Assistant Director of Museum Education: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis

Job Summary

Under general direction from the Deputy Director, the Assistant Director of Museum Education will be responsible for all aspects of implementation of the museum’s educational programs and will work in conjunction with the Deputy Director on designing and planning programs for all of the museum’s audience. The position monitors budgets, facilitates contracts with artists and presenters, and ensures that museum education programs address multiple audiences in a way that respects visitors and content. Serves as point of contact for all internal departments, liaising with business office, marketing, curatorial, and development.

Department Description

The recently completed Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art is slated for opening in fall 2016 as the capstone of a planned “arts district” at UC Davis’ new front door alongside Interstate 80.

The museum is dedicated to education and will serve a primary audience of faculty and students as the lens through which it will engage a broader constituency. The museum team is now defining a provocative program steeped in the university’s legacy of making, its physical presence in the Central Valley, and the university’s role as a progenitor of conceptual art in California.

The Assistant Director of Museum Education will contribute to making the Manetti Shrem Museum a dynamic site for interdisciplinary programming relevant to the museum’s diverse audiences. The incumbent will join an energetic start-up team in developing ground-up programming that utilizes the richness of resources at UC Davis, a top-ten public research university, which is also the repository of an important art historical legacy.

Minimum Qualifications

Progressive experience in the museum education field, with relevant experience in education/interpretation, public programming, and visitor engagement.

Track record of developing and implementing educational programs in an art museum or other arts-based organization.

Education or experience and appreciation for contemporary art and connection to multiple disciplines to effectively research, evaluate, and facilitate involvement of various art forms in museum programming.
Facility with public presentation and convening diverse public groups.

Experience managing project and program budgets.

Writing skills to prepare a variety of correspondence, reports, policies/procedures, informational documents, position descriptions, training manuals, and performance evaluations.

Experience working with diverse audiences including students.

Experience working in a dynamic environment with constantly changing priorities while maintaining a high level of productivity.

Experience operating custom computerized systems for report development, creation of spreadsheets, and correspondence. Working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook in a Windows environment

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in the preparation and management of performance and lecture contracts.

Experience using interpersonal, communication, collaborative, negotiating and team-building skills to establish and maintain good working relationships with colleagues, faculty, vendors, volunteers and university officials, with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism and discretion.

Demonstrated problem solving and collaboration skills.

Facility with and interest in application of multiple interpretive formats, including new technologies.

Organizational and time management skills to manage multiple independent tasks, while meeting required timelines with a high degree of accuracy and quality.

Experience in establishing and maintaining complete filing systems (both electronic and paper) for prompt retrieval of information, and maintaining security of confidential information.

How to apply: Visit for more information and to apply by September 5, 2016.

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