Manager Of Interpretation

North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, is recruiting for the role of Manager of Interpretation. The NCMA collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making it one of the premier art museums in the Southeast. With a 164-acre campus, the museum also has the distinction of being the nation’s largest art museum park with an extensive trail system that connects to the 63-mile Capital Area Greenway through the city of Raleigh. Facilities include two main museum buildings, a large outdoor performing arts facility, bike trails, and greenways.

The Manager of Interpretation oversees the process for development and implementation of analog and digital interpretive projects that support visitors’ experiences. The position develops interpretive plans and creates interpretive content and experiences for temporary exhibitions, the permanent collection, and the park.

  • Overseeing the development of analog and digital interpretive projects such as audio guides, iPads, participatory experiences, and hands-on activities for the visitors.

  • Developing and maintaining timelines, as well as, project budgets.

  • Working with relevant colleagues to produce interpretation plans to create content and image lists, and to develop audiovisual interpretive content for exhibitions and reinstallations.

  • Working with members of the exhibition core team to formalize the exhibition’s thesis, learning outcomes, content, interpretive plan, and gallery design.

  • Planning and implementing formative and summative research (creating protocols, questionnaires, prototypes, data collection and analysis) to evaluate and inform gallery and park interpretive content, as well as, exhibition interpretation, outcomes, and goals.

  • Keeping abreast of the latest trends in museum interpretation and presenting at conferences and symposia about NCMA interpretive projects.

  • College degree in art history, art education, museum studies, and/or related field and at least 3 years experience working in a museum, art gallery, or similar cultural institution.

The following are the key Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required for this position:

  • Proven ability to originate, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative interpretive tools.

  • Proven project management skills showing the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.

  • Must have excellent writing and public speaking skills.

  • Must have experience with planning and conducting audience research.

  • Must have experience using a variety of computer applications, social media, and mobile devices.

  • Must have strong interpersonal skills: be an excellent communicator, a problem solver, a good negotiator, and a creative thinker. Must be diplomatic and be able to work with different personalities.

  • Must be able to work in a strong collaborative environment and demonstrate self-direction.

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule as some nights and weekends are required.

  • Prefer applicants who have worked specifically in the field of museum education, audience engagement, and/or interpretation.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by 5:00 pm on the closing date of February 28, 2019 to Jennifer Crow, Business & Personnel Officer, NCMA, at:

Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.

Posted on January 29