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Curator of Programs & Social Practice

  2020-09-17     Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art     4055 Papu Circle, Honolulu, HI  
Description:

Shangri La is a museum for learning about the global culture of Islamic art and design through innovative exhibitions, guided tours, public programs and digital initiatives. It is the only standalone museum of Islamic art in the US. Built in 1937 as the Honolulu home of American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993), Shangri La was inspired by Duke’s extensive travels throughout North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia and reflects architectural traditions from those regions. The permanent collection features objects from Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Central Asia, India and parts of Southeast Asia. Shangri La is a program of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

JOB SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Curator of Programs & Social Practice leads Shangri La’s public engagement through the curation, development and management of programmatic and social practice oriented residencies and public and education programs in ways that enrich the understanding of Shangri La’s collections, cultural resources, exhibitions and mission. The incumbent will oversee educational and programmatic staff, and work with the Executive Director and Curator of Collections & Exhibitions to curate Shangri La’s dynamic residency program with an emphasis on performing arts, social practice and learning - artists, cultural producers, thought leaders and movement organizers whose work focuses on community building and public intervention. The goal of public engagement at Shangri La is to be a site for innovative and interactive experiences that activate and connect art, community and civic engagement. The ideal candidate models excellence in presenting and producing world-class museum experiences, possesses a vision for how to advance and challenge the boundaries of Islamic art and design through programs and social practice and believes that museums improve the quality of people’s lives and their communities.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

Public Engagement Residencies

  • Develop and manage Shangri La’s residency program for social practice and performing arts, cultural producers, thought leaders and movement organizers in support of Shangri La’s mission, vision and priorities;
  • Working with curatorial, program and administrative staff, oversee programmatic and administrative elements of programmatic and social practice residencies including: budgeting and financial management; logistics and securing legal/creative permissions; hospitality, accommodation and travel; community engagement and partnerships; and design and planning of residency programs and events;
  • Work with the Communications Specialist to acquire, write and develop promotional and marketing content for residencies including the documentation of its experience for use by Shangri La;
  • Procure and manage vendors and services required to deliver residency elements such as catering, audio-visual equipment and personnel, ticketing, transportation, etc.;
  • Maintain records and relationships generated by residencies;
  • Evaluate the impact of programmatic and social practice residencies, make administrative and programmatic improvements, and write and/or present summaries of residencies.

Learning Programs

  • Manage and support the Learning Programs Coordinator, and oversee the research, development, implementation and evaluation of learning programs at Shangri La which include public access (public, school, teacher and special tours and visits), educational resources, and internship, docent and volunteer programs and opportunities;
  • Develop and establish clear connections and outcomes between learning programs and museum collections, cultural resources, exhibitions and residencies;
  • Align learning outcomes with organizational goals, values and vision;
  • Evaluate the impact and delivery of learning programs, make recommendations for improvement, and write and/or present summaries of learning programs at Shangri La.

Public Programs and Special Events

  • Manage and support the Public Programs & Events Coordinator, and oversee the research, development, implementation and evaluation of on-site and online public programs (workshops, lectures, performances, film screenings, etc.) and special events (exhibition openings, convenings, conferences, receptions, etc.) that enrich the understanding of museum collections, cultural resources, exhibitions and residencies, broaden community access and outreach, and advance the mission of Shangri La in creative and impactful ways;
  • Develop and establish clear connections and outcomes between programs and special events and organizational goals and vision;
  • Align public experiences of programs and special events with organizational values and expectations;
  • Evaluate the impact and delivery of public programs and events, make recommendations for improvement, and write and/or present summaries of learning programs at Shangri La.

Administration and Management

  • Manage and oversee the performance of program and education staff and the deliverables of contracts and contractors;
  • Manage the administrative processes and budget for public programs/special events, learning programs and social practice residencies - including procurement and contracting procedures;
  • Manage and develop the goals for museum public engagement, setting annual goals, outcomes, priorities and responsibilities in line with organizational vision plans.

Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree (graduate or terminal degree preferred) in a relevant field and/or equivalent relevant work experience;
  • Passion and knowledge of how artists, cultural producers and thought leaders advance and challenge the boundaries of Islamic art and design in traditional and contemporary ways;
  • Experience working with artists and scholars across disciplines, mediums and backgrounds;
  • Experience working with arts/artists and community engagement and organizing;
  • Experience planning and managing tour, event and program logistics, including booking and negotiating contracts with participants, identifying and managing AV needs, and understanding overall audience experience;
  • Experience managing teams, employees, interns and volunteers;
  • Proven competence managing budgetary allowances and restrictions;
  • Proven competence managing and collaborating with direct reports, as well as peers and colleagues not in the direct line of management;
  • Knowledge and experience in event promotion and public relations;
  • Proficiency working with Microsoft Office suite, Apple OSX, Adobe design and graphic software, databases, email and the web;
  • Experience documenting events (via audio, video and photography) and posting on social media platforms and the web;
  • Versatility and ability to manage many projects and priorities simultaneously;
  • Strong organizational, analytical and problemsolving skills with excellent attention to detail;
  • Selfmotivation;
  • Teamplayer mentality to work cooperatively and positively with colleagues, partners, consultants and a diverse public;
  • Superb communication and writing skills, with a command of grammar rules and the use of style guides;
  • Ability to work weeknights and weekends as needed;
  • Ability to travel occasionally (local and national);
  • Currently eligible to work in the US (US citizen or Permanent Resident).

COMPENSATION and BENEFITS

  • Competitive salary based on experience;
  • Excellent benefit package with limited employee contributions;
  • Generous paid time off policies;
  • 401(k) plan with employer contribution equal to 15% of base pay.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and workplace culture. We provide equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, citizenship, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law; and we strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations and communities to apply.


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