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Assistant Director of Programming & Education

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Denver

Full Time
Posted August 27, 2020

Job Title: Assistant Director of Programming & Education

Reports to: Director of Programming & Education

Position Status: Full-time salary, Leader of People

Compensation: $60,000 – $65,000

Email CV and Resume to jobs@mcadenver.org no later than 5pm Friday, September 11, 2020

POSITION SUMMARY: The Assistant Director of Programming & Education supports the vision of the programming and education department by developing, managing, and implementing museum educational programming that uniquely leads in the field of contemporary art museums. Alongside the Director of Programming & Education, they will create, implement, and evaluate a wide range of innovative educational programs, activities, and artist projects that connect a diverse range of visitors to the museum. In addition, they will spearhead a new initiative to create opportunities for museum engagement among college-aged young adults. They will actively foster collaboration with museum staff, artists, teaching artists, school administrators, teachers, college faculty, students, young adults, partner organizations, and members of the broader community to support strategies for audience development and program creation.


  • Work as a collaborative thought-partner with the Director of Programming & Education to develop a strategic vision for programming and education offerings for youth, emerging adult, and adult audiences that spans both virtual and in-person live opportunities.
  • Develop, manage, and implement education and programmatic opportunities for college age audiences, including developing strategic partnerships with area colleges, universities, and community organizations and creating compelling and innovative programming for young adult audiences.
  • Collaborate cross-departmentally to develop compelling in-person and multimedia tour and outreach programming for college-age and young adult audiences.
  • Develop and sustain a wide range of strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals including high schools, universities, community organizations, institutions, educators, artists, museum colleagues, and others.
  • Develop and manage scholarship offerings for graduating high school seniors, in alignment with the education strategic plan and guidance from key stakeholders
  • Lead one or more of the education department junior staff, including recruitment, training, mentorship and professional
  • Work with the Director of Programming to establish and adhere to departmental operating budgets and ensure the financial stability of the museum’s educational initiatives.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Demonstrated ability to lead a creative strategic project from conception to successful implementation.
  • Exemplary written, verbal and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally with a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with leadership, coworkers, museum patrons, volunteers, students, artists, and community organizations both remotely/virtually and in-person.
  • Must possess strong critical and creative thinking skills, including decision making and time management skills, and ability to anticipate and overcome unforeseen obstacles.
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Night and weekend availability required.
  • Passion for and knowledge of contemporary art required.
  • Advanced degree in museum education, art history, museum studies, or related fieldwork experience equivalent.
  • Minimum of six years of work experience in an education or cultural organization setting required.
  • Experience leading and mentoring one or more education or cultural professionals required.
  • Teaching experience, experience working in schools or with school audiences preferred.
  • A desire to grow into museum leadership.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within museum office and spaces, and in the communities served. The position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, moving throughout the museum, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 25 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The position occasionally requires speaking for an extended period. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.


The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring international, national, and regional artists, MCA Denver exhibitions impact the field of contemporary art and enrich our community. Through dynamic adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum cultivates a culturally engaged community and a healthy, creative place of belonging for teens.

We believe we are paving a new path for a 21st century museum that is Both/And: We are both advancing the field of contemporary art and providing a platform for creative expression, in the broadest sense of the term. We present both world-class exhibitions and quirky events, serious lectures and epic parties. We are both sophisticated and unpretentious. By continually breaking conventions ourselves, we promote the values of risk-taking and newness in the hearts and minds of Denverites.

MCA Denver was founded in 1996 by philanthropist Sue Cannon and a group of committed volunteers and artists who responded to the community’s desire for a contemporary art museum in Denver. For seven years, MCA Denver occupied a renovated fish market in Sakura Square in lower downtown Denver. In 2003, Mark Falcone and Ellen Bruss, members of MCA Denver’s Board of Trustees, donated a gift of land in Denver’s Central Platte Valley in order to realize the organization’s goal of building a permanent home for contemporary art in Denver. In October 2007, MCA Denver opened its new, 27,000-square foot, environmentally sustainable facility in the Riverfront neighborhood of lower downtown Denver, designed by acclaimed architect David Adjaye. The building has five galleries on two floors as well as dedicated education spaces, a gift shop, an innovative art lending library, and a rooftop café.


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