Head of Learning & Academic Programmes
Museum of Islamic Art – Doha
Head of Learning & Academic Programmes
The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha – Qatar, opened to great acclaim in December 2008. The spectacular building by I. M. Pei houses a world class collection of Islamic art, ranging from Spain to Central Asia and India, dating from the 7th to the 19th centuries, and encompassing arts of all kinds. Particularly important are the collections of early Qurans and other manuscripts, inlaid metalwork, carpets and textiles.
The Museum’s Education Division, launched in 2009, performs a fundamental role at MIA, developing and delivering active and ambitious educational programmes for the Museum’s audiences.
MIA is seeking a Head of Learning & Academic Programmes within the Education Division to help further establish the Museum and its activities at the forefront of international practice. The Head of Learning & Academic Programmes and their team drive learning at MIA.
The post is full-time, based in Doha, and attracts a competitive salary and benefits package.
- Support the overarching MIA vision and strategy in all areas of the described role.
- Work with Deputy Director Education to develop clear learning strategy for existing and new audiences of all age-groups, with short, medium and long term goals, to enhance public learning about MIA’s world-class collection.
- Lead team to develop and promote a full suite of learning activities across age-groups and audiences, to include:
- Range of learning activities, programmes and materials for schools
- Family activities and programmes
- Adult learning opportunities at MIA
- University student learning opportunities and collaborative partnerships
- MIA Visiting Scholars programme and activities.
- Drive the development of appropriate learning materials, interpretative devices and publications for temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries.
- Oversee museum guide training schedule and content to enhance gallery tour experiences for all visitors.
- Continually assess spaces at MIA for learning interaction and activities.
- Ensure regular evaluation of programmes and activities to assure consistent and high quality delivery; develop focus group research and evaluation relationships with key stakeholders.
- Work with Deputy Director Education, Curatorial and Communications teams to identify and develop appropriate interpretive content and themes (using archival / database development where appropriate).
- Act as a focal point for research of learning styles, audiences, formal and informal learning in Qatar; ensure relevant and timely information is provided to Museum staff in development of wider exhibition, events, interpretive and communication activities.
- Negotiate departmental staffing and individual development plans; complete annual staff appraisals and ensure regular follow-up on allocated tasks within the Section; make all staff aware of their roles and responsibilities and ensure effective communications.
- Develop annual budgets for Section and prioritise activities according to the overarching goals of the Education Division and MIA.
- Follow MIA policies and procedures; develop policy for Section in line with internationally recognized best practice.
- Ensure regular communication with Deputy Director Education about activities within Section.
- Support the work of all staff and encourage an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual trust within the team.
- Other tasks as requested by the Deputy Director Education.
- Bachelors / Masters degree in education, museum studies or other relevant subject area
- Minimum of three years professional experience in relevant educational or museum role
- Experience of developing learning materials and activities across age-groups
- Fluency in both Arabic and English is an advantage
- Knowledge of educational / development theory and museum best practice
- Interest in informal learning in a gallery environment
- Supervisory and team management skills
- Demonstrable interest in Islamic art history; experience of teaching / educational systems in Qatar is advantageous
- Strong organizational and analysis skills and ability to implement appropriate solutions
- Proactive self-starter, willing to take initiative and possess a problem-solving attitude to accomplish work goals and tasks
- Strong communications skills and polite manner, with enthusiasm for working as part of a wider team
- Ability to work independently and with flexibility in dealing with new projects and roles; must be accurate and demonstrate attention to detail
Applications by 30 June 2013 to firstname.lastname@example.org should include a covering letter, a full CV and the names of two referees. Please make reference to where or how you heard about this vacancy.
Architecture and Architectural History
Islamic History / Studies