Asian American Arts Alliance

Job Opportunity: Vice President, Programs and Education- Brooklyn Children's Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum is the world's first children's museum and a pioneer in the fields of early childhood education and informal learning. Rooted in its vibrant Brooklyn community, the Museum’s mission is to provide first cultural experiences for children and families that inspire curiosity, creativity, and lifelong love of learning.


Position Summary

Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) seeks a visionary leader committed to creating extraordinary formative cultural experiences for children and families. Grounded in visual art, performance, world cultures, and nature, the Museum’s programs and exhibits expose children to a world of cultural learning, and build foundations for lifelong cultural engagement. Reporting to the CEO and participating as a member of the executive team, the Vice President of Programs and Education is responsible for creating and implementing annual and long-range plans for BCM. The VP shapes vision and strategy for exhibitions, education and outreach, public programs, and collections to create high-quality, innovative, and joyful experiential early childhood programs. The VP directs the Education, Exhibits and Collections departments. Education includes strategic and curricular vision for public, school and after-school programs, with a focus on arts, culture and life science. The Collections department curates and cares for roughly 28,000 objects, as well as a collection of roughly 100 live animals and plants. Leveraging the Museum’s collection, the Exhibits department curates, creates and maintains permanent and temporary exhibits. The VP for Programs & Education will do the following tasks. 

  • Create strategic vision, goals, and objectives for the Museum’s programs and exhibits, and implement tactics to realize that vision.

  • Set goals, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure that departmental objectives and operating requirements are met.

  • Supervise, hire and evaluate department staff.

  • Create mission-grounded revenue opportunities, including increasing visitorship; developing fee-based programs; and managing traveling exhibitions.

  • Act as a thought-leader for the fields of early childhood education and museum studies.



  • Graduate degree in museum work, education, curatorial, or early childhood studies; PhD preferred.

  • Academic or professional grounding in play-based early childhood education and/or object-based learning.

  • Demonstrated management ability, with excellent communication, writing and team leadership, operations and interpersonal skills.

  • Experience creating and managing budgets, and overseeing revenue and expense goals.

  • 10+ years managing educational programs and staff in a museum or education setting.

  • Commitment to working with children and families and experience working with a diverse audience.

  • Experience conceptualizing projects and writing funding proposals; project management experience including evaluation.

  • Experience with visitor experience, collections, exhibits, and education operations preferred.

  • Previous work with City of New York funding, and understanding of public policy and community affairs in Brooklyn a plus.



Please send a cover letter and resume in a single PDF to with “[Your Last Name] – VP, Programs & Education” in the subject header. Applications received by Monday, March 20, 2017 will be given priority. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls or emails, please.


For full job description, please see attached file.


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