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Curator of Community and Academic Programs

Curator of Community and Academic Programs

The Biggs Museum of American Art is looking for a Curator of Community and Academic Programs to join our growing team. We’re looking for a self-motivated, creative individual to help fulfill our mission of promoting arts education in the local community and across the region. In this role, you’ll develop, execute, and track all academic, community, school, and family programs here at the museum, as well as create and manage all interactive content in the galleries.

As our educational Curator, you’ll be responsible for artist/scholar recruitment, school tour oversight and creation, content development (video and audio guide scripts, children’s activities, etc.), and coordinating all community-based events. You’ll oversee a significant portion of the museum’s budget, and will be required to write multiple education-based grants on an annual basis.

Most importantly, we are looking for someone who will take a thoughtful and innovative approach to consider diversity, equity, inclusion, and access at every level of programming.

Experience: 4-6 years museum education experience; Masters in Art History, Museum Studies, Studio Art, or Education preferred. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, ability and perspectives are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of involvement with national or local education or museum education organizations (e.g. AAM’s EdCom, NAEA or local chapter).

Organizational Structure: This position reports directly and solely to the Director; you’ll oversee the scheduling and training of two part-time School and Family Program Assistants, all interns and high school volunteers, as well as a summer camp instructor.

Schedule: Typically, Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, with 1-2 evening or weekend day shifts monthly

Job Responsibilities:

Adult Programs

  • Collaborate with artists, scholars, and partner organizations to implement 2-3 workshops and lectures per month to support current exhibitions and the permanent collection
  • Generate and issue all contracts for guest lecturers/artists/partner organizations
  • Track registrations for programs and communicate with participants for programs
  • Work with Director of Marketing and PR to promote events
  • Manage day-of program duties including physical set-up of programs and orientation of guest lecturers/artists

School Programs

  • Create standards aligned tours and corresponding activities for permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for groups PreK – 12
  • Take school tour reservations and schedule School and Family Program Assistants to provide tours, sometimes in collaboration with partner organization First State Heritage Park
  • Manage and execute regular training opportunities for educators in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Education
  • Coordinate and execute Junior Docent program and Adopt an Artwork program
  • Recruit and train high school volunteers to assist with educational programs and summer camps
  • Represent museum to the Delaware Art Education Association at meetings and the annual conference
  • Provide off-site field trips as needed or available
  • Coordinate and mount 2-6 student and art educator exhibitions a year

Family Programs

  • Develop a monthly, drop-in activity for the museum’s Biggs Kids program
  • Schedule School and Family Programs Assistants to work Biggs Kids and other family programs
  • Manage all aspects of four sessions of summer camps including hiring and managing staff and volunteers, tracking registrations, buying supplies, and acting as main contact for campers and families
  • Create self-guided activities for families in the children’s studio and galleries that relate to rotating exhibitions and permanent collection
  • Manage all aspects of annual holiday event including stocking a “kids-only” gift shop, scheduling local school choirs to perform, and recruiting volunteers

Other Duties

  • Manage expenses and income of a $12,000 education budget
  • Produce and oversee all in-gallery interactive content including audio guides and videos, in collaboration with Curator
  • Write and contribute to several education based grants throughout the year
  • Recruit, utilize, and lead an Education Committee of the Board of Directors
  • Research and write essays for publication in newsletters
  • Represent the Biggs at the First State Heritage Park planning meetings
  • Represent the museum in print, radio, and television pieces to promote programs and exhibitions
  • Provide tours of permanent collection and temporary exhibits to general public and VIPs on an as needed basis
  • Work with Visitor Services and Membership Manager to present trainings and create training manuals for Visitor Service Associates to provide tours
  • Recruit, manage, and assign all interns
  • Serve as primary contact for all community organizations and events
  • Other duties as assigned

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jsauselein@biggsmuseum.org. This position will be open until filled.