Assistant Director of Development
Company: Association of Academic Museums & Galleries.
Posted on: April 6, 2021
Manager of Public Programs, Block Museum of Art Job Summary:
The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University
seeks an experienced and dynamic Manager of Public Programs in its
department of Campus and Community Education and Engagement.-- This
position reports to the Associate Director of Engagement.-- The
incumbent will manage the development, implementation, and
execution of a wide-ranging scope of cross-disciplinary programs
with and for broad audiences, including campus, community and the
general public, that use the Block's collection and exhibitions as
a springboard for shared learning and dialogue around issues that
matter in our world today. In their role, they will center equity
and inclusion; foreground the Block's interdisciplinary teaching,
learning and research mission; engage with Northwestern students,
staff, faculty and their ideas; and, through a suite of programs,
advance the museum's role as catalyst for new ideas, and a convener
across disciplines and communities. The Block Museum of Art
prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusion in programs,
exhibitions, partnerships, and working practice, by centering the
voices and experiences of those who have been historically excluded
from or underrepresented in higher education and museum practice.
Therefore, the successful candidate will have demonstrated
experience with public programs for diverse audiences, working with
a range of communities and partners, leading teams and projects,
and meaningfully connecting to internal and external stakeholders.
They will be committed to creative, intellectually rigorous and
collaborative public programming, and will build and maintain
productive relationships with museum colleagues, faculty, students,
campus and community partners, and the general public. The capacity
to create programs that center dialogue on challenging and complex
issues with works of art and build the foundations upon which such
conversations take place amongst a broad range of constituencies is
essential. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access and
inclusion is required.-- Specific Responsibilities:--
- Program Development: With the Associate Director of Engagement,
lead planning meetings with internal, campus and external partners
to collaboratively generate and shape content for public programs,
and target opportunities for others bring their ideas and expertise
to the table. Meet regularly with the Block Student Associates to
capture their ideas and feedback on programming. Research and
suggest speakers, formats, partners and themes that align with
departmental and museum mission. In accordance with program
planning process and timeline and with the Associate Director, make
recommendations for a suite of public programs, and refine
- Program Implementation: Oversee the program development process
and timeline. Engage in regular communication with internal and
external program partners, and proactively flag areas of concern to
Associate Director. With the Engagement Coordinator, manage speaker
logistics, calendar and marketing needs, A/V and venue, talking
points, and other event details. With Communications, consider
audience and outreach goals. With Associate Director, identify
opportunities for Student Associates to participate in public
programs as emcees, discussants, and contributors.
- Program Execution and Follow Up: With the administrative and
logistical support of the Engagement Coordinator, coordinate day-of
event logistics, working with internal museum colleagues to ensure
alignment, clear communication, and clarity of staffing roles.
Ensure appropriate and timely follow-up with program participants.
Gather and maintain data on programs for fundraising, grants, and
- Participate as an active member of the Engagement Department
team, including through regular communication and collaboration,
helping to assess issues of equity and inclusion, and the capacity,
scalability, sustainability and mission-alignment of our work.
Assist with writing and research for grants and museums
communications as requested. Help ensure time is allotted for
departmental reflection and evaluation of shared work.
- Performs other duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications:--
- Commitment to activating the Block Museum's mission, vision,
and values for broad audiences through public programs.--
- Bachelor's degree OR appropriate combination of education and
- At least 3 years' experience managing public programs in higher
education, museums, and/or community organizations.
- Demonstrated interest and experience in collaborating with
partners to generate and execute multidisciplinary, intellectually
rigorous and socially engaged programs on contemporary
- Skilled facilitator with demonstrated experience working with
and across diverse communities and multiple perspectives, and a
record of work that models inclusive excellence.
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills, and
familiarity with strategies for communicating ideas and
- Excellent customer service, hospitality, and diplomacy skills,
including ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of
situations, to extend generosity and welcome at all times, and to
act with grace under pressure.
- Excellent organizational, event, and project management skills.
Proven ability to take initiative, prioritize, set goals and meet
deadlines. Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and
- Adaptability - Works effectively in an environment in which the
parameters may change daily; adjusts behavior to meet the needs of
different people and situations.
- Assertiveness/Independence - Takes forceful stands on issues
without being excessively abrasive; expresses own opinions even
when adopting an unpopular position.
- Coaching/Mentoring - Trains people for current assignment and
develops them for promotion; uses feedback and personal example to
encourage higher performance.
- Collaboration - Facilitates open and effective communication,
cooperation and teamwork within and outside of one's own team;
respects the needs and contributions of others.
- Communication - Communicates effectively one-to-one, in small
groups and in public speaking contexts; writes precise,
well-organized emails, letters and proposals while using
appropriate vocabulary and grammar.
- Conflict Management - Exhibits understanding of natural sources
of conflict and acts to prevent or soften them.
- Customer Focus - Regularly monitors customer satisfaction;
provides suggestions to improve quality and value to the
- Development of Self/Others - Stays current on
technical/professional information; identifies methods for
improving work procedures or systems; solicits feedback from
customers, peers and superiors.
- Diversity - Creates an environment of understanding and
acceptance; solicits input from a wide variety of people and
functions; challenges organizational policies and practices that
may be exclusionary.
- Efficiency/Dependability - Effectively performs duties and
responsibilities; displays attention to detail; supports
organizational policies; anticipates demands/pressures of
assignments and adjusts accordingly.
- Ethics and Integrity - Follows through on commitments;
incorporates honesty, respect and fairness in daily actions;
demands trustworthiness from others; demonstrates courage and
- Initiative - Exhibits energy and desire to achieve; sets
ambitious goals and acts decisively; takes action that no one has
requested to improve or enhance job results and avoid
- Innovation/Creativity - Explores alternatives to existing
products and services; identifies opportunities to improve
procedures and practices; shows imagination.
- Judgment - Demonstrates logic, rationality and objectivity;
shows common sense; uses all available information to make educated
- Multi-Tasking - Demonstrates ability to work on multiple
- Organization - Plans, organizes and schedules in an efficient,
productive manner; anticipates contingencies and pays attention to
detail; targets projects or initiatives that require special
attention and focuses on key tasks when faced with limited time
- Planning - Devises and implements clearly defined strategies to
achieve business objectives.
- Political Savvy - Shows awareness of political factors and
"hidden agendas;" builds informal network to "wire" information
sources and influence.
- Problem Solving - Formulates realistic plans and contingencies
and establishes appropriate measurements of anticipated results.
- Advanced degree or comparable experience a plus.--
- 5 years' experience in a related role preferred. Northwestern
University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of
all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with
disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with
disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is
contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. Access
the 2020 Annual Conference Schedule The Association of Academic
Museums and Galleries is the leading educational and professional
organization for academic museums, galleries, and collections. In
recognition of the unique opportunities and challenges of its
constituents, the AAMG establishes and supports best practices,
educational activities and professional development that enable its
member organizations to fulfill their educational missions.
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