Interpretation Planner

The Peabody Essex Museum, one of the most dynamic art museums in the nation, is seeking a highly talented Interpretation Planner for our Education and Interpretation department. Under the direction of the Lead Interpretation Planner, the position will be a dedicated member of the Interpretation team, participating in multiple interdisciplinary exhibition project teams across the museum.

Responsibilities include:

  • integrating innovative interpretation schemes into exhibition development and design, analyzing key messages and audience needs, and creating original ideas for unique interpretive elements;
  • working in interdisciplinary teams, advancing assigned interpretive exhibits from conception to prototyping and completion, including liaising with Curatorial, Integrated Media, Design, and other departments to generate, or oversee generation of content;
  • ensure suitability for different communities through visitor advocacy and accessibility; work closely with the project editors to ensure appropriate communication strategies are developed;
  • work with the Evaluation and Interpretation Specialist to develop and implement audience evaluation; deliver evaluation and visitor research during appropriate project milestones;
  • develop strong working relationships throughout the museum, including with the education program teams, curatorial, exhibition planning, integrated media and marketing, exhibition and research, and design teams.
The successful candidate will have a fresh aptitude for how digital tools can be expressed to create innovative experiences. Whether it’s planning for complex exhibitions or working across departments to create stimulating modes of storytelling, this individual has a record of mastering the distinctiveness of diverse audience-centered creative experience projects.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.Three to five years of successful museum experience or relevant work in designing and planning experiences for audiences in informal creative learning environments, or in a field that engages diverse audiences with art, culture and creative expression. Excellent understanding and proven experience in interpretation and implementation of visitor evaluation findings is required.Superb interpersonal skills, flexibility, positive attitude and the ability to work as a member of a team are essential.

How To Apply:
Interested candidates should send their resumes with cover letters and salary requirements by email to, or apply to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Apply by:
March 04, 2016