Katonah Museum of Art
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience and presents innovative and substantive programs for nearly 100 member schools and community organizations. Our Learning Center is one of the only interactive spaces in Westchester County where families can come on a daily basis to explore and create art.
The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA), located in Westchester County, seeks a dynamic, creative, museum educator to join its small but mighty Education Department. The Education Department creates innovative, meaningful visitor experiences and deep community connections through its tour program, education initiatives, outreach collaborations, youth and family programming, engagement activities, and interpretive materials.
Reporting to the Curator of Education, the Education Program Coordinator is responsible for maintaining excellence in adult tours, school tours and volunteer program; and is collaboratively involved in implementing public programs for teen, youth and family audiences, and visitor engagement activities. The Education Coordinator also provides administrative support for the Department across all program areas—including the Learning Center, school, family, and youth programs—and is an integral member of the three-person Education team.
Curator of Education
Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
Volunteer and Docent Program
– Oversee the volunteer program with approximately 70 annual volunteers
– Engage in ongoing recruitment, vetting, and placement of volunteers and docents
– Under the supervision of the Curator of Education and in collaboration with Curatorial, oversee delivery of docent training for each exhibition
– Coach volunteers to provide engaging and thought-provoking tours for adults and children and evaluate docent performance through regular observations and meetings
– Coordinate the schedule for adult docent and school tour guides and establish a supportive, personal relationship with all docents and volunteers
– Develop ongoing activities for volunteer/docent program, including professional development opportunities and an annual volunteer luncheon
– Collaborate with the Education Department staff to develop curricula for school audiences and produce interpretive and educational materials for each new exhibition
– Assist in training and oversight of school tour docents, including evaluation and assessment
– Schedule all school and adult group tours, including managing calendar, booking appointments, sending invoices
– Greet all school tours and lead school, youth, or adult tours as needed
– Maintain school member databases and communication with schools and educators
– Maintain and deepen relationships with teachers and school systems through periodic meetings and program collaborations
– Oversee 3-4 interns per year
Teen, Youth, and Family Programs
– Assist in establishing and maintaining a group of approximately 8-12 teen participants in the Teen Council Program through recruitment and close ties with local schools
– Collaboratively develop, plan, and lead weekly Teen Council programs to engage teens in Museum activities and produce events for teen audiences
– In collaboration with the Education team, develop gallery guides and unique hands-on engagement activities for family visitors as they relate to changing exhibitions.
– Collaboration with the Education staff to plan and implement family programs such as Family Days, Community Fridays, school vacation activities and workshops
– Support audience building and community engagement through outreach events and other, initiatives
General & Administration
– Support the Curator of Education in various outreach and administrative activities
– Work with Communications to publicize programming
– Attend the weekly staff meeting
– Other administrative duties as needed
– 2+ years of museum education, arts education, arts administration, or related experience
– Bachelor’s Degree in art history, museum studies, education, or a related field required, Master’s Degree is a plus
– Strong oral and written communication skills
– Familiarity with object- and inquiry-based teaching practices including Visual Thinking Strategies within classroom, museum, or other informal learning environments
– Commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all areas of content development, audience engagement, and program facilitation
– Demonstrated ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds
– Strong organizational and time management skills with high attention to detail and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously
– Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
– Hands-on art making or art teaching experience is a plus
– Proficiency in and/or conversational Spanish is a plus
– Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required
– This position is primarily in-person with some flexibility
Weekdays, 9:00-5:00; occasional weekends and evenings
Salary or Compensation:
$40,000-$42,000 per year plus benefits
Organization or Project Website:
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com including “Education Program Coordinator” in the subject line.
The Katonah Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer and free of discrimination based on protected class status, including race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, military or veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other impermissible basis. The KMA strives for an inclusive work environment and actively embraces a diversity of people, ideas, talents, and experiences.