Curator of Education

  • Lehigh University
  • Bethlehem, PA
  • Mar 17, 2019

Job Description

Lehigh University

Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Lehigh University provides comprehensive benefits including partner benefits.

Position Number:

LU Art Galleries Museum Oper


Job Family:
Performing Arts

Posting Date:

Reporting to the Director, the Curator of Education is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the museum's educational programming and visitor experience functions. The Curator of Education is responsible for growing an active and successful program of faculty, student and community engagement; and leads a wide range of learning opportunities across all audience types. As part of the senior leadership team, the Curator of Education supports the Lehigh University Art Gallery's aim to be a vital and irresistible resource for the diverse and inclusive community at Lehigh University and Bethlehem, PA.

  1. Develop and oversee education program strategy and implementation
    • Directs the development and implementation of educational and visitor services programs and activities, including academic programming, faculty outreach, and collaborations, student programming, family/community programs, public programming and PK-12 school and educator programs
    • Collaborates with other Lehigh University Art Gallery staff, including the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections, to maximize the educational value and impact of exhibitions
    • Collaborates with internal and external partners and organizations, including the Bethlehem Area School District, to ensure programming aligns with audience needs
    • Forms and leads advisory committees in order to foster communication and collaborative program development
    • Develops and monitors program budgets in cooperation with the Coordinator
  2. Measure program effectiveness and impact, and evaluate areas for improvement based on data and feedback
    • Ensures that program research, development, and evaluation are conducted according to nationally accepted standards
    • Uses outcomes-based models and approaches that measure changes in knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors
    • Skillfully and strategically applies both quantitative and qualitative methods of evaluation
    • Recruits and trains students, volunteers and others to assist in evaluation projects
    • Prepares compelling and evidence-based written and verbal reports that promote the value of arts education
  3. Lead all Lehigh University Art Gallery teaching, the training of teaching artists/educators/student guides and interpretive projects
    • Teaches programs regularly and across audience types
    • Trains others to teach with works of art using learner-centered, inquiry-based approaches, including student guides, local teaching artists and freelance educators
    • Works with exhibitions staff to develop interpretive programs and resources and prepare user-centered exhibition text and publications
    • Manages the recruitment and training of general museum volunteers and work-study students who will interact with the public
    • Schedules student guides, teaching artists and volunteers as appropriate for tours, workshops and events
    • Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates the performance of education department and visitor services staff
    • Directs the museum's internship programs
  4. Contributes to Lehigh University Art Gallery efforts in fundraising and support
    • Under the supervision of the Director, identifies and collaborates on fundraising activities; including grant writing
    • Authors reports and provides data that support fundraising activities
    • Meets with Development staff to provide them with information and evidence of impact that support fundraising
    • Attends and leads presentations as needed at meetings and events that involve Lehigh University Art Gallery donors, Trustees and supporters
  5. Leads communication and marketing of education programs to target audiences
    • Ensures the effective promotion of all programs by coordinating efforts with University marketing staff and others
    • Maintains a visible presence in the local, state and national professional community by presenting information about the museum's education programs and establishing communication and exchange with other museums implementing exemplary programs
    • Acts as the Department's resource person and spokesperson for both public and staff for art and education related issues

  1. Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Museums or related degree
  2. Master's Degree preferred
  3. Three to five years related work experience in a museum or cultural organization, including experience leading and developing educational programming across a range of audience types
  4. Experience working in higher education and developing programs with faculty and students
  5. Highly skilled in inquiry-based, learner-centered teaching approaches
  6. Proven experience in program evaluation and outcomes-based methodologies
  7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  8. Solid computer skills with experience using word processing and spreadsheet software
  9. Successful completion of standard background checks including but not limited to: social security verification, education verification, county and national criminal background checks, PATCH, FBI fingerprinting, Child Abuse Clearance. Based upon the requirements of the position Lehigh may also request credit history reports, motor vehicle checks and professional license/certification verification

Special Considerations:
  • This position is staffed 11 months per year; have the month of July off
  • This position has fiscal or financial responsibilities other than employee expense activity, such as processing or approving transactions; monitoring or preparing budgets; or generating income for University
  • This position works with minors
  • Occasional evening, holiday or weekend hours

We are expcting to fill this position in August, 2019.
FTE: 91.67%

Grade and Hiring Minimum:
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary adjustments for internal candidates comply with University policy. For more information contact Human Resources.

Required Documents Message:
Cover Letter, Resume