VCU faculty, staff, and students name as their favorite Richmond spots. Richmond is a thriving capital city full of cultural diversity, great food, festivals and entertainment. We are the heart of the arts in a state with a bustling gallery and performance scene featuring local and international talent. Many state museums are located here, such as The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond, more commonly known as RVA, is a haven for alternative and creative endeavors. The Today Show named Richmond the #3 Most Tattooed City in the US. In September 2012, Outside Magazine named Richmond the “Best River Town in America.” We are home to the James River Park System, one of the largest inner city park systems in the country. Washington, DC, Virginia Beach, and the Blue Ridge mountains are only 2 hours away. Richmond International Airport has daily non-stop flights to NYC, so you can be there in an hour, if you can find the time to go.
Population: 200,000+ live in the city; 1.2 million live in the greater Richmond area.
• Ensure the ICA’s mission, exhibitions, and programs achieve maximum reach and educational impact through carefully crafted programs designed to educate and inspire a broad range of individuals.
• Understand the ICA’s strategic plan within the context of the VCU Quest for Distinction, and take advantage of the ICA’s unique opportunities, as it is embedded within a research university and at the intersection of Richmond’s rich and diverse arts, cultural, and educational communities.
• Design, develop, and implement strategies for evaluating the impact of lifelong learning programs and expand external partnerships that are regional and global in scope.
• Work with curatorial and communications departments and senior ICA leadership team to develop interpretive materials related to ICA exhibitions and programs in a variety of print and digital formats.
• Strengthen and sustain relationships with community leaders, schools, and cultural organizations to develop collaborative programming; and develop age appropriate materials for the implementation of these programs.
• Maintain high standards of excellence to create a dynamic and enriching visitor experience and to establish critical community outreach to educate and engage diverse audiences.
• Partner with various VCU academic programs working on educational initiatives, including the Department of Art Education in the School of the Arts, and the new Art Education PhD in the School of Education.
• Work with the Director of the ICA and the Curator of Academic Affairs to partner with VCU’s academic units to identify ways in which the mission of the ICA can be integrated into the educational objectives of the University and to encourage academic programs to collaborate with the ICA to enhance their curriculum and enrich the student experience.
• Work with the web and digital media team to develop both static and interactive content for the ICA website, and other digital platforms such as smartphones and tablets.
• Work with community organizations and leaders to develop programs designed for various constituencies and age groups, including, but not limited to, docent programs to provide regular tours for ICA visitors, community programs that address specific relevant social issues; and other educational initiatives linked with Richmond community initiatives.
• Develop and monitor program budgets.
• Monitor the education and community engagement department process and programs on an ongoing basis, including gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative statistics to be used in program evaluation, reports, and grants and funding proposals.
• Work with development staff to create and review grant applications and reports for existing programs, and to write proposals identifying potential funding.
• Propose new offerings, both digital and face-to-face, that reflect ICA’s mission and VCU’s strategic plan, Quest for Distinction.
• Supervise a team of docents, student assistants and volunteers.
• Other duties as assigned.
Please do not email applications. Only applications submitted via eJobs will be reviewed. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. For questions about the application process or VCU eJobs, contact Ryan Ellington at email@example.com or via phone: 804.828.2787.
To read more about the ICA: ica.vcu.edu
Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.