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Jule Collins Smith Museum
Director of Education, Engagement and Learning
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Limited Term Length
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.
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.
Field of Study
Arts Education, Public Humanities, Cultural Studies, Museum
Studies, or related field.
Years of Experience
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
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
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
$59,700 - $99,600
Working Hours if Non-Traditional
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Documents Needed to Apply
- Cover Letter
- Letter of Recommendation
- Curriculum Vitae
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- * Do you have a Master's degree in Arts Education, Public
Humanities, Cultural Studies, Museum Studies, or related field?
- * Do you have 5 years of experience in Art/history, museum
teaching, and multi-sensory, object interpretation strategies?
- * Do you have 2 years of increasing management responsibility?