Director of Public Programs and Public Engagement

The Whitney Museum has reopened the search for the Director of Public Programs & Public Engagement position, which reports to the Associate Director and Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education.

Art Opportunity previously on at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, United States.
From Wednesday 31 July 2013 to Sunday 01 December 2013

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Responsibilities include:

Developing, planning, and implementing all public programs, including artist-driven events, lectures and conversations, gallery talks, academic symposia and courses.

Establishing an innovative program that articulates the Whitney Museum’s unique identity as the artist’s museum and furthers the Museum’s mission of bringing artists and the public together.

Developing and planning a robust and lively roster of programs for the current Whitney and for the Whitney’s new building, opening in 2015.

Building public engagement through challenging programs that interpret and connect the Museum’s program of exhibitions and permanent collection to the culture at large.

Organizing both large and smaller-scale events and programs for general visitors to learn in participatory and experiential ways.

Creating programming for the Museum’s specialized audience of artists, scholars, and advanced graduate students, critics and collectors.

Identifying emerging trends, ideas, and topics in American art and culture and creating a dynamic forum to explore these developments in a global context.

Planning programs that make the Whitney a destination, resource, and gathering place for artists.

Collaborating with artists and colleagues across the Museum
Exploring opportunities to create programs off-site and in a variety of spaces in the Whitney’s new building: the lobby, indoor and outdoor galleries, the Museum’s public plaza and nearby street, as well as other spaces throughout the Museum.

Overseeing all aspects of program planning, administration and implementation, including program budgeting and supervising program staff and interns.
Requirements:

The ideal candidate should demonstrate a deep knowledge of contemporary art and a familiarity with both emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, and other key voices in contemporary and modern art, politics, and culture.

M.A. with a background in art history or related field and deep knowledge of contemporary and modern art and artists
5+ years of experience producing public events or museum programs.

Demonstrated creativity in developing programs that engage a broad public.

Strong research, writing, and communication skills
Flexible and collaborative personality.

Excellent public speaking skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Supervisory experience.

Budgeting, billing, and recordkeeping experience.

Computer and database proficiency required, including Microsoft Office.

Ability to work evening hours for events and some weekends required.