The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston seeks a skilled, dynamic Interpretive Planner: a critical member of a cross-museum team helping to shape each visitor’s experience and engagement with works of art. Reporting to the Head of Interpretation in the Education department, the Interpretive Planner takes direct responsibility for the development and implementation of interpretive strategies and materials for the general visitor. S/he collaborates with curators to craft written wall text, object labels, gallery guides and brochures for adults; and plays a leading role in the development of content and format for in-gallery interpretive media. In addition, the Interpretive Planner participates in researching visitor responses to interpretive approaches, establishing learning outcomes for adult materials and approaches, and evaluating the effectiveness of those materials.

Staying abreast of current theory and practice in the rapidly growing field of art museum interpretation, the Interpretive Planner will participate in conferences, workshops, meetings, committees, and professional groups, locally and nationally, as appropriate. Within the MFA’s Education department, s/he serves as an art historical resource, and will do some gallery teaching for both public and internal audiences as requested. More broadly, MFA Interpretation staff act as important content resources for departments across the Museum, as requested, and serve on intra-departmental and Museum-wide teams as needed.


• Master’s degree in Art History or a related field required

• 3 to 5 years of museum-related experience preferred

• Experience in communicating with a general audience, through teaching or writing

• Excellent writing and editing skills with ability to write in a lively and conversational style

• Excellent interpersonal skills; experience in working collaboratively, one-on-one and in teams

• Familiarity with digital media and their uses in interpretative strategies

• Excellent time management skills with ability to manage and traffic projects and meet deadlines

• Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while maintaining high standards of quality

• A sense of humor with a balanced perspective and approach to the day-to-day work

For consideration, please submit your letter of interest and résumé to: You may also submit your materials via postal mail to: Human Resources Department, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.




Full Time


35.00 hours per week

Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm


May 25, 2017