Youth Program Producer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit


Deadline: September 15, 2016

The Youth Program Producer works with the Executive Director and the Curator of Education to produce museum lecture series for youth audiences, opening receptions, interactive exhibitions, open studio programs, and other museum programming. This includes MOCAD’s Jr. Docent program, K-12 Teacher advisory group, MOCAD’s Teen Council program, which meets weekly throughout the school year. In addition, the Youth Program Producer assists in the management of MOCAD’s communications, including press releases, calendar listings, social media and blog postings. The Youth Program Producer works closely with the Programming Department, Graphic Designer, Special Events Manager, Visitor Services and Operations Department.

• Full-time
• Exempt
• Weekdays and may require some evenings and weekends.

The position reports to the Executive Director with a dual report to the Curator of Education.

• The following job description identifies the core activities of the job. Job responsibilities may vary from time-to-time.
• Create and nourish links with local schools and community organizations.
• The Youth Program Producer will work to maintain and expand upon MOCAD’s Junior Docent Program, where youth will give tours and teach adults about art.
• Additional responsibilities, as needed.

• A Bachelor’s Degree is required preferably in fine arts, arts administration, education and or management; Master’s Degree desired
• Minimum three to five years’ experience as a teacher, trainer, tutor or other facilitator.
• The ideal candidate will have experience working in a museum setting and/or fast paced creative environment. A background and/or appreciation in contemporary art is desirable.
• An interest in working with high school age youth and/or core youth development principles with confidence in recruiting, training, coordinating, and supervising youth.
• Ability to work productively with diverse constituencies, including schools, community agencies, institutions and the public.
• Creative, motivated, dynamic and outgoing individual. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work on a team.
• Experience in and demonstrated commitment to youth development.
• Strong belief in art, design, technology and creativity as an empowering educational tool.
• Involvement and/or interests in art, education, and/or the cultural community of Detroit.
• Working knowledge of digital photography and digital image processing, Adobe Photoshop.
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, new media and databases.
• Experience producing creative content.
• Verbal and written fluency in Spanish, Arabic, or other widely spoken second language is a plus.
• Strong management, planning, budgeting, decision-making, and time management skills.
• Excellent written and oral communications skills.
• Willingness and ability to work weekends.
• Excellent organizational and multi-task abilities, with a “get it done” personality.

Program Production:
• Assists in the creation of new museum programming, including organizing brainstorming sessions and conducting research to develop new programs.
• Plans, organizes and implements all aspects of museum programming for adults and children. This includes museum lecture series, opening receptions, music programs, interactive exhibitions, community partnerships and family museum programs.
• Manages program details, including creative aspects such as generating ideas for innovative museum programming and recruiting corresponding talent, as well as organizational aspects such as creating budgets and schedules, managing travel and payment details, developing collateral and press materials, and producing recaps.
• Acts as primary liaison between artists, lecturers and talent and the museum. The Youth Program Producer manages the needs of the talent while maintaining the goals of the museum.
• Co-Manages the set-up, tear-down, audio-visual needs, volunteer needs, graphics needs and other event production needs for youth museum events.

Teen Program:
• Manage MOCAD’s Teen Council. (The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit [MOCAD]’s Teen Council launched in January 2014, the Teen Council is a select group of high school students, {representing public, private and home schools across the Metro Detroit area} that meets after school at MOCAD each week. Teens plan programs and events for their peers, volunteer at MOCAD community programs come up with ideas on how to engage visitors at Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead) and more
• Organize and provide support, participates in Teen Council weekly meetings, activities, art projects and offsite visits.
• Develop and ensure that learning objectives for the Teen Council programming are clear, attainable and measurable; implement assessments to determine whether objectives have been met.
• Work closely with the museum staff to ensure the smooth running of the Teen Council and additional youth-centered programming.
• Coordinate the recruitment, selection and mentoring of Teen Council interns.
• Work to create programs with teens on related events such as a teen art night and other social events.

• Coordinate the development and distribution of public relations, marketing, and promotional materials including researching, writing, and editing press releases, calendar listings, brochure copy, web copy, etc.
• Co-Manage the museum’s social media presence including the content development, review, editing and publishing process for the museum’s YouTube channel, Twitter feed, Facebook page, Flickr account and other visitor-focused digital outreach.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, coworkers, museum patrons, volunteers, students, artists and community organizations to fulfill the mission of the museum.

Finalist(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment.

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