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Head of Education, Community Engagement and Public Programs




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About the Hispanic Society Museum & Library (HSM&L):

The Hispanic Society Museum & Library was founded in New York City in 1904 by Archer M. Huntington with the purpose of advancing the study and appreciation of the art, literature, and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines. Located on Audubon Terrace (Broadway between 155th and 156th streets) in New York City, today, the museum and library collections from antiquity through the early 20th century are widely recognized as the most comprehensive in scope and quality outside of Spain. Museum highlights from its over 7,000 paintings and drawings, include numerous masterworks by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Sorolla; sculpture by Pedro de Mena and Luisa Roldán; Latin American paintings by Vázquez, López de Arteaga, Rodríguez Juárez, Arrieta and Campeche; as well as over 6,000 objects in all areas of the decorative arts.  Additionally, 15,000 prints afford a unique view into the graphic arts in Spain from the seventeenth to the early 20th century, as well 4,000 printed maps. More than 175,000 photographs from 1850 through the early 20th century document the art, culture, and customs of Spain and Latin America. The library offers unrivaled resources for researchers interested in the history and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines, with more than 300,000 books and periodicals, including 15,000 volumes printed before 1701, along with over 250,000 manuscripts, letters, and documents dating from the 11th century to the present.

Position Overview:

Head of Education, Community Engagement and Public Programs will provide vision, strategy, and leadership for education and community engagement programs in alignment with the HSML's overall mission. The HECEPP will lead the organization's education and community engagement initiatives to attract and inspire the broadest population of stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents, and members of New York's communities and beyond. As a member of the senior leadership team, this role is expected to represent the HSML’s voice in all communications and professional interactions in these areas while demonstrating a commitment to HSML’s anti-racism and DEI initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversee the creation and implementation of all educational and outreach programs designed to educate, inspire, and engage a broad range of individuals at all stages of life.
  • Ensure the HSML’s mission and exhibitions achieve maximum reach and educational impact through carefully crafted programs.
  • Work with senior HSML leadership team to develop static and interactive materials related to HSML exhibitions and programs in a variety of formats and platforms.
  • Work with local community organizations and leaders to develop programs designed for various constituencies and age groups, including, but not limited to, docent-led tours, outreach programs, and initiatives relevant to the local community.
  • Develop and monitor program budgets.
  • Monitor the education, community engagement and public program department process and programs on an ongoing basis, including gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative statistics to be used in program evaluation, and reports, and to ensure the goals of the HSML’s educational, community engagement and public programs are successfully aligned with the overall curatorial strategies and mission of the HSML.
  • Supervise a team of educators, teaching artists, fellows, interns and volunteers.
  • Implement a vibrant vision for education, community engagement and public programs and enthusiastically partner with local artists, non-for-profits and stakeholders to uphold a unified Uptown brand.
  • Create an environment where: new initiatives are developed to support artists, students, parents, teachers, and community members; the creative process is explored with audiences of all ages; and programs are designed to be equitable.
  • Engage in strategic alliances with the New York City Department of Education, schools, and other institutional partners and strengthen the HSML’s role as a leader in the field of education and culture.
  • Develop a system to evaluate and assess education and community engagement programs to ensure that the HSML is regarded as a trailblazing leader in the field.
  • Serve as an inspirational and creative leader, strategically manage and support the staff of the education team to maximize performance and outcomes.
  • Devise and implement strategies to strengthen relationships with key stakeholders in education and community engagement, including Board members, staff, audiences, program participants, and institutional partners.
  • Engage a broad network of peers, conduct relevant research on developments in the field, and pursue appropriate professional development opportunities to support HSML’s role as an institutional leader.
  • Continue and build engagement for HSML with current practices in arts education, community engagement, and the visual and performing arts.
  • Collaborate with the development team to assist with grant proposals, reports, grant compliance, and meetings with donors as well as develop funding prospects to expand revenue opportunities for education and community engagement programs.
  • As a member of the senior leadership team, actively contribute toward a collegial work environment, encourage inclusive collaboration in collective pursuit of the HSML’s mission and commitment to anti-racism.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master’s degree or advanced degree in Art History or Art Education preferred and/or an equivalent combination of training and professional experience.
  • Several years of experience in developing and implementing educational and outreach programs in an academic, research, or cultural environment.
  • 4+ years of experience designing and leading education and community engagement programs or other relevant experience.
  • Fluency in Spanish strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the neighborhood surrounding the HSML and Upper Manhattan strongly preferred.
  • Active member of the field of education, art history, and/or Hispanic studies; deep commitment to HSML mission and anti-racism DAEI initiatives.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
  • Confident, articulate leader who works well collaboratively with fellow staff members and outside constituents
  • Strong organizational, managerial and supervisory skills
  • Experience in arts education and community engagement
  • Strong public speaking and written communication skills
  • Experience developing interpretive materials for all ages
  • Thorough understanding of diverse types of engagement both in-person and virtually
  • Experience in developing and implementing complex programmatic partnerships involving multiple organizations, and managing a small team of educators and volunteers
  • Must be forward thinking and innovative and willing to experiment
  • Demonstrate experience in program evaluation and impact measurement
  • Familiarity with pedagogical and engagement trends in the area of adult and family learning.
  • Experience with an arts organization preferred
  • Experience guiding programmatic expansion and developing immediate and long-term plans
  • Wide and in-depth knowledge of the fields of arts education and community engagement preferably in the areas of visual and performing art
  • Some night and weekend work hours as needed for programming initiatives.
  • Ability to travel locally to schools and venues within the five boroughs of NYC
  • Knowledge of cultural, educational, and community organizations
  • Knowledge of current trends and best practices in the areas of education and the arts
  • Knowledge of state and city learning standards
  • Knowledge of NYC public and private school systems
  • Excellent writing, editing, communication, and public speaking skills
  • Ability to lead, inspire, mentor, and collaborate with various stakeholders
  • Ability to identify new ideas and take them from start to finish
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets
  • Ability to handle numerous projects and meet all deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Hispanic Society Status

The Hispanic Society is a not-for-profit museum and library and an equal opportunity employer that will assure compliance with EEO, DBE, and M/WBE programs.

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