The Dayton Art Institute seeks a Director of Education.

Reporting directly to the Chief Curator, the Director of Education provides leadership for the museum's initiatives of learning and interpretation and supervises a team of museum educators, instructors and volunteers in creating, managing, and implementing programs. This includes, but is not limited to, 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 director develops innovative ways to connect with diverse audiences and to engage current and potential guests through the museum's educational programs. 

Education and/or Experience Requirements 

  • Master's degree in art education, museum education, museum studies, art history, 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;
  • Equivalent experience will also be considered, if the applicant has at least three years in a full-time museum education position.
  • 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.
  • 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 

  • Able to work independently, as well be a part of a team that is developing new art initiatives with a strong diverse and inclusive visitor-centered community dynamic.
  • Research, writing, editing, proofreading 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. 
  • Strong organizational skills, exceptionally resourcefulness and displays good professional judgment, problem solving, and ability to work under pressure exercising tact and diplomacy always.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency with digital technology, new and emerging media, and current social media, mobile devices and other relevant media.

Salary range: $60,000-$70,000

Job classification: Full-time

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. For more information, visit

Posted: June 17, 2019