Creative Arts Manager

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

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The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides innovative and inclusive museum experiences that inspire kindness, joy, creativity and curiosity for all learners. We forge connections with artists, community partners and neighbors to work on behalf of children, youth and families. Through high quality exhibits and programs, we provide opportunities to the region’s children for learning and play. We are currently recruiting for the following position:

Job Title: Creative Arts Manager
Date: 02/18/2021
Status: Full-time
Reports to: Senior Director of Design
Salary: $35,000-$40,000

Position Summary:

Curates art experiences that activate the largest cultural campus for children in the United States. The primary goal of this position is to support the work of the Museum by creating moments, both large and small, that bring new artistic experiences to our campus that advances the Museum’s mission to provide innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, inclusion, creativity and curiosity.

Responsible for managing, developing, and implementing CMP’s artistic programs, curating collaborative, artist-centered projects and programs, developing new professional and artistic networks both within the local arts community and internationally.

Specifically, this position works with artists, designers, and community partners to create moments on campus that put art and culture in context for audiences aged 0-90, and makes connections across disciplines of visual, performing  and liberal arts (humanities) by producing innovative multi-media, cross disciplinary projects and programs designed for children and families.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervise guest artists, performers, consultants and support staff including assistants and interns, as required. Reports directly to the Senior Director of Design. Works closely with Tough Art and Collections Manager, Associate Director of Art and Making, and Head of Cultural Change and Community Partnerships to best serve the Museum’s community of artists, community partners and audiences.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Curate the Museum’s creative arts public programs to align with other concurrent exhibits, collections and educational activities; offerings may be in the form of online, outdoor, or indoor events, based on the needs of the Museum and external environment throughout 2021 and beyond.
  • Curate and produce signature recurring and one-time events and programs, such as Countdown to Noon; remake YOUR story; STEAM festival; and complimentary programs for temporary exhibitions.
  • Ensure that all programs are accessible and inclusive, following Universal Design principles and best practices for DEAIJ for cultural arts programs.
  • Develop detailed project briefs, schedules and budgets all projects.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Ensure programs and events align with the Museum’s design standards and goals, including staging and set-ups are aesthetically appropriate and meet accessibility standards.
  • Expense tracking for project budgets and supplies as needed.
  • Coordinate project schedules with overall museum calendars.
  • Research and networking to find and recommend artists, media and content that will be engaging to diverse, family audiences.
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with Museum partners, including universities, arts organizations and individual visual and performing artists.
  • Oversee production of special programming aimed at celebrating inclusivity in our community, in collaboration with the Head of Cultural Change and Community Partnerships.
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director of Art and Making on quarterly programming goals: help maintain an on-going line-up of programming by assisting in booking, coordinating, and marketing programming efforts in the Studio, Makeshop, StudioLab, TechLab and MakeLab.
  • Support the work of the Development Team, when appropriate and as needed, in order to successfully secure and fulfill grants and sponsorships to support programs.
  • Coordinate with Associate Director of Visitor Services and Events to produce  and collaborate on campus wide events, after-hour programs or other special events and activities as needed.
  • Set up future success for new artists by advising and collaborating with the Art Team, Exhibits, and Communication on new policies and processes for producing and promoting projects.

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time based on business needs and in support of the mission of Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.



  • Bachelor’s degree in art, informal learning or a related humanities discipline.


  • 3-5 years of experience in an arts management position or non-profit role, or other arts education relevant field
  • Equivalent combination of experience and/or education that has led to the development of comparable skills, abilities, and perspectives.
  • Demonstrated passion for creative arts (visual and performing) in informal learning environments new directions in the field.
  • Demonstrated track record for applying inclusive and innovative methodologies to interactive art in informal settings and/or with family audiences.


  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively, set own schedule, and accomplish stated goals in timely manner
  • A skilled communicator: this position requires liaising with a large number of new and current artists and community stakeholders, with many different communication habits and styles –along with staff and Board members. The ideal candidate can meet individuals where they are in terms of preferred type of communication (text, phone call, email, social media messaging)

Physical Requirements, and Equipment Usage:

Some light lifting (of tables and material boxes) required.  Up to 25 lbs or may need to lift with assistance up to 40lbs. Pallet Jack, ladders.

Work Environment, Hours of Work, and Travel Requirements:

On-site and remote; M-F with evenings and weekends, based on specific projects; local travel to visit artists’ studios, galleries, etc; limited travel to conferences and special project based site visits with artists.


FBI fingerprint, PA Child Abuse (Act 33) and PA Criminal (Act 34) Clearances are required.

The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity, results of genetic testing, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic or trait protected by local, state, or federal law.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please complete our online application found at: In addition, please submit a resume and cover letter. Please follow the instructions on the application site.

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