Job Opening – Director of Education (09/2012)

2012 September 10

High Museum of Art
Atlanta, Georgia

Department:                  HMA Education
Reports to:                     Chief Operating Officer
FLSA:                                Exempt
Employment Status:   Regular/Full-time

The High Museum of Art is seeking an exceptional candidate for the Eleanor McDonald Storza, Director of Education position. The Education department of the High Museum of Art has responsibility for the development and implementation of museum programs and interpretation for approximately 450,000 visitors per year. It has professional and support staff who work in Public Programs, School Programs and Museum Interpretation, and it has responsibility for nearly $1 million in operating funds. Additionally, the High also has collaborative and cooperative relationships with school districts, the Georgia Department of Education, arts education professional organizations, community arts organizations, academic institutions, and other arts agencies.

Work Schedule:
·         Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm with flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.

·    Developing, implementing, and evaluating educational strategies to support museum learning and broad audience engagement with the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions at the High.
·    Serving on the Museum’s senior leadership team to introduce and integrate educational priorities with, and in order to contribute to, the overall institutional mission and strategy.
·    Partnering with the Exhibitions and Collections department to create programs that are accessible and personally meaningful to a broad range of audiences.
·   Working with the Advancement department to raise operating and endowment funds for education programs.
·   Working with Marketing/Communication department to promote museum programs for the metro Atlanta community and the region.
·   Collaborating with the Education staff of the Woodruff Arts Center to offer programming that supports arts education.
·   Managing the Museum’s Academic Affiliate program to create in-depth partnerships with K-12 schools and colleges/universities for the mutual benefit of the academic institutions and the High.
·   Meeting with the Education Committee of the Board of Directors to engage the volunteer leadership of the High with our educational mission.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and Experience:
·   M.A. in art history, museum studies, or art education required.
·   A minimum of 7 years of increasing managerial experience and responsibility.
·   A high degree of museum education accomplishment and expertise.
·   Strong leadership experience in creating a vision and setting direction for education within a museum, and articulating this vision to diverse stakeholders.
·   Senior management experience in directing and managing a department within a team-based environment, including establishing strategic plans; developing,  presenting, and monitoring budgets; evaluating program accomplishments; and building and maintaining a diverse staff.
·   Experience managing and reporting on grant-funded programs and initiatives.
·   Experience in developing and implementing museum programs and interpretation.
·   Experience that indicates the ability to deal effectively with K-12 and academic communities; diverse private sector, community, state, or federal arts organizations; private and government arts funding agencies; board members; media; and the general public.

Skills and Abilities:

Language Skills:
·   Superior interpersonal, organizational and communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with a variety of people.
·   Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries from groups of managers, board members, patrons and the community.
·   Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

Mathematical Skills:
·   Strong ability to work with, analyze and communicate data.
·   Ability to calculate figures and amounts.

Computer Skills:
·  Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Reasoning Ability:
·  Ability to solve problems and prioritize needs in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Physical Demands/Work Environment:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
·   Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 10 pounds) is needed.
·   The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and salary requirements via email to:

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