Director of Interpretation & Community Engagement

Company Name: 

PIttock Mansion Society

Address: 

3229 NW Pittock Dr
Portland, OR 97210

Email: 

jobs@pittockmansion.org

Job Description: 

Title:  Director of Interpretation & Community Engagement

Reports to:  Executive Director

Direct Reports:  Projected 2 – 4; currently 1 full-time interim and 1 part-time interim

Type:  Full-time/Exempt

Salary Range: $67,000-$70,000
 

Summary

The Director of Interpretation & Community Engagement is a key leadership position responsible for the management and integration of the museum’s exhibits, education, programs, and community engagement strategies. This position will also be a co-lead in the development and implementation of the organization’s diversity, equity, access, and inclusion work.

The current museum experience is well-received by visitors and remains key to the museum’s strategic efforts, mission delivery, and sustainability. The Director of Interpretation & Community Engagement is a newly created position intended to build on that success and rebuild and expand the museum’s curatorial, collections management, education, programs, and community engagement activities. Leading the museum’s efforts to provide meaningful experiences to diverse audiences onsite, online, and in the larger community, the Director of Interpretation and Community Engagement will work directly with the Executive Director and other senior staff to define the museum’s strategies for exhibits, programming, and community engagement. This position will base that strategic work on current research and best practices in the fields of history, exhibition management, museum education, and visitor studies, evaluating results both qualitatively and quantitatively to determine approaches that best meet museum goals.

The Director of Interpretation & Community Engagement will direct and manage the day-to-day operations of the department. They will have oversight of all departmental projects, programs, and budget.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Interpretation, Exhibits, and Collections:

  • Strengthen, maintain, and work to extend the museum’s role within the community and serve as the primary spokesperson for the exhibits, education, and programs teams.
  • Responsible for conceptualizing, identifying, and developing a two- or three-year exhibit schedule that will engage visitors, including facilitating cross-departmental and community collaboration.
  • Supervise collections staff to manage collections, historic artifacts, and archival materials utilized for visitor experiences and research.

Education and Programs:

  • Lead the creation and management of a multidisciplinary education program to help interpret the unique history of the area.
  • Direct education staff to develop effective and engaging programming for visitors, museum members, and the community.
  • Reach audiences both directly, through programming efforts, and indirectly through incorporation of new ideas, informal learning, and creative thinking.
  • Promote and advocate for the educational mission of Pittock Mansion within the community.

Community Engagement:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for creating community programs and partnerships.
  • Work with board, staff, volunteers, contractors, and donors to position Pittock Mansion as a place of connection and inclusion to ensure that community voices are heard through sustained collaboration.
  • Build, maintain, and invigorate mutually beneficial relationships with cultural and community organizations, as well as the local education community to expand the reach of museum programs through strategic partnerships.

Essential Duties:

  • Oversee exhibitions, collections care, programs, and community engagement.
  • Oversee final design and installation of all exhibitions/installations.
  • Oversee development and delivery of educational experiences for all visitors.
  • Collaborate with staff to develop and implement initiatives for the museum’s educational and public programming onsite, offsite, and/or online, including expanded outreach to area students.
  • Oversee Volunteer Program, including strategy development and implementation, to ensure volunteers engage with visitors in a way that reflects Pittock Mansion’s public engagement vision.
  • Hire, lead, coach and develop departmental staff in a manner that promotes collaboration, open communication, and creative problem-solving.
  • Lead cross-departmental teams as needed.
  • Create and establish best practices and systems for working effectively across departments and with external partners.
  • Work with the marketing department to produce a robust plan to promote the institution’s education and engagement program, including program publicity and the development of printed and online education materials.
  • Assist the development department in targeting and administering grants, private funding, and non-traditional programming support.
  • Effectively manage department finances and is accountable for revenue generation, expense management, and overall return on investment.

Qualification and Education Requirements:

  • M.A. in Education, Museum Studies, History or Related Field or comparable work experience
  • Minimum 5 years nonprofit management experience in museum administration, exhibition management, or museum education
  • Excellent interpretive, writing, public speaking, and communications skills
  • Strong organizational, planning, research, and problem-solving, skills
  • Strong skills in project management, including budget management
  • Knowledge of current museum practices and ethical standards
  • Knowledge of the development and process of organizing exhibits, interpretive plans, public programs, and other content access and distribution strategies.
  • Experience encouraging and driving creativity and collaboration, including co-created content
  • Proven experience leading and building teams, including professionals at various stages of career development
  • Experience relating to the community and responding to community needs
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required

Physical Demands:

  • Required to stand and walk and may occasionally be required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb stairs throughout the day
  • Occasionally lift and / or move up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work in shared / open space office environment
  • Wearing of personal protective equipment (e.g., face covering, gloves) may be required

Benefits:  Excellent benefit package including medical and dental insurance, PTO, retirement plan with company match up to 3%, and Employee Assistance Program.

To Apply:  Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@pittockmansion.org. Please include “Director of Interpretation and Community Engagement” in the subject line.