Lead Museum Educator

The Dayton Art Institute

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Reporting directly to the Chief Curator, the Lead Museum Educator provides leadership for the museum’s initiatives of learning and interpretation and supervises a team of museum educators, museum instructors and volunteers in creating, managing, and implementing programs.

  • Developing and delivering special exhibition and collection gallery programming;

  • curating and programming the Lange Family Experiencenter, an internationally recognized hands-on gallery for all ages;

  • community outreach;

  • data collection and visitor assessment; and museum guide programs. - The lead educator develops innovative ways to connect with diverse audiences and to engage current and potential guests through the museum’s educational programs.

  • Master’s degree in art education (preferred), museum education, museum studies, or a related discipline.

  • Minimum five (5) years of progressive leadership in the museum field

  • Experience working in a museum environment developing and planning programs and managing individuals and projects is preferred;

  • Experience developing and managing school programs in an art museum or similar non-profit institution is preferred;

  • Classroom teaching experience a plus;

  • Knowledge of art/art history, academic content standards, current museum teaching strategies, and learning theory;

  • Knowledge of current practices in museum/community education, exhibition design and development, interpretation and visitor studies.

  • Equivalent experience will also be considered, if the applicant has at least three years in a full-time museum education position.

  • Experience managing volunteer groups, program and budget development, project management and planning skills along with an ability to meet deadlines are necessary.

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion and accessibility initiatives and programs a plus.

Competencies, Skills and Abilities

  • Absolutely passionate about being a member of a team that is developing new art initiatives with a strong diverse and inclusive visitor-centered community dynamic.

  • Research, writing, editing, and information management skills

  • Proven project planning, coordination, and evaluation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to communicate well both verbally and in written form with museum colleagues, members, and visitors of different ages, interests, and backgrounds.

  • Adept at writing in a variety of voices and styles; strong editor and proofreader skills.

  • Strong organizational skills, exceptionally resourcefulness and displays good professional judgment, problem solving, and ability to work under pressure exercising tact and diplomacy always.

  • Self-directed and able to work independently as well as effectively in a team setting within the department and collaborate across the organization.

  • Must be able to thrive in a multi-tasking and changing work environment and have the initiative to undertake and complete projects accurately, on deadline, and at times with minimal supervision.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, as well as the Internet for research.

  • Proficiency with digital technology, new and emerging media, and current social media, mobile devices and other relevant media.

How to Apply

For consideration, please submit letter of interest including salary expectation, Curriculum Vitae or resume, along with a 600-word statement of your philosophy of museum education.

Submission Deadline: This job listing will remain open until the first interview phase is complete or until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. NOTE: Incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position.

Posted on April 25