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Posted: 01/03/2022

Position
The Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) seeks an experienced, dynamic, and creative Director of Education (DoE) to manage and provide vision for our Education Department. FAM is fully committed to equity in all aspects of museum practice and is a leader in the growing movement to make art museums more relevant and responsive to their immediate communities. FAM works closely with multiple partners to improve the quality of life and community health in our region, and we seek to continually grow and learn from the communities that we serve. FAM is a visionary leader in developing programs for underserved audiences, as well as for our city’s 35% Latino community. FAM’s new DoE will lead, oversee, and expand school, community, and interpretive programs, guided by a collaborative, partnership approach.
Specifically, the DoE will:
+ Build on our work with the Fitchburg Public Schools, including curriculum development tied to our permanent collection, teacher training, in-school programs, and our recently established neighborhood arts-based after-school program.
+ Expand FAM’s art-based Community Education Program, which currently includes programs for people with memory loss, people in recovery from addiction, and children and families in Head Start. The new DoE will forge new relationships with other communities underserved by the Museum in the past to co-create new programs.
+ Work with the Museum Director to further integrate art therapy into FAM programs.
+ Creatively manage FAM’s interactive in-gallery education programs, working in close collaboration with our Curatorial Department.
+ Take the lead on ensuring and enhancing museum accessibility.
The DoE reports to the Museum Director and is a key member of the senior leadership team.
The DoE supervises a School Programs Manager (FT), Director of Docents (PT), and interns, and works closely with FAM’s Curatorial Department and a small but passionately devoted professional staff. The DoE is the staff liaison to the FAM Trustees’ Education Committee, and will serve on the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan Steering Committee.
Qualifications
The successful candidate will have:
+ Significant museum experience, familiarity with contemporary art as well as a broad general knowledge of art history, and an understanding of the full range of current museum education theory and practice.
+ Excellent leadership, communications, and organization skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
+ Experience advancing and advocating for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
+ A successful track record of partnering with community organizations to create programs for new audiences and clients.
+ Knowledge of current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
+ Knowledge of program evaluation techniques.
+ Advanced interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence, and empathy.
Spanish language fluency is also desired.
Salary
$50,000 - $60,000/year, commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About FAM
The Fitchburg Art Museum is a catalyst for learning, creativity, and community building. We accomplish this mission with art historical collections and exhibitions, special exhibitions of contemporary New England art, education programs, public art projects, community partnerships, and creative economy initiatives. All decisions, initiatives, projects, and programs at the Fitchburg Art Museum reflect our commitment to art, education, and the greater
community.
FAM is located in four buildings across a city block in downtown Fitchburg, in North Central Massachusetts. Our varied collection of over 7,000 objects includes particular strengths in American Art, African Art and photography. FAM maintains 12,000 square feet of exhibition space, presents three major special exhibitions of New England contemporary art annually, and periodically re-installs selected permanent collection galleries.
To apply
To apply, please send a letter of interest, CV, and three references to FAM Director Nick Capasso at ncapasso@fitchburgartmuseum.org. FAM seeks to fill this position by April 1, 2022. Interviews will commence in February 2022.

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