Engaging. Dynamic. Fun.
As one of the world’s renowned art museums, the MFA boasts a collection that spans nearly all cultures and time periods—ranging from the art of ancient Egypt to French Impressionism to Contemporary. There’s art and so much more to interest people from all walks of life. The Museum is a lively social destination that offers concerts, films, and lectures while also serving as an important community and educational resource for schools and families.
Our mission is to preserve and share our treasures with Boston and beyond while providing an engaging and memorable experience for all our visitors. This would not be possible without our talented staff, volunteers, donors, members, and community partners.
Our culture is built on scholarship, collaboration, trust, and mutual respect. We embrace change and the opportunity it brings and are committed to develop, reward, and retain our valuable staff.
Join us for what promises to be an enriching, vibrant, and ever-changing experience. And, yes, a fun place to work!
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks a skilled, dynamic Interpretive Planner: a critical member of a cross-museum team helping to shape each visitor’s experience and engagement with works of art. Reporting to the Head of Interpretation in the Education department, the Interpretive Planner takes direct responsibility for the development and implementation of interpretive strategies and materials for the general visitor. S/he collaborates with curators to craft written wall text, object labels, gallery guides and brochures for adults; and plays a leading role in the development of content and format for in-gallery interpretive media. In addition, the Interpretive Planner participates in researching visitor responses to interpretive approaches, establishing learning outcomes for adult materials and approaches, and evaluating the effectiveness of those materials.
Staying abreast of current theory and practice in the rapidly growing field of art museum interpretation, the Interpretive Planner will participate in conferences, workshops, meetings, committees, and professional groups, locally and nationally, as appropriate. Within the MFA’s Education department, s/he serves as an art historical resource, and will do some gallery teaching for both public and internal audiences as requested. More broadly, MFA Interpretation staff act as important content resources for departments across the Museum, as requested, and serve on intra-departmental and Museum-wide teams as needed.
• Master’s degree in Art History or a related field required
• 3 to 5 years of museum-related experience preferred
• Experience in communicating with a general audience, through teaching or writing
• Excellent writing and editing skills with ability to write in a lively and conversational style
• Excellent interpersonal skills; experience in working collaboratively, one-on-one and in teams
• Familiarity with digital media and their uses in interpretative strategies
• Excellent time management skills with ability to manage and traffic projects and meet deadlines
• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining high standards of quality
• A sense of humor with a balanced perspective and approach to the day-to-day work