(Full-time, permanent, non-union position)
The Curator of Public Programs (CPP) is a new curatorial role in the Brooklyn Museum. The position is designed to build creativity throughout the Museum and will focus on organizing public programs, including scholarly and critical symposia, panels, and talks as well as culturally relevant, community-based activities. The CPP will help invigorate the Museum with new ideas, lead specific strategic initiatives, expand networks into newly targeted communities, attract new partnerships, and advance institutional thought leadership, both nationally and globally. The position will support and partner with the Museum Director to chart the artistic and strategic direction of our institution, including, but not limited to, public programs and new strategies.
Requirements: The CPP is a combination of a creative visionary and a big picture thinker/doer who can conceive trailblazing ideas, pursue them with a vengeance, and deliver on the concepts. She or he is opportunity-driven, actively engages with multiple creative communities, and will serve as an “evangelist” for the Museum and its mission. The position will help get our community of Trustees, donors and stakeholders, staff, and visitors excited about the Museum’s work. The CPP will be a strong leader who will energize his/her team around a shared vision, and will be an active champion and representative of the Museum’s mission, upholding our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
The ideal candidate for this position must have the following:
- an M.A., or equivalent, in a field of cultural studies;
- curatorial experience at a major museum or similar institution;
- excellent management, research, writing, organizational, and communication skills;
- thorough familiarity with best practices for museum administration, strategic planning, and the intersections of technology and design;
- the ability to work collaboratively across disciplines;
- demonstrated experience in public programming and convening; and
- knowledge of how to work effectively with a variety of cultures.
Responsibilities: A successful CPP will:
- set and help achieve ambitious goals for projects and fellow team members;
- initiate new programs that advance the Museum’s thought leadership;
- inspire big-picture thinking and creativity in the staff;
- share research and engage the team in robust critical thinking;
- develop innovative strategies that advance the Museum’s stature and reach;
- create widespread enthusiasm for, and attract new audiences and stakeholders to, the Museum; and
- inspire and guide collaboration across existing departments.
The CPP will work with the Deputy Director and Chief Curator (DDCC) and the Museum Director on public programs and strategic initiatives. Together, they will take on the big issues of our day, advance thought leadership, bring new stakeholders into the family, generate increased audiences and press, and enhance the visibility of the Museum regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The CPP will be responsible for:
- building bridges to new creative communities, including those in architecture, design, technology, film, literature, politics, environmentalism, human rights, and more; and
- attracting strategic partnerships with universities, policymakers, and major NGOs, as well as global conferences, corporations, small businesses, publishers, technology platforms, design studios, biennials, fairs, and more.
The CPP will work with the Museum Director, DDCC, and other Deputies to generate new strategies that invigorate our Museum and expand our reach, professionalism, and artistic excellence. Some long-term strategic responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Technology: The CPP will expand our online presence with a robust, content-rich website and a sustained public voice through a variety of social media platforms. The position will work closely with Museum interdepartmental staff responsible for our website, social media, apps, and other content platforms to coordinate such research and to collectively articulate a plan for how the Museum will enhance and extend its digital activities to reach a broader audience. The goal is to augment our content sharing, and, perhaps most importantly, to create platforms for rich public exchange.
- New Initiatives: The Director and DDCC will rely on the CPP to expand on a diverse and exciting array of new initiatives designed to enhance thought leadership and increase audiences, partnerships, funding support, visibility, and more.
Some immediate strategic goals include:
- strategizing, with the support of the Director and DDCC, a new public programs initiative that advances thought leadership and builds audiences, opportunities, and reach via timely talks, conferences, and more; and
- assessing strengths and weaknesses of our online presence, and implementing and overseeing changes to it.
The CPP is expected to actively work with the Director, Deputy Director for Development, and DDCC to imagine, solicit, and maintain relationships with key corporate partners and individual donors to support our programs.
Reports to: Deputy Director and Chief Curator
Start date: Immediate
To apply: Send a cover letter and your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.