Overview

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Reporting to the Director of the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Director of Public Programs is responsible for creating a broad vision and framework for public programs that will enhance the understanding and appreciation of the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. The Director will build on and hone the current range of exhibition and educational programming offerings and forge the identity of the Museum’s public programs through active collaboration with Museum and University colleagues, as well as partners from the community. The Director will contribute significantly to the Museum’s role as a vital creative and intellectual force for its various constituencies, leading the strategic promotion of the Museum’s public programs. The Director will be expected to participate in the larger professional community of museum public programming, and serve as a leader in the field. Supervisory responsibilities include all exhibition and educational staff at the Peabody, as well as interns and students. Evening and weekend work will be required.

  • Flexible, energetic, creative, entrepreneurial leader, with strong consensus-building skills. Talented problem solver. Highly proficient at managing multiple priorities and a proven ability to build and maintain influence and trust with a wide array of constituencies, including staff, researchers, and colleagues, and to work collaboratively and independently.
  • Ability to translate institutional identity, ideas, direction, and themes into exhibitions and programmatic experiences across a wide range of topics, toward the Museum’s long-range academic program and profile at the University. Strong interest in and familiarity with museums; commitment to object-based research and teaching.
  • Strong written, editing, and oral communication skills; ability to think analytically and quantitatively to formulate budgets. Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a range of individuals to adapt and exceed visitor expectations. Demonstrated ability to represent the Museum through public speaking engagements.
  • Ability to lead, manage, delegate, and juggle multiple tasks and meet demanding deadlines. Excellent organizational skills. Proven ability to work well under pressure while exhibiting professionalism, a customer service attitude, and consistent flexibility in a busy multi-task environment.
  • Demonstrated ability tracking and forecasting financial data and in writing successful grant applications.