About the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters. Millions of people also take part in The Met experience online.
Since its founding in 1870, The Met has always aspired to be more than a treasury of rare and beautiful objects. We are committed to fostering a collaborative and respectful work environment with a staff as diverse as the audiences we engage. Our staff members are art lovers who are passionate about working toward a common goal: creating the most dynamic and inspiring art museum in the world.
At The Met, every staff member – from security officers to researchers to scientists and beyond – lives by our core values of respect, inclusivity, collaboration, excellence, and integrity.
Respect: Engage one another with collegiality, empathy, and kindness, always.
Inclusivity: Ensure that all are and feel welcome and valued.
Collaboration: Reach across boundaries to exchange ideas and work together toward our shared mission.
Excellence: Lead the cultural world in quality and expertise—and inspire curiosity and creativity.
Integrity: Hold ourselves to the highest moral standards, admit when we fall short, and then evolve.
About the Department
The Met’s Department of Education—dedicated to making art meaningful and accessible for everyone— is central to the mission of the Museum. The Department is a national and international leader in museum-based education and public programming, pushing boundaries through continuous innovation and experimentation. In-person and virtual programs include high school and college internships that promote career development and diversity; PreK–12 educator programs that train teachers to integrate art into curricula across disciplines; performances, concerts, lectures and symposia that feature preeminent artists and scholarship; daily tours in multiple languages, and so much more.
GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
You guide community-based initiatives for new and historically marginalized audiences. You ensure there is variety and diversity in Education Department initiatives through strategic partnerships and collaborative program development. You proactively identify opportunities to extend the Education Department’s reach to local communities through direct engagement with the permanent collection and exhibitions.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
- Work closely with the Educator in Charge, Public Programs and Engagement to establish current and long-range objectives, priorities, and metrics for community partnerships and initiatives.
- Build and maintain partnerships with external cultural organizations to increase investment in Education programs.
- Design and oversee community-based education programs for multigenerational and adult audiences.
- Manage artist-in-residence programs, including the Civic Practice Partnership, and large-scale Museum events.
- Assess content and formats of existing public programs and propose innovations and initiatives to extend reach and impact among local communities.
- Work with diverse colleagues across the Museum to advance the quality, relevance, and variety of Education programs.
- Develop and manage the area’s annual budget, working closely with the Development Department to secure program support.
- Supervise and instill high performance levels and accountability in staff.
- Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
- M.A. in Art History, Museum Education, or other related field, or equivalent experience
- 5-7 years of experience in education and public programming within an art museum; additional experience working closely with community stakeholders.
- Experience building authentic community partnerships and executing robust, audience-centered public programs for adult and multigenerational audiences.
- Administrative and management experience including developing and managing budgets, supervising staff, and project management from ideation to delivery within a museum education department.
- Ability to effectively manage and mentor staff within a complex institutional environment.
- Record of collaboration with Development in fundraising initiatives for education programs in a museum context.
- Knowledge of current learning theories and pedagogies for general adult audiences
- Knowledge of and experience working with contemporary artists
- Full familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
- Pay Range: $95,000-$115,000/annually
- The advertised pay scale reflects the good faith minimum and maximum salary range for this role. The advertised pay scale is not a promise of a particular wage for any specific employee. The specific compensation offered to a candidate may be dependent on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, the candidate’s experience, education, special licensing or qualifications, and other factors.
Cover letter is required for all applications.
At time of employment, employees are expected to be located within commuting distance of the Museum. “Commuting distance” means that they are located in one of following states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania (the “Tri-state and PA” areas), and be able to commute to and from the Museum in a single day.
The Museum provides competitive compensation, and generous benefits and perks for all eligible employees. Note: Benefits Offering may differ based on Employee Status.
- Medical, dental, vision and life insurance
- 403(b) basic retirement plan and optional matching retirement plan with an outstanding employer match
- Considerable paid time off, including annual leave, sick leave, and 13 Museum holidays
- Long-term disability coverage
- Flexible Spending Accounts & Health Savings Account (pre-tax income for eligible health care expenses)
- Commuter benefits (pre-tax income for parking or mass transit expenses)
- Free financial-planning services
- Financial assistance for relevant coursework, seminars, and training programs
- 25% discount for staff in Museum shops
- A subsidized staff cafeteria
- Access to the Museums Council pass, which grants free admission to various museums and cultural institutions
Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.
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