Job Description: 

The Clyfford Still Museum seeks a creative and experienced museum programs/education professional to lead the Museum’s Education and Programs initiatives.

Opened to international acclaim in 2011, the Clyfford Still Museum is a single-artist museum located in Denver, Colorado dedicated to the art and life of Clyfford Still, the legendary pioneer of abstract expressionism.  The Museum holds a staggering 95% of Still’s oeuvre, some 825 paintings, 2400 works on paper, and the complete Clyfford Still Archives, all housed in an architecturally significant facility designed by Allied Works Architecture.

The Director of Education and Programs is part of the senior management team and, with the Museum Director, sets the vision and direction for the Museum’s education philosophy, and creates a variety of platforms for multiple audiences and learning types.

The successful candidate will recognize the many opportunities that exist within the framework of a single-artist museum and continue to raise the profile of the Museum and its high-quality programs.  This individual will be attuned to the changing nature of museum visitation and the needs and wants of both traditional and non-traditional audiences.  The Museum is particularly committed to reaching new audience segments and the successful candidate will work in concert with colleagues to reach this goal.

While overseeing a full range of customary education and program activities, the successful candidate will be grounded in and committed to “best practices,” including ongoing evaluation, but also eager to explore new approaches for interpretation, program planning and delivery, and digital and other new media to excite and engage visitors with its world-class collections.

The Museum’s current adult programs include lectures, panel discussions, concerts, performances, films, gallery talks, and various programs for special needs groups.  School and youth programs include the Museum’s popular inStill Gallery Experiences(activity-based, workshop-model lessons) and its outreach cousin, inStill To Go.  The Museum recently launched The Making Space, a hands-on studio for visitors of all ages located adjacent to the galleries (additional information at clyffordstillmuseum.org).

Areas of Responsibility

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop cross-institutional partnerships with peer organizations to create new program opportunities and expand the Museum’s audience
  • Work with the Museum Director and curatorial team to develop interpretive materials, text labels, and programs relating to exhibitions
  • Work with Director of Digital Media to develop content for technology-based assets and programs
  • Work with Director of Audience Development and Community Engagement to provide education opportunities in otherwise social or other traditionally non-educational programs
  • Supervise the Manager of Education, School & Youth (who in turn supervises a corps of twelve part-time, trained Gallery Teachers) and oversee ongoing program development and implementation of inStill programs; participate in curriculum development, training, marketing, and evaluation of these programs as needed
  • Develop and implement ongoing programs in the Making Space
  • Hire, train, and supervise Adult Guides and manage the Museum tour programs
  • Develop and manage departmental budget; participate in regular meetings with other department heads; perform departmental administrative work including website and database duties
  • Assist with grant writing and fundraising in support of education projects and programs
  • Work with the Museum Director on strategic planning and institutional policies for the department
  • Document and evaluate all departmental offerings
  • Other duties as required
Requirements/Qualifications
  • Minimum Education, Job Qualifications, and Experience
  • Masters degree in art history, art education, museum education or related field
  • Five or more years’ professional experience, at least three in a leadership role, and preferably in a museum setting
  • Prior supervisory experience required
  • Professional experience as an art educator or experience working with students, teachers, schools, school districts, curricula development, and regional education consortia is desirable
  • Ability and temperament to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners
  • Excellent organizational skills and follow through
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Active participation in the field, developing and maintaining relationships with peers at other museums; attendance and participation in conferences regionally and nationally
  • Grant-writing experience and success is desirable
  • Availability for occasional evening and weekend work as needed
  • Background check required
  • Must be currently eligible to work in the United States
Compensation/Benefits

Compensation: Competitive and commensurate with experience

Benefits:  Paid vacation and sick leave; 10 holidays; insurance programs–healthcare, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, life and accidental death and dismemberment

Status:  Full-time, exempt

Reports to:  Museum Director

How To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to: hr@clyffordstillmuseum.org; or mail your cover letter and resume to: Clyfford Still Museum, Human Resources, 1250 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204

 

No Calls Please

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