The Dayton Art Institute seeks a Lead Museum Educator.

Reporting directly to the Chief Curator, the Lead Museum Educator provides leadership for the museum's initiatives of learning and interpretation and supervises a team of museum educators, museum 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 lead educator 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 (preferred), museum education, museum studies, 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 nonprofit institution is preferred;
  • Classroom teaching experience a plus;
  • 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.
  • Equivalent experience will also be considered, if the applicant has at least three years in a full-time museum education position.
  • 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

  • Absolutely passionate about being a member of a team that is developing new art initiatives with a strong diverse and inclusive visitor-centered community dynamic.
  • Research, writing, editing, 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.
  • Adept at writing in a variety of voices and styles; strong editor and proofreader skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, exceptionally resourcefulness and displays good professional judgment, problem solving, and ability to work under pressure exercising tact and diplomacy always.
  • Self-directed and able to work independently as well as effectively in a team setting within the department and collaborate across the organization.
  • 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, as well as the Internet for research.
  • Proficiency with digital technology, new and emerging media, and current social media, mobile devices and other relevant media.

Salary Range: $50,000 to $60,000

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. 

Submission Deadline: This job listing will remain open until the first interview phase is complete or until a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified.  NOTE:  Incomplete application materials may not receive full consideration for the position. For more information, visit

The Dayton Art Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Posted: April 25, 2019