Boston Children's Museum

308 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
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Date Posted:
August 05, 2021

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Artistic/Programming

Type:
Full-Time

Senior Director, Arts and Culture

Description:

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.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 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 KidStage Theater.
  • 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 relationships.
  • Guide management of the Museum’s collection, comprised of 50,000 artifacts, including a cultural collection, natural history collection, and the BCM archive.
  • Implement research and evaluation practices (in consultation with research and evaluation colleagues) to ensure experiences support learning goals.
  • 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 foundation grants.
  • 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.
Qualifications:
  • Minimum of BA in a Humanities, Social Sciences, or other relevant discipline (MA preferred) with strong knowledge of education philosophies.
  • Seven or more years of exhibit, program, and educational resource development experience in a museum setting or the equivalent, with 10 or more years of relevant experience overall.
  • Experience in inspiring a team to effectively translate content from one or more CPA disciplines into programs appropriate to Boston Children’s Museum’s audiences of children birth to 10 and their adult caregivers. Experience researching, synthesizing, and applying knowledge of current research, trends, and community-expressed needs in education.
  • Experience and expertise in developing and implementing educational experiences, inventing new programs, building collaborations, and making novel ideas work.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships across the organization and with other professionals outside the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate a child-centered educational philosophy, consistent with our emphasis on child-directed play and exploration, creativity and discovery, while also considering the role and perspective of adult caregivers.
  • Demonstrated success motivating and leading a team, managing staff, mentoring, and training.
  • Experience with evaluation, including working with the public on formative evaluation, and interactive improvement of prototypes — whether for programs or exhibit components.
  • Demonstrated experience raising funds, budgeting, and managing large projects.
  • Strong written communication abilities, including experience developing project reports for internal and external groups. Proven ability to conceptualize, write, and successfully obtain grant funding, and otherwise support fundraising efforts.
How To Apply:
Send a copy of your resume and letter of interest to jobs@bostonchildrensmuseum.org, with the subject line: SDAC.
Apply by:
September 01, 2021
Salary:
$65,000 - $85,000
About this Organization:

OUR MISSION

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.

OUR VISION

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.

OUR VALUES

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.