Director of Engagement


The Farnsworth Art Museum is seeking a highly skilled, creative and passionate believer in the transformation power of art and its ability to engage audiences. The new position of Director of Engagement will provide leadership by building a dynamic educational model that positions the Farnsworth Art Museum as a leader in audience engagement. This position will drive collaborative partnerships across all departments and throughout the region with the goal of creating an exciting and welcoming experience for all audiences through the delivery of the highest quality programming.

This full-time position provides strategic leadership to align a full range of programming that attracts, excites and grows audiences both on site and through virtual experiences. The position also manages day-to-day department operations including budget and staff.

To be successful in this role, the candidate must:

  • Guide the department’s work to develop the highest quality programming that excites, inspires and engages diverse audiences at the local, state and national levels.
  • Stay abreast of the most advanced pedagogical approaches and be a dynamic contributor to the field; serve as a spokesperson for FAM’s programs.
  • Align the work of the department to serve diverse and growing youth and adult audiences.
  • Strengthen and support FAM’s relationship with area school systems.
  • Forge collaborative cross-departmental relationships to develop convergent offerings that create links between programs as well as innovative strategies for audience engagement and to make sure programmatic offerings are strategic, mission driven, and efficient.
  • Cultivate and engage museum patrons, building a community of funders and supporters to help advance the goals of FAM.
  • Develop and maintain contacts and collaborations in the museum, cultural and education communities.
  • Write grant proposals, presentations and reports.
  • Work closely with the Chair of the Docents Committee to build a strong relationship with the group to ensure a commitment to quality and continuous growth.


Qualifications include a Master’s degree in art history, education, the humanities or related field or equivalent experience, a minimum of 10 years of experience in increasingly responsible education-related positions with a least 2-3 years at senior management level in a museum setting and:

  • Proven record in developing and implementing high quality, innovative programs for various audiences from school age to adult.
  • Proven experience generating financial support in partnership with Advancement team.
  • Highly developed leadership, political, entrepreneurial, decision-making and people management skills
  • Creative strategic thinking with excellent organization, program management, planning and administrative skills, with ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple activities to meet deadlines.
  • Proven ability to conceptualize and analyze problems and solutions in a proactive, constructive, and creative manner.
  • Ability to forge and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of representatives.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills: ability to present information confidently in formal and informal settings to a range of individuals with varying levels of expertise.
  • Curiosity and drive to stay ahead of trends in the museum world.
  • Ability to manage confidential information with absolute trust and integrity.
  • A high degree of facility using social media and other technology to communicate and engage audiences.

Full-time position with a schedule of five days per week, with varied hours based on program schedule and offsite work requirements including evenings and events as necessary. Some travel is expected for research and cultivating partnerships.

To submit an application or for more information please contact Rebecca Flanagan at