Head of the Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion And Access (Deputy Director)
Company: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Posted on: April 10, 2021
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Reports to: The George D. Widener Director & Chief Executive
Supervises: Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access
As a cornerstone of art and culture in Philadelphia, the museum has
a unique role in serving many varied constituencies. The focus, as
the museum moves forward, is on making diversity, equity,
inclusion, and access work central to everything it does. The
Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA)
is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of
a comprehensive strategy to achieve institutional goals of
diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. In this capacity, they
will play a leading role in establishing appropriate policies that
will foster the development of an internal culture that exemplifies
these values and puts them into practice in all aspects of its
Working in close collaboration with the Director and CEO and other
senior staff, the Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion
and Access will:
- Promote the acquisition and development of talent and retention
policies as well as establish goals on workforce diversity.
- Implement a sustained training program for staff and trustees
that promotes open dialogue and understanding about issues related
to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
- Be involved in decision-making with regard to the selection and
presentation of a broad range of programmatic activities, including
educational offerings, special exhibitions, and the presentation
and interpretation of the museum's collection both onsite and
online in a manner that reflects and advances an institutional
commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access.Key
- Oversees and manages the activities of the Office of Diversity,
Equity, Inclusion and Access. These may include, but are not
limited to instructional programming, the development of special
initiatives, and the organization and leadership of
- Serves as the principal staff liaison to the Board of Trustees
on diversity, equity, inclusion and access as well as other related
issues, reporting to them on a periodic basis and working, as
directed, with internal stakeholders on the design and
implementation of initiatives to fulfill the museum's commitment to
diversity in governance and outreach.
- Upholds institutional DEIA policy, consulting widely with staff
and trustees to ensure participation and broad engagement with DEIA
- Develops an institutional DEIA plan that defines the scope of
the museum's diversity work, identifies, and prioritizes
initiatives that will fulfill the objectives of this plan, and
oversees its ongoing implementation.
- Serves, as needed, on various staff committees that provide
input on the selection and development of exhibitions, collections
presentation and interpretation, and public programs.
- Works in concert with other senior staff, including the Deputy
Director for Collections and Programs and the Deputy Director for
Digital Resources and Content Strategy to ensure that their
functional areas effectively fulfill the museum's diversity
- Works in concert with development staff to fund initiatives on
diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
- Undertakes various administrative responsibilities and
participates in the day-to-day management as a member of the
Executive Offices and the Senior Management Team.
- Participates, as needed, in events organized by the museum for
the benefit of its members or various constituent groups such as
the Board of Trustees, the Women's Committee, and the Associates
and Chairman's Council programs.
- Works in coordination with the intergovernmental staff to
represent the museum to various public constituencies in the city
and the region and, as needed, attends civic and social
- Serves as a representative of the museum in various
professional organizations and events and maintains a strong and
effective relationship with colleagues in the field, especially
those at peer institutions in this country and abroad.
- Develops in consultation with the Director and Chief Executive
Officer a professional development plan that will enable the Deputy
Director to keep up to date on professional developments in the
field and to address any agreed-upon professional needs.
- Performs other duties as requested.
- Upholds the professional standards of their field and always
acts in a manner that is consistent with the best interests of the
museum and will protect and enhance its reputation and standing
within the community of museums.
- Adheres to the museum's code of ethics and avoids any real or
perceived conflicts of interest.
- Shows respect for co-workers and visitors and an understanding
of and appreciation for the diversity of the museum's staff,
volunteers, and audiences.
- Aspires to excellence in all aspects of their work and serves
as a model for others.
- Maintains confidentiality.
- Adheres to all PMA protocols, procedures, rules, and
- This leader must possess broad experience in leading
organizational change and a proven ability to shape an
understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access as
instrumental values that should be reflected in every aspect of the
work of the institution.
- A knowledge of large, complex organizations with a cultural
and/or public facing component and the contexts in which they work
- A proven track record of developing and managing complex
initiatives, and of working collaboratively across diverse
constituencies to facilitate change.
- Community-facing leadership experience in the Philadelphia
region and/or another large metropolitan environment is highly
- A demonstrated track record for mature judgment, thought
leadership and ability to engage, actively listen to, and influence
independent thinkers from a broad spectrum of experiences and
- A demonstrated ability to represent the organization and
articulate its values to a variety of internal and external
constituencies and capacity to demonstrate persuasively the value
of a comprehensive and institution-wide embrace of diversity,
equity, inclusion, and access as essential to the future.Education:
- A bachelor's degree from a four-year accredited college or
university is required.
- An advanced degree (e.g., MBA, JD or an equivalent degree in a
relevant field) is preferred, but not required. The Museum:
Founded in 1876 and taking occupancy in its current location in
1928, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) welcomes over 700,000
visitors annually in its five buildings throughout the city of
Philadelphia. With over 240,000 objects in the collection
representing more than 2,000 years of art and antiquity from around
the world, the museum has a complex and storied history within the
The museum is committed to authentically engaging and collaborating
with diverse communities to develop exhibitions, educations
programs and other initiatives. The museum aims to cultivate a
culture of belonging which better reflects the diversity of
Philadelphia and the global communities it serves. The future
success of the museum requires a comprehensive and sustained shift
in how it involves, interacts with, and seeks the feedback of local
communities and stakeholders.
In 2004 the museum embarked on a comprehensive plan to transform
the building physically to support present and future programmatic
needs, enhance the visitor experience and provide spaces for
enriching and diversifying its collection. In early May 2021,
visitors will be greeted by new entrances, a vast new Forum space
at the heart of the building, a newly refurbished Vaulted Walkway,
reopening for the first time in six decades and spanning 640 feet
across the building, and two large gallery spaces each comprising
more than 10,000 square feet.
One gallery suite will be inaugurated with a major reinstallation
of the museum's renowned holdings of American art between 1600 to
1850. The new interpretation of this collection will explore the
artistic ties linking North America, South America, Africa, and
Asia; the role of enslavement in the production and financing of
art throughout the period; Philadelphia's role as an influential
cultural capital; and the stories and works from artists in
traditionally underrepresented groups such as Black, Indigenous,
and People of Color (BIPOC), and women.
The other suite of new galleries will open with an exhibition
celebrating art making in Philadelphia today through the
perspectives of a diverse selection of artists working in a variety
of media. Together these new galleries will illuminate the
exceptional range of creative expression that has flourished in
Philadelphia past and present and reaffirm the spirit of resilience
and innovation pervading the city today.
Commitment from the Board of Trustees
Recognizing the urgency and duty to respond to institutional racism
in museums and other public institutions, the PMA Board of Trustees
has committed to assessing and addressing needed change at the
museum. To fully embrace the museum's role as a leading civic
institution, the Board has taken action to establish an Office of
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