Curator of Education


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The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) seeks a full-time professional Curator of Education with proven experience in museum art education. The position requires planning and coordinating of all educational programs, in-house activities, school outreach, docent recruitment and training, and special programs for adults, students, teachers, and families.  This position is also responsible for the development and implementation of interpretive materials for our audiences related to the permanent and changing exhibitions of the Museum, as well as the development of special programs and activities (digital and in-person), which can appeal to new audiences for the Museum. Some travel required.

The position reports to the MMA Assistant Director, serves on the exhibition development team of the MMA, and is the lead staff member responsible for museum education.  Another vital role for this position will be giving direction for museum education goals and needs as the MMA embarks on an expansion.

SALARY: $40,000-45,000, depending on experience, with full benefits

GENERAL JOB FUNCTION:  The Curator of Education plans and coordinates all educational programs for the Muskegon Museum of Art, including in-house activities, school outreach and docent recruitment and training, and special programs for adults, students, teachers, and families.  This position is also responsible for the development and implementation of interpretive materials for our audiences (in-person and on-line) related to the permanent and changing exhibitions of the Museum, as well as the development of special programs and activities, which can appeal to new audiences for the Museum.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:

Public Program Development*

1.       Develops the educational and program priorities for the Museum, in conjunction with the Senior Curator and the staff;

2.       Creates, implements, and presents exhibition and other related programs, workshops, and classes throughout the year;

3.       Contracts qualified performers, lecturers and guest artists in relationship to the permanent and changing exhibitions of the Museum;

4.       Acquires suitable supplies for programs and workshops;

5.       Coordinates the provision for community art classes held on site by other providers such as private and public colleges, public schools, and/or area artists;

6.       Attends staff, programming, and community focus group meetings.

School/Community Outreach Programming*

1.       Communicates information about Museum programs and activities relevant to school populations to the K-12 and college/university educational communities;

2.       Develops curriculum-based grade-specific tour programs in conjunction with teacher committees, including but not limited to Aesthetic Education in coordination with the MAISD and other local arts and cultural organizations;

3.       Develops and delivers teacher workshops and exhibitions in collaboration with area school districts and intermediate school districts;

4.       Leads community organized committees to guide programming and outreach in the community.

Docent Program*

1.       Coordinates all aspects of the Docent Program;

2.       Recruits, trains and evaluates Docents;

3.       Provides and/or coordinates continuing education for current docents on changing exhibitions; permanent collection;

4.       Provides docent training on Museum’s collection,  tour techniques and evaluation;

5.       Oversees Museum tour program and assists in formulation of strategies to increase tour attendance;

6.       Keeps tour and outreach statistics;

7.       Arranges and coordinates docent recognition events;

8.       Attends Docent business meetings.

Exhibition Support

1.       Develops and creates supplemental educational material, such as gallery guides, family activity packets, book lists, etc., as needed for changing exhibitions and permanent collection galleries;

2.       Researches and recommends to the Exhibition Planning Team an appropriate annual exhibition, which is specifically targeted to children and their families (Example: children’s book illustrator exhibits);

3.       Curates selected exhibitions as appropriate and needed.

Research and Writing

1.        Collaborates with Senior Curator in research and writing of didactic text labels and other interpretive materials for permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and related projects;

2.        Assists with grant and sponsorship development for educational programs and projects;

3.        Assists with grant writing and project manager roles as needed for specific grants.

Other duties as assigned. Some travel required.

EDUCATION AND/OR QUALIFICATIONS PREFERRED

1.       A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, and/or a related educational field is required. Graduate degree in related field highly desirable.

2.       Three to five years experience in museum education, education or arts administration.

3.       Good writing skills, communication, teaching, organizational and research skills.

4.       Must be comfortable representing the Museum in various public speaking engagements.

5.       Knowledge of art history, studio techniques and curatorial processes.

* All in-person programming has been paused and altered (when possible) into a digital format. The Curator of Education would be responsible for following Covid restrictions and deciding which programs would be offered digitally as the MMA continues to adhere to Covid guidelines as issued by the State of Michigan and CDC.

An application must include a cover letter, resume and three references and must be mailed OR emailed to:

Cathy Mott, Assistant Director

Muskegon Museum of Art

296 W. Webster Avenue

Muskegon, MI 49440

cmott@muskegonartmuseum.org

Deadline to apply:  Friday, May 28, 2021

To apply for this job email your details to cmott@muskegonartmuseum.org