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Director of Education, Engagement and Learning

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Art History, Other Arts, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Arts Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

JCSM Operations Budget

Division Name

Jule Collins Smith Museum

Position Title

Director of Education, Engagement and Learning

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

Reporting to the Director/Chief Curator, the Director of Education, Engagement, and Learning leads the museum unit responsible for creating and implementing all Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts ( JCSM ) engagement/learning programs and initiatives. Responsible for executing the Museum’s vision of a highly creative, outward-facing, visitor-centered institution that welcomes everyone to explore, experience, and engage with the visual arts in service to the university, the region, and the nation.
Serves as the primary liaison with university faculty regarding museum interaction, responsible for increasing social interactivity and creative participation, and ensures delivery of relevant, engaging, authentic, accessible, diverse, and inclusive mission-based experiences, digital resources, and other educational services, on-campus, online, and offsite.

The Julie Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is Auburn University’s 40,000 square-foot modernist museum building and extensive grounds. A pillar of the southern gateway cultural Arts District, the museum greets 35,000 visitors each year, and provides students, faculty and the region impactful opportunities to engage with a wide-ranging visual and decorative arts collection spanning centuries, genres and materials through exhibitions and a wide variety of other programmatic offerings. The museums historically offers hundreds of engagement opportunities each year, both on and off site, ranging from concerts to poetry readings to film screenings to artist/gallery talks to hands-on activities. Audiences include dozens of university classes, preK-12 children and caregivers, retirees, and community-supported programs in person and virtually.

Essential Functions

1. Manages JCSM’s Education/Engagement/Learning unit, inspiring and nourishing capacity and culture around innovation and creative learning to foster meaningful and transformative experiences for audiences at an institution that celebrates art, film, and cultural discourse, through recruiting, training, mentoring, and supervising a team-oriented and strategically-focused staff (that also includes docents, students, and interns).

2. Establishes the guiding principles of the museum’s education, engagement, and learning offerings aligned with its mission and vision to actively engage new, diverse, and broad audiences across the region and state connected to museum exhibitions and collections. Develops, implements, and/or manages all education, engagement, and learning offerings for the museum, particularly in collaboration and development of exhibitions, to ensure they are impactful for the targeted audiences. Emphasizes cross-disciplinary, co-creation, and hands-on learning projects to cultivate notions of inclusion, life skills, emotional intelligence, and well-being to expand the understanding of art’s impact on the public sphere. Utilizes supplemental teaching techniques for non-arts curricula including in science, technology, engineering and math. Incorporates new models of cultural participation, artistic practice, potential impact, and the history of museum education that also utilizes technology, tools, and an experimental social environment.

3. Strengthens the academic role of the museum within the university and grows student/faculty participation, fosters collaboration and agency in and with the museum by conceptualizing and developing flexible, multi-disciplinary programs, activities, and other curricular support. Utilizes best practices in the fields of museum education, art-based pedagogies and visitor studies, continually evaluating results for effectiveness, relevance, and resource prioritization. Incorporates multigenerational learning and participatory experiences that fosters critical and creative thinking skills, experimentation, and global competence.

4. Connects with and/or schedules a broad variety of artists, art historians, writers, poets,musicians/ performers, actors/film makers, and others related to exhibits and the collection to produce engagements such as artist’s talks, scholarly lectures, panels, gallery tours, discussion groups, workshops, social events and other campus-wide presentations, students/faculty interactions and broader community opportunities. Ensures contracts are well negotiated and all obligations are met; the contracted visitors’ experiences, including travel and other hospitality details are smoothly managed; and all requisite payments paperwork and collaboration within the museum, across campus, and beyond is handled in a collegial, timely and efficient manner.

5. Provides vision and programming support to the Director, and collaborates with other senior leadership team members to establish programmatic impact goals to ensure mission and strategic alignment, creative engagement, and learning across all demographics. Specifically, this will manifest in the development of the museum’s exhibition schedule; and the identification of grant opportunities, drafting proposals and other funding requests, and supporting other relevant fundraising initiatives centered on innovative educational programming, research opportunities and community partnerships. Further, conceptualize interactive online educational content and interpretive tools for the museum website, in collaboration with web and digital media staff and others, as well as other digital platforms and format, embracing social media/digital/technology opportunities such as crowd sourcing, augmented reality, and virtual art experiences, evidencing a commitment to new forms of socially-engaged art practice. Collaborates to record selected programs for distribution via website and social media and to inform the execution of marketing, branding, and promotional activities that broaden the museum’s reach and increase stakeholder engagement.

6. Provides innovative leadership to ensure expansion and enrichment of the relationship between the museum and surrounding communities through broad partnerships with school and student groups, undeserved segments, and governmental/non-governmental entities. Brings their voices and needs into museum engagement and learning opportunities for the betterment of civic life in the region, and to explore important philosophical, cultural, and ethical ideas in how the museum can be a space of practice and exploration. Ensures frequent in-person visits with partners to define optimal implementation.

7. Monitors effectiveness, gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative statistics, and other engagement metrics for use in evaluation, reports, and grants and funding proposals. Integrates data collection, measurement, and assessment into museum processes and programs. Ensures timely and collegial responses to questions and feedback from visitors and others.

8. Develops and oversees the unit’s annual budget, particularly tracking expenditures to ensure adherence to set goals.

Education Level

Master's Degree

Field of Study

Arts Education, Public Humanities, Cultural Studies, Museum Studies, or related field.

Years of Experience

5 years

Area of Experience

Experience in Art/history, museum teaching and multi-sensory, object interpretation strategies. 2 years of increasing management responsibility, recognition at regional or national level of engagement work, and major projects/initiatives at a university that required collaboration and resulted in increased awareness of and participation in its museum.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Education Level

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Minimum Required Knowledge
Knowledge of art/history, museum teaching and object interpretation strategies; broad understanding of the field of visual arts, including a range of historical periods, cultures and artistic trends, and a willingness to learn about subjects and material outside of established areas of expertise.

Deep knowledge of, extensive experience in and demonstrable commitment to arts education, especially in a university museum setting. Familiarity with pedagogical and engagement trends in the areas of academic/university, adult and family learning.

Knowledge of field trends and best practices for stakeholder experience related to visual arts and its multi-disciplinary intersections.

Knowledge of current cultural field best practices, art-based pedagogies, and visitor studies paired with associated implementation efforts and projects.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

None Required.

Desired Qualifications

Salary Grade


Salary Range

$59,700 - $99,600

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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