The Williams College Museum of Art seeks an Assistant/Associate Curator of Education.
Dedicated to dynamic public engagement anchored by an excellent teaching practice, this position centralizes WCMA’s strategic goal of lifelong learning with works of art through college collaborations and community partnerships while providing an overall welcoming visitor experience.
The Williams College Museum of Art makes dynamic art experiences to inspire new thinking about art, museums, and the world—and it does so from within the nation’s top-ranked liberal arts college. A vibrant center for the arts at Williams, the Museum embodies the liberal arts’ ability to catalyze both creative and critical thinking. It is a vital hub for deep student learning and participation; for taking risks and testing creative future forms of scholarship, and most importantly for teaching; and for boldly affirming the relevance of the history of art and the arts broadly as central to civic life. Visit our website: http://wcma.williams.edu.
The Assistant/Associate Curator of Education is a dedicated museum educator with particular interests in student and community-based programming including work with college students, intergenerational groups, schools/youth, families, faculty, seniors, and access groups. Part of making the museum a platform for creativity and innovation, curricular learning and co-curricular life, citizen, and cultural engagement, the Assistant/Associate Curator of Education shares a pedagogical and programmatic approach to engaging with art in dialogue with the educational vision of Williams College, and with best practices in higher education and participatory museum experience.
As a member of the dynamic Engagement/Education team, the Assistant/Associate Curator of Education has the opportunity to oversee and be involved with numerous WCMA signature campus art programs as well as Williams’ extensive and varied multidisciplinary arts offerings such as WALLS (Williams Art Loan for Living Spaces, a special collection of original artworks destined for student dorm rooms), Exploring The Arts – First Year, Agents for Creative Action (year-long program), Creating a Culture of Respect (7th-8th grade) and more. Professional development and contributing to the field of museum education and curatorial studies are supported. Research, reflection, and evaluation practices are instrumental to our work and integrated into a holistic process of our own learning and spirit of experimentation.
Williams College is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty and staff. Working closely with the Deputy Director for Education and Engagement, the entire department serves as leaders in developing a genuinely-inclusive museum for the college and as a model for the field. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will be at ease within, if not excel at, working in a community that is broadly-diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation and religion. Applicants with relevant experience with building, working with, and supporting a broadly-diverse employee community are encouraged to apply. Please discuss your experience in diversity, equity, access, and inclusivity work in museums, and familiarity with how this dialogue is evolving in the cultural field and arts professions overall, in the cover letter.
- As a new position, this role will represent WCMA’s teaching philosophy and commitment to utilizing the unique and generative resources of the WCMA collection, special exhibitions, public programming, historic and architecturally-significant building, and Williams College itself, towards learning in museums.
- Possible program oversight based in participatory and dialogue-based pedagogy could include design of Public Tour, Group Visit, School Experiences, Access and Family programs or other ways in which a WCMA visit is a vital public engagement with works of art and the vision of artists.
- This position will be responsible for bringing together museum operations, exhibitions, interpretation, research, engagement and other departments in staff preparedness for the WCMA museum experience around seasonal programming cycles.
- Acting as the primary point person to museum educators and group visits including scheduling, pre-visit intake, tracking, and evaluation.
- Bachelor’s degree in art history or related humanities field, or Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA), Studio Art required.
- To be considered for Associate-level role, MA/MFA graduate-level work in museum studies, art education, or a related field desirable, or equivalent experience.
- Skilled and flexible teacher with works of art.
- 3 years experience in museum education and program coordination required.
- To be considered for Associate-level role, comprehensive program management experience is required.
- Knowledge of global art history with strong interest in contemporary practice and multidisciplinary forms.
- Experience in overseeing/managing educators and staff trainings.
- Demonstrated creativity and innovation in developing programs and exhibitions engaging the academic community as well as broader public and/or special audiences.
- Familiarity with college/university setting a plus.
- Schools/Youth/Family program/teaching experience of interest.
- Commitment to making art accessible by way of new and innovative strategies, including digital.
- Strong written communication and public speaking skills.
- Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and collaborate across organizational structures.
- Efficient administrator; familiar with budgets, databases, museum office/digital software.
- Experience in working across cultures and with audiences of varying needs; languages helpful.
This is a full-time, year-round, regular appointment.
For optimal consideration, please submit resume materials by December 31, 2019; review of resumes will continue until the position is filled.
Conditions of Employment
Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.