Director of Public Programs & Public Engagement
Whitney Museum of American Art - New York, NY

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Reporting to the Associate Director and Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education, the Director of Public Programs & Public Engagement will develop, plan, and implement all public programs, including artist-driven events, lectures and conversations, gallery talks, symposia and courses. This position is responsible for establishing an innovative program that articulates the Whitney Museum's unique identity as the artist's museum and furthers the Museum's mission of bringing artists and the public together. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a deep knowledge of contemporary art and a familiarity with both emerging and established artists, writers, public intellectuals, and other key voices in contemporary art, politics, and culture.

Responsibilities include :
  • Developing and planning a robust and lively roster of programs for the current Whitney and for the Whitney's new building opening in 2015.
  • Building public engagement through challenging programs that connect the Museum's exhibitions and collections to the culture at large and offer participants the opportunity to learn in participatory and experiential ways.
  • Identifying emerging trends in American art and culture and creating a dynamic forum to explore these developments.
  • Organizing both large and smaller-scale events and programming for audiences of all ages as well as for the Whitney's more specialized audience of artists and the New York art world.
  • Collaborating with artists and colleagues across the Museum.
  • Exploring opportunities to program off-site and in a variety of spaces in the Whitney's new building – the lobby, indoor and outdoor galleries, the Museum's public plaza and nearby street as well as other spaces throughout the Museum.
  • Overseeing all aspects of program planning, administration and implementation, including program budgeting and supervising program staff and interns.
Job requirements: M.A. with a background in art history or related field and deep knowledge of contemporary art and artists; five + years of experience producing public events or museum programs; demonstrated creativity in developing programs that engage a broad public; strong research, writing, and communication skills; flexible and collaborative personality; excellent public speaking skills; excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; supervisory experience; budgeting, billing, and record keeping experience; computer and database proficiency required. MS Office; ability to work evening hours for events and some weekends required.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

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