Position Title:             Education and Public Programs Assistant

Department:              Curatorial Affairs and Education

Reports to:                 Education Manager and Public Programs Coordinator

Classification:             Part-time, Non-Exempt (25 hrs per week)

Position Summary

The Education and Public Programs Assistant supports the Education Department with critical administrative duties, assistance with the planning and implementation of events and other projects that support the department’s many programs and initiatives.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Education Manager and Public Programs Coordinator in the planning, preparation and facilitation of programs and events within the Education Department
  • Work with internal and external contacts and partners to ensure that events achieve expected outcomes and meet Museum expectations
  • Be on site as a Museum representative during departmental events
  • Interact effectively with Museum staff, trustees, Docents, committee members, and visitors
  • Maintain Museum standards and quality of service for events
  • Adhere to and enforce the Museum’s facility usage guidelines with all vendors and clients
  • Assist in maintaining systems to monitor event success
  • Oversee the key administrative functions of the Museum’s Student Art Workshop program
  • Assist with gallery interpretive content development
  • Assist with a variety of administrative assignments, as assigned by the Education Manager or Public Programs Coordinator
  • Act as the BPOC Liaison for Education content and materials
  • Regularly monitor and update department events on the Museum’s website.  Update calendar listings with images, ticket links, and additional information
  • Add to and maintain department contacts for targeted event marketing
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Abilities: Ability to exercise good judgment and decision-making. Able to work effectively under pressure. Ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically with staff, volunteers, patrons, and vendors. Ability to think creatively and be a team player.


  • Strong customer service skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Familiarity and comfort with interacting with the public
  • Computer literate, experience with Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with social media platforms – including Instagram and Facebook
  • Strong attention to detail; ability to effectively multitask
  • Flexibility


B.A. or B.F.A. in Studio Art, Art Education, Museum Education, or Art History preferred.


  • Must have administrative and office experience. Art History or Museum Education background and experience working with youth preferred.

Physical Demands: 

  • Some carrying and lifting up to 30 pounds.
  • 75% time spent sitting at the computer.
  • Daily walking required interior of facility.

Work Environment:

  • Office space may be shared.
  • Noise fluctuates between quiet and moderately noisy.

Application Deadline: June 19, 2019

If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to: resumes@sdmart.org, or mail to: The San Diego Museum of Art, Attention: Human Resources, P.O. Box 122107, San Diego, CA 92112.

The San Diego Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, disability, protected medical condition, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.