The Akron Art Museum seeks a Curator of Community Engagement.

As the leader of the Museum’s Community Engagement team, the Curator of Community Engagement oversees the development and delivery of onsite public programs for general audiences, as well as offsite Community Engagement initiatives and partnerships. He/she/they is responsible for the correspondence, research, and program implementation in association with a community engagement strategy in alignment with AAM’s mission and strategic goals. Assumes primary responsibility for: formulating and implementing programs, events, outreach, especially pertaining to audience growth and DEAI efforts; as well partnerships and collaborations with other community agencies and arts organizations that will help AAM grow audiences and improve relationships within the community. He/she/they will engage diverse communities with a welcoming and accessible approach. Coordinates and manages special projects as needed with other professional staff and community leadership. This position supervises and develops the Community Engagement Specialist and oversees event staff. The Curator of Community Engagement works directly with the Education, Marketing, Advancement, and Curatorial departments.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists Deputy Director to plan and implement the audience engagement plan and community engagement work.
    • Assists in coordination and preparation of a community engagement strategy.
    • Collaborates directly with community groups to build the community engagement plan and then implements the plan.
    • Oversees the implementation of on and off-site programming associated with the community engagement plan.
    • Collaborates with curatorial staff on the development of educational programs to increase onsite audiences and expand the inclusivity of those programs
    • Acts as main interface between the museum and community partners to plan and implement the community engagement strategy
    • Helps grow audiences and relationships for on and off-site engagement events.
    • Contributes to grants through collaboration with the Development department
  • Works with internal and external parties to run programs and initiatives on site.
    • Acts as liaison between AAM and external parties involved in programs and initiatives
    • Schedules matters associated with engagement programming.
    • Produces interpretive materials as needed for engagement
    • Coordinates with internal parties to run events. Serves as the manager of events.
  • Supervises, trains, and develops the Community Engagement Specialist.
  • Manages the staff executing on and off-site programming and initiatives, including the Akron Art Library program.
  • Performs other duties as requested.

Qualifications: The Museum seeks to attract candidates with both traditional and non-traditional professional experiences in the arts and non-profit sectors. B.A. in liberal arts or social sciences preferred, but not required. Minimum two (2) years of demonstrated experience with community relations and successful event and/or program implementation, with proven track record of successfully working with external contractors and/or groups. Knowledge of the cultural/social landscape of Northeast Ohio. Interest in expanding personal knowledge base through research and engagement with Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion practices and the larger museum and non-profit fields. Supervisory experience with demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal parties. Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, courteousness, and flexibility, particularly as part of a team and a representative of the Museum. Communicates professionally and works effectively and respectfully across demographic, socioeconomic, language and all other constituents that represent a diverse culture of communities. Superb organizational, communication, proof-reading, attention to detail and writing skills. High level of writing skills for creating marketing copy for publication, contributing to grants and business correspondence. Ability to coordinate schedules. Mature judgment and discretion to manage donor and board of directors relations. Ability to undertake complicated organizational tasks and report clearly to director and board of directors. Strong computer skills and proficiency with MS Office Suite preferred. Interest in serving as a catalyst for organizational change and cultivating a shared vision with others. Demonstrated experience and commitment to quality visitor experiences. Flexibility with work schedule; must be willing to travel throughout Northeast Ohio and have availability to work evening and weekend hours.

Salary range: $48,000 to $52,000

Job classification: full-time

To apply: visit https://akronartmuseum.org/careers.

Posted: January 12, 2022

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