Current Openings


Associate Director for Education
[Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling]

ABOUT BHC: A growing organization founded in 1983, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) is committed to addressing the challenges of poverty and homelessness experienced by adults, children, families and entire communities in Upper Manhattan. BHC has developed six buildings that provide housing and other services for adults, children and families living in deep poverty; operates an award-winning early childhood center; and provides opportunities for tenants and the wider community to engage with the cultural arts. A seventh project now under construction in the National Historic District of Sugar Hill will include 124 units of permanent, affordable housing; an expanded childcare center; and a children’s museum of art and storytelling along with other community facilities.

ABOUT SHCMAS: The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling (SHCMAS) is the cultural capstone of BHC’s development in Sugar Hill, at the intersection of the historic African-American community of Harlem and the Latino community of Washington Heights. SHCMAS will provide young visitors with opportunities to discover, engage with and appreciate important works of art while learning the history of Sugar Hill and engaging in creative work that contributes to cultural vitality of the community. Museum programs developed for 3-8 year olds and their families will feature exhibitions, ranging from single-artist presentations to thematic surveys and newly commissioned artist projects, intensive hands-on art education programs, multi-disciplinary storytelling and other public programs. Acknowledging the significance of art and storytelling in Sugar Hill’s history, programs at SHCMAS will encourage intergenerational and cross cultural participation.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Associate Director for Education will form part of the senior management team and play a key role in the development and implementation of the Museum’s programmatic vision and goals. S/he joins a team dedicated to making the SHCMAS both a welcoming and vital cultural resource for the residents of Northern Manhattan and the Sugar Hill community, as well as a valued destination for those visiting New York City from around the world.
The Associate Director for Education will function as chief educator, leading the development of all educational and interpretative programs with the goal of providing a stimulating and engaging learning environment for all museum constituencies. S/he will further disseminate SHCMAS’ vision by: expanding public awareness of the role of the arts and arts education among our diverse constituencies; networking and collaborating with peer educators and colleagues in other museums and educational institutions; and through direct contact with the varied communities we serve. The Associate Director of Education will supervise the activities of all education professionals, artist educators, docents, interns, and volunteers in the department.

The Associate Director for Education will: manage the education program’s finances and budget; foster and manage partnerships with schools, afterschool programs, other museums and cultural institutions; work closely with the Associate Director of Exhibitions to realize exhibitions, public programs and special artists’ projects; and work with the Museum Director and development staff to raise programmatic funds and organize donor events. S/he will also work closely with the Board of Trustees, Programs Committee and Advisory Board.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for all aspects of planning, development, implementation and evaluation of SHCMAS’ education and interpretative programs: special artist and storytelling projects, exhibitions of children’s work, professional development for teachers and educators, internship and afterschool youth programs, intergenerational and age-appropriate family workshops, festivals, as well as core programs: school partnerships, fieldtrips and workshops, guided exhibition tours and docent programs, and symposia.
  • Formulate policies, priorities, and education philosophy for the education programs and articulate that philosophy both inside and outside the Museum in collaboration with the Museum Director and Associate Director for Exhibitions.
  • Develop educational materials, including curriculum, for children ages 3-8 and their families through school partnerships, intergenerational family workshops, monthly storytelling and other programs, with the collaboration of educators in the department and other partners. Work with curatorial staff to design public programming that enhances the exhibition schedule.
  • Work with senior management team to establish goals, objectives and strategies to meet the budgeted financial goals of the Museum. Consult with the Development and External Affairs Manager to identify and pursue funding for education and interpretative programs; assist with fundraising strategies and actively participate in solicitation process, including cultivating supporters, drafting content for proposals, and other fundraising activities.
  • Work with visitor services and retail staff in preparing, tracking, evaluating, and reporting of all educational programs including attendance, program-breakdown, zip-codes, surveys, etc. Suggest appropriate materials for the Museum Shop in a timely fashion, including books, catalogues, artwork and other merchandise.
  • Provide information for education programs and events to the marketing consultant for publication and publicity; work collaboratively with the communications staff in press relations and appearances. Work with technical staff to enhance the website to include curriculum and educational content that serve as a meaningful extension of the Museum.
  • Ensure that the education department’s plans and activities are effectively communicated and coordinated with other colleagues and departments; collaborate with the curatorial, development, marketing, admissions and retail, and facilities staff to assure communication and completion of institutional projects within defined budgets.
  • Serve as administrative head of the education department: recruit and supervise personnel; artist educators, docents, interns and work-study students; devise and manage departmental budget; respect deadlines; enforce best practices and internal policies; establish operational procedures and standards for all programmatic functions; and strive for the highest standards in serving museum audiences.
  • Assist in long-range planning and evaluation for the education department as well as for overall museum goals. Identify needs for new programming and potential partners and collaborators.
  • Establish and sustain a research agenda for the Museum’s educational programs, ensuring that all education program staff and partners, including other museum staff and colleagues at BHC, are engaged in systematic efforts to understand topics at the core of the Museum’s mission, such as the relationship between art and storytelling in the cultural life of communities or the role of art and storytelling in the development of children’s literacy and other cognitive capacities.
  • Network with members of the academic and cultural community as a lecturer, facilitator, and early childhood and museum education experts to increase awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of integrated learning through the arts. Organize and/or present at public lectures, professional development, and educators talks.

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS:

  • Graduate Degree in Arts Education, Education, Museum Studies, or a related field;
  • 5+ years of professional experience in arts education and/or related experience in a cultural organization;
  • Strong communication (written, verbal and interpersonal), conceptual, strategic planning, creative and coordination skills; experience with museum education concepts, pedagogy, and best practices;
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to articulate education mission and work productively with diverse constituencies including young children and their families, museum colleagues and staff, educators, artists, volunteers, interns, donors, vendors, peer institutions, and the general public;
  • Strong organizational skills including ability to manage staff and shifting project budgets, timelines, and deadlines;
  • Experience with successful fundraising efforts, cultivating donors and securing programming support;
  • Excellent working relationships with colleagues in the field, including museum educators, arts administrators, artists, scholars, school principals and teachers, parent-teacher coordinators, etc.;
  • Collaborative, collegial, creative, and resourceful in work; enjoy working with young children, students, docents, volunteers, and general audience;
  • Knowledge of New York City’s education and cultural community, as well as its governmental agencies;
  • Familiarity with, and desire to make SHCMAS’ education programs and materials accessible through technology;
  • Knowledge of African American and/or Latino art, and fluency in Spanish a plus.

APPLICATION:
To apply for a position at BHC/SHCMAS, please email your resume and cover letter with salary requirements to resumes@bhc.org. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate your last name and
"Associate Director for Education" in the subject line. No phone calls, please -- we will respond to those candidates
whose qualifications are best aligned with the components of this job description.

BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. Salary commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, 403(b) retirement plan and paid time off.


Preschool Teachers

Broadway Housing Communities is seeking Preschool Teachers for the Dorothy Day Early Childhood Center and the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool. Both sites deliver a full-day preschool program committed to providing individualized, comprehensive educational services for 3-5 year old children and their families in Harlem. Dorothy Day Early Childhood Center and the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool are part of a comprehensive Education Services Department that includes youth mentoring, education advocacy, adult education and cultural arts programs.

The Preschool Teacher manages a classroom in accordance with Program Performance Standards, Board of Directors, Policy Council, and Broadway Housing Communities policies and procedures. Responsibilities include:

  • Planning and supervising a warm, nurturing developmentally appropriate environment for the development of the whole child while implementing the program's high level of care and educational standards.
  • Supporting program philosophy and school readiness goals; integrating health services, nutrition, social services and parent involvement components into daily program plans.
  • Designing and maintaining a classroom environment that facilitates active, hands-on learning, group management, self-expression and choice, cultural diversity and inclusion of all children, parents, volunteers and staff.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or childhood education. Must have NYS teaching certificate or be in the process of obtaining certification. A minimum of two years early childhood experience necessary. Candidate should also possess a firm knowledge and understanding of child development, developmentally appropriate teaching strategies, familiarity with Reggio principles, strong interest in art-based instruction, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to work well with parents and professional peers, leadership skills, supervision skills, and the ability to work and communicate with multi- disciplinary team and with lay persons from a variety of ethnic, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds

Knowledge of Head Start performance standards and DOH regulations, bilingual (Spanish), computer literacy, Master's degree a plus. Broadway Housing Communities, Inc (BHC) offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package.

Candidates meeting at least the minimum qualifications can send resumes and cover letters to ddeccinfo@broadwayhousing.org or fax to (212) 862-0769. NO PHONE CALLS.

BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability.


Family Service Advocate

Broadway Housing Communities is seeking Family Service Advocates for the Dorothy Day Early Childhood Center and the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool. Both sites deliver a full-day preschool program committed to providing individualized, comprehensive educational services for 3-5 year old children and their families in Harlem. Dorothy Day Early Childhood Center and the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool are part of a comprehensive Education Services Department that includes youth mentoring, education advocacy, adult education and cultural arts programs.

The Family Service Advocate provides a full range of comprehensive family support services to enrolled children and families and builds partnerships in the local community in accordance with funding source guidelines, Performance Standards, Board of Directors, Policy Council, and Broadway Housing Communities policies and procedures. Responsibilities include:

  • Designing, coordinating and providing comprehensive delivery of direct case management services in all family service areas, including health, child development, nutrition, and mental health.
  • Implementing a formal system of follow up with families on referrals to community agencies, to assure the satisfactory provision of services.
  • Coordinating and developing linkages between community agencies to provide better service delivery to families. Serve as an advocate for families within the community.
  • Scheduling of parent engagement activities, including the volunteer program and Fathers' Involvement Initiative.
  • Coordinating training for parents, staff and the community in all aspects of family services, as determined by needs assessments, Performance Standards and program goals.

Minimum qualifications include a BA in education or social services; experience working with children and families from diverse cultures; familiarity with early childhood programs; excellent written and verbal communication, organizational, problem solving and interpersonal skills; ability to work well with parents and professional peers; ability to work as a member of a team.

Knowledge of Head Start performance standards and DOH regulations, bilingual (Spanish), computer literacy, Master's degree a plus. Broadway Housing Communities, Inc (BHC) offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefit package.

Candidates meeting at least the minimum qualifications can send resumes and cover letters to ddeccinfo@broadwayhousing.org or fax to (212) 862-0769. NO PHONE CALLS.

BHC is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability.

 
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