Boston Children's Museum

308 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

Date Posted:
April 07, 2021

Eastern Massachusetts



Vice President of Program & Exhibits


Boston Children's Museum seeks a creative and experienced leader to guide the reimagining of the Museum's exhibits and public program. The Vice President of Program & Exhibits (VPPE) reporting to the CEO, is responsible for developing a vision, strategy, and organization at a pivotal time as the Museum charts its post-pandemic future. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of best practices in visitor experiences and exhibition development, and the ability to provide practical management/ leadership in exhibit development, including listening to and incorporating feedback. Has practical experience in identifying clear metrics (deadlines and budget) to measure initiatives and evaluate interim as well as project success. Knowledgeable about visitor evaluation tools and commitment to customer service best practices and standards as they apply to creating joyous and enriching experiences for the Museum's audiences. The ability to source and select outside consultants, experts, contractors, and partners, and develop a solid structure within which they work. Demonstrated abilities and practical experience in strategic planning, including experience with program evaluation, organizational development, creation of new structures (systems thinking), and goal setting within an organization. Agility and enthusiasm for leveraging the expertise available among thought-leaders on issues from child development to technology to poverty. 

The VPPE will bring together the key functional departments of: Child Development, Exhibits, STEAM and Humanities, each with its own senior leader and staff. This new team will be responsible for the creation of inventive exhibits and imaginative program content aligned with the Museum's Learning Frameworks and Strategic Plan model focused on key competency/market areas: In the Museum, In the Home, In School, and In the Community. The VPPE will lead the development and execution of a plan for enhancing and growing the Museum’s presence in these competencies/market areas.

The VPPE will also play a leading role in implementing strategic plan priorities can fully optimize the Museum’s assets including staff expertise, exhibits, collections, and financial resources. The ideal candidate will have exceptional management skills with a proven ability to establish priorities, set goals aligned with the institution’s mission and strategy, actualizing complex projects, and have a track record of supporting equity, diversity, and inclusion values, including the ability to mentor and guide the professional development of staff.

  • Oversee the creation of innovative program and exhibits, and of implementing important or “big” ideas within the designated time frame and budget.
  • Implement best practices in early childhood education in formal and informal learning environments and situations; identify new opportunities and approaches to the Museum's offerings in early childhood play and learning, including new initiatives such as camps, learning pods, paid program, and virtual program that build a vibrant presence for the Museum in the home, community, and school.
  • Evaluate exhibits and program throughout the development and implementation process.
  • Develop and execute plans to deliver existing and new content online and through new interactive products that children and families can access anywhere and create a strategy for the next generations of the Museum's Beyond the Chalkboard, School Readiness, Everyone Explores, and Japanese House websites.
  • Identify opportunities for potential mutually beneficial partnerships with leading content providers and potential funders to reach a wider audience to extend the Museum learning experiences and to access beyond the physical Museum.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to establish meaningful partnerships with universities, early childhood development experts, Greater Boston civic, educational, and community groups, the philanthropic community, and Museum industry professionals and influencers.
  • Serve as part of the Museum’s executive team responsible for the Museum's strategic plan, and key Museum-wide initiatives that sustain the Museum's reputation, brand, and financial sustainability.

  • Master’s degree required, preferably in related fields such as STEAM, Early Childhood Education, Humanities, Museum Studies, or Non-profit Management.
  • Ten (10) or more years of management-level experience at a museum or related institution/company that works with children and families in informal learning in creating impactful experiences.
  • Experience as part of a leadership team; the ability to collaborate with peers as well as direct reports and the CEO, serving as champion for the department in the organization’s decision-making process.
  • Experience forming successful collaborations across cultural, racial, and socio-economic lines within the museum and in the community.
  • Experience working with partners in academia, particularly in the areas of early childhood development and education.
  • Proven track record of and commitment to working with community groups to create a variety of learning opportunities for young children and their families. Experience with urban communities and English-language learners.
  • Proven track record of exceptional people and systems management; demonstrated leadership of a successful integrated, cross-disciplinary, multifunctional team. Proven ability in mentoring and leveraging the skills of a talented staff across a wide range of generations, experiences, and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising through grants, corporations, and individuals.
  • Executive-level budget and project management skills including the ability to manage and adhere to multiple project budgets and timelines. Success at completing projects on time, within established budget and with limited resources.
  • Demonstrated abilities and practical experience in strategic planning, including experience with program evaluation, organizational development, creation of new structures (systems thinking), and goal setting within an organization.
  • Flexible thinker who can manage ambiguity and succeed in fostering change, along with an appreciation for the Museum's history and reputation.
How To Apply:

Send a copy of your resume and letter of interest to, with the subject line: VPPE Application. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Apply by:
April 18, 2021
$90,000 - $125,000
About this Organization:


Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.


Boston Children’s Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children’s creativity and curiosity. We promote the healthy development of all children so they will fulfil their potential and contribute to our collective well-being and future prosperity.


Creativity. Respect. Excellence. Accountability. Thoughtfulness. Equity.

Boston Children’s Museum is a curious, experimental, and creative learning organization. We have a child and family centered focus, welcoming and respecting all Museum audiences. We collaborate and show mutual respect and support for our colleagues. We recognize that each person has equal, intrinsic worth and deserves to be treated with dignity. We are a culture that innovates, changes and pushes boundaries to keep the museum relevant. We are responsible to each other and strive to keep our commitments to our colleagues. We have a commitment to high ethical standards. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, respecting the importance of personal growth and family. We have an ongoing commitment to fairness in all aspects of the Museum and we embrace alternative ways of thinking.