Gund Gallery Coordinator of Engagement and Public Programs
- Kenyon College
- Gambier, Ohio
- Not Specified
- Posted Date
- Feb 9, 2023
- Position Type
- Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Other Professional Fields
- Employment Level
- Employment Type
- Full Time
Kenyon College is seeking a Coordinator of Engagement and Public Programs for the Gund Gallery. In this position, the candidate will create and implement museum education programs with an emphasis on the Kenyon College community, organizational partnerships in the Knox County area, and national partners in the visual arts. This new role will be vital to the development of the new Gund Gallery Annex, a grant-funded programmatic space located in Mount Vernon (Ohio) (about 10 minutes from the Kenyon campus), with a focus on mutual learning initiatives through art and civic engagements.
This position relies heavily on cross-communication; public engagement; relationship-building with a broad audience of community members, students, and volunteers; and collaboration with the Gund Gallery staff. This is a new position and designed for a motivated emerging candidate excited about new challenges, and eager to build and foster community on and off Kenyon campus. This person will report directly to the Director/Chief Curator of the Gund Gallery. This is an inaugural position that is supported through a two-year, grant.
- Participate in planning activities and meetings, assist with implementation timeline to ensure the successful programming launch of the Annex, and use metrics for future planning.
- Support the creation and coordination of printed materials, digital content, and program supplies relating to the Annex and cross-programs with the Gund Gallery (in dialogue with the Gallery’s collection), including but not limited to marketing handouts, exhibit signage and components, reservation forms, and education materials.
- Oversee the Annex during open hours, including but not limited to opening and closing duties, ensuring the safety of volunteers and student workers, and acting as a “go-to” person for any initiatives taking place downtown.
- Coordinate, schedule, and set up tour itineraries for outside organizations such as K-12 schools, senior centers, local organizations, and institutions, etc. (This could include managing reservations and transportation assistance).
- Partner with community leaders and constituents to promote civic engagements through art programs and initiatives.
- When needed, mentor Gund Associates (interns) through special programs in the downtown Annex space.
- Develop engaging and adaptable content, with input from the Gund Gallery Director/Chief Curator, for guided tour content, community-based events, and public programs.
- Draft and implement programmatic partnerships with out-of-state creative institutions and local organizations around professional development workshops, and communal craft and art education sessions.
- Train, manage, and onboard Annex hosts and docents, and, as needed, the post-baccalaureate employee.
- Manage the daily, weekly, and monthly oversight of outreach and public programs
- Assist with the development of content for marketing for an e-newsletter, press releases, website, brochures, magazines, and social media to engage with audiences digitally. Maintain and update materials for the website.
- Create complementary virtual programs that will appeal to different audiences and local organizations.
- Work with Kenyon College’s Office of Community Partnerships to define and develop community-based internship programs and assist with grant applications as needed.
- Attend special Gallery and community events as required.
- Carry out other duties as assigned by the Director/Chief Curator of the Gund Gallery.
- BA or MA in History, Museum Studies, Nonprofit Management, Education, Social Work (with an emphasis on community outreach and/or Art Therapy), or related field required.
- 2–4 years of previous museum experience in a learning environment, nonprofit, education, and/or community outreach.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.
- Must have flexibility with work schedule, as necessary, to support weekend scheduling and/or evening activities.
- Knowledge of current museum education standards and best practices is required.
- Familiarity with the backend of social media platforms.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail are essential.
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace is required.
- Experience with Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or InDesign is recommended.
- Ability to create and manage a budget is required.
- Ability to work cross-team and cross-departmentally as needed.
- Ability to write and communicate effectively with broad audiences.
- Desire to work with the public and audiences of all backgrounds.
- Creativity, flexibility, and enthusiasm for offering learning opportunities to all ages.
- Sense of humor.
- Experience conducting tours is helpful.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Customary office-related activities like standing, walking, sitting, bending, display of public programs’ creation and outcomes, and public speaking. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.
Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.
Compensation and Benefits
Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.
We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.
Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.
Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.
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