Director, Interpretation & Adult Programs


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Where the Power of Art Engages the Spirit of Community

Where the Power of Art Engages the Spirit of Community

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care, and through its vast collections, the depths, and complexities of human experiences. We strive to create a sense of belonging, where staff and volunteers can do meaningful work connecting people to art. We create an informed, invested group of staff and volunteers through shared values and open, direct, and respectful communication.

We embrace IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sustainability) in every aspect of our ideals and aspirations, as we believe these values to be paramount to success.

Each staff member and volunteer will embody the institution’s commitments and agrees to exhibit behaviors that align with them. We hold one another to these expectations so that, together, we may know, own, energize and sustain our culture and the institution for generations to come.

Location: Kansas City, MO, 64111
Director, Interpretation and Adult Programs
Starting Salary Range
$87,565 – 98,463 per year
Starting salary will be commensurate with experience

The Director, Interpretation and Adult Programs provides creative and strategic leadership for exhibition and collection interpretation and adult programs. Collaborates with curatorial and design colleagues develop, implement, and evaluate exhibitions and related gallery didactics, multimedia materials, videos, hands-on educational spaces, and activities. Oversee a team of interpretive associates and programmers that develop content and experiences that spark curiosity and creativity, connect people and communities, and illuminate the myriad ways that art expresses human experiences

Key Responsibilities:
Staff Management & Development: Responsible for hiring, performance management, coaching and general management of department staff ensuring direct reports have the tools, resources, and support to be successful in their roles. Provides opportunities for development (training) and holds each accountable for their performance.
Department Management: Establishes departmental policies and procedures and maintains department’s high-productivity standard. Continually evaluates systems for improvements and proposes solutions that deliver excellent outcomes. Develops and measures department’s activity and identifies priorities for growth. Responsible for the appropriate fiscal management/financial controls relevant to the role including the preparation, management, and review of annual budgets.
Interpretation Strategy: Develops interpretation vision, strategy, and goals for museum exhibitions and the permanent collection, collaborating with curators and designers. Develops, reviews, and refines exhibition narratives, big ideas, key messages, and visitor outcomes. Designs experimental and engaging interpretive resources and experiences including texts, participatory learning spaces, multi-media content, and other digital learning platforms.
Public Programs and Creative Practice: Oversees adult programs that deepen engagement and learning about collections and exhibitions, including lectures, performances, and late night programming.
Evaluation: Collaborates with Evaluation staff to develop and conduct front-end, formative, and summative evaluations of exhibitions and programs. Analyzes, interprets, and applies results. Utilizes audience segmentation to inform exhibition and program development.
Leadership: Participates actively in the field through conferences, appropriate external committees, publications, and teaching. Disseminates reports, research, and information on Nelson-Atkins projects.
Collaboration: Identifies and works with external partners and community organizations to co-create experiences and resources. Actively builds relationships throughout the museum and participates in cross-functional teams to enhance visitor experiences.
Budget Management and Reporting: Develops and manages fiscal plans that support departmental and institutional goals and priorities.
Other: Completes all other duties as assigned for the general support of the division and institution.
Requirements:
Master’s degree in museum studies, education, or a related field; PhD a plus.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in museum education, interpretation, or program development.
Strong leadership and communication skills.
Experience in managing staff and budgets.
Ability to work collaboratively with other departments and external partners.
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Knowledge of best practices in museum education, interpretation, and program development.
Passion for the museum’s mission and goals.
CORE CAPABILITY REQUIREMENTS
Education/Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, education, or a related field; Master’s degree preferred
Minimum of 5 years of experience in museum education, interpretation, or program development.
Strong leadership and communication skills.
Experience in managing staff and budgets.
Ability to work collaboratively with other departments and external partners.
Excellent organizational and project management skills
Knowledge of best practices in museum education, interpretation, and program development.
Passion for the museum’s mission and goals.

Core Competencies:
Emotional Intelligence: High EQ (emotional intelligence) with experience managing and building positive relationships with cross-functional teams.
Inclusion: Including and integrating all people and groups; respecting people from all backgrounds and cultures; understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people
Communication Skills: Ability to interact professionally with all levels of internal staff and with external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal communication skills; diplomatic and collaborative work style. Excellent public speaking skills and ability to work with multiple audiences.
Organization Skills: Ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and handle numerous assignments concurrently.
Leadership and Diplomacy: Possess excellent diplomacy and leadership skills and the ability to effectively collaborate with and motivate a larger event team to meet quality expectations. Highly effective as a team member.
Relationship Management: Excellent relationship management skills with proven ability to quickly earn the trust of key stakeholders, mobilize and motivate others, set direction, and approach, and resolve conflict.
Financial Acumen: Maintains and applies a broad understanding of financial management principles to ensure decisions are fiscally sound and responsible.
Technical Acumen: Well versed in technology and/or the ability to identify the technologies that have impact on the growth and sustainability of the museum and to attain the knowledge required to leverage the power of those technologies in the daily job.

POSITION SPECIFICATIONS
Working Conditions
The working conditions are that of a typical office environment. Noise level is moderate.
Physical Requirements
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will frequently move hands and fingers repetitively while typing or writing. Occasionally required to stand; walk (traverse from one location to another) sit at a desk for extended periods; reach with hands and arms. May occasionally lift to 15 lbs. The employee will occasionally travel to and from the museum to local locations for meetings and events.
Hours/Travel Expectations
Monday to Friday Workweek. May occasionally work nights, weekends, and/or holidays in support of department programming.
0-5% of Travel Required. 1-3 out-of-state trips annually for conferences and research

Non-Discrimination
The Nelson-Atkins is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need.

For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please contact the People & Culture Department.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art conducts pre-employment background checks as part of our selection process.

Salary information is a general guideline only.  The Museum considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and business considerations when extending an offer.

To apply for this job please visit www.nelson-atkins.org.