Director of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and Head of Education

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Chicago, ILLINOIS


Posted: 17-May-23

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Type: Full-time

Salary: Open


Other Staff/Administrative

Internal Number: JR21952

Location: Chicago, IL

Job Description:

  • Partners with Museum Director to set vision, strategy, and goals for the Feitler Center of Academic Inquiry.
  • Oversees Feitler Center staff, budget, and overall activities; collaborative programs with University and community partners; robust internships and student professional development experiences.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with faculty and students to foster innovation, experimentation, and practice connected to multi-disciplinary object-based teaching and research. Articulates the impactful role art can have in teaching and learning across campus and in the community.
  • Potential to develop and teach an undergraduate or graduate level class on museum practice.
  • Serves as an enthusiastic connector and a liaison to academic departments and administrative units within the University. This may include organizing workshops, colloquia, and public programs that bring together disparate partners and create opportunities for collaboration.
  • Supports curricular engagement with the Smart Museum by organizing and teaching or co-teaching University class visits. Works to grow the number of classes that come to the museum.
  • As appropriate, organizes and/or oversees curricular-driven exhibitions.
  • Collaborates with colleagues across the Smart Museum to advance museum-wide goals. Works closely with the Museumâ™s Director and the Director of Development to lead and support fundraising efforts.
  • Serves as a staff lead on the Feitler Centerâ™s Advisory Committee.
  • In partnership with the Museumâ™s Director and the Associate Director of Communications, contributes to the communications strategy and marketing efforts aimed at increasing the visibility of the Smart Museum on campus and beyond.
  • Actively engages in a network of museum and university arts leaders, including organizing and attending conference panels, symposia, and other opportunities that share and strengthen the Museumâ™s activities.
  • Partners with Museum Director and leadership staff in Public Practice to set vision, strategy, and goals for the Public Practice team.
  • Provides oversight for Public Practice staff, budget, and overall activities.
  • Strengthens collaboration and alignment between the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and Public Practice.
  • Manages employees by establishing annual performance goals, allocating resources, assessing annual performance, and determining individual merit, incentive and/or promotional increases.
  • Manages program operations and administrative functions which may include planning and scheduling, program evaluation, policy implementation, personnel administration, budget, marketing, fundraising and proposal development.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Preferred Qualifications


  • PhD in art history or related field.

Preferred Competencies

  • Knowledge of museum best practices as well as current and emerging trends in the academic museum field.
  • Excellent teaching skills at a university level with an emphasis on object-based and interactive approaches.
  • Excellent research skills that can be used to enable connections between the permanent collection and a range of interdisciplinary courses.
  • An interdisciplinary thinker who has genuine enthusiasm for collaboration. Demonstrated commitment to academic engagement with faculty and students.
  • An adept leader who can effectively manage and mentor staff reports in an active and diverse environment.
  • Previous experience with strategic planning and long-term visioning.
  • Conceptualize steps involved in implementing programs, events, and broader projects. Knowledge of systems of assessment and evaluation.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative and effective relationships with the Museumâ™s internal team, internal and external University collaborators, and diverse museum audiences.
  • Strong commitment and ability to provide outreach at all levels with well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work positively and collegially with staff, researchers, and colleagues.
  • Well-developed written/oral communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (preferred)
  • References Contact Information (3) (preferred)

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