Director of Education and Public Programs

Storm King Art Center


Organization Description: 
Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky. Since 1960, Storm King has been dedicated to stewarding the hills, meadows, and forests of its site and surrounding landscape. Building on the visionary thinking of its founders, Storm King supports artists and some of their most ambitious works. Changing exhibitions, programming, and seasons offer discoveries with every visit

Position Description:
The Director of Education and Public Programs is a critical member of the senior team who leads all aspects of learning and engagement as well as artist and audience-driven programming. The Director guides the institution’s strategic implementation of its educational mission, with respect to education about both modern and contemporary art, and ecology and nature. The Director of Education and Public Programs manages a team of three other full-time staff members, as well as departmental interns. 

Reporting to the Artistic Director and Chief Curator, the Director will lead Storm King’s outreach and education efforts on a local, national, and international scale, and develop and host an ambitious roster of public programs for diverse audiences. The Director will strengthen and grow relationships with partnering organizations and communities, artists, donors, and internal and external stakeholders.
The Education and Public Programs team manages public engagement and programming (including nature and wellness programming); K-12, teacher, and family programs; tours and interpretation; community partnerships; and contributes to I:DEA (Inclusion: Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) institutional work.

The Director of Education and Public Programs will be responsible for formulating, evaluating, coordinating and executing all aspects of a comprehensive strategy for Storm King’s educational program. The education program includes children and families’ programs, public programming and performances, access initiatives, interpretation, and programs for school visits and teacher-led programs. Storm King is proud to have developed a strong basis of institutional collaboration; under the umbrella of Storm King’s Artistic Program team, the Education department collaborates with the curatorial and archival teams on initiatives including the Shandaken: Storm King residency; publications; programming; and access initiatives. 

Reports to:
Artistic Director and Chief Curator

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
• Lead learning and audience engagement initiatives of the institution. Create a diverse educational program for Storm King’s visitors of all ages and abilities while carrying out Storm King’s educational mission.
• Encourage active participation by our audiences in learning about and understanding the works of art and our landscape.
• Coordinate and direct the Education and Public Programs team, serving as a mentor and dynamic leader for the members of this team as well as an example and a mentor for others across the institution.
• Serve as an adept communicator capable of explaining to staff, board, and other internal and external stakeholders Storm King’s educational mission, vision, and initiatives.
• Stay up to date on current conversations and practices in modern and contemporary art as well as willing to learn about overlaps with ecology, and best practices in the field of museum education. Foster relationships and serve as an ambassador for Storm King across the museum field.
• Co-lead efforts for the continued success of the Shandaken: Storm King residency. 
• Serve as the liaison for Education Board Committee.
• Conceive and implement new initiatives to further expand Storm King’s strong Engage with and help to lead institution-wide I:DEA efforts. 
• Maintain and expand upon strong connections with the local community, through engagements that occur both on-site at Storm King and in local towns and community sites.
• Lead successful partnerships such as K-12 partners and teacher institutes; explore opportunities for university-level education initiatives. 
• Oversee digital learning opportunities and experiences. 
• Working closely with Storm King’s curatorial staff, oversee development of a wide variety of educational materials, including object descriptions, website text, app materials and additional signage.
• Oversee the evaluation and enhancement of Storm King’s school and other group programs. Conduct research and outreach to local and regional schools, with the aim of hosting teachers and school groups to Storm King for day trips and educational programs.
• Oversee the development of online educational resources and a range of curriculum materials aligned with grade-level standards to be used by teachers to prepare students from pre-K to college level for visiting Storm King.
• Develop and manage yearly departmental budget as well as project budgets.
• Develop and facilitate grant proposals, in collaboration with the Development department.
• Collaborate with curatorial, archives, development, visitor services, communications, special events, strategic planning, and others.
• Perform other duties, as developed, and assigned.

Candidate Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in art history, art education, museum studies, or a related field preferred.
• Ten years of progressively responsible education or museum experience and five years of experience managing or co-managing an educational function preferred; experience working in a cultural institution strongly preferred. 
• A strategic thinker and effective problem solver; able to focus on long-term goals while paying attention to detail. 
• Ability to work collaboratively, gain cooperation, influence, and successfully drive initiatives across an organization.
• Experience working with development teams and funding initiatives.
• Demonstrated enthusiasm and commitment to an organization’s mission, and its constituencies.
• Experience organizing public programs.
• Experience with leading gallery lecturing and/or classroom teaching.
• Ability to communicate effectively and to interact with a diverse public in a manner that upholds institutional I:DEA Principles.
• Working knowledge of current museum education practice and theory, with a specialty in modern and contemporary art and/or ecology and outdoor learning. 
• Commitment to exploring and continuing to develop accessibility programs and programs for visitors with disabilities.
• Proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire.

Position Type:
Full-Time

Union Status:
Non-Union

FLSA Status:
Exempt

Salary or Compensation:
The hiring annual salary range is $88-100K. This position is eligible to participate in the benefit programs generally offered by Storm King to its employees including medical, vision, dental, 403(b) retirement, life insurance, generous paid time off and more. Additional information about our benefits can be found at https://stormking.org/jobs/

Organization or Project Website:
https://stormking.org/

Application Info:
Applications can be submitted through our online Career Center. Complete applications will be given preference and should include:

• Cover letter expressing interested and outlining relevant experience
• Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

Storm King Art Center is dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Storm King Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit.

People of color, people who are gender oppressed, LGBTQ people, immigrants with work permission, and people of diverse social and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Storm King Art Center does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, creed, sex, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other related consideration.