Director, Programs & Education

Passionate about pop culture? We want you!

DEPARTMENT: PROGRAMS & EDUCATION
TITLE: DIRECTOR, PROGRAMS & EDUCATION 

REPORTS TO

MoPOP VP & General Manager 

SUPERVISES

Programs & Education department staff 

DATE WRITTEN/REVISED

January 2017


SUMMARY

The Director, Programs & Education will envision, produce, evaluate, and measure public and education programs and multi-faceted initiatives that engage and support MoPOP’s growing audience; they will support all of MoPOP’s departments to fulfill their programming needs and ambitions, providing them with high-quality education and public programming content across various platforms. 

Public Programs: The Director, Programs & Education will have both internal- and external-facing responsibilities, ranging from project management to partner relationship management and administration. Key to MoPOP’s strategic plan is the directive to engage MoPOP’s audiences more deeply and with greater frequency. The Director, Programs & Education will develop a calendar of year-round programming that will facilitate future growth and represent MoPOP’s strategic response to an increasingly crowded pop culture landscape.

Education Programs: The Director, Programs & Education will champion MoPOP’s existing education programs, striving to increase their reach and effectiveness. Additionally, they will evaluate new educational initiatives created by, or presented in partnership with, MoPOP.

The Director, Programs & Education will be a strategic and collaborative leader who will serve as a confident and passionate advocate for the value of public and educational programming at the museum. The Director, Programs & Education will be responsible for coordinating and aligning the broad range of public and educational programming that services diverse local, national, and international audiences, children, family and adult visitors, and teachers and students.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED)

    • Define vision for and develop new programming that draws new and diverse audiences and cultivate new stakeholders
    • Develop, assess, and ensure creative and engaging educational programs that meet the needs of youth, families, adults, teachers, and students, both inside MoPOP and in community locations
    • Monitor, evaluate, and measure the efficiency and effectiveness of educational and programming efforts against goals
    • Cultivate educational partnerships to enable greater depth and reach of MoPOP education programs
    • Manage all aspects of Education and Public Program budgets including the development of P&L statements in conjunction with finance
    • Build and maintain strong relationships with new and established partners including cultural organizations and other outlets
    • Execute public programs including planning and coordination of ticketing, talent management, front of house, back of house, and post-event follow up to ensure a seamless experience for participants, audience, staff, and volunteers
    • Collaborate with Sales & Service, Business Development, and Advancement Departments to build programs funding base, including through identification and cultivation of new revenue sources
    • Lead and develop ongoing education and public programming in distinctive and creative ways that are consistent with the museum’s content and mission
    • Identify opportunities to leverage the uniqueness of the collections, exhibitions and other properties
    • Develop strategies and initiatives that complement and enhance the educational experience including curricular materials
    • Enhance the quality and maximize the effectiveness of existing programs
    • Drive the highest levels of program participant engagement and satisfaction

QUALIFICATIONS (EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/CERTIFICATIONS)

      • Demonstrated experience in articulating a distinctive programmatic vision and mobilizing internal and external support for programs
      • Entrepreneurial, with awareness of and experience with current initiatives in the arts/pop culture arena
      • Deep knowledge of and passion for pop culture; commitment to education and lifelong learning, intellectual inquiry, and visitor engagement
      • Demonstrated ability to manage and develop staff
      • Experience working with a board and/or multiple stakeholders including donors, producers, community leaders, and artists
      • Minimum of five years of relevant full-time work experience
      • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and help shape organizational roles
      • A track record for inventive and well-received public programs or similar events, with proven return on investment
      • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with MoPOP staff, board, and partners
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills
      • A strong network of contacts in the pop culture marketplace
      • Ability to think out of the box, generate ideas, and devise effective strategies to advance organizational objectives
      • Proven track record of creative collaborations
      • Exceptional attention to detail and discretion
      • Demonstrated ability to use data and metrics to assess efficiency and effectiveness for programs
      • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks and deadlines
      • Ability to multitask and work quickly and efficiently in a fast-paced environment

WORK ENVIRONMENT + PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds, and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

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