Job Title: Manager Of Experiential Programs


Description: Grounds For Sculpture is seeking a full-time Manager of Experiential Programs to join its education and engagement team. The Manager of Experiential Programs is a newly created position and presents an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development and expansion of garden and gallery-based experiences serving a wide array of Grounds For Sculpture visitors. The Manager of Experiential Programs will oversee the museum’s interactive studio, horticulture, and teambuilding programs with an emphasis on developing engaging and meaningful hands-on experiences for a wide array of audiences. Studio and horticulture programs serve individuals and groups of all ages and abilities and currently take on forms including large-scale public demonstrations; drop-in, concept- or process-driven programs; and one-time or multi-part workshops for kids and adults. Teambuilding programs for corporate and private groups encourage looking together, creating together, and recharging together; include art-based and wellness related workshops and experiences; and serve groups ranging in size from approximately 10 to 150 participants. This position reports to GFS’ Director of Education and Engagement and works collaboratively across the Education Department, and other departments throughout the museum, on planning, marketing, evaluation, and outreach. Grounds For Sculpture, Inc. adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class. Duties and Responsibilities o Leads the development of studio-rooted programs, which include: offerings for families and youth, artist-led demonstrations and events such as the museum’s annual Artists-in-Action day, exhibition and collection driven classes for adults, and community and creative aging programs. o Working together with GFS horticulture staff, develops and administers year-round experiences and programs designed to foster connections between participants and GFS’ imaginatively landscaped garden and living collection. This includes exploring ways in which to leverage GFS’ garden space to improve visitors’ and program participants’ health and well-being. o Designs, develops, and implements offerings for corporate and private groups that encourage camaraderie among teams and cultivate new connections for GFS in collaboration with colleagues across the museum. o Strategically expands opportunities, in all program areas, to increase and generate new contributed and earned revenue--thoughtfully budgeting, forecasting, and managing this growth with sustainability squarely in mind. o Supervises, coordinates, and evaluates the work of GFS’ Education Associate, Freelance and Part-Time Instructors, Corporate Educators, and volunteers working directly on studio, horticulture, or teambuilding programming. o Recruits and trains Freelance and Part-Time Instructors and, together with the Manager of Group Visit and School Programs, hires and trains Corporate Educators. In all cases, fosters an atmosphere in which inquiry, exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and reflection are valued. o Provides all experiential programs staff with regular opportunities throughout the year to deepen their understanding of GFS’ collections and exhibitions and strengthen their practices as instructors and educators. o Works collaboratively across departments to analyze target audiences, and marketing and outreach strategies, to ensure effective promotion of programs through both print and electronic media. o Ensures quality of program delivery and develops and routinely implements systems for evaluating the impact and effectiveness of studio, horticulture, and teambuilding programs. These systems may include direct observations of instructors/educators, individual conferences, collecting feedback from visiting groups, monitoring attendance and participation data and trends, documentation, and preparing and analyzing statistical reports. o Actively contributes to, and collaborates on, programming reports to funders and the cultivation of new funders or funding opportunities. o Articulates and conveys the museum’s mission and programming to diverse audiences and stakeholders and establishes and maintains effective working relationships with colleagues, GFS supporters, and the public at large. o Works collaboratively with colleagues across GFS to develop, coordinate, and promote programs tied to temporary exhibitions, new institutional initiatives, and/or strategic goals. o Manages payroll for experiential programs staff and creates and tracks studio, horticulture, and teambuilding programs budget in conjunction with the Director of Education and Engagement and GFS’ Finance Department. o Oversees materials orders, ensuring supplies for programs are always on hand. o All other duties as assigned.

Date Posted: 03-29-2018

Expire Date: 04-29-2018

Qualifications: Skillso Outstanding customer service and people skills. o Strong organizational and written skills.o Ability to prioritize and work both collaboratively and independently.o Proven project and personnel management skills.Requirementso Minimum of 2-4 years of nonprofit experience in museum education, horticulture education, art education, or related discipline.o Bachelor’s degree in related field.o Experience both managing and facilitating hands-on/studio-based or teambuilding programs for diverse audiences in a museum, garden, or similar informal learning setting. o Experience hiring, training, and managing professional staff and/or volunteers.o Entrepreneurial spirit with strong understanding of, and experience with, budget management.o High degree of computer proficiency, including advanced Microsoft Office skills, database management experience (Altru preferred) and web research and social media skills.o Ability to work some weekend and evening hours.o Bilingual Spanish preferred.

Contact Name: Stephanie Harbison

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Salary: $55,000


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Candidates must send the following to to be considered: o Cover Letter o Resume o Salary Requirements About Grounds For Sculpture Nestled in the heart of central New Jersey lies Grounds For Sculpture (“GFS”), a magical place where art and nature are always at play. At its core are more than 270 sculptures by renowned and emerging contemporary artists, each thoughtfully positioned on meticulously landscaped parkland full of thousands of exotic trees and flowers. It is a feast for the senses. Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre sculpture garden, museum and arboretum with major exhibition, education, performance, restaurant and visitor amenities that make contemporary art accessible by showcasing it in beautiful settings that encourage discovery and learning. Its arboretum has more than 200 cultivars of trees, thousands of flowering shrubs, and settings grand and intimate, all to spotlight art and engage the visitor. GFS' indoor rotating gallery exhibitions, performing arts events, educational programs, and family activities invite people to approach and interact with art on their terms, growing in knowledge, understanding, and joy. Last year Grounds For Sculpture attracted over 240,000 visitors.