The Dr. Robert N. Mayer Director of Learning and Public Programs (full-time)

Are you someone who is:

  • An innovative leader in the visual arts education or learning community?
  • An articulate and persuasive relationship builder who forges productive partnerships across a variety of audiences and stakeholders?
  • A dynamic leader with a proven track record of effectively managing and mentoring teams?

If so, then the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is looking for you!

The Dr. Robert N. Mayer Director of Learning and Public Programs is charged with the leadership, strategy, and direction for all the MCA’s programs and activities around learning. These programs will further the museum’s mission and keep the MCA at the forefront of the contemporary museum field. The Director will:
  • Integrate education, public programs, and interpretation strategy to provide dynamic learning opportunities for our audiences.
  • Manage day-to-day department operations including budget, personnel, and quarterly Learning and Public Programs Committee meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to build cross-disciplinary programming that addresses multiple audiences and multiple learning styles.
  • Foster relationships with Learning and Public Programs Committee members, trustees, volunteers, and other key figures.
  • Conceive and implement programs that continue to attract broader and more diverse audiences.

Desired qualifications include a Master’s degree in art history, education, humanities, or a related field; a minimum 7-10 years of education-related experience with at least 2-3 years at senior management level, and:
  • Experience working in a museum.
  • A background in twentieth century/contemporary art.
  • Proven record in developing and implementing high quality, innovative programs for various audiences from school age to general and specialist adult.
  • Visibility and stature in the visual arts education and learning community.
  • Demonstrated leadership, staff management, and strategic planning skills.
  • Ability to generate financial support in partnership with the Development department.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.

This is a full-time position with a schedule of Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm, with nights and weekends as needed to oversee programs and participate in other museum activities. General mobility throughout all museum properties is required.

Interested? APPLY NOW https://mcachicago.org/About/Employment

P.S. The MCA provides a generous benefits package that includes: health, dental, and vision insurance; paid vacation and personal days; free life, AD&D, short term and long term disability insurance; pension and individual retirement plans; discounted parking; pre-tax transportation programs; visiting the MCA’s galleries; curator led staff tours of MCA exhibitions; discounts at the MCA Store and MCA Café; discounts for MCA Stage and other programs; plus a wide variety of discounts at many cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area.

The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. In addition, we aspire to make the MCA community and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at: jobs@mcachicago.org


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