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.CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
- 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