The School Programs Manager conceives of, implements, and evaluates programs and materials for K–12 students and teachers who use the museum as a resource. Working with the Vice Director for Education and Program Development, the position sets the long-range goals for school programs in the museum, determines priorities, and supervises full-time, union-affiliated Museum educators (who function as both gallery instructors and program coordinators). The Manager also has indirect supervisory responsibility for the Museum Education Internship Program, in which approximately five to eight young professionals are enrolled annually. The position is responsible for developing collaborative relationships with teachers and administrators in New York City Department of Education schools, regions, and beyond, basing such collaborations on shared goals and fiscal viability. The Manager creates and manages budgets and works on funding proposals and reports. The School Programs Manager leads school-based gallery tours as time permits and plays a vital role in the Education Division’s intellectual life by participating in Teaching Lab and on special exhibition activation teams. The position also works with Curatorial, Design, Public Information, and other departments and administrative staff throughout the Museum to conceptualize, develop, execute, and publicize events and materials.
The successful candidate has a M.A. degree in art history, museum education, or a related field in the humanities or social sciences, and strong knowledge of museum education theory and practice. In addition, the position requires at least four years of experience in a museum, planning and implementing relevant and creative object-based museum education programs for K–12 students and teachers. Excellent research, analytical, writing, and presentation skills are critical. Experience with project and personnel management and the ability to work effectively and diplomatically with Museum staff, patrons, and representatives of other community-based organizations are essential. The individual must be a reflective practitioner who is capable of undertaking multiple projects simultaneously and balancing long- and short-term priorities. Interest and ability in budget management and resource development are vital. Knowledge of New York City Department of Education offices and curriculum is preferred. Open and experimental practice is a plus.
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