The Fairfield University Art Museum, recently designated one of the nation's “top 50 most amazing college museums" by College Rank, is seeking a full-time Museum Educator/Academic Coordinator to spearhead and oversee education initiatives within the university as well as for demographically diverse audiences from the surrounding geographic community.
The Curator of Education and Academic Engagement will be the museum liaison to academic departments throughout the University. In consultation with the Director/Chief Curator and the Assistant Director, s/he will work with faculty to promote the museum and formulate, facilitate and advance programming and curricular connections between its exhibitions and permanent collection and the university's pedagogical and cultural offerings. Externally, s/he will be responsible for the conception, development, implementation, oversight and management of education programs and audience engagement platforms catering to K-12 students, teachers, and adult learners in Fairfield County, particularly the nearby communities of Fairfield, Bridgeport, and Westport. Piloting innovative, stimulating, and culturally enriching initiatives for both internal and external stakeholders in accordance with best practices, and harnessing effective new visual learning, teaching, and interpretative strategies developed by peer institutions, are an essential component of this position.
Duties and responsibilities include:
• Designing, providing content of, and managing on-site interpretive programs for school groups (students and teachers), families, members of the general public, retirees, and special needs audiences.
• Creation and management of volunteer docent program (including recruitment and training)
• Lecturing in the galleries on the permanent collection and special exhibitions
• Organizing lectures and other programs for students, scholars and the public
• Interaction with faculty across multiple disciplines to heighten awareness of museum collections, exhibitions, and programs.
• Formulate strategies for incorporating works of art in the university curriculum in collaboration with museum colleagues, faculty liaisons, and Academic Engagement Committee
· Oversee successful Family Day program in collaboration with Museum Assistant and interns
• Develop strategies for audience engagement, digital content creation and delivery, and the use of technology and social media on-site and as an external marketing and interpretive tool
• Provide content for the museum website, gallery didactics, and printed educational materials
• Collaborate with colleagues in Development and Advancement on fund-raising efforts in support of museum-based Educational initiatives on campus and externally
• Collaboration with Educators at neighboring cultural institutions as appropriate
• Possibility of coordinating or organizing occasional exhibition at discretion of Director/Chief Curator
• Master's degree or PhD. in Art History or closely allied, cognate field in the Humanities with significant course work in art history and broad understanding of a range of historical periods, cultures, and major artistic trends
• Demonstrated interest in Museum Education
• Willingness to learn about new subjects and material outside established area/s of expertise
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
• Ability to manage multiple projects effectively
• Close attention to detail
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Ability to work closely and collegially with academic and museum colleagues, university students and adult volunteers
• Computer and software literacy including familiarity with Word, Excel, and PPT
• Museum experience, preferably in an Education function, preferred
This is grant-funded position for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of a two-year extension contingent on successful realization of matching grant challenge.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.
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