Positions open at di Rosa Preserve – Director of Education and Public Programs and Public Relations Manager


POSITIONS AVAILABLE

POSITION TITLE: Director of Education and Public Programs
SUPERVISOR: Executive Director
AVAILABLE: June 1, 2008
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
TERMS: Exempt, Full-time (40 hours per week plus benefits)

THE POSITION:

The di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature is looking for a committed, experienced professional to design, direct and carry out a range of innovative and diverse interpretive programs for the public. The Preserve’s uniquely spectacular natural setting in the Napa Valley and large collection of contemporary art of Northern California offer rich source material and opportunities for engaging a wide audience of art lovers, local residents and visitors from throughout the world.

The Director of Education is responsible for the Preserve’s tour and docent programs, school and youth programs, public programs, community outreach and other education activities that augment exhibitions. Duties include providing supervision to staff and volunteers and maintaining cooperative working relationships as a member of the senior management team and liaison with the Volunteer Council.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Plan and direct programs that animate and interpret the collection and changing exhibitions of the art of Northern California to help adult and youth audiences enjoy and engage in understanding art and the creative process. Design and manage programs that expose audiences to the natural habitat and educate them about the native environment on site. Programs currently include tours, gallery talks, hikes, lectures and symposia, and may expand to include teacher workshops, multiple session courses, film, concerts and various special programs.

• Supervise staff and volunteers to ensure the effective management of public educational and interpretive activities. Oversee daily operations including scheduling and implementation of programs, compilation of tour and attendance statistics, and preparation and maintenance of budgets. Develop and supervise long-range planning activities for programs and operations.

• Work with Curatorial staff and others to ensure the appropriateness of educational materials and programs for audiences of various ages and backgrounds. Work in collaboration with Curator and Collections Manager to prepare educational materials related to collections and exhibitions (e.g. text, brochures, and interpretive materials for teachers and students).

• Oversee Guide and Docent training. Work in collaboration with the Volunteer Council on continuing education and stewardship of tour volunteers.

• Serve as liaison between the Preserve and primary and secondary schools, institutions of higher learning, and partner community institutions; represent the Preserve’s educational mission to the community at large.

• Work in collaboration with other staff including the Executive Director, Curator, Administrative Director, Development Director, Collections, Volunteer, Facilities and Public Relations staff in the preparation and implementation of major programs, exhibitions, and the funding and promotion of the education activities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Training: Educational degree in art or art history with an emphasis in contemporary art or art education preferred. Interest in and awareness of environmental issues is important.
Work Experience: Three years experience in a museum or other nonprofit arts institution at a managerial or supervisory level, with responsibility for designing and carrying out programs. Teaching experience and understanding of practices in museum education is important.
Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated creativity and innovation in developing educational programs. Broad knowledge of modern and contemporary art; strong familiarity with the art and artists of Northern California. Must possess excellent communication skills, both written and oral, be an effective public speaker and trainer, able to motivate and excite others to learn. Must have the ability to manage a team and enjoy working with a diverse group in an informal, collaborative environment. We need someone who is resourceful and a self-starter, with the ability to maintain a sense of humor and meet deadlines gracefully under pressure.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Physical Demands: Ability to participate in and lead walking tours on rugged terrain.
Special Environmental Factors: The Preserve is set amidst the agricultural zone of Napa’s famed wine-growing region. Must be comfortable with and enjoy nature, including a large quantity of native waterfowl and domestic peacocks that roam freely amid the sculpture on the grounds.

Additional information on the Preserve can be found at www.dirosapreserve.org.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please submit application, cover letter, resume, names and contact information for three references and two writing samples to:
Education Director Search
di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature
5200 Carneros Highway 121
Napa, CA 94559

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE
The di Rosa Preserve is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

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POSITION TITLE: Public Relations Manager
SUPERVISOR: Development Director
AVAILABLE: April 1, 2008
CLOSING DATE: April 14, 2008 (or until filled)
TERMS: Exempt, 32 hours per week plus benefits
COMPENSATION: $35,000-36,500 annual salary DOE

THE POSITION:
The di Rosa Preserve’s uniquely spectacular natural setting in the Napa Valley and large collection of contemporary art of Northern California offer rich source material and opportunities for engaging a wide audience of art lovers, local residents and visitors from throughout the world.

The Public Relations Manager is responsible for implementing an integrated public relations program to expand awareness and visibility of the Preserve in the region and beyond, to increase and diversify audiences, to improve public understanding of its mission and support of the art and artists of Northern California.

The Public Relations Manager has primary responsibility for planning and implementation of print and media relations, management of communications including editing and managing design and production of all printed material, management of web site and electronic communications, and development of strategies to increase involvement. The Public Relations Manager works collaboratively with Program and Development staff and other departments.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

Print and Media Relations
Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with print and media professionals, develop story ideas, draft and disseminate press releases and support material about programs and events, respond to media inquiries and opportunities.

Communications
Edit and supervise design, production and distribution of general brochures, exhibition and program materials, including annual Auction catalog. Produce e-Alerts and announcements. Establish and maintain publication schedule for all printed collateral. Promote efforts to integrate message and image in all materials for clear communication with varied audiences. Manage upgrade and maintenance of web-site. Coordinate on-site communications, including signage and displays. Document programs and events, including archiving of images and press.

Planning and Community Outreach
Develop annual marketing and public relations plan with objectives, schedule and budget for activities. Advise on strategies to increase visitation, involvement, and awareness of the di Rosa Preserve, including tours, educational programs and collaborative community projects. Participate in collaborative marketing efforts in the region and represent the Preserve with community groups; conduct tours as appropriate for outside groups.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education: B.A. degree from an accredited institution.
Experience: Three years experience in publicity, communications, marketing, and/or journalism. Prior experience with a museum or other nonprofit arts institution is desirable. Knowledge of local print and media is a plus.
Skills and Abilities: Must be able to write well for a variety of publics, possess excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills. Proven effectiveness in publicity and communications, including overseeing production of professional and visually compelling print and online material. Must enjoy modern and contemporary art and be comfortable writing about art and artists. Strong computer skills are important — Microsoft Office required, familiarity with Filemaker Pro, Photoshop, and Quark desired. Ability to perform basic layout and handle web-based communications is desirable. We need someone who is resourceful and a self-starter, who can maintain a sense of humor and meet deadlines gracefully under pressure, and who enjoys working collaboratively in an informal, fast-paced environment.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Must possess a car for occasional errands.
Physical Demands: Ability to participate in and lead walking tours on rugged terrain.

Additional information on the Preserve can be found at www.dirosapreserve.org.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please submit application, cover letter, resume, names and contact information for three references and two writing samples to:
Public Relations Manager Search
di Rosa Preserve: Art and Nature
5200 Carneros Highway 121
Napa, CA 94559

NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE
The di Rosa Preserve encourages residents of Napa and the North Bay Region to apply.
The di Rosa Preserve is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

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