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Position: Education Department

Title: Summer Youth Art Program Instructors (multiple)

Classification: Full-Time, Temporary Non-Exempt (Seasonal- weekly)          

Reports To: Coordinator, Educator and Student Programs   

Job Summary: 

The Summer Youth Art Programs Instructor is an integral staff member of The San Diego Museum of Art’s Summer Youth Art Programs team. The programs are held in Balboa Park, within the Museum galleries and the classrooms located at the Museum Art School. The instructor leads daytime classes in collection-inspired art making for youth in kindergarten through twelfth grades. The programs run from July 16 – August 17, 2018, with individual class topics and grade levels assigned to each instructor within but not necessarily throughout the entire five-week program. Instructors may be hired to lead one to four weeks of summer programs. All instructors are responsible for participating in a pre-program training day early July 2018 and for developing curriculum plans for their assigned camps prior to the start of the program.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement creative and engaging Museum-related, age-appropriate curriculum for program participants
  • Work effectively in a team-structured work environment and maintain a positive and enthusiastic attitude when working with staff, parents, and program participants
  • Ensure that activities are effectively and safely implemented following Museum-suggested risk management protocol
  • Demonstrate effective problem–solving skills and flexibility, as well as, a desire and ability to work well with children
  • Demonstrate ability to work with the following: under-served audiences, audiences new to the Museum, diverse audiences where English is the second language
  • Other responsibilities and duties as requested
  • Must pass background and finger printing clearance




B.A. or B.F.A. in Studio Art, Art Education, Museum Education, Elementary Education preferred.
Previous experience teaching or working with K-8 students and curriculum planning for that age group preferably in a museum setting.


First Aid and CPR certification preferred.


Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment.
Creative, enthusiastic, and responsible team.
Detail oriented, patient, and flexible.
Ability to work in culturally sensitive ways and respect diversity. Bilingual in Spanish preferred.


Strong skills in communication, teaching, presentation, and writing.
Effective organizational and administrative skills.

Physical Demands:

Some carrying and lifting up to 30 pounds.
Daily walking from the Museum to MAS (Museum Art School), which include stairs and parking lots.

Work Environment:

Office space is located in the basement of the House of Hospitality in Balboa Park. Noise level ranges from quiet to moderately noisy.

 All interested candidates must apply before: April 20, 2018

 If interested, please submit cover letter, resume, and self-authored art-related lesson plan example for elementary or middle school aged students to:                               


San Diego Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel because of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status or physical disability.