Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is at the start of a long road towards building a more equitable, diverse and inclusive institution (EDI). We are looking for people, at all levels of the institution, who wish to join us in this journey of intentionality and public responsibility. This path expands our workforce (board of directors, staff, volunteers), broadens our practice of selecting and acquiring artists, and strengthens our internal and external communication systems, networks and standards.
Reporting to the Director of Public and based on current research and best practices, the Director of Education and Community Engagement will move the institution forward with a blend of educational, wellness, performance and community programming . The position represents a unique professional opportunity to establish a fundamental framework for engaging current and new audiences by building on the core values of Grounds For Sculptures (GFS), the vision of the founder and the institutional identity. GFS is committed to developing its initiatives by positioning GFS as a leader in artistic, horticultural, museum, wellness and educational programs. A wide variety of experience in creation, implementation, evaluation and management is required. Indoor and outdoor learning experiences and performance activations will build and maintain a series of programs reflecting the racial and economic diversity of our community while encouraging children as well as lifelong learners.
The director must be a recognized leader and effectively advocate for innovative approaches to learning, participation and exploration of ideas across a broad area of engagement. The successful candidate will have significant experience in creating and organizing meaningful learning experiences for a wide range of audiences.
The director will have the ability to create a department of full-time professionals, who in turn manage the work undertaken by part-time educators, and a pool of artists / educators and volunteers. The ideal candidate will be self-reliant and engaged in a diverse and wide range of community and school programs, artist engagement, exhibition performance, internships and more. The candidate will thrive in collaborative work while providing the training and engagement team with a clear strategic framework for building and deepening the GFS program and public initiatives. They will work across all departments of GFS to cultivate and deepen new and existing partnerships with other peer organizations. Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.
Additional skills include:
- Experience in forming and managing a service team and working with service and organizational leadership to achieve strategic initiatives.
- Management of relations with the school, patrons, volunteers and other community groups and artistic organizations in the region;
- Serve as an ambassador for Grounds For Sculpture to help foster a culture of inclusion for all members, donors, volunteers and guests.
- Interest in sculpture, contemporary art and horticulture.
- Act as an advocate for GFS internally and externally, ensuring that the interests of the organization are advanced and fully understood;
- Design, develop and implement strategies to assess the impact of learning, participation and mastery programs; including the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative statistics.
- Experience in creating and managing a sustainable business model for creating programs that balance income earned and contributed.
- Collaborate with the marketing department to maximize attendance and ticket sales for the programs.
- Actively support the creation, implementation and reporting of grant applications in collaboration with the Development department
- Collaborate with the Membership Director on programmatic elements designed to engage and develop individual and family membership of GFS, particularly in under-represented constituencies (25-45 years old; Black and Latin communities).
GFS is a “best practice” accessibility institution and has a history of programming for people with disabilities, including the visually impaired or nonexistent, people with reduced mobility and people with cognitive disabilities. Partnerships with state and regional accessibility organizations facilitate this important work. GFS is committed to being an active and engaged community resource and has begun to build partnerships that will better fulfill its mission of making GFS accessible to all.
The Director will continue to build and develop these relationships, working closely with community leaders to identify opportunities for collaboration, and evaluating and reporting on the impact of this and all programs. We view this position as a key voice and leader in our ongoing efforts to broaden and expand a culture and community of openness and inclusiveness.
IDEAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
The ideal candidate will have the following range of experiences and qualifications:
- A proven commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Experience with ADA and Wellness programs
- Proven experience in research, evaluation and design of programs and / or education with clear and compelling results;
- Professional experience in community development;
- Strong organizational and budgetary skills;
- Management of program and / or educational leadership responsibility in arts organizations, gardens or community organizations;
- A passion for learning and an enthusiasm for sharing this passion;
- Proven experience working with community leaders, artists, curators, educators, donors, business leaders and board members;
- A creative collaborator with excellent oral and written communication skills;
GFS offers equal employment opportunities to all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing, 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 SCULPTURE PATTERNS
Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) is a 42-acre non-profit sculpture park, arboretum, and museum founded by the late artist and philanthropist Seward Johnson. Showcasing nearly 300 contemporary sculptures by renowned and emerging artists in an engaging landscape, Grounds For Sculpture combines art and nature to surprise, inspire and engage all visitors in the artist’s act of inventing. In addition to its permanent collection, Grounds For Sculpture features special rotating exhibitions in its six indoor galleries, rich educational programs and vibrant family events. Located in Hamilton, New Jersey, Grounds For Sculpture.