The Cincinnati Art Museum has an opening for a full-time Assistant Director for Interpretive Programming in the Learning & Interpretation Division.
Responsibilities: Working under the direction of Director of Learning & Interpretation, The Assistant Director for Interpretive Programming oversees the Department of Interpretive Programming in the Division of Learning & Interpretation and has two major areas of responsibility: the development, implementation, and evaluation of all interpretive programming for the public of all ages in the pursuit of lifelong learning through the exploration of art in the Art Museum; in collaboration with the Director of Learning & Interpretation the development, implementation, and evaluation of interpretive methods and tools for special exhibitions and the installations of the Art Museum’s permanent collection. This position works cooperatively with other Art Museum colleagues and the community to develop interpretive programming. This position is considered the Art Museum’s key staff member for expertise related to current theories and practices in interpretive programming.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Works with the Director of Learning & Interpretation and the Assistant/Associate Directors of Docent Learning, School-Based Learning, and Community Engagement, as well as the rest of the division, to develop long-range goals and interim objectives for the Division of Learning & Interpretation
- Establishes a shared and systematic approach to accomplishing the goals and objectives established for interpretive programming.
- Supervises the Coordinator for Interpretive Programming and works hand in hand with the individual in the conception, creation and implementation of all interpretive programming.
- Generates, through a close working partnership with collections Curators and members of the Division of Learning & Interpretation staff, interpretive programming designed to enhance both exhibited objects and the visitor experience.
- Undertakes on an on-going basis, special projects, exhibitions and programming requiring inter-divisional and inter-departmental planning and development;programs characterized by uniqueness, community involvement, user value and visibility.
- Develops and implements new and/or different approaches to interpretation including current learning theory and methodology, new technology and museum “best practices.”
- Evaluates on an on-going basis all interpretive programming for all ages (6-100) including workshops, classes, lectures, gallery talks, and other activities. Seeks out varied methods of evaluation.
- Interfaces with all Art Museum divisions on Art Museum-wide events and planning with the intention of insuring program /event success.
- Nurtures and supports ongoing community-based collaborations and actively seeks out new collaborations with other institutions and community organizations designed to create true partnerships and on-going commitments contributing to the overall quality of life in the Greater Cincinnati region.
- Plans, organizes, implements and evaluates all interpretive programming in accordance with museum “best practices.”
- Generates reports on interpretive program statistics, accomplishments, offering, direction, needs, budget, etc.
- Works closely with the Director of Learning & Interpretation and the Development Division providing narrative content and statistics needed for grant proposal preparation and final reports.
- Participates in national, regional, and statewide museum conferences, workshops and professional growth seminars related to interpretive programming, interpretation, outreach and visitor needs.
- Works with the Division of Marketing and Communication on the promotion of interpretive programs.
- Formulates and monitors the departmental budget and carries out all purchasing and payment procedures in compliance with Art Museum policy.
- Attends regular meetings of the Exhibitions Committee, accompanied by the Director of Learning & Interpretation.
- Any other duties as assigned by the Director of Learning & Interpretation.
Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and MA in art history, art education, or museum education required. Five years of related experience, especially teaching and community-based collaborations. Excellent language skills, both written and oral are required for this position. Ability to effectively present information and respond to visitors’ needs is central to this position. Strong organizational skills; must be able to manage numerous projects simultaneously and to work independently and at a high level of productivity in a very busy office.
If interested, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Cincinnati Art Museum ATTN: Human Resources Department 953 Eden Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45202-1596. Fax (513) 639-2932 [email protected] No phone calls, please. Position is open until filled.
The Cincinnati Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where a variety of backgrounds, cultures, orientations, ideas, and talents can flourish.