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Student Engagement Manager

Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville

Harn Museum of Art
University of Florida
Student Engagement Manager

The Student Engagement Manager develops programs that engage University of Florida students with the Harn Museum of Art and its collections, as well as with creative and academic experiences. In this effort, the Student Engagement Manager works with students that are in the museum for internships, volunteer opportunities, class tours, and informal programs. Further, they will cultivate and develop collaborative partnerships with a wide range of student organizations and campus units serving students, to explore opportunities and programs that bring students to the museum. Broadly, they will develop public educational programs for college students and adults that enhance visual literacy, stimulate exploration of and dialogue around art, inspire creative thinking and engagement across disciplines, and promote cultural diversity. Create an inclusive and accessible environment for external and internal stakeholders through positive, respectful collaboration and communication. Establish a harmonious and supportive environment for the Education Department by maintaining a professional and dependable job attendance and demeanor; handling multiple priorities in a fast-paced work environment; ensuring problem resolutions; collaborating with departments; fostering team success through learning new ways to accomplish work, building commitment, and mobilizing actions. The ability to maintain confidentiality of all information entrusted to this position is a must.


Provides training, leadership, and oversight for Student Gallery Guides, whose purpose is: 1) preparing tours for adult audiences; 2) developing and presenting programming for student engagement space; and 3) providing advisory input on Harn programs and exhibitions.

Provides leadership and oversight for the internship program, and Creatives-in-Residence (students who create poetry, music, or dance programs in the museum).

Leads outreach to UF colleges and students to create awareness of the museum intern program and student opportunities. Collaborates with the Human Resources Manager to facilitate paid internship awards.

Develops and executes monthly Museum Nights events, an evening event for university students and the public

Conceptualizes and administers adult programs for students and for community members, including but not limited to lectures, symposia, gallery talks, gallery conversations, civil dialogues, and student workshops.

Conceptualizes and administers campus outreach programs led by interns and Student Gallery Guides reaching audiences on campus beyond the museum building.

Supports academic class visits, developing and leading tours and presentations across all disciplines.

Working with the Director of Education, seeks grants for existing and new programs.

Oversees all Student Gallery Guide education to develop a skilled volunteer corps through training in skills and content, an evaluation process and appreciation efforts. Leads training, arranges speakers, identifies readings/media.  

Oversees programming and maintenance of the student engagement space, with the involvement of Student Gallery Guides.

Conducts, manages, and evaluates public educational programs – with the involvement of UF students – for college student and adult audiences; including but not limited to Museum Nights, lectures, symposia, gallery talks, gallery conversations, civil dialogues and workshops. Consults with curators and educators on programs. Invites and involves faculty, artists, and community partners (individuals and organizations) as guest speakers, facilitators, and advisors.

Plans for visiting artists, scholars, and performers in connection with public education programs.

Organizes and presents academic class tours and presentations.

Recruits, trains, and supervises a diverse corps of student volunteers for the education department (Interns and Student Gallery Guides) from a wide range of disciplines using various methods, including but not limited to hosting events, attending off-site volunteer recruitment fairs and by contacting key internet, community, and university resources.

Provides references and letters of recommendation for student volunteers as requested.

Supervises and attends museum education programs.

Contributes to the museum website with information and materials on public educational programs for college students and adults.

Collaborates with Marketing and Public Relations Department on content of promotional materials in support of the department activities.

Responsible for the hiring and supervision of temporary or contract personnel including work study students.

Represents the museum through continual interaction with university faculty and staff; establishes and maintains professional affiliations with colleagues in similar positions within university art museums and galleries nationwide; and attends and presents at regional and national professional conferences on behalf of the museum. Collaborates with university colleagues and serves on university-wide committees.

Contributes to the preparation of and manages the approved Student Engagement annual budget. Provides Student Engagement program budget and grant proposals to the Director of Education for consideration. Manages and provides status and final reports.

Participates in Education department staff meetings.


  • Experience working with students in a University Gallery or Museum
  • Additional experience and/or advanced degree in art education, arts administration, art history, education, student engagement or related field
  • Two – four years of arts administration or museum education experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Excellent written, proofreading, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a team environment
  • Self-directed, organized and career minded; ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of methods of data collection; Ability to compile and analyze data for administrative decisions
  • Experience with business processes, budgets, and grants
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with educational technology and software, such as Microsoft Office Suite.

Monday – Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., 40 hours per week
Hours may vary with the Harn Museum of Art activities; selected evenings and weekends may be required depending on the needs of the department and museum.

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two (2) years of appropriate experience.


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SALARY $45,000 - $55,000 commensurate with experience.




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