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Associate Museum Educator, Youth & Family Programs - Crystal Bridges

Associate Museum Educator, Youth & Family Programs - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The Associate Museum Educator, Youth & Family Programs is a position within the Education Division, with a medium degree of public and volunteer contact. The position develops and delivers a variety of high-quality, appealing and innovative educational programs that actively engage the Museum’s child, youth, family, and multigenerational audiences. Our youth & family programs include camps, classes, workshops, nature programs, drop-in studios, school break programming, family days, and teen, tween and preschool programs, museum-wide events, offsite events, and The Studio A strong fine arts background, and command of American art history are required.


The Public Programs Associate Museum Educator, Youth & Family Programs works in collaboration with education division colleagues, museum staff and volunteers, and partners in the community, and reports to the Assistant Manager for Youth and Family Programs. Many programs are delivered in the evenings (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and on weekends, so the ability to work at those times is essential. The Public Programs Associate Museum Educator, Youth & Family Programs reports to the Assistant Manager for Youth and Family Programs within the Education division.


Principal Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Develop and lead facilitation of programs on the museum’s roster of offerings for youth and family. This includes developing program themes and goals, planning studio activities with art instructors, reviewing lesson plans, 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 youth & family programs, as determined by the Assistant Manager.  These will include select classes, nature programs,  family days, offsite events, break programs and other offerings.

  • Serve on cross-departmental teams to collaboratively plan multigenerational public programs, such as Art Night Out, Garden Party and Light Night.

  • Manage the Hands-On Gallery space (Open Studio). Responsibilities include scheduling art instructor and/or volunteer staffing, collaborating with Art Instructors to design, prepare, test, and implement projects and activities in conjunction with the  Museum’s permanent collection works and special exhibitions, working with curatorial and exhibition teams to coordinate installation needs and display of collection materials.

  • Work with the Assistant Manager in guiding art instructors and contracted teaching artists who provide classes, workshops, and written educational materials.

  • 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.

  • Schedule, train and supervise volunteers involved in program delivery


Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, Traits:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art education, art history, museum studies or studio art required.

  • Ability to teach studio-based classes in visual arts, (at least beginner to intermediate level)

  • Ability to lead gallery conversations based on original works of art.

  • Experience in planning and presenting public programs related to the visual arts.

  • Knowledge of museum education practice.

  • Experience working in a multi-generational space or drop-in activity space is desirable.

  • Highest ethics as they relate to all aspects of museum practices and confidentiality

  • The ability to lead programs in the studios and galleries for youth, family, and multigenerational audiences.


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


Work Experience:

  • Two years’ experience in planning and presenting educational programs in an art museum setting with youth, or equivalent experience required.

  • Experience with architecture and/or nature sites is desirable


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Arkansas driver’s license with clean driving record; willing and able to travel for program development


Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Ability to learn specialized museum software including TMS, plus financial, event scheduling and registration software

  • Knowledge of learning styles, museum education theory and practice, child development, and the ability to apply it to programming and interpretation

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Experienced, energetic, comfortable and effective public speaker, with outstanding customer service skills

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills

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

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

  • Ability and willingness to travel for program development and presentation

  • Ability to effectively work in a fast paced environment

  • Flexibility, creativity and a good sense of humor


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 individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands:  Occasionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently regionally and in communities served. In the work environment described below, position requires working at a desk and utilizing a computer and a telephone for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for filing, and physical stamina to lift and carry supplies. Vision abilities required by the job include close and distant vision. When not in the office, the person in this position will require the capability of moving and being present in the galleries for extended periods of time and navigating through the different Museum buildings and on the trails and grounds

  • Work environment:  Work will be performed in an office environment, Museum spaces, outdoors, and in the communities served. When not in the office, the employee will be spending extensive amounts of time in the Museum classrooms, galleries, grounds, and library. Some travel is expected, sometimes overnight. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.

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 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 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.