POSITION: Education Manager (Manager of Youth & Family Programs) THE JAMES MUSEUM OF WESTERN & WILDLIFE ART ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art is a new institution currently under construction with a projected opening date in spring 2018. The 87,000 SF facility will house the significant collection of Western and wildlife art collected by Tom and Mary James over the past 35 years. The facility will include 30,000 SF of gallery space, a 4,000 SF special exhibitions gallery, a 141‐seat auditorium, a 6,000 SF special events rental space, a double height lobby with water feature, store, café, education classrooms, over 200 covered parking spaces, on‐site collection storage, administration offices, and back of house service facilities. Planned programming includes special exhibitions in a variety of genres, artist talks and demonstrations, art classes, lectures, performances, docent‐led tours, and a variety of activities for children and families.
ABOUT THE POSITION
The James Museum seeks an experienced educator to oversee a broad range of initiatives for youth and family audiences. Reporting to, and working closely with the Director of Education, the Education Manager will develop, implement, and evaluate engaging and innovative programs and educational resources based on the museum’s permanent collection and a rotating schedule of special exhibitions.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILTIES
- Manage all aspects of the museum’s preK‐12 field trip program. Develop and coordinate tours and related materials; oversee scheduling and day‐to‐day logistics
- Develop and implement family programs, such as gallery experiences, live performances, demonstrations, and art‐making activities
- Develop and coordinate hands‐on classes, workshops and summer camps for children
- Create family‐friendly gallery resources and publications
- Work with the Director of Education and internal teams to plan and execute special events
- Serve as a museum representative at community programs and outreach events
- Work with the Director of Education and the curatorial team to create and edit interpretive materials such as catalogues, label text and website content
- Complete other duties and responsibilities as required
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
The ideal candidate is:
- Experienced in creating, managing and leading educational programs, especially gallery‐based activities, art camps, school tours and family‐friendly events
- A confident and engaging communicator. Must be comfortable speaking to groups of children and adults, and able to write for a variety of ages/levels
- Knowledgeable about K‐12 state and national education standards, and skilled in creating museum programs that support and enhance school curricula
- A team‐player with strong interpersonal skills. Must have the desire and ability to collaborate with internal teams and cultivate partnerships with external constituencies
- A creative problem‐solver. Must know how to identify and analyze problems and devise innovative and resourceful solutions
- A meticulous planner and organizer. Must be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and with the highest attention to detail and quality
- Proficient with appropriate office software applications, as well as social media platforms. Experience with developing and using educational technology in programs is a plus
- Able to work a varied schedule, including some evenings and weekends
- B.A. in museum education, art education, art history/humanities, or related field. M.A. preferred
- 3‐5 years of experience planning and implementing programs within an arts, education, or cultural institution. Museum experience preferred.
- Office, gallery and classroom environment
- Non‐standard hours (generally Mon‐Fri, between 8 am and 6 pm) with extended nights and weekends probable
- Must be able to lift 20 lbs.
- Full time
Please send resume and cover letter to:
Julie Matus, Director of Education, Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org