Arts & Culture Director
May 19, 2021
STRATEGIC JOB DESCRIPTION:
Every employee at the Louisiana Children’s Museum has the same Strategic Job Description. It includes three elements, listed in order of priority.
- Your first priority – Is to achieve the organization’s purpose. In other words, you in particular are responsible for everything.
- Your second priority – Is to help others achieve the organization’s purpose.
- Your third priority – Is to carry out your job function.
Culture and heritage are in abundance in New Orleans, and this position weaves together young children, nature, art, culture, heritage and Reggio -inspired documentation. Key resources used or delivered in this program are: Make Your Mark gallery of exhibits, Studio In The Park, holiday and summer camps, and heritage events and festivals. All resources are guided by our Learning Framework, inspired by the context of our site in City Park, and our rich cultural heritage. The Studio has a focus on planning and delivery of process-driven, media-rich exploration of creative expression, and collaborative efforts that help tell stories about children’s thinking, learning and creative capacities through a variety of hands-on media. The Director is responsible for creating and delivering distinctive, expressive art programs to our guests, Tuesday through Saturday. This position works with the Chief Learning Officer and Early Learning Director to write, facilitate and oversee programs that are developmentally appropriate for the different age groups that visit the studio and the museum, using and leveraging the resources inside the museum’s learning contexts and outside in our landscape and in the park. The Arts & Culture Director will help develop and implement internships for teachers or students, supervise part time staff and volunteers, and will work to develop earned income programs and workshops for Museum revenue.
- College degree required, Design, Art Studio or Art History preferable
- Experience as an art educator teaching art to children ages birth to 8, using different media (such as paint, clay, pastel, collage, wire, recycled materials, items from nature, etc.)
- Experience incorporating nature and natural objects into everyday experiences
- Experience with local and regional culture, heritage, creative expressions of all types
- Excellent communication skills as an educator, both oral and written
- Knowledge of local, regional and nature-inspired art and heritage community
- Familiarity with emulating artists and their varying artistic techniques
- Demonstrated ability to write and implement programming
- Strong computer skills
Reports to: Chief Learning Officer
Supervises: Studio assistants, Make Your Mark staff, interns, volunteers
Coordinates with: Early Learning Director, Impact Area managers, Museum Experience Manager
Interacts with: Museum guests, students, chaperones, teachers, education staff, all LCM staff
- Creative, strategic, big picture and resourceful thinker
- Good communicator and listener
- Organized with good time management skills
- Team player
- Attention to detail
- Mature, playful, energetic energy
- Leads the development, delivery and implementation of the Make Your Mark exhibit gallery, Studio In The Park’s daily drop-in programs, camps, and annual events
- Qualifications include experience designing / implementing a wide variety of creative experiences for children between the ages of 2-8, and overseeing facilitation of them daily
- Works with the Chief Learning Officer in developing a diverse mix of annual program planning, small, medium and large in scale
- Qualifications include working in partnership with other staff to develop annual planning (ideally 12 – 24 months out), occasionally working with community groups or artists
- Maintains and showcases children’s art from the Studio as a documentation of monthly programs
- Qualifications include experience mounting or showcasing Reggio-inspired expression – from words, images, photography that advance and reflect the thinking and learning of children
- Develops and implements lessons and activities for holiday camps and art camps
- Qualifications include experience planning details for children’s workshops and camps, securing supplies, communicating with adults, and caring for children over several days of camps
- Performs administrative functions such as departmental planning, experience planning, budget tracking, supply ordering, assisting in hiring part time staff, interns and volunteers, supervising all who work to advance the activities of this position
- Qualifications include experience with variety of administrative functions – planning, supervising, evaluating
- Other duties as assigned
Please provide a resume and cover letter to Julia Bland at email@example.com. In your cover letter, please address the “Qualifications” section of the job description and outline how your skill set aligns with our requirements. If a cover letter is not submitted with your resume, your application will not be considered. Please no phone calls. Thank you for your interest in the Louisiana Children’s Museum.