Deputy Director for Learning & Engagement, New Orleans Museum of Art

  • 11 Apr 2018 8:54 AM
    Message # 6094373
    John Witek (Administrator)

    POSITION DESCRIPTION

    DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR LEARNING & ENGAGEMENT

    NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART

    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

    BACKGROUND

    The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) was founded in 1910 when Isaac Delgado offered a gift to the City of New Orleans to create a “temple of art for rich and poor alike.” The museum, a neoclassical building, designed by Samuel Marx, opened to the public in 1911 as the Isaac Delgado Museum of Art at the main entrance to City Park. Today over 100 years later, NOMA has become the premier art museum in the Gulf South. An expansion in the 1970s tripled the size of the museum and in the mid-1980s the museum expanded once again. In 1989, the Board of Trustees voted to change the museum’s name to the New Orleans Museum of Art and a state of-the-art-facility of over 130,000 square feet reopened to the public in 1993.

    NOMA has 46 galleries housing an outstanding permanent collection. Comprised of nearly 50,000 objects, the installations and exhibitions represent historical periods from the Italian Renaissance to the best of the contemporary world. A wealth of American and European art—French, in particular—make up much of the collection. Louisiana artists are also well represented, and the museum has 19th-21st century American and European photography, ceramics, and glass from cultures around the globe, plus outstanding holdings in African, pre-Columbian and Spanish period work, as well as Asian art, especially Japanese painting. In addition, the museum offers a year-round schedule of traveling and special exhibitions, events, tours, school and public programs.

    In 2003, the 5-acre Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture garden opened, and today there are 64 permanently installed sculptures including works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore, Claes Oldenberg, Louise Bourgois, Do Ho Suh, Anish Kapoor, to name only a few. In early 2018, the museum broke ground on a six-acre expansion to the garden. The expansion will have sites for 24 additional sculptures, as well as an outdoor amphitheater and stage, pedestrian bridges and walkways, a new gallery, and an outdoor learning environment. The Museum anticipates completion in early 2019. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is always free to all visitors and represents a commitment to engage the broadest possible audiences for NOMA.

    The Museum’s exhibition program is both active and versatile, bringing significant national touring exhibitions to New Orleans and distinguished exhibitions organized by its curatorial staff. Current exhibitions include Lee Friedlander: American Musicians; Carlos Rolon: Outside/In; A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes and Orientalism: Taking and Making with objects from the permanent collection.

    Governed by a Board of Trustees, the Museum is a private institution created for the public good. NOMA serves almost 300,000 visitors annually and currently employs 87 staff members. The Learning & Engagement department currently has a staff of 6.

    MISSION
    NOMA is committed to preserving, presenting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

    LEARNING & ENGAGEMENT

    NOMA is a dynamic cultural center for visitors of all ages. The Learning & Engagement department provides a full complement of programs, partnerships, and outreach designed to engage diverse audiences. NOMA is a leader in new trends in museum education, including innovative initiatives in programming for early childhood education, teens, community connections, and the performing arts.

    Increasing Access

    NOMA+, a new mobile museum experience, is designed with the local community in mind. New Orleans is a city enriched with artists, culture bearers, and generations of master craftsmen. With NOMA+, the museum will join in those creative conversations in the neighborhoods where they happen, outside the museum walls. NOMA+ serves diverse communities by bringing the museum experience to neighborhoods, community centers, libraries, NORD centers, marketplaces, churches, adult education centers, schools, festivals, fairs, events, etc. NOMA+ engages a general audience including intergenerational families, adults, students, senior citizens, and festival/event attendees.

    Building Diversity

    Working in partnership with the Ford and Walton Family Foundations’ Diversifying the Museum Initiative, NOMA offers two innovative paid internship programs for high school and university students. The Creative Careers Internship offers high school students the opportunity to learn about the many careers in the museum field through a combination of job shadowing, job placements, and professional mentoring. Each week, students visit local museums, arts organizations, and university campuses. The Professional Pathways Internship for university students enrolled in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) provides stipends for a 12-week internship working with NOMA’s professional staff.

    Digital Interpretation

    Developing digital interpretation in the galleries is a cornerstone of NOMA’s strategic plan for technology throughout the museum. Together with technology partner Culture Connect, NOMA has developed ten interactive ARTtab kiosks offering in-depth information on works of art in the permanent collection and enhancing the visitor experience. Additionally, the NOMA Mobile Guide provides visitors with a variety of smartphone tours available for the museum and sculpture garden.

    Engaging Teens

    Teens are a key part of the museum’s mission, and NOMA provides a rich array of opportunities for teen involvement. All teens ages 13-19 receive free admission to NOMA anytime with the Teen Pass, provided by the Helis Foundation. Additionally, the Teen Squad is a group of creative high school students from across the Greater New Orleans area who work closely with museum staff to develop and implement programs and projects designed to engage teens. Teen Squad is open to students in grades 9 – 12.

    Resources for Schools & Educators

    For the youngest students, NOMA offers Mini Masters, a collaborative arts integration program for pre-kindergarten students featuring works of art from the museum. Mini Masters encourages students to develop higher order thinking skills, make observations, and engage in conversations through museum visits and classroom activities. The program is designed to build capacity of early childhood educators through professional development and lesson modeling that develops discussion routines, techniques for teaching the elements of art, and skills for creating art in the classroom.

    Youth & Family

    NOMA offers a variety of opportunities for families and children to enjoy the museum. Family Days include kid-friendly activities such as musical performances, puppet shows, student performers, art activities, storytelling, scavenger hunts and more. Kids get creative in NOMA’s Studio KIDS! art classes. Young artists are introduced to works of art in the museum and sculpture garden, then retreat to the studio to create art projects based on NOMA’s collection, focusing on on skill-building and technique development. NOMA also offers 16 summer art camps during June and July for children ages 5 - 10.

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    As an institution that aims to cultivate lifelong learning, NOMA seeks to engage community members of all ages, from early to advanced years of life. NOMA offers Artful Minds, an art observation program fostering communication and connections through visual art for people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their caregivers.  Based on successful programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Studio Museum of Harlem in New York, Artful Minds addresses the need in New Orleans for programs for our aging population.

    JOB SUMMARY: 

    The New Orleans Museum of Art seeks an experienced, creative and dynamic museum professional to lead its Department of Learning & Engagement. The successful candidate will serve as a member of the museum’s senior team, promote NOMA’s overall educational mission, advance strategic audience development goals, and develop/supervise the implementation of all educational and programmatic initiatives. The Deputy Director for Learning & Engagement broadens and develops museum audiences by managing community outreach programs and cultivating substantive partnerships with a variety of organizations. The Deputy Director spearheads the interpretive aspects of the museum, developing inclusive and engaging strategies and experiences, including participatory learning and digital projects. Additionally, the Deputy Director supervises the design of public programs such as lectures, films, performances, symposia, gallery talks, and more. The position reports to the Director.

    ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

    • Represents the museum in local and national venues; serves as a thought leader in advancing the field of museum education; participates in professional conferences, boards, etc.
    • Manages interpretive planning process, development and implementation of all educational programs; coordinates with Department of Curatorial Affairs to maximize impact.
    • Develops and manages departmental budgets; works effectively with Administration, Finance, and Development staff to ensure programmatic fundraising goals are met
    • Serves as liaison to museum’s board; stewards relationships with board members, donors, partners and community members as required
    • Guides the museum’s strategic priorities for educational and interpretive endeavors as well as development of educational spaces
    • Guides development of interpretive technologies in the museum galleries
    • Oversees a wide range of PK – 12 school programs
    • Oversees continued development of programs for family and teen audiences
    • Manages and mentors a team of staff, volunteers and interns
    • Supervises internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students
    • Ensures programmatic initiatives are accessible for diverse audiences
    • Supervises development of community outreach efforts including a mobile museum
    • Evaluates programmatic endeavors and revises as needed
    • Other duties as assigned by Executive Director

    SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Leads a team of museum educators including:

    • Curator of Education
    • Curator of Public Programs
    • Youth & Family Program Manager
    • Gallery Learning Specialist
    • Community Outreach Coordinator
    • Librarian
    • Art Teachers 

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:        

    • Master of Arts Degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, Education or related field from an accredited university
    • 5 - 10 years of successful leadership experience in a Museum environment, designing and planning interpretive experiences for diverse audiences.
    • Expertise in current theory and practice in museum education.
    • Knowledge of emerging technologies in museum education
    • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with professional colleagues, staff, and community partners
    • Excellent verbal and written abilities
    • Ability to manage multiple projects

    SKILLS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:

    • Ability to work with diverse audiences
    • Interpersonal and management skills
    • Attention to detail
    • Excellent customer service skills
    • Ability to foster a collaborative team environment

    COMPENSATION:

    The position will offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

    START DATE:

    Summer/Fall 2018

     PROCEDURE FOR APPLICATION:

    Send resume and cover letter indicating interest, qualifications and list of references to:

    Diane Frankel

    Management Consultants for the Arts

    Box NOMA

    Or send email to: Mcawall2@gmail.com (preferred)