Director of Education
(Full-time, permanent, non-union position)
We are searching for a passionate, trailblazing, strategic, and creative Director of Education who will expand programs and their reach, inspire audiences, deepen connections to our local communities, and uphold our ethos of inclusion, diversity, and welcome. Aligning with our mission and strategic goals, the candidate will create a forward-thinking vision for our education programs that advances learning, participation, and engagement for children, families, educators, and adults. She or he will strategically strengthen current relationships and build new ones that generate synergistic and impactful ways for us to work together and advance our care for healthy communities. The ideal candidate will have a clear pedagogic approach to arts education, a track record in arts and social justice, and a vision for arts as a tool to build healthy communities. The candidate will be a visionary leader who is able to demonstrate progressive new ways for the Museum to serve its audiences and communities.
Requirements: The ideal candidate must:
- be an experienced museum education professional with a creative vision and strategic understanding of the field;
- be a diplomatic and collaborative team player with proven leadership, well-developed management skills, and excellent speaking and writing abilities;
- have deep listening skills and be a consensus builder;
- have a passion for art, arts education, community health, learning, and social justice;
- have experience in and commitment to working with historically underrepresented audiences such as ELL/immigrant, Afro Caribbean, African American, and LGBTQ communities; poor and working class families; and people with disabilities, with the ability to embrace the knowledge these constituents bring; and
- have an advanced degree in art history, education, or a related field, with a sophisticated knowledge of art museums.
Responsibilities: The Director of Education:
- serves as the Museum’s leader and expert in developing and implementing a wide range of diverse and innovative education programs;
- is a senior staff member reporting to the Shelby White and Leon Levy Director and is responsible for supervising all of our educational activities;
- represents the Museum in all matters involving educational initiatives;
- interacts with senior management teams on development and strategic planning issues;
- works closely with staff from all departments, communicates with the Director and Trustees on educational policy, and collaborates actively with colleagues within and outside of the Museum;
- supervises professional managers for School Programs and Youth and Family Programs, whose activities include an Intern Educator training program; in-depth school partnerships; teacher-training programs; weekend programs for youth and families; after-school and teen programs; Student and Museum Guide training; performing arts events, film screenings, and workshops for adults; and planning a full array of interpretive materials for special exhibitions and permanent collection reinstallations;
- plays an important role within the Education division and the Museum at large advancing universal access and supporting our ambition to be the most visitor-centered art museum in New York;
- serves as a senior manager; and
- has key financial responsibilities in leading the program and securing grants and other funding for the program.
Reports to: Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum
Starting date: As soon as possible.
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 9 am–5 pm, with some late Thursday nights and some weekends.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, with excellent benefits package.
To apply: Please send a cover letter and your résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org.