Sunday, June 27, 2010

Head of Interpretation and Education

Head of Interpretation and Education | Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

Job ID: 6877519
Job Duration: Indefinite
Position Title: Head of Interpretation and Education
Required Travel: 0-10%
Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate

Posted: June 7, 2010
Job Function: Education
Min Experience: 3-5 Years
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary: $57,000.00 - $79,800.00 (Yearly Salary)

Contact Person: Sandra Harris
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Departmental Overview
The Museum was founded in 1901 by Phoebe Apperson Hearst, a visionary who saw the Hearst as the cultural cornerstone of one of the world’s leading research institutions, the University of California Berkeley.

Today, the Hearst houses the oldest and largest anthropological collection in the Western U.S., preserving and interpreting a global record of material culture as represented by more than 3.8 million catalogued objects. The Museum aims to promote the history and diversity of human cultures through research, education, exhibitions, and public programs. More information is available at

30% Educational Programming Planning and Production. Directs design and implementation of a comprehensive educational program for target audiences from K-12 to adult with the assistance of Curators, staff, and other subject matter experts. Uses the museum’s globally diverse collections to direct development of interpretive programs, activities and products. Develops classes, programs and activities of interest to multicultural audiences in support of the University’s focus on cultural competency. Builds programs based upon current theories about museum education for life-long learning and compliance with ADA regulations. Manages educators’ development of programs such as docent guided tours, gallery talks, lectures, seminars, concerts, workshops, and panel discussions. Manages educators’ development of multimedia online programming including virtual exhibitions and digital resources. Manages development of publications and materials such as books and gallery guides. Approves Museum Store Manager’s product selection and creation for retail and wholesale markets. Formally assesses needs of audiences. Systematically evaluates programs and educational materials for effectiveness. Coordinates employee scheduling for set-up and facilitation of all programs. Ensures all program and event personnel follow Campus Policies and the Museum’s Safety and Disaster Preparedness Policies and Procedures.

30% Exhibition Planning and Production. Creates and approves timelines and track progress of each exhibit’s project team using programs such as Excel and Basecamp. Participates in long-range planning for the reconfiguration, utilization, and appearance of the Museum’s galleries according to AAM and ADA standards. Oversees the development of plans for rotating exhibitions, permanent study storage exhibitions, and teaching exhibitions to be carried out by department staff. Develops digital exhibition components including images, audio and video. Works with Curators to produce exhibition labels and gallery materials. Approves selections of exhibit related retail products. Responsible for planning and staffing of exhibition openings.

30% Strategic Planning and Supervision. Develops and manages long-range plans for the growth of the museum’s exhibition, outreach, education and retail program. Annual goals and objectives are designed and measured based upon the long-range plan. Responsible for employee development. Hires, trains, and evaluates staff and volunteers. Recruits, supervises and keeps records for the work of staff, interns, work-study students, and volunteers in the Museum. Coordinates work of department staff to meet deadlines. Prepares annual department budget request and establishes working budgets from allocated funds. Monitors expenses throughout the year to ensure there are no cost overruns. Assists in developing and writing proposals for extramural support of programs. Is responsible for ensuring that extramurally funded programs meet the requirements of the granting agencies. Creates project files for the Museum’s archive including exhibition and program summary reports.

10% Marketing and PR. Assists with creation of program related marketing materials including website updates, calendars, invitations, flyers and ads. Ensures distribution of materials via mail, hand delivery, email and website. Represents the institution at scholarly, public, and cultivation events. Is trained to be a Public Relations and Media Rep for the Museum to speak or give interviews as needed.

Salary & Benefits
Annual: $57,000 - $79,800 Commensurate with knowledge and experience

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Criminal Background Check
This position has been designated as sensitive and may require a Criminal Background Check. We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a Criminal Background Check.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

UC Furloughs
The University of California Regents have approved a plan to enact system wide furloughs and other cost reduction measures due to the state budget crisis. This position may be subject to any cost cutting measures implemented at UC Berkeley.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications Strong knowledge of training development and/or learning strategies. Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and strong leadership skills to work with multicultural faculty, staff and constituents. Strong budget and project management skills. Proficiency with computers; knowledge of FileMaker, Excel, Basecamp and graphic software such as Photoshop or InDesign Broad knowledge of museum education field and current trends. Broad knowledge of museum exhibition field and current trends. Broad knowledge of museum retail field and current trends. Strong supervisory and demonstrated leadership skills and abilities. Strong program coordination skills, including short and long range planning skills. Strong knowledge and skills in teaching in a university setting. Strong knowledge of fundraising, donor cultivation and/or grant writing. Strong knowledge about audience development and evaluation methods. Advanced content knowledge about anthropology, art history, history and/or related fields is required. Bachelors degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications Proficiency in a foreign language is desired. Master’s degree in anthropology, education, museum studies, history, art history, and/or related fields preferred. PhD. highly regarded.

Candidates must apply on the UC Berkeley job website position #10992.

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