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Education Coordinator - Dia Art Foundation

Education Coordinator - Dia Art Foundation

Dia Art Foundation seeks an experienced Education Coordinator based at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York. Founded in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Dia fulfills its mission by commissioning new projects, organizing temporary exhibitions, displaying its collection of art from the 1960s and 1970s, and presenting programs of public engagement. 

With oversight from the Education Program Manager, this position is responsible for a range of programmatic tasks associated with family, school, and youth engagement at Dia:Beacon and contributes intelligence to the development, implementation, and evaluation of Dia’s educational initiatives in the Hudson Valley. This is a 40-hour-per-week, full-time position based at Dia:Beacon, starting July 1, 2019.

Responsibilities include:

  • Attend and conduct hands-on support for all education programs during Dia:Beacon’s public hours for K–12 students, families, and teens including: the Arts Education Program, a long-standing educational partnership with the Beacon City School District; Dia Teens, a year-round teen engagement program; Saturday Studio, a monthly artist-led workshop series geared toward children and families; a guided tours program; a robust internship program; and in-gallery public programs

  • Provide general administrative support to the Education Department as required, including: maintaining the department calendar, studio calendar, and scheduling meetings or programs at Dia:Beacon; updating project budgets; ordering all program materials and supplies; and conducting other administrative support as required

  • Serve as the on-site liaison for community and school partners, educators, interns, and program audiences as directed, and support educators in the development and implementation of original programs with oversight from the Education Program Manager

  • Advance and maintain potential partnerships and collaborative relationships with organizations and schools; and represent Dia within the greater educational community in the Hudson Valley at meetings or events related to youth and families, school visits, or presentations, etc.  

  • Coordinate with the Education Program Manager and the Visitor Experience team to support K–12, collegiate, and adult tours of Dia:Beacon and support school group visits and lead tours as required

  • Coordinate schedules and offer logistical support for educational internships based at Dia:Beacon

  • Prepare learning spaces for programming, including the preparation of supplies and tools; maintain the organization and upkeep of Dia’s classroom and storage space; and coordinate in a timely manner with other departments for program setup, breakdown, and pre- and post-program housekeeping needs

  • Assist the education department in the research, development, and expansion of Dia’s educational and public engagement initiatives as directed

  • Support the continued development of accessible, equitable, and inclusive education and public programming initiatives at Dia:Beacon


  • BA in art history, education, museum studies, studio art, or equivalent experience required

  • Minimum of 2 years administrative experience, ideally in a nonprofit education or contemporary art organization

  • Experience directly supporting in- or out-of-school programming for teens and/or K–12 students and a demonstrated commitment to prioritizing equity and access for populations diverse in age, background, and learning styles is required

  • Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, particularly the artists represented in Dia’s exhibitions, commissions, and programs history, as well as a commitment to best practices in the fields of arts/museum education

  • Understanding of and interest in the educational landscape of the Hudson Valley region and/or working knowledge of community-based organizations or resources within Beacon’s neighboring communities

  • Must be a creative and critical thinker who is strongly committed both to prioritizing Dia’s mission and cultivating inclusive learning environments with a broad public; active listening skills, intellectual curiosity, empathy, high emotional intelligence, and comfort with open-ended or experimental working processes is essential

  • Well-organized, proactive, thorough, and able to work independently; able to prioritize individual tasks in support of program production; efficient in planning and implementation processes

  • Exceptional communication skills; should be comfortable with public speaking and engaging with wide-ranging audiences and stakeholders, and eager to contribute to Dia’s learning community and organizational culture

  • Arts advocacy, outreach, and/or experience building and maintaining community relationships or organizational partnerships strongly desired

  • Understanding of program evaluation and of qualitative and quantitative data collection processes and analysis a plus

  • Event or program production experience a plus

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, social media platforms, and familiarity with both Mac and PC platforms essential; experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign a plus

This is a full-time position based at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York, beginning July 1, 2019. Regular working hours are Thursday–Monday, 9 am–5 pm, aligned with the museum’s public hours.

Qualified applicants may apply for this position by e-mailing a letter of interest and resume to, with “Education Coordinator, Dia:Beacon” as the e-mail subject heading. No phone calls or e-mails to addresses other than the one specified. Dia will review all applications and contact applicants who are most qualified for the position. Employment references will be requested and an offer of employment is subject to a background check. 

Dia provides a competitive salary and a generous benefits package including health, life and disability insurance plans, a 401(k) plan with company match, and paid time off.

Deadline: open until filled

Dia is an equal opportunity employer.