Employment Opportunity

Head of Interpretation and Participatory Experiences

Collaboratively lead the museum in the development of engaging audience-centered interpretive strategies that support the mission by creating meaningful experiences with our global collections.  Design, plan, implement, and evaluate interpretive initiatives and develop participatory and innovative programming surrounding special projects, exhibitions, and the permanent collection.

In this role, you will…

  • Establish department priorities and long-range plans, and administer the department in a manner that serves the MIA’s diverse audiences and volunteers. Develop and manage program budgets.
  • Provide collaborative leadership for the development of an Institutional Interpretive Plan.
  • Research content and recommend strategies for object and exhibition interpretation.
  • Provide leadership and vision for the I&PE staff. Work with staff in guiding and maintaining relationships with volunteer Docent and Guide corps and the museum.
  • Serve as a leader or member of multiple teams that develop and implement interpretive strategies, learning experiences and media content.
  • Contribute to the development of formal/informal evaluation tools for ongoing assessment of innovation initiatives, interpretive strategies, and visitor research.
  • Collaborate with and advise staff on enrichment/development activities for the existing Docent/Guide crops, communication with Docents, evaluation, and recruiting and training of new Docent/Guide classes.
  • Participate in division planning meetings to offer a coordinated range of programs throughout the year.

Specific Requirements

  • Master’s degree in art history, art education, museum studies, the humanities, or related field.
  • Knowledge of educational methodologies and philosophies, visitor research/evaluation, and gallery teaching practices.
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in museum or other cultural institution in planning and implementing programs, exhibitions, visitor research, interpretation, and other activities for diverse audiences.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and communication skills.
  • Two years of recent museum experience working on interpretive exhibition teams highly preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint software.
  • Ability to lift and move heavy objects.

Who You Are
You are a collaborative team player with a positive attitude.  You’re self-motivated and results driven.  You have the agility and ability to work well under pressure. You are innovative and continually thinking of new ways of doing things. You are mission-centered and dedicated to life-long learning.

You’re good at and enjoy…

  • Creative problem solving
  • Experimenting and taking calculated risks
  • Working with a variety of personalities
  • Collaborating with a team towards common goals
  • Interpreting art and making it accessible to all audiences
  • Thinking of new, dynamic ways to engage and connect with visitors

To Apply
To be considered for this position, please send the following:

  1. A cover letter including your interest in the position, what you will bring to the position, and why you are the ideal candidate.
  2. A resume outlining your educational and professional experience.
  3. Two samples of your interpretive writing.

Email:   miajobs@artsmia.org
Mail:    Attn: Human Resources, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Fax:      (612) 870-3263

Posting Deadline: Deadline for submissions is Friday, July 25, 2014.