Boston Children’s Museum seeks a dynamic and creative innovator to lead
our culture and performing arts team. The Senior Director of Arts and Culture
(SDAC), reporting to the Vice President of Programs and Exhibits, is
responsible for spearheading a newly defined team that consolidates the
Museum’s work across identity-based programming, world cultures, religious
literacy, performing arts, and the Museum’s archive and collection of 50,000
natural history and humanities objects.
The SDAC will manage several significant existing projects and
initiatives, folding them into development of a comprehensive strategy for
culture and identity-based programming and performing arts education, in
collaboration with other Museum teams, visitors, artists, educators, and cultural
and community groups in Boston. The ideal candidate has a passion for
developing engaging experiences for the Museum’s diverse audience of birth to
10 year olds and their caregivers, across various platforms such as exhibits,
virtual or in-person public programs, or curriculum and training for educators
in formal and informal settings. In practice, for example, this might include,
redefining the role of live theater at the Museum and helping to guide the
production of a series of plays, engaging with staff at a children’s orchestra
to create a new Museum-based program, or working with valued community partners
to co-create an interactive, culturally responsive celebration event. All
experiences developed at Boston Children’s Museum reflect the goals and
philosophies documented in our Learning Framework, which emphasizes play and
exploration in service of learning.
The SDAC will play a key role in shaping and overseeing learning
experiences for children and adults in a new permanent exhibit, Our City (due
to open in 2022), which explores issues of race, religion, identity, diversity,
empathy, and kindness. The Museum has received a large religious literacy grant
to support a portion of the educational experience development for Our City.
The SDCPA will lead the cross-departmental Religious Literacy Team as part of a
five-year project, in partnership with the Harvard Divinity School Religion and
Public Life Program.
Candidates must have a background in one or more disciplines related to
social sciences, humanities, or performing arts, demonstrated experience
writing and managing successful grants, experience building authentic
collaborations with community partners, excellent supervisory and project
management skills, and the ability to build a strong team that elevates the
role of culture, performing arts, identity-based educational experiences, and
the Museum’s equity, diversity, and inclusion work.
- Supervise and mentor members of the Culture and Performing Arts (CPA)
Team. The CPA team is tasked with experience development related to culture,
performing arts, and identity, the management of the Museum collection and
archive, oversight of the Our City and Japanese House exhibitions, and the
- Develop and oversee implementation of our museum-wide culture, identity,
and performing arts education strategy; inspire staff (as well as visitors) to
explore the possibilities; pushing the limits of what can be done with
educational experiences across age groups.
- Develop, deepen, and sustain strategic partnerships to further arts and
culture efforts at BCM, including, but not limited to, the partnership between
BCM and performing arts groups, and the Religion in Public Life Program at the
Harvard Divinity School.
- Provide vision and leadership for integrating the perspectives of and
co-developing educational experiences with community-based organizations,
children, and caregivers. They will bring a demonstrated ability to develop
networks of stakeholders in the community and build and sustain strong working
- Guide management of the Museum’s collection, comprised of 50,000
artifacts, including a cultural collection, natural history collection, and the
- Implement research and evaluation practices (in consultation with
research and evaluation colleagues) to ensure experiences support learning
- Serve as an active member of the Resource Management Team, participating
in grant seeking; lead grant writing and grants management related to culture,
performing arts, and collections, including federal and large national
- Participate as a senior member of the Programs and Exhibits department,
reporting to the VP of Programs and Exhibits and working collaboratively with
others in the department and throughout the Museum.
- Manage team budgets, including operating, grants, and targeted funds.
- Work on external consulting projects as needed, and consult internally
with other teams around arts and culture content.
- Serve on the Collections Board Committee, and attend Board of Trustees
meetings as needed.
About this Organization:
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.
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.
OUR VALUESCreativity. Respect. Excellence. Accountability. Thoughtfulness. Equity.
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.