Leads the museum’s public engagement initiatives. Provides vision, researches, develops, and implements robust and innovative public programs and visitor engagement initiatives in alignment with the Phillips’s mission and strategic initiatives. Collaborates widely with intra-museum teams and external museum partners to create dynamic, cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural programs and interpretive initiatives (onsite and online) that engage current and new audiences.


  • Directs and innovates the museum’s visitor engagement strategies to create dynamic, participatory experiences with artworks in the galleries and digitally
  • Provides vision and strategy for museum’s robust public program portfolio
  • Leads public program partnerships locally, nationally and globally
  • Fosters relationships with cultural organizations, embassies and other museums to produce strong global/local partnerships and collaborative programs
  • Leads the museum’s public programs for adult and family audiences: developing, implementing, marketing and evaluating programs with strong collaboration with curatorial and other departments; leading interdepartmental Strategic Programming Group
  • Collaborates on wellness initiatives, such as “Creative Aging,” the museum’s outreach program for senior adults, particularly for populations with Alzheimer’s Disease in assisted living facilities
  • Collaborates on Education Department initiatives as well as museum-wide initiatives
  • Engages board members and donors; collaborates with Development staff to craft engaging proposals, donor cultivation strategies, grant writing and reporting
  • Supervises and evaluates staff, interns, and volunteers
  • Oversees budgets for public programs and visitor engagement initiatives
  • Maintains, synthesizes, and applies current knowledge and research on museum education theory and practice; researches exhibitions and the permanent collection to support visitor engagement
  • Directs annual reporting and evaluation research related to principal functions
  • Advocates for Phillips programs and initiatives including periodic travel locally, nationally, and internationally


  • Master’s Degree in Art History and/or Museum Education or related field
  • Minimum of eight years experience in an art museum education, including teaching experience
  • Must possess a broad knowledge of modern art, learning theory, and museum practices
  • Experience leading in-gallery and online digital museum engagement initiatives, including social media integration, digital strategy, and analytics
  • Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking and record of strategic planning
  • Highly effective as team member and collaborator with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to employ innovative thinking and methodology
  • Excellent public speaking skills and ability to work with multiple audiences
  • Strong writing skills
  • Ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and handle numerous assignments concurrently
  • Can work some evening and weekend hours
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to lift 30lbs, and stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time
Job Information
  • Washington, Dist. Columbia, 20009, United States
  • 27020483
  • February 22, 2016
  • Head of Public Engagement
  • The Phillips Collection
  • Education
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 7-10 Years
  • 0-10%