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The Associate Curator of Programs is responsible for leading the Henry’s artist and community program offerings, with a particular focus on amplifying diverse voices and reaching a range of audiences. Programs at the Henry often develop in conversation with partners and their communities, as well as with an understanding of the audiences and issues that matter to them. As such, the Associate Curator of Programs develops and nurtures relations with a number of partners—exhibiting artists, local organizations, and University of Washington faculty, staff, and students—with the goal of offering arts-based programming that engages meaningful questions, offers opportunity for quiet reflection or group dialogue, expands creative thinking and practices, and supports Seattle’s greater arts ecologies.
The position partners closely with Henry colleagues to collectively brainstorm programmatic approaches to core exhibition ideas as well, including development of the annual Interpretive Guide, which is a print publication that invites community members to share their reflections on exhibitions, and the community installation project, which offers gallery space to local partners for interactive arts exhibitions. The position will also supervise and support a Youth Programs Manager in maintaining and developing the Henry’s standing youth and multigenerational programs (including the Henry Teen Art Collective, the Henry Art Liaison Program, and ArtVentures), as well as supervises interns and work study positions. They also oversee evaluation strategies across programming to ensure quality and relevancy.
SCHEDULE: Tuesday – Friday, 36 hours per week (90% FTE), some evening and weekend hours may be required based on program needs
REPORTS TO: Director of Curatorial Affairs
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Program development and management
Leads the Henry’s artist and community program offerings, with a particular focus on amplifying diverse voices and reaching a range of audiences
Oversees a yearly schedule of approximately 65+ programs that include: •45% Public Programming (College-aged, Adult, Seniors) •30% Teen Programming •15% Intergenerational and Family Programming •10% Community/School Group Visit support
Develops and nurtures relations with partners—exhibiting artists, local organizations, and University of Washington faculty, staff, and students—with the goal of offering arts-based programming that is meaningful to their communities
Collaborates with the Curatorial Department to identify artists, guest speakers, and support exhibition components that have performative and programmatic elements
Conceptualizes and oversees a wide range of topics, formats, and interpretive approaches that appeal to diverse audiences
Fosters innovative program formats in response to various audiences’ ways of approaching the museum
Works toward diverse and equitable engagement with race, gender, and ableness across program topics, artists, and program guests
Writes text and works strategically to think about how to communicate with multiple audiences and interest groups
Works in tandem with the Henry’s Communications teams to ensure a strong web and social media presence; plans strategically for documentation of programs and considers the impact of programs beyond their initial presentation
Partners with the Visitor Experience Team to inform visitors about programs and to expand audience awareness and participation; partners with the IT Department to ensure audio/visual and other technology needs for programs are met
Continually improves and refines the Henry’s programs by evaluating events for quality, attendance, and educational content Is present at the majority of public and youth programs, working evenings and weekends as needed
Administration and supervision
Manages annual programs team budget and program-specific budgets
Works with Development staff to secure additional funding where necessary to support programs
Supervises and assists the Youth Programs Manager in developing and maintaining standing education programs, including the Henry Teen Art Collective, ArtVentures, and the Art Liaison Program, and the facilitating artists, interns, and work study positions associated with these programs
Supervises and assists the Youth Programs Manager in developing exhibition resources for educators
Supervises University of Washington Work Study student employees and interns
Other duties as assigned
Typically 5+ years of educational, curatorial, or museum programming experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Ability to work with multiple internal and external partners to achieve a project or common goal
Excellent interpersonal skills, with a collaborative approach.
Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with diverse audiences.
Attention to detail and ability to conceptualize steps involved in implementing programs and events as well as to see big picture.
Well-developed written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate in a professional manner.
Self-directed with the ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed; ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment and to be a team player in an active work environment.
Ability to lead, manage, delegate, and juggle multiple tasks and meet demanding deadlines.
Ability to work well under pressure while exhibiting professionalism, a customer-focused attitude, and consistent flexibility in a busy environment.
Commitment to equitable museum practices
Significant experience in arts programming with experience in a museum/university environment
Deep and broad engagement in contemporary ideas and culture in keeping with the Henry’s mission
Proven understanding of contemporary art across disciplines
A wide network of contacts within current creative/intellectual communities
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