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Manager of Interpretation

Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Published
May 12, 2022
Location
1285 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, New York
Job Type
Level
Experienced
Annual Salary
$55,000-60,000
Location Type?
Flexible

Description

The Manager of Interpretation is responsible for developing and guiding the interpretive plan and interpretive materials for special exhibitions and the permanent collection to engage audiences of all ages and levels of experience with art. Working in collaboration with the Director of Learning and Creativity and other museum staff, the Manager of Interpretation Planner works to define departmental and institutional visitor experience and interpretation goals and develops the methods by which these goals will be achieved. The Manager of Interpretation reports directly to the Director of Learning and Creativity, who serves on the museum’s Leadership Team.

 

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

Interpretive Planning

  • Leads the interpretive planning process, collaborating with colleagues from Curatorial, Publications and Digital Experience, Learning and Creativity, and other areas to develop interpretive plans for exhibitions, the permanent collection, and special initiatives.
  • Develops and implements interpretive strategies ranging from traditional to experimental to convey concepts and engage museum visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the best visitor experience, meeting the varied levels and needs of museum audiences.
  • Develops interpretive materials designed to support visitor outcomes for special exhibitions and the permanent collection.
  • Manages the development of interpretive media, including audio guides, for special exhibitions and the permanent collection.
  • Researches and articulates visitors’ needs and best practices through experimentation, visitor research, prototyping, and field research to identify key issues, concepts, strategies, and tools that ensure relevance and visitor engagement.

Docent Program

  • Collaborates with the School and Docent Programs Coordinator to develop content training for the docent corps.
  • Oversees the Docent Research Committee and their development of collection-related research content.

Research and Evaluation

  • Supports the departmental and institutional research and evaluation of programs by working with colleagues in Learning and Creativity, Communications and Community Engagement, and Visitor Experience to collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Analyzes the impact and success of interpretive strategies and applies learning to new and existing strategies.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Stays abreast of the latest research in the field of art museum interpretation and visitor engagement.
  • Prepares and oversees budgets for areas of responsibility.
  • Provides general support for Learning and Creativity, new initiatives, and educational spaces including Creative Commons and the M&T Gallery.
  • Additional duties as assigned by the Director of Learning and Creativity.

KNOWLEDGE SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Education and Experience:

  • Minimum 2-3 years’ experience in a museum setting, including recent museum experience, involved in planning, development, and evaluation of interpretive and audience engagement materials.
  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum education, social sciences, or related field required; master’s degree preferred. Must have demonstrated knowledge of art history.

 

Skills/Abilities/Competencies:

  • Ability to create equitable, accessible, and inclusive processes, materials, and experiences that honor diverse experiences, identities, and narratives.
  • Familiarity with modern and contemporary art.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with demonstrated ability to modulate style and tone for different audiences.
  • Demonstrated understanding and practical application of critical issues in museum interpretation, visitor experience development, and the ways in which people of all ages learn, from infancy to adulthood.
  • Ability to manage projects; to collaborate with teams to effectively achieve all project goals and stay within budget and timeline. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize multiple elements and concepts into a consistent whole.
  • Able to work independently and collaborate with diverse groups of people.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and to meet tight deadlines.
  • Must be flexible and comfortable working in a team environment.
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