Director of Education and Engagement
The Columbus Museum seeks an experienced, highly organized, and creative Director of Education and Engagement for one of the largest museums in the Southeast. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, The Columbus Museum has a collection of 18th- to 21st- century American art, decorative arts, and contemporary design, as well as a collection of historical artifacts related to the Chattahoochee Valley. The museum’s grounds feature the beautiful Bradley-Olmsted Garden, designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm in the 1920s for homeowner and noted industrialist W. C. Bradley. The museum is part of the Muscogee County School District, a relationship that offers unique opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
With a population of 200,000, Columbus is experiencing a renaissance that includes a thriving, beautiful, and historic downtown riverfront. Cultural amenities include the Springer Theater, the River Center for the Performing Arts, and, at Columbus State University, the Corn Center for the Visual Arts, Schwob School of Music, and Bo Bartlett Center.
The Director of Education and Engagement is responsible for the management, implementation, and evaluation of all educational programs, including broadening and developing new museum audiences through engaging, inclusive, and participatory programming. The Director of Education and Engagement promotes and advocates for the educational mission of the Museum within the community. The Director of Education and Engagement has the opportunity to collaborate on a new interactive educational space within the museum, now in its earliest planning stages. As part of the Museum’s senior management team, this position reports to the Director and leads a departmental staff of four that includes the Academic Programs Manager, Youth and Family Programs Manager, part-time Community Outreach Coordinator, part-time administrative assistant, and a docent corps of 30.
Education and Experience
The successful candidate will have strong knowledge of American art and/or history, current educational theories, museum education methodologies, and administrative experience.
-A master’s degree in art history, history, or museum studies or commensurate experience in combination with a bachelor’s degree.
-Five or more years’ experience designing and managing quality educational programs for diverse audiences
-Expertise in current educational theories, methodologies, and curriculum standards.
-Ability to cultivate a collaborative team environment.
-Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ease in connecting with visitors.
-Commitment to collaborating with community partners and working with diverse audiences.
This full-time position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and full benefits. Interested applicants should visit the Muscogee County School District website at https://mcs.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=2406 to submit an online application. For further information, please contact Patricia Butts at firstname.lastname@example.org. This position is open until filled.
Academic Programs Manager
The Columbus Museum seeks an Academic Programs Manager to create, plan, and implement programming for early childhood learners through college audiences for The Columbus Museum. This position requires a strong background in curriculum-based education and current educational theories and methodologies in art and history education. Led by the Director of Education and Engagement, Education Department at The Columbus Museum also includes a Youth and Family Programs Manager, Outreach Coordinator, part-time Education Department assistant, and an active docent corps.
The Columbus Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, has collections of American art and historical artifacts related to the Chattahoochee Valley. Its grounds feature the Bradley-Olmsted Garden, designed by the Olmsted Brothers firm in the 1920s for homeowner and noted industrialist W. C. Bradley. The museum is part of the Muscogee County School District, a relationship that offers unique opportunities for collaboration and partnerships. With a population of 200,000, Columbus is experiencing a renaissance that includes a thriving, beautiful, and historic downtown riverfront and many cultural amenities.
Desired education and experience:
- Knowledge of American art and/or American history and current educational methodologies and best practices as related to programming for school curricula.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including in public speaking
- Ability to interpret and provide a wide range of programs for school audiences.
- Prior teaching experience at the K-12 level is desirable as is prior experience working with docents.
- A master’s degree in art history, history, museum education, or art education is preferred, but experience in the field may be substituted.
- Two to three years experience in museum education highly desired.
The Columbus Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. More information about The Columbus Museum can be found at www.columbusmuseum.com.
By January 18, submit a letter of interest, résumé, and the contact information for three references to The Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Road, Columbus, GA 31906; Attn: Patricia Butts or via email at: email@example.com. Position open until filled. The Columbus Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.