Manager of Community Engagement – Haggerty Museum of Art (Marquette University, WI)

The Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin seeks a dynamic, innovative art museum educator with extraordinary cross-cultural competence to serve as the Museum’s Manager of Community Engagement. This position advances the Museum’s strategic priority to convene and engage diverse communities in meaningful aesthetic experiences through participation in the Haggerty’s exhibitions, collections and programs.  The Manager of Community Engagement positions the Museum as an active member of Milwaukee’s dynamically diverse community, and oversees intensive partnerships with four community organizations funded through IMLS’ Community Catalyst program. S/he expands the Museum’s capacity to build community collaborations, to create bi-directional community partnerships, and to respond to community needs. The Manager of Community Engagement develops and implements strategic and results-driven collaborative public programming that integrates a broad range of diverse community stakeholders with the Haggerty Museum of Art’s collections, exhibitions and programs.


Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Working in alignment with the Museum’s strategic plan, and in collaboration with Marquette University’s Office of Community Engagement, identify, initiate, and deepen partnerships between the Haggerty Museum of Art and key community stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement public programs engaging family, community, and non-academic adult audiences such as workshops, performances, and drop-in programs aligned with Museum exhibitions and collections. Work with the Manager of Museum Administration and the Marketing and Development Assistant to ensure that programs are effectively promoted to target audiences.
  • Working in alignment with the Museum’s strategic plan, develop and implement programs and resources (print, online, and other) for K-12 teachers and students. Establish, maintain and strengthen strategic partnerships with K-12 schools identified as Museum partners.
  • Recruit, train, and oversee volunteer and paid gallery instructors, interns, and other volunteers supporting the Museum’s community engagement initiatives.
  • Working in collaboration with the Manager of Museum Administration, University Advancement, and the Office of Research and Sponsored projects, research, develop, write, and manage grants supporting the Museum’s community engagement initiatives.
  • Develop and chair the Haggerty Museum of Art’s Community Advisory Committee. Recruit members, oversee their participation in the committee, and facilitate the integration of committee initiatives with Museum programs, exhibitions and activities.
  • Working in collaboration with the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, develop and implement in-gallery interpretive tools to strengthen the engagement of novice museum visitors with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.
  • Working in collaboration with the Manager of Museum Administration, develop and implement outcome-based evaluation for all of the Museum’s community engagement initiatives.
  • Actively participate in regional and national professional organizations that represent and establish best practices for community engagement in museums.
  • Participate in Friends of the Haggerty events and the Museum’s public programs, occasionally on evenings and /or weekends.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested.


Position Requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or related field. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience:  A minimum of five years directly related experience in a non-profit environment, preferably an art museum.


Desired Qualifications (Preferred skills, knowledge and abilities):

  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion as key strategies toward broad-based institutional excellence, representing a range of perspectives, thought, and actions.
  • Strong emotional intelligence and proven ability to forge mutually respectful, trusting, and effective relationships with a diverse group of staff, donors, community leaders, and decision makers.
  • Excellent cross-cultural competence.
  • Familiarity with best practices in community engagement for museums.
  • Knowledge of the pedagogy—and skill in—object-based teaching in museums.
  • The ideal candidate will be an effective negotiator and strong consensus builder inside and outside the museum, with a proven track record of team-work and community collaboration.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong leadership, decision making, interpersonal, planning, and organizational skills; solid presentation, negotiation, problem solving, conflict resolution, and meeting management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, and to work effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong work ethic and superior record of ethical service.



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Post expires at 5:00pm on Friday October 26th, 2018