Curator of Public Programs

Programs + Engagement

Curator of Public Programs
Department: Engagement
Reports to: Deputy Director

As the region’s only contemporary art museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) leads the way in shaping and advancing contemporary culture. We are global and local, cosmopolitan and Cleveland at our core. We are grounded in our community, and our visitors are cultural adventurers who we engage with to explore ideas and nurture our humanity. Our work culture is passion-driven, inclusive, transparent, collaborative, and fun, and we value and support an enterprising staff that anticipates and reacts nimbly to change while embracing new opportunities and challenges. Success of the individual directly impacts success of the institution, so moCa holds every employee to a high standard of excellence with the expectation that everyone understands and participates in the institutional goals.

The Curator of Public Programs is responsible for developing, executing, and evaluating a successful and balanced annual roster of strategic, mission-based, engagement-focused programs for adult audiences. The Curator of Public Programs serves as the institutional lead for public programs that integrate our strategic plan goals, embody our brand, enhance our exhibitions, drive revenue, and emphasize diversity, innovation, collaboration, and relevance. Through strategic design and exceptional management, these public programs connect adult audiences to moCa and one another in meaningful ways that contribute to increased attendance, expanded audience, sustained engagement, advancing our global relevance, and deepen our public value.

— With the Deputy Director and Chief Curator, develops, supervises, and evaluates all adult programs, with tasks including but not limited to:
. .Supervising the seasonal public programs calendar.
. .Negotiating contracts.
. .Arranging travel and vendor, performer, artist, and speaker service provisions.
. .Coordinating and supervising on-site event management, set-up, and take-down.
. .Coordinating documentation.
. .Hosting visiting speakers, artists, and performers and connecting them with the community.
. .Developing and tracking metrics to measure effectiveness.
. .Analyzing/sharing evaluation results.

— Creates, monitors, and preserves the public programs annual budget.
— Actively builds opportunistic and sustainable partnerships with individuals, cultural organizations, academic institutions, and community agencies to broaden awareness, support, resources, and revenue for public programs and the institution.
— Writes public program promotional copy and helps the Marketing & Communication team to prepare and edit print and digital materials that promote, publicize, and interpret public programs.
— Works with the Development team to identify new, and maximize current, foundation, corporate, and individual sponsorship and funding opportunities for public programs.
— Works with the Deputy Director and Curator of Education & Engagement to lead planning sessions for public programs that integrate strategic goals, exhibition content, and engagement objectives.
— Maintains current knowledge of contemporary art and museum programming, including the activities of peer organizations, emerging and established practices, and trending topics in critical cultural discourse.
— Serves as a primary moCa ambassador for offsite presentations, conversations, and events.
— Supports additional Engagement Department and moCa needs as required

Job Specific Requirements
— Bachelor’s degree, preferably in studio art, design, art history, museum studies, or art education.
— Direct experience working with contemporary art and artists.
— 3-5 years of professional experience in program development, project management, and/or event planning and promotion; experience working in non-profit cultural sector preferred.
— Confident public speaker, skilled writer, proven relationship builder.
— Proficiency with Google applications and all Microsoft office software.
— Fluency in English: speaking, reading and writing.
— Current valid driver’s license and reliable automobile.

Core Competencies of all moCa Staff
— Inspired by contemporary art and culture.
— Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
— Responsive to frequently shifting priorities and adaptive to change.
— Able to manage time, resources, and priorities to complete tasks on time with high-quality results.
— Positive and professional.
— Eager to learn and take on new challenges, and open to constructive critical feedback.

Working Conditions and Requirements
— Regular evening and weekend availability to accommodate the events and programs schedule.
— Able to sit/stand for long periods of computer use.
— Able to lift and move objects up 30 pounds.

A Few More Details
— Our office is an open work space with sitting/standing desks, a semi-private reservable office, and informal and formal meeting spaces.
— Our salaries are consistent and competitive with similarly sized nonprofits and our health benefits are excellent.
— We encourage healthy work-life balance with a generous time-off policy and 12 paid holidays.

Ready to Apply?
If you see yourself in this position, we want to hear from you! Email the following to using the subject line “moCa Curator of Public Programs”.
— One-page cover letter or cover email that shows how your experience and ambitions match this position and our organization.
— Resume or CV that highlights relevant education and experience.
— Contact information for 3 references.