Director of Education and Public Programs
About The Morgan Library & Museum
A museum and independent research library located in the heart of New York City, the Morgan Library & Museum (the Morgan) began as the personal library of financier, collector, and cultural benefactor Pierpont Morgan. The Morgan offers visitors close encounters with great works of human accomplishment in a setting treasured for its intimate scale and historic significance. A global institution focused on the European and American traditions, the Morgan houses one of the world’s foremost collections of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and ancient and other works of art. These holdings comprise a unique and dynamic record of civilization, as well as an incomparable repository of ideas and of the creative process from 4000 BC to the present.
In addition to serving as a venue for the exhibition of art, literature, and music, the Morgan is an important international research center, housing the Sherman Fairchild Reading Room and the Drawing Study Center, which offer direct access to rare material from the museum’s collections to scholars, artists, and writers. The Thaw Conservation Center is a world-class laboratory for the conservation and technical study of the Morgan’s holdings and the Morgan’s rapidly growing digital archive is used by students and scholars the world over.
Through its educational and community outreach, which includes school programs, lectures, tours, concerts, film screenings, and other initiatives, the Morgan creates opportunities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds to engage with the collection and exhibitions. In fiscal year 2023, the Morgan’s public and educational programs reached more than 14,000 adults and children. In total, the Morgan hosted more 225,000 visitors annually to its 150,000 square foot campus that encompasses four architecturally and historically significant buildings: J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library (1906), the Annex (1928), the Morgan House (1852), and an addition designed by Renzo Piano (2006).
It has an annual operating budget of approximately $25 million with a staff of around 120 full-time and 70 part-time employees.
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Drawing inspiration from the Morgan’s collection and its temporary exhibitions, the Director of Education and Public Programs is responsible for the strategic vision and implementation of the Morgan’s educational and community outreach, including public programs, concerts, and school programs in order to deepen participants’ understanding and appreciation of art, history, literature, and music, and expand the Morgan’s audience.
The Morgan seeks a collaborative, experienced, and team-oriented leader to serve as the Director of Education and Public Programs. This position will be responsible for developing and implementing a compelling and inclusive vision for the institution’s Education department, in alignment with the Morgan’s mission and values, and diversity, equity, access, inclusion goals.
The Director of Education and Public Programs role is an exciting opportunity for a visionary, collaborative, and empathetic leader to strengthen and shape an innovative, service-oriented 21st century education department focused on visitor and community engagement, PreK-12 students and teachers, colleges and universities, and scholars and researchers.
Reporting to the Director of the Morgan (Colin B. Bailey), the Director of Education and Public Programs is head of the Department. The position supervises a staff of ~6 full-time staff plus part-time educators and docents and oversees the department’s annual budget (currently ~$1.1M including staffing). The department comprises a Manager of Education, Assistant Manager of School Programs, Education Coordinator, Docent Supervisor, Manager of Public Programs, Public Programs Associate, Consultant for Music Programs, Educators (part-time/occasional), and Docents/Volunteers.
The Director collaborates with staff across the organization and in particular with the curatorial and conservation departments. They attend monthly Department Head and Curatorial Forum meetings and presents at select board meetings. The Director is also involved in strategic planning together with the rest of the senior staff.
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Stephen Milbauer of Koya Partners has been exclusively retained for this search. Express interest in this role by filling out our Talent Profile or email Stephen directly at email@example.com. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. The Morgan provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. Our client strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.
To ensure the overall health and safety of the Morgan Library & Museum campus, all staff of the Morgan are required to be fully vaccinated and have received booster vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19, absent qualifying exemptions for medical, religious, or other reasons in accordance with applicable laws.