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Associate Museum Educator - Crystal Bridges

Associate Museum Educator, Public Programs - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Under the supervision of the Assistant Manager for Adult Public Programs, the Associate Museum Educator will be responsible for planning and facilitating a broad range of public programs for adult audiences that align with the Museum’s mission. The Associate Museum Educator will provide support and facilitation as needed for public programs in general, for example at large-scale events, festivals, performance programs, and community engagement projects. The position requires strong public speaking skills, social networking and community organizing skills.  The position will have a high degree of public, membership, donor and volunteer contact. The ability to lead programs and conduct tours is another essential function of this position.  Many programs are delivered in the evenings (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and on weekends, so the ability to work at those times is essential.

 Principal Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Develop and lead facilitation of programs on the museum’s roster of offerings for Adult Programming. This includes developing program themes and goals, identifying and contracting presenters, performers and vendors, procuring needed supplies and rentals, writing program copy, and coordinating preparations for programs with colleagues from departments across the museum.

  • Serve as lead educator on a selection of adult programs, as determined by the Assistant Manager.  These may include select classes such as wellness and/or studio art, weekly gallery conversations, monthly film series, happy hours, signature parties, and other offerings.

  • Develop, facilitate, and coordinate college programming. Work with higher education faculty to cultivate participation amongst faculty, administration and students to grow the college audience base.

  • Assist the Assistant Manager of Public Programs in working with Crystal Bridges’ young professional advisory group, including planning, scheduling and facilitating advisory committee meetings. Special attention will be placed on targeting young professionals and local stakeholders. 

  • Provide written program content as needed, and collaborate with the communications department for successful marketing, and creation of collateral materials.

  • Work with the Education Project Coordinator and/or Special Events Coordinator to coordinate facility needs, resources, supplies and registration for programs.

  • Engage with the local community to build presenter network, collaborations, program diversity and audience interest. Cultivate effective collaborative relationships with area artists, institutions and organizations to help develop quality public programming.

  • Communicate and collaborate effectively with curatorial, exhibitions, marketing, guest services, volunteer services, protection services, and all other necessary departments to promote and present programming inspired by and interpreting the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.

  • Assist in the creation of the public programs budget; manage program expenditures.

  • Consistently monitor/evaluate programs for effectiveness and improvement. Meaningfully reflect on past programs to help push museum program offerings forward.

  • Work with the Assistant Manager of Adult Public Programs, Membership and Communications teams to manage the planning and implementation of programs via online, social media, print, and membership campaigns.

  • Research new development on trends in audience engagement for young adults and share knowledge with groups to inform programs.


Minimum Qualifications

 Education, Training, and Traits:

  • Bachelor’s degree required preferably in the arts 

  • Enthusiasm about being a member of a team developing a major art museum with a strong visitor-centered community dynamic

  • Ability to understand and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality

  • Experience in planning and presenting programs

  • Strong community organizing and social networking skills

Work Experience:

  • Minimum two year of experience in related employment preferred

  • Experience working with and engaging ages 17-40s, special event planning, community relationship building, museum and/or entertainment programming preferred

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Excel, Word, Power Point, and Social Media 

In regard to education and experience, an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience will satisfy the minimum requirements.


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Arkansas driver’s license with clean driving record.  Willing and able to travel by car to fulfill responsibilities.


Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge on the field of arts and current trends in the Museum/Community engagement

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Supervision and team management skills

  • Excellent attendance and punctuality

  • Strong organizational skills and analytical skills

  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with strong attention to accuracy and detail

  • Ability to multi-task and think critically

  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a team, with initiative

  • Ability and willingness to work weekends and evenings, as required.


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires ability to communicate with others. Position requires utilizing a computer for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.   

  • Work Environment: The majority of work will be performed in an office environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Regular weekend, evening and night work hours also required.

Application and Additional Information


To be considered for this position, please apply through this posting. Applications must be complete and include a resume and cover letter.


No phone calls please.

The successful candidate will be required to pass a routine background and consumer credit check and drug screen.



Crystal Bridges/ The Momentary is committed to creating an institution that reflects the diversity of our region and nation.  We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing the museum as a guest, volunteer, or employee.  To achieve true reform, we must have a diverse, highly qualified team. Crystal Bridges / The Momentary is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We actively encourage minority candidates to apply for this position. 

Museum Overview:

Crystal Bridges is a museum of American Art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities.

We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams and inspired actions.

 As an employee at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.