The Amon Carter Museum of American Art seeks a Director of
Education and Library Services (DELS), a senior-leadership
position. The DELS will have the opportunity to illuminate
one of the world’s finest collections of American art, including
many masterpieces, through museum interpretation, educational
programs, and facilitation of research. (http://www.cartermuseum.org/collection/paintings)
The DELS leads a division of the museum consisting of two
departments: Education, and Library and Archives. Education
provides programs for greater than 20,000 pre-K-12 students,
university students, and adults; distance learning for all ages;
and exhibition interpretation. Library and Archives fosters
new knowledge in diverse audiences via published works and
unpublished documents. Complementing the museum’s art collection,
the research library offers over 150,000 items on American art,
photography, and history from the early nineteenth century to the
present, one of the largest collections focused on American art in
As a member of the museum’s Leadership Team, the DELS
contributes vision, expertise and inspiration to the formulation of
strategic plans and the oversight of their fulfillment. S/he
manages department staff members and coordinates their work with
The successful candidate will be a visionary and an innovator
regarding the roles of educational programming and information
services n an art museum. S/he will relish collaboration with
fellow professionals; fostering deep connections and fruitful
collaboration between education and library services departments
and other departments within the museum; and actively engaging
communities beyond simply delivering products to them. S/he
will have a record of successful leadership in a museum setting
that includes developing engaging, effective museum programs,
particularly for adults, and leading a department.
The Amon Carter Museum has been making a transition from a
founder-led institution to one guided by a collegial Leadership
Team consisting of the Executive Director, Chief Operating
Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Director of Collections and
Exhibitions, Director of Development and Communications, Director
of Human Resources, and the DELS. Executive Director Andrew
J. Walker and COO/CFO Scott Wilcox share authority, with the former
setting the artistic direction, working with donors and providing
the public face of the museum; and the latter handling
administrative matters, finances and day-to-day operations.
The successful DELS will embrace this organizational structure,
thrive in the museum’s collaborative work environment, and lead the
Education and Library Services Division through process management,
mentoring, and evaluation.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
The DELS will help provide the leadership and vision for the
museum’s excellence. The DELS will serve on the museum’s
Leadership Team and manage mid-level staff in the Education and
Library and Archives Departments, which employ about 18 staff. S/he
will maintain a working relationship with the Board of Trustees.
S/he will be an ambassador to community groups and patrons
and will represent the museum at national professional
meetings. The DELS will work with the development department
in fundraising initiatives, and will prepare and manage the
departmental budgets within the Education and Library Services
- Build on the museum’s reputation for educational excellence,
especially in the area of pre-K-12 visits, strengthening existing
programs. Oversee development of new interpretative and public
programs, with particular emphasis on programs for adults.
- Oversee Library and Archives’ initiatives to expand their reach
and foster new learning in service of the museum’s strategic goals,
for example, through external partnerships.
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of best practices in museum
education and informational services to inform program development
at the museum.
- Initiate, cultivate and maintain partnerships with such
entities as schools and universities, other museums, healthcare
organizations, community agencies, and libraries.
- Gather data on departmental activities and conduct effective
evaluation to promote constant improvement and inform the
- Represent the Education and Library Services Division on the
Leadership Team, working as an effective teammate and advocate,
setting strategic directions, and contributing to significant
decisions for the museum.
- Develop and manage operational processes to achieve
departmental objectives in fulfillment of the museum’s strategic
- Foster a culture in the Education and Library Services Division
of forging strong partnerships within and beyond the museum in
pursuit of institutional goals.
- Perform supervisory responsibilities, managing department staff
within the division.
- Recruit, interview, recommend for hire, train, and evaluate
staff as needed. Ensure appropriate and effective management of
staff, interns, and volunteers by mid-level staff.
- Cultivate leadership skills in departmental staff and encourage
their professional growth.
- Assist the Development Department as appropriate to secure
funding for museum programs and information services.
- Oversee formulation and management of Division budgets.
QUALIFICATIONS -- KNOWLEDGE, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND
- Minimum of 5 years of museum-education and management
experience in a senior-management position at an art museum or
similar institution, such as an American history museum with a
significant art collection and strong educational programs.
- Demonstrated leadership, mentoring, and organizational skills.
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively;
experience with long-range planning for program planning and
- The ability to manage multiple projects, work under pressure
and meet deadlines.
- Institutional perspective; able to consider and test ideas in a
team setting without being wedded to one’s own.
- Problem solving skills, both as an individual and as part of a
group of peers.
- Desire to advance into museum senior-administration and to
mentor and professionally develop the Division’s
- Possessing professional presence, with a talent for inspiring
and building confidence both within the museum and outside the
institution among a broad range of constituencies.
- Passion for museum education.
- Comfortable in dynamic or challenging situations.
- Collaborative skills. Experience with or commitment to a
team-oriented culture with shared responsibilities.
- Master’s degree required in art history, art, museum studies,
museum education, or similar field. Degree with specialty in the
field of American Art or Culture is desirable.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Proficient in community interaction and cross-staff partnership
- Positive outlook. High energy, self-motivated, with a strong
- Business acumen and sound financial and logistical-planning
- Computer proficiency with MS Office products.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
After six decades of growth, the Amon Carter houses more than
200,000 paintings, photographs, prints and sculptures, among them
premier works by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Martin Johnson
Heade, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Mary
Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe,
Alexander Calder, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and Stuart Davis.
The photography collection of 45,000 prints spans the entire
history of American photography, and the museum houses the archives
of eight American photographers (http://www.cartermuseum.org/collection).
History and founders
Collector Amon G. Carter (1879–1955) amassed one of the largest
collections of the works of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell,
and his original collection concept envisioned Western Art.
On the opening of the museum, his daughter, founder Ruth Carter
Stevenson (1923–2013) extended the concept to nationwide American
art, and since 1961, the museum has acquired great masterworks of
American art in all media. The museum also presents
outstanding special exhibitions and a full calendar of public
A Modern and continually expanding building
Architect Philip Johnson created an International Style 1961
building with “a grand entrance to a grand collection of American
The building has expanded rapidly to accommodate six decades of
collection and program growth. In 1964, only three years
after the museum opened, a 14,250-square-foot addition provided
space for offices, a bookstore, a research library, and an
art-storage vault. Joseph R. Pelich (1894-1968), an associate
architect of the original building, carried out the work to assure
consistency with the original architectural vision.
The museum opened yet another addition, designed by Johnson and
his partner John Burgee, in 1977. It expanded the museum's
area by 36,600 square feet, more than doubling its original
size. The three-story section included more office space, a
two-story storage vault, a greatly expanded library, and a 105-seat
auditorium. In 1998, the Trustees announced plans to expand
the museum to provide three times the existing space for the
display of art. Philip Johnson would again spearhead the
design, making the building as a whole a singular example of his
work, a project he called "the building of my career." While
the 1961 building was retained and refurbished, the early additions
(1964 and 1977) were removed, and in their place a vastly expanded
structure was erected. With its overall size increased by
nearly 50,000 square feet, the museum reopened to the public in
ABOUT THE CULTURAL DISTRICT, FORT WORTH, AND THE METRO
The Fort Worth Cultural District grew up around
the museum. Neighbor institutions include the Kimbell Art
Museum with its collection of European masterworks (designed by
Louis Kahn and with a new 2013 building by Renzo Piano); and the
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, focusing on art since 1945
(designed by Tadao Ando). In the district are also the Fort
Worth Museum of Science and History and Texas Christian University,
a private, coeducational university.
Fort Worth, America’s 16th largest city, with a
population of 850,000, also boasts a Zoo, Botanical Garden and
Japanese Garden, 3 Aviation Museums, the Cowboy and Cowgirl Halls
of Fame, the Will Rogers Memorial, Sid Richardson Museum (a
collection of Western Art), Log Cabin Village, a Nature Center, and
several venues for performances from concerts to rodeo, including
the Bass Performance Hall (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g55857-Activities-Fort_Worth_Texas.html).
Fort Worth has been voted one of "America’s Most Livable
Communities." It has become one of the fastest growing cities
in the country due to its warm climate, numerous business
opportunities, low cost of living and wide array of attractions
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area is the
4th largest n the U.S., with a rapidly growing population of over 7
million Dallas, America’s 9th largest city,
with a population of 1.3 million, is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan
city only a half hour from Fort Worth. Dallas offers among
its many amenities the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture
Center, Sixth Floor Museum, Symphony Center and the International
Dallas is a center for telecommunications, computer
technology, banking and transportation. Dallas' prominence
comes from its historical importance as a center for the oil and
cotton industries, its position along numerous railroad lines, and
its powerful industrial and financial leaders.
HOW TO APPLY
Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé
(Word document preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3
references with contact information by September 11, 2017 to
retained search firm: Marilyn Hoffman and Scott Stevens, Museum
Search & Reference, SearchandRef@museum-search.com.
EOE. References will not be contacted without prior
permission of the applicant. The Amon Carter Museum is accepting
only new applications for this reopened search.