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Interpretive Specialist

Denver Art Museum
Denver, Colorado
Closing date
Aug 9, 2022

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Museum Studies
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Job Location Denver Art Museum - Denver, CO


This position reports to the Associate Director, Interpretive Engagement (Learning & Engagement department).

Create welcoming, engaging, and dynamic installed, in-gallery and digital experiences for visitors of all ages and abilities; serve as primary point person on live, in-gallery interpretation for adult visitors.


Installed Interpretation

  • Develop visitor experience plans for permanent collection installations and temporary exhibitions in collaboration with curators, exhibition staff, and external partners. Integrate audience insights and community feedback into the planning process. Advocate for visitor and community needs, prioritizing racial equity.

  • Produce engaging installed experiences and interpretive materials, including but not limited to writing audio tours and labels, developing immersive hands-on-areas and visitor response elements, conceptualizing and producing video and digital content. Work with internal and external partners to execute. Evaluate and document installed components with an eye to developing DAMs practice.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with collection- and exhibition-related stakeholders/communities.

Live Interpretation

  • Lead the Interpretive Engagement division in developing, evaluating, and refining adult talks and tours program offerings.

  • Work closely with Adult Talks and Tours liaison, Manager of Volunteer and Talent Resources, and Docent Scheduler as needed for tour-related matters.

Research and Evaluation

  • Plan, implement, and observe various kinds of evaluation such as advisory groups, visitor panels, observations, and surveys related to interpretive materials and programs; share results effectively; keep up with research in the field on interpretive techniques, visitor experience in museums, and other topics related to responsibilities.

  • Conduct research as needed to create and deliver factually accurate, culturally sensitive written, digital, and live programs.

Additional Duties

  • Develop and produce resources and training for staff and volunteers to help engage the public with the collections and exhibition content.

  • Support other L&E divisions in developing, and sometimes delivering, collection- and exhibition-related programming and resources.

  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to produce community-driven artwork and/or to activate works by living artists as necessary.

  • Work with Marketing and Communications teams to develop supporting content for online and other platforms, and to promote adult talks and tours.

  • Assist in fundraising efforts (corporate requests, grants, etc.) related to collection areas and exhibitions as needed.

  • Supervise contract staff and interns as needed.

  • Participate in overall L&E department planning and budgeting activities.

  • Serve on cross-departmental staff and volunteer committees and workgroups as

  • Consistent usage of the Racial Equity Lens in day-to-day operations

  • Yearly goal setting to support Racial Equity Roadmap initiatives

QUALIFICATIONS (Education, Experience, Skills, etc.):

  • 3-5 years of museum, exhibition development, or related experience required.

  • Knowledge and practice of successful installed and live, facilitated interpretive strategies.

  • General art historical content knowledge, and ability to conduct sound art historical, contextual, and visitor research.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues, volunteers, and community representatives.

  • Experience leading participatory and conversation-based tours, and facilitating dialogue with visitors, staff, and volunteers.

  • Experience with volunteer management concepts and best practices.

  • Ability to communicate compellingly in a variety of formats (e.g., written, oral) with broad audiences for different purposes (e.g., exhibition interpretation, website, social media, live presentations).

  • Conversant with digital media and platforms, in order to work successfully with digital content developers.

  • Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive, equitable, inspiring and enjoyable gallery experiences.

  • Experience with culturally responsive teaching and writing practice.

  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary issues in presenting art and culture.

  • Masters in art history, museum education, anthropology or related field strongly preferred; BA required.

Pay: The hiring salary for the position is $55,000-$63,000 based on experience.

Benefits: A comprehensive medical/dental/vision plan, that can be extended to domestic partner, spouse, and children. DAM 100% paid Life Insurance, and Short/Long Term Disability. Generous sick and vacation paid time off and one personal day. Ten paid holidays. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and those who meet the requirements will qualify for the 3% non-elective contribution and 2% match program. A free RTD Eco Pass. A free DAM Family Membership. Free Telehealth and Employee Assistance Program. Access to Headspace. Two weeks Paid Parental Leave.

NOTE: The DAM prioritizes adaptability and a human-centered work environment. We are happy to consider accommodations to the position. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job. We know there is no such thing as a perfect" candidate - Nor do we look for the right "fit" with us, we look for the add! We believe in cultivating an environment where there is diversity of perspectives, in hopes that we can all thrive in an inclusive environment.

We know that searching for a job can be stressful so we would like to give you an overview of the process to manage expectations. This role may require a phone screen, interviews with hiring manager and or panel that will be held in-person at the DAM or video.


As an institution, we believe the Denver Art Museum is both a platform for and an amplifier of the voices of people of all races. We acknowledge that Black lives matter and communities of color Latinx, Indigenous, Black, and others have been underrepresented in art museums over decades, both internally and externally. We are committed to elevating all voices, artworks and perspectives and strive to support racial equity inside and out.

We prohibit discrimination against any person or organization based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, political service or affiliation, genetic information, or disability, as well as any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

We strive to provide a professional and positive work environment for our employees. The Museum expressly prohibits any form of employee harassment on the basis of age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, political service or affiliation, genetic information, disability or any other applicable status protected by federal, state or local law. Actions based on these or any legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated.

We encourage the freedom of gender expression and/or gender presentation. As an institution, we do not create barriers that may prevent any employee from expressing behaviors, mannerisms, interests, and appearances that represent their authentic personality or culture. Qualified candidates are expected to exemplify the DAMs internal values, which include being dynamic, respectful, inclusive, creative, and curious. The ability to maintain effective and positive working relationships with visitors, employees, volunteers, representatives of public and private entities, policy making bodies, and contractors is critical to the success of this position.

The Museum believes vaccination is an important measure to protect the health and safety of everyone from significant illness due to COVID-19 infection. As a condition of employment, employees must present proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on their first day of employment or receive an exemption or other reasonable accommodation due to circumstances protected under federal or state law that prevent the employee from being vaccinated. Employees are also mandated to receive a booster within 6 months of being fully vaccinated.
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