Tulsa, OK

DIRECTOR of EDUCATION and PUBLIC PROGRAMMING

The Philbrook Museum of Art seeks an experienced Director of Education and Public Programming (DEPP) to build the public’s engagement with the Museum through innovative, exciting, interpretive experiences and programs for students and adult patrons of all backgrounds.  A complete position description can be found by clicking here, and additional information on the Philbrook can be found here.

Located in Tulsa, the Philbrook is the region’s leading museum, with education and public programming playing a critical role in fulfilling the museum’s promise. Philbrook has dramatically increased audience engagement in recent years, with attendance up 50% and membership up 20% from just 5 years ago. Last year the Museum hosted 150,000 visitors. It is recognized as the city’s cultural hub, and will open the new Philbrook Downtown this year in the burgeoning Brady Arts District to provide exciting new exhibition and public programming opportunities.

Philbrook pays close attention to the experience of visitors of all ages, and with diverse backgrounds, knowledge, interests, preferences and needs. This is an organization committed to building a strong reputation for innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership in museum-based education programming, and which places great emphasis on close collaboration between education and curatorial departments.

Reporting to the Museum Director, the Director of Education and Public Programming (DEPP) leads the museum-wide effort to develop educational and interpretative programs that create transformative experiences of art and culture for museum visitors. Philbrook devotes considerable energy to the team’s efforts to create experiences that visitors enjoy and that enrich their lives. The DEPP, and his/her staff, partner extensively with other senior leaders that manage the organization’s marketing and communications and advancement, functions; with docents and other volunteers; and with groups external to Philbrook, but which serve the educational needs of children, youth and adults with diverse backgrounds.

The DEPP oversees a staff of 5, which in turn manages work undertaken by 30 artist-educators, 125 docents, and about 10 volunteers that support the Philbrook’s educational mission. The current department budget is $415K. The DEPP is a member of the Executive Leadership Team which develops the overarching strategy of the institution in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.

For additional information, please contact Matthew Holgerson or Mark Oppenheim at info@moppenheim.com.