Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is at the beginning of a long path toward building a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive (EDI) institution. We are looking for individuals, at all levels of the institution, who are interested in joining us on this journey of intentionality and public accountability. This path broadens our workforce (board, staff, volunteers), expands our artist selection and acquisition practice as well as strengthens our internal and external communication systems, networks and norms.
Reporting to the Chief Audience Officer and based on current research and best practices, the Director of Education & Community Engagement will move the institution forward with a mixture of educational, wellness, performance and community programs. The position represents a unique professional opportunity to establish a fundamental framework for engaging current and new audiences building off Grounds For Sculptures’ (GFS) core values, founder’s vision, and institutional identity. GFS is committed to growing our initiatives positioning GFS as a leader in artistic, horticultural, museum, wellness and educational programs. A wide variety of experiences with creation, implementation, evaluation, and management is required. Indoor and outdoor learning experiences and performance activations will build and sustain a suite of programs reflecting the racial and economic diversity of our community while nurturing children as well as lifelong learners.
The Director is expected to be a recognized leader and serve as an effective advocate for innovative approaches in learning, participating, and exploring ideas across a broad field of engagement. The successful candidate will have significant experience creating and curating meaningful learning experiences for a wide variety of audiences.
The Director will have the opportunity to build a department of full-time professionals, which in turn manage work undertaken by part-time educators, and a pool of artists/educators and volunteers. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with a commitment to a diverse and expansive range of community-based and school programs, artist engagement, exhibition interpretation, internships and more. The candidate will thrive in collaborative based working while providing the education and engagement team with a clear strategic framework for building and deepening GFS’s program and public initiatives. They will work across all GFS departments to cultivate and deepen new and existing partnerships with other peer organizations. Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must.
Additional skill include:
GFS is a “best practices” accessibility institution and has a history of programming for people with disabilities’ including those with low or no vision, mobility impairments, and people cognitively impaired. Partnerships with state and regional accessibility organizations facilitate this important work. GFS is committed to being an active, engaged community resource and has begun the work of establishing partnerships that will better fulfill its mission to make GFS accessible to all.
The Director will continue to build and grow these relationships, working closely with community leaders to identify opportunities for collaboration, and assessing and reporting on the impact of this and all programs. We see this position as a key voice and leader in our continued efforts to broaden and expand a culture and community of openness and inclusivity.
The ideal candidate will have the following range of experience and qualifications:
GFS offers equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, source of income or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.
Interested in applying? Please apply directly through our website and must include a cover letter: www.groundsforsculpture.org
ABOUT GROUNDS FOR SCULPTURE
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum, founded by the late artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson. Featuring nearly 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in a beckoning landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and nature to surprise, inspire, and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture offers rotating special exhibitions in its six indoor galleries, rich educational programs, and dynamic family events. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture.
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre not-for-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum, founded by the late artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson. Featuring nearly 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in a beckoning landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and nature to surprise, inspire, and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of invention. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture offers rotating special exhibitions in its six indoor galleries, rich educational programs, and dynamic family events. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture is easily accessible from both the New York City and Philadelphia metropolitan areas and is now open year-round. For more information, visit groundsforsculpture.org.
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