Educator for Gallery Teaching

Frist Art Museum

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The Frist Art Museum, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is the premier visual arts organization in the region. It is a noncollecting art museum, with some exhibitions developed in house and others on loan from major institutions from across the country and around the world. The Frist Art Museum is committed to presenting top-quality exhibitions, offering informative and engaging programming for visitors of all ages, and being a welcoming environment for everyone. Its policy on diversity, inclusion, equity, and accessibility concerns all aspects of operations, from the make-up of staff, volunteers, trustees, and vendors, to the implementation of in-gallery and outreach programs for visitors and the community. The staff observes core values of integrity and courtesy to guarantee that the museum is a pleasant place to work and to visit.

The Educator for Gallery Teaching develops, supports, and coordinates a range of in-house gallery teaching that facilitates visitor engagement with exhibitions. Responsibilities consist of the development of gallery teaching approaches, which includes the development and management of the docent program, research and writing exhibition audio tours, developing content for the Frist Art Museum’s app, and other exhibition-related interpretive materials as appropriate in collaboration with curatorial department and educator for interpretation. In addition, this position manages the internship and teaching assistant program. Education programs, materials, interpretation, and tours are created for the diverse communities of Middle Tennessee to encourage life-long learning and to use the Frist Art Museum as a resource for the arts and humanities. The target audience includes everyone from the novice to the connoisseur. The Educator for Gallery Teaching will work collaboratively within the department of education and engagement, across the institution, and with other community organizations as appropriate. Some weekends and evenings are required.


Implement and manage all aspects of the in-gallery teaching including the docent program - recruitment, selection, training, evaluation, and continuing education of new and continuing docents; management of the docent program budget; and docent appreciation events;

Supervise the internship and teaching assistant program including the marketing, recruitment, interviews, and placement within the museum; works with staff on supervision of interns and teaching assistants;

Develop a docent education curriculum drawn from art, art history, and art education. Incorporate best practices for interactive gallery teaching and supportive of current educational curriculum;

In consultation with curators, educators, and designers, review exhibition interpretation to determine the best strategies and approaches that serve the audience and promotes visitor engagement;

Work in collaboration with the Educator for Interpretation to create interpretive materials such as videos, audio tours, response stations, and digital and analog interactives as appropriate to exhibitions;

Serve as education reader for selected exhibitions providing feedback on strategies for visitor engagement that may be employed in primary exhibition text;

Oversee the accessibility of tours and in-gallery teaching strategies, including appropriate materials for multisensory carts as needed, and other interactives to reach visitors of all abilities; and programs for specific audiences such as Alzheimer patients;

Support the Educator for Interpretation in the development, planning, and implementation of public programs designed to build confidence and competence in looking at, thinking, and talking about art through a broad variety of program types and events in collaboration with other staff;

Prioritize and balance in-gallery programming needs, coordinating within the education and engagement department and across the institution;

Collaborate with the other education staff to coordinate the in-gallery teaching approaches with K-12 educator guides and workshops, and public programs;

Oversee and manage appropriate budgets; participate in grant and sponsorship applications in coordination with development staff;

Emphasize object-exhibitions and visual culture, in the community and at the Frist Art Museum;

Maintains a focus on diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility in the recruitment and development of the docent, intern, and teaching assistant program;

Ensure the safety and health of the public are provided for at all on-site Frist public based education as a catalyst for discussion and learning about current programs and events, and that City codes and ordinances are fully met;

Connect art to everyday living;

Work with volunteers and interns in a positive and constructive manner;

Accept projects as assigned by supervisor.

  • Must have 3-5years of experience in museum education, and demonstrated ability to manage a program for volunteers, docents, or interns, research and writing skills, and speaking skills

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the history of art and materials culture (Western and non-Western);

  • Knowledge of current best practices in museum interpretation, object-based pedagogy and teaching strategies for art education;

  • Strong research skills and the ability to write and communicate clearly for adult and intergenerational audiences;

  • Experience in public speaking and presentation of programs to the community and colleagues;

  • Ability to manage programs and facility preparations and arrangements for small and large groups;

  • Knowledge of educational programming for various audiences, including non-traditional groups;

  • Ability to work effectively with people on a personal level, with tact and diplomacy and in a positive and constructive manner;

  • Familiarity with using technology to deliver content;

  • Experience working with audiences of all abilities;

  • Ability to contribute creatively in a team-oriented workplace;

  • Ability to set priorities, organize, and inspire organization in the work of others;

  • Well-versed and at ease in current computer applications.

  • Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Demands may include: Lifting materials up to 50 pounds; Stooping, bending, kneeling; Standing for long periods of time; Working at computer for long periods of time

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send their resume, references and salary expectations to:

Frist Art Museum

919 Broadway

Nashville, Tennessee 37203-3822

Email: or Fax: (615) 744-3339

Attention: Sheri Horn, Human Resources Manager

Posted on November 4