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Director of Education & Community Programs

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #434
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.

Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. 

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community. 
 

 

PRIMARY FUNCTION

As the primary advocate for the museum’s community-centered engagement philosophy, the DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMS leads efforts to create, implement, and evaluate a wide range of innovative educational programs, activities, and artist projects that connect diverse visitors (onsite, offsite, and online) with the museum. They supervise a high-performing team of museum educators; serve an integral role in artistic and strategic planning; initiate and sustain community partnerships to further the museum’s educational mission; and contribute to audience development activities on behalf of CMOA and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP). Additionally, they effectively manage program budgets; actively seek ways to ensure the financial sustainability of the museum’s educational initiatives; and oversee CMOA’s commitment to expand diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI), both internally and externally.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An advanced degree (humanities, learning, arts education, or a related field) and a minimum of five years of supervisory experience in a public-facing informal education role are required; or a comparable mix of education and experience. A track record of innovation and leadership is essential, as is demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary, experimental, and collaborative approaches to public programming and engagement. Experience overseeing the creation of effective online educational resources is desirable. A record of research, publishing, and/or public speaking in museum education and/or public engagement is a plus.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: The Director of Education and Community Programs must have broad knowledge of informal education and engagement strategies relevant to cultural organizations today as well as tested skills initiating and sustaining community partnerships. Awareness of effective strategies for engaging diverse museum visitors of all ages is required, including an understanding of human development, learning theories, school curriculum, and program design and evaluation. The ability to lead and inspire a diverse team of artist-educators is essential. Excellent written and oral presentation skills are required, along with proficiency in budgeting, evaluation, and grant writing and reporting. Must be able to thrive in a complex, fast-paced, and multi-tasking environment. Evening and weekend hours may be occasionally needed if programs demand it. Familiarity with or willingness to learn project management and workplace chat applications, such as Asana and Slack.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is primarily sedentary in nature; no special demands are required.
 
 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

  • As a member of the museum’s senior management team, takes a leadership role in defining and evolving the museum’s community-centered educational philosophy and public engagement strategies in keeping with the museum’s overall mission and strategic plan.
  • Responsible for leading the design and development of a comprehensive range of innovative programs, services, and offerings for school students and teachers, children and families, and diverse adult audiences that meet or exceed high standards for museum education practice.
  • Actively establishes and nurtures collaborations and partnerships with a host of external partners to further the museum’s mission, serve its community, and extend the impact of its programming, especially to new audiences.
  • Hires, mentors, supervises, and evaluates education department staff members; supervises museum educators in hiring, nurturing, and evaluating volunteer docents, teaching artists, and other part-time staff members. Oversees the multifaceted efforts of education team members, collaborators, and contractors to meet schedules, budgets, and engagement objectives.
  • Participates on planning teams for special exhibitions, permanent collection installations, online initiatives, and other community-focused projects to align such efforts with the museum’s educational philosophy and ensure effective and meaningful program delivery.
  • Advises curatorial colleagues on their efforts to conceptualize and develop interpretive materials, such as wall labels, gallery and activity guides, and other forms in print or online. Oversees creation of descriptive copy about education programs and activities for marketing initiatives.
  • Oversees and guides the work of the museum’s DEAI Staff Forum, pursuing new initiatives collaboratively to ensure team goals are met; endeavors to remain up to date on DEAI advancements in the cultural sector and imparts key learnings to staff.
  • Develops, manages, analyzes, and reports on education-related budgets for departmental operations, programs, and grant funded projects. Oversees timely tracking of participation in education programs and activities. Analyzes and responds appropriately to findings and trends to achieve goals for participation, impact, and revenue generation.
  • Plays a significant role in fundraising for the education department, including identifying, contributing to, implementing, and reporting on grant-funded opportunities; also helps to cultivate and steward donors interested in education-related programs.
  • Collaborates with the marketing department, education staff, consultants, and community partners to evaluate educational programs and activities; analyzes and responds to findings; and contributes to research and learning internally and externally, as appropriate.
  • Remains current with the latest museum education practices, innovations, and research in the field; applies best practices to ensure the continued success of all educational initiatives and programs; endeavors to impart knowledge of best practices to colleagues across the museum.
  • Collaborates with other departments and components of CMP to identify and realize opportunities for interdisciplinary partnerships, including joint programmatic initiatives and new opportunities for generating earned and contributed revenue.
  • Contributes to a variety of planning activities related to the museum in particular and to CMP as a whole, including but not limited to strategic planning, education task forces, and audience development initiatives.
  • Undertakes other projects at the request of the director.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity



The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.

  

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional guidance on essential functions follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources.

A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential.

B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function.

C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential.

D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis.

E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential.

F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential. 

G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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