Manager of Art Education

Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Website Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Date: November 2021
Status: Full-time; Exempt
Compensation: $39,000 to $41,000 annually

About the Museum:

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. We have a vision to transform education. We believe people of all ages can benefit from different types of learning experiences.

About the Position:

The Manager of Art Education oversees all art based programming campus-wide, and works collaboratively and cross-departmentally to develop new exhibit experiences in Studio, Studio Lab, and Tech Lab. This role works with the Coordinator to develop daily programming, manage supply inventory, and maintain these exhibits. The Manager of Art Education mentors and provides professional development for the Museum Educators who engage with the public in these spaces. They work to create welcoming spaces and provide high-quality, visitor-facing art programming which embody joy, creativity, curiosity, and kindness.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Art Education Coordinator, Educators, interns, volunteers in Art Studio and Studio Lab.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Create high-quality, authentic, joyful, and creative art experiences and programs for the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and MuseumLab clearly aligned to the Museum mission, vision, key values, and Art Studio principles of practice.
  • In collaboration with the Education managers and the Learning and Research Department, train and mentor the Art Education. Coordinator, Museum Educators, interns, volunteers to create extraordinary art-centered experiences for visitors of all ages.
  • Work with Exhibits Department to envision new exhibits and support Museum exhibits with programming informed by art education to create the highest quality experiences.
  • Facilitate daily hands-on art programming for visitors that is regularly changing, varied in format (drop in, workshop, etc.), uses real tools and materials, and is situated within and inspired by the larger arts community.
  • Work with Director of Education, Finance, and Development departments to manage budgets, grants, observing policies and procedures for financial management and record keeping.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Create welcoming and brave spaces that respects visitors of all ages.
  • Collaborate with other teams and departments on projects, including the design and implementation of professional development and cross-departmental programs.
  • Work to maintain exhibit spaces- prioritizing both safety and aesthetics.
  • Build and sustain relationships with organizations, artists, and educators in the nation, region, and locally.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in art, art education or related field. Substitution of years of experience may be considered equivalent to formal educational training.


  • 3+ years of experience required working with children in informal learning spaces; Developing, implementing, and facilitating visual art programming.
  • Experience managing personnel and project management.
  • Working with families, educators, and administrators strongly preferred.


  • Enthusiasm for working with children and families.
  • Firm grasp of a variety of visual art concepts, materials, and processes.
  • Open-mindedness, flexible thinking, and ability to adjust expectations and actions as needed.
  • Commitment to continued learning and personal growth; motivated to reimagine and think big.
  • Highly organized with excellent communication skills.
  • Proactive, ability to take initiative, and able to work both with a team and independently.
  • Team oriented.

Physical Requirements, and Equipment Usage:

  • Walking, Standing, and Sitting: The duties and responsibilities associated with this position will be performed in a stationary position (standing or sitting) for approximately 75% of the workday, and will require movement throughout museum spaces to interact with visitors, educators, and to activate museum experiences.
  • Lifting: Occasional lifting and moving of furniture, equipment, and supplies weighing up to approximately 50 lbs.
  • Manual Dexterity: May operate various equipment, including but not limited to power tools, sharp tools, etc.

Work Environment, Hours of Work, and Travel Requirements:

  • Weekend availability is required (1 day a week), and evening availability is occasionally required.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Essential duties of this position will be performed in a museum environment, which includes interaction with the public and exposure to children and families.


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


We are glad you have chosen to apply with us, and need you to know that our commitment to safety currently includes the requirement that all staff members be vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus, unless an exemption has been granted or otherwise in compliance with our Mandatory Vaccination Policy for the COVID-19 virus.

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.

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