Table of Voices Program Manager

Under the direction of the Head of Interpretation, and working closely with the Manager of Community Engagement, the Table of Voices Program Manager administers all internal and outward-facing aspects of Table of Voices, the MFA’s platform for embedding outside perspectives in its exhibition and interpretive planning processes.

Part community organizer, part interpretation specialist, the Table of Voices Program Manager’s role is uniquely positioned within the growing field of museum interpretation. It combines three distinct aspects of current museum practice into a single position: the ability to bring diverse perspectives around a table and into conversation; interpretive planning; and program evaluation.

Working in partnership with the Head of Interpretation and the Manager of Community Engagement, the Program Manager will manage all administrative aspects of the Table of Voices platform for designated projects—both temporary exhibitions and permanent gallery displays.

Essential Functions

  • Liaise with curators, educators, administration, and other Museum staff, as well as with individuals from networks outside the MFA, to identify and recruit participants for all Table of Voices teams and platforms
  • Partner with Table of Voices fellow(s), curatorial, interpretation, and design colleagues to produce and distribute briefings and readers on each project’s art historical content for community participants
  • Schedule meeting spaces; order supplies and refreshments; create and circulate agenda; take and distribute minutes; manage correspondence; and serve as the program’s primary point of contact for internal and external constituents
  • Update Table of Voices page on MFA intranet including calls for applicants, application portal and review/selection protocol
  • In partnership with Table of Voices Fellow(s), project manage all other aspects of the program as directed by Head of Interpretation
  • With Manager of Community Engagement, foster relationships with groups and individuals outside the MFA to grow and sustain Table of Voices networks
  • Working closely with the Head of Planning and Evaluation, participate in evaluation activities for select exhibitions and gallery projects—often those related to Table of Voices—as well as program evaluation for Table of Voices itself
  • Working closely with the interpretation staff, participate in interpretive planning for select exhibitions and gallery projects
  • Stay abreast of developments in the fields of community organizing for art museums; art museum interpretation; and evaluation through readings, contacts with colleagues at other institutions; and occasional benchmarking travel and conferences
  • Serve on Department and Museum-wide teams as requested

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in an arts-related field
  • Minimum of four years’ experience within a complex organization working with diverse stakeholders, such as a museum or arts institution or college/university; or as a community organizer
  • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, research, and computer skills, and demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse groups required
  • Excellent editing and proofreading skills
  • Demonstrated experience exercising discretion and diplomacy, and facilitating complex communications
  • Interest and desire in new initiatives and start-up mentality a plus

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

Type
Staff Position
Status
Full Time
Schedule

35 hours per week
Mon–Fri, 9 am–5 pm

Department
Learning and Community Engagement