DIRECTOR OF HUMANITIES
Company: Boston Children's Museum
Posted on: April 10, 2021
Boston Children's Museum seeks an inspiring, pro-active, highly
motivated leader with a strong academic background, who will
leverage their knowledge of Humanities to develop engaging ideas
from concept to reality, and forge deep connections among the
Museum staff, visitors, artists, educators, and cultural and
community groups in Boston. The ideal candidate has a strong
background and experience in program development and interpretation
for the Museum's diverse audience of birth-10 year olds and their
caregivers, across various platforms, ranging from exhibits, to
virtual and in-person public programs, as well as curriculum and
training for educators in formal and informal settings. Candidates
must have excellent written communication skills and demonstrated
experience writing and managing successful grants, excellent
supervisory and project management skills, and the ability to
develop and implement a strong and compelling vision and strategy
for the new Humanities Team.
The Senior Director of Humanities (SDH), reporting to the Vice
President of Exhibits and Programs is responsible for spearheading
the vision and strategy for a newly defined team that consolidates
the Museum's cross-disciplinary and multi-dimensional Humanities
programming, including world cultures, religious literacy,
performing arts, and the Museum's collection (including the
Museum's archive) of about 50,000 natural history and Humanities
objects, and interpretation of Humanities-based exhibits.
The SDH will play a key role in shaping and overseeing the
interpretation for adults and children in our current development
of a permanent exhibit Our City, which explores issues of race,
religion, identity, diversity, empathy, and kindness. Will work
closely with Museum's equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI)
consultant and EDI Steering Committee to integrate and align the
Humanities with the goals and vision of EDI. In addition, will lead
project-specific grant writing, participate in overall Humanities
fundraising, direct and manage budgets and implementation of
Humanities projects, and engage in exhibit development. The SDH
will also work in partnership with the Harvard Divinity School
Religion and Public Life Program, among others, and be part of the
Religious Literacy at BCM team that will implement the overall
- Supervise and mentor members of the Humanities Team (5-7
staff). The Humanities team is tasked with the daily operation of
the performing arts and cultural programs and exhibit
interpretation, the management of the Museum collection and
archive, oversight of the Our City and Japanese House
- Develop, deepen, and sustain strategic partnerships to further
Humanities efforts at BCM, including, but not limited to, the
partnership between BCM and the Religion in Public Life Program at
the Harvard Divinity School.
- Provide vision and leadership for adult-focused workshops and
discussion related to Our City, in partnership with relevant
- Supervise the Museum's collection, comprised of 50,000
artifacts including a cultural collection, natural history
collection, and the BCM archive.
- Serve as an active member of the Resource Management Team,
participating in grant seeking, and lead grant writing and grants
management related to the Humanities department, including federal
and large national foundation grants.
- Participate as a senior member of the Program and Exhibits
department, reporting to the VP of Exhibits and Programs (TBH) and
working collaboratively with others in the department and
throughout the Museum. Participate as a member of the Museum's
Senior Leadership Team.
- Manage team budgets, including operating, grants and targeted
- Work on external consulting projects as needed, and consult
internally with other teams around Humanities content.
- Serve on the Collections Board Committee, and attend Board of
Trustees meetings as needed.
- Minimum of BA in a Humanities discipline (MA preferred) with at
least 5 years of experience implementing public programs and staff
- Experience in translating Humanities knowledge into programs
appropriate to Boston Children's Museum's audiences of children
birth to 10, and their adult caregivers.
- Experience and expertise in developing and implementing
Humanities museums programs and exhibits, and passion for creating
a culture of learning in the Humanities. Experience inventing new
programs, building collaborations, and making novel ideas work in
the Museum environment.
- Demonstrated ability to develop positive working relationships
across the organization and other creative fields.
- Demonstrated ability to incorporate a child-centered
educational philosophy, consistent with our emphasis on
child-directed play and exploration, creativity and discovery.
- Demonstrated success in: staff management, supervision,
mentoring, and training, and budget and program planning and
management. The successful candidate will have a strong portfolio
of programs they have developed, and demonstrated success in team
supervision, and fluency in Human Resources practices.
- Demonstrated ability to manage effectively in a complex,
- Experience with access and inclusion, community programs, and
capacity for including community voices into the program
- Strong written communication abilities and demonstrated
experience writing large federal and national grant proposals, and
successfully managing their programmatic and budget
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position the
Director is required to speak clearly, hear and listen intently,
sit, stand and walk at varying intervals. Must be able to lift and
carry up to 25 pounds.
Work Environment: Work environment may vary dependent upon physical
location where work is performed (internally or externally).
General office environment, shared common office space and
equipment.Other Factors: Work schedule is Monday - Friday 9-5.
Business casual dress code required. Occasional weekend and evening
hours required. Work is performed both inside and outside of the
Boston Children's Museum engages children and families in joyful
discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world,
develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of
Boston Children's Museum is a welcoming, imaginative,
child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families
in nurturing their children's creativity and curiosity. We promote
the healthy development of all children so they will fulfil their
potential and contribute to our collective well-being and future
- We believe in the intrinsic value of play and provide
opportunities for experiential learning, and multi-sensory,
- We connect children and families to transformational
experiences and ideas in science, technology, health and wellness,
arts and humanities, and global cultures.
- We support parents, caregivers, educators, scientific
researchers, civic leaders, and health professionals in addressing
critical issues facing children.
- We embrace change and innovation in order to address the
changing landscape of childhood.
- We introduce children and families to the diverse cultural life
of the city and are a vibrant urban meeting place for all in Boston
HOW TO APPLY: Send a copy of your resume and letter of interest to
firstname.lastname@example.org , with the subject line: SRDR
Humanities. Application closing date is March 10, 2021. Special
Thanks to Our Major Corporate Sponsors:
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