Director of Learning and Civic Engagement

  • Deadline / Program Start: 2023-09-13
  • Organization: Peabody Essex Museum
  • Organization Type: Museum/Gallery/Exhibition Space
  • Career Type: Teaching Artist, Educator
  • Grant / Salary: $130,000 to $150,000
  • Location: Salem, MA
  • Recurring: Array
  • URL: Link

Position Summary
The Director of Learning and Civic Engagement (DLCE) is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, which is responsible for developing the overarching strategy of the institution, in collaboration with the Board of Trustees. Reporting to the Executive Director and CEO, the DLCE will be a spokesperson for the value of educational programming at the museum, collaborating cross-departmentally to define and implement a programmatic vision aimed at reaching and cultivating new audiences with learning and civic engagement at the forefront. In collaboration with numerous museum departments (Curatorial, Marketing, Exhibition Design, etc.), the DLCE will integrate PEM’s strategic goals into public, interpretation, and Volunteer Guide programming, explore new opportunities for earned and contributed revenue, and introduce innovative, inclusive programs to foster new audiences and community connections.

The Director will lead the department of Learning and Civic Engagement with 13 full-time staff (including the DLCE) and two contracted employees. They will partner extensively with other senior leaders that manage the organization’s marketing and communications, advancement, and finance functions; with board members, Volunteer Guides, and other volunteers; and with groups and communities external to PEM.

The DLCE will foster an inclusive culture in the Learning and Civic Engagement department and be a champion for identifying ways for PEM to engage new visitors, students, educators, and families. The Director will contribute to the strategic discussion around the development of the museum’s learning initiatives and civic engagement goals, with input and support from senior management, staff, community partners, and other constituents. It is important for the DLCE to seek a deep understanding of the characteristics and needs of PEM’s local, regional, and national communities. Collaborative and innovative, the DLCE will possess a strong understanding and practice of DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and access) values within cultural institutions.

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