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Head of the Office for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion And Access (Deputy Director)

Company: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Location: Mantua
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

The Role:
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Reports to: The George D. Widener Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
(Timothy Rub)
Supervises: Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access

Position Summary:
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 work.

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 Responsibilities:
    • 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 cross-functional groups.
    • 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 work.
    • 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 goals.
    • 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 events.
    • 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.
      Other Responsibilities
      • 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 policies.Qualifications:
        • 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 is essential.
        • 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 desirable.
        • 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 backgrounds.
        • 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 city.

            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 Diversity, Equity..... click apply for full job details

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