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Director of Learning, Engagement, and Partnerships
Company: Wichita Art Museum
Location: WICHITA, KS
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 09/26/2022
Expire Date: 11/26/2022
Job Categories: Arts, Entertainment, and Media
Job Description
Director of Learning, Engagement, and Partnerships
The Wichita Art Museum (WAM) brings people, ideas, and American art together to enrich lives and build community. We are seeking a dynamic and creative Director of Learning, Engagement, and Partnerships during a time of exciting strategic planning and growth. Our ideal candidate will be a visionary thinker, bringing new ideas to WAM with the ability to implement them from concept to completion. This person will play a critical role in creating programming, partnerships, and interpretation for all audiences to ensure that WAM is accessible, welcoming, and inclusive for all. This is an exciting opportunity to join a talented team, work with an exceptional art collection, and contribute to charting the next chapter for WAM.

Learning & Engagement:

Develop exhibition-specific interpretive methodologies, innovating how individuals and communities make meaningful connections with our collection and exhibitions through a range of experiences, both in-gallery and online.

Oversee and expand city-wide School Tour Initiative.

Oversee and expand programs for Pre-K-12 Teachers including Evenings for Educators and
Professional Development.

Oversee interdisciplinary curricula based on exhibitions for a variety of
programming needs including early-childhood programs, school field trips, alternative
educational settings, and weekend and summer camps.

Develop new initiatives and public programs to engage all guests in the museum experience,
partnering with the rest of the leadership team and board of trustees to ensure access, inclusion,
and diversity initiatives.


Establish new and foster existing partnerships that supports the museum in its commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and accessible institution.

Seek opportunities to collaborate with other cultural and community organizations to advance the role of the arts in creating quality of life, expand and diversify the Museumís audience, and extend the Museumís reach.

Collaborate with local college professors and their students, utilizing their expertise and creativity, to develop programs for their peers and the general public.


Manage the department collaboratively empowering team members to be involved in decision-making activities and provide opportunities for professional development.

Supervise Learning, Engagement, and Partnership staff as well a contracted art instructors and facilitators.

Oversee the recruitment, training, and management of the Docent Program (volunteer Museum
guides). Design professional development to expand their knowledge and skills set for a variety
of audiences including adults, families, youth, and K-12.

Successfully advise and direct evaluation of programs and identify outcomes, indicators, strategies, activities, data collection and analysis for the department.

Create and track budgets (and other administrative duties) required to successfully manage the
education department.

Engage in professional development by attending and contributing to select conferences in the
museum and related fields.

Work with Director of Development to identify program-related funders. Collaborate with
Director of Development on solicitations by providing information required for proposals
including program narratives and budgets.

Provide reports and statistics as requested, provide information and support for grant applications
and advancement initiatives, and participate in institutional planning/initiatives.

Participate in the institutional strategic planning process.
Qualifications & Requirements
1. Masterís degree in Art, Education, History, or Museum Studies or Bachelorís degree with additional progressive experience in a Museum or educational setting.
2. Minimum of 5 to 7 years prior experience with educational programming and knowledge of current museum education methodologies.
3. Proven project management capabilities. Must be able to work in a collaborative team environment.
4. Experience managing multiple, complex initiatives through periods of growth and change.
5. Minimum of 2 years supervisory experience, demonstrated ability to strategically manage and mentor a team.
6. Excellent public speaking skills
7. Adaptable to working with diverse communication models, digital technologies, and analytical tools such as SurveyMonkey.
8. Knowledge of state and national educational standards.
9. Knowledge of American art history, studio art practices, learning theories, and visitor studies content.
10. Have a growth mindset with an ongoing quest to learn.
Offer of employment will be made contingent upon passing a drug screening and background check. Work is evaluated through the establishment of goals and subsequent review of goal attainment.

Salary $70,000 to $85,000 and commensurate with experience. To apply, email (1) cover letter outlining qualifications, (2) resume, and (3) three references with contact information to poynter@wichitaartmuseum.org. Position will be opened until filled.

Contact Information
Company Name: Wichita Art Museum
Company Description:
The Wichita Art Museum has one of the premier collections of American art and has a $4 million annual budget, staff of 24 full-time, 32 part-time, and a corps of 100+ volunteers. The museum is a public/private partnership, owned by the City of Wichita and managed by Wichita Art Museum, Inc. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Wichita Art Museumís mission brings people, ideas, and American art together to enrich lives and build community. The Museum is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Museum does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other category protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
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