Position Title:              Lead Museum Educator

Department:                Education

Reports to:                  Manager of Art and Empathy Programs

Classification:             Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Position Summary

This position works with the Manager of Art and Empathy Programs to develop and facilitate on-site programming related to the Museum collection and temporary exhibitions. Foster depth of meaning and personal connections in onsite learning experiences. Collaborate with the education team, docents and curators to develop and facilitate innovative, enriching, and creative strategies for engagement with multiple audiences. 

The ideal candidate should be collaborative, energetic, proactive, innovative, and have a passion for art and creating enriching experiences for participants of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Additionally the ideal candidate should hold an interest in working to develop experiences for youth, families, and adults that stimulate interest in art, arouse creativity and creative thinking, and create empathetic connections between visitors’ lives and art.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Education team, Docents, and Curatorial staff to create museum programs that complement and encourage empathetic interaction with the permanent collection and special exhibitions.
  • Develop interpretive exploratory gallery experiences through dialogue, arts based activities, and creative expression.
  • Create and facilitate ongoing professional development workshops for Museum docents.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to develop and create digital programming and content.
  • Oversee logistics for on-site programs, public workshops and gallery experiences.
  • Develop strategies for interactive in-gallery education spaces.
  • Co-design gallery experiences, hands-on art explorations, projects, and gallery tours with education team.
  • Lead and facilitate art, art history, and art-making experiences.
  • Work with Manager of Art and Empathy Programs to contract visual artists and wellness professionals, and negotiate contracts. 
  • Work closely with education team to develop and track unified programming calendar.
  • Compile statistics, attendance, and survey responses into quarterly report for the Manager of Art and Empathy Programs.
  • Other duties as may be required.



  • Degree in Art History, Education, Studio Art, or related field.


  • Minimum of 3 years arts education experience and 2 years of creative project development and facilitation, preferably in an arts institution.
  • Experience with Adobe, Excel and Word products.
  • Experience in graphic design.


  • Ability to work with the public.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and programs. 
    Ability to interpret art of different periods and places of origin into currently relevant content.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment.


  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Strong skills in communication and presentation
  • Effective organizational and administrative skills. 


  • Advanced knowledge of and engagement with historical and contemporary art and relevant learning theories.
  • Knowledge of current museum education preferred.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic arts preferred.

Other Requirements

  • Commitment to attentive engagement with people of diverse ages, backgrounds, experiences, and identities.
  • Provide support for Education events, including some evening and weekend programs.      
  • Bilingual preferred.

Physical Demands

  • Approximately 30 % time sitting at computer.
  • Standing and walking to facilitate events.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

Work Environment

  • Noise level ranges from quiet to moderately noisy.
  • Office may be shared.

If interested, please submit cover letter, resume, and a one page DIY Art Lesson Plan 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.