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Manager of Education

Manager of Education


40 hours per week. Including weekend and evening hours. Flexible schedule, including hybrid work possibilities


On the occasion of its 25th anniversary year, the Elmhurst Art Museum seeks a seasoned educator and museum professional to lead its education and community engagement initiatives into the future. As the Manager of Education, you will be part of finalizing the 5-year strategic plan (scheduled to be finalized this fall), and integral to its execution including sparking creativity of people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds by:

• Designing strategic goals and coordinating with museum colleagues, including managing education team and participating in committees

• Developing and overseeing a wide range of arts educational programs

• Building community partnerships to commit to, and reimagine, community outreach programs

• Developing and maintaining education metrics and evaluation methods based on state standards and other reporting needs


Emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and a period of organizational transition, the Elmhurst Art Museum is currently developing a 5-year strategic plan scheduled to be finalized this fall with the Manager of Education. As an integral leader of the organization, you would not only help finalize goals and tactics of this plan, but also realize this plan established by the staff and board with community feedback.

As a critical member of the full-time staff, you will design and implement programs that uphold and fulfill organizational values such as “art is for everyone.” You will cultivate and nourish strong relationships with colleagues and community partners, both internally and externally, leveraging the museum’s 25th year history, and reimagining existing programs and activities to be more inclusive. The ideal candidate is a resourceful, empathetic, thoughtful, and dynamic leader who can build capacity to grow, innovate, and impact the greater western suburbs in meaningful and imaginative ways.

In the first 90 days of the job, you will:

1. Engage schools, program partners, and the greater community with tours and public programs around the first solo museum show of the street artist known as Sentrock. This is an especially important opportunity to reconnect with collaborators after a break from the COVID-19 pandemic, and to transform existing sponsored group tours into a flagship education program promoting greater access to the arts.

2. Meet metrics established with the Executive Director for enrollment in studio art classes, family day workshops, and other programs led by the museum’s teaching artists.

3. Hire part-time staff and teaching artists to expand the museum’s program offerings.

4. Identify and program around potential areas of growth such as Art in Wilder Park, annual school district art shows, Museum Day, and other community collaborations.

As a unique arts complex, the Elmhurst Art Museum is deeply committed to three distinct areas of focus to inspire and enrich our community: art, education, and architecture. “Sparking creativity” in others is an essential part of the museum’s mission and is primarily accomplished through our educational programming. The recently renovated Education Center is a central learning hub that explores art interpretation and hands-on creations. Our education staff strives to spark creativity and conversation in the pursuit of a supportive, inclusive, and thriving community.

Principal Responsibilities:

Internal Coordination: 30% of time

- In partnership with the Executive Director, design comprehensive strategic goals and objective for education programs and initiatives to support the expansion of new audiences that integrate principles of DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion).

- Recruit, supervise, train, and evaluate education staff members (including current Studio Manager and Education Fellow to be hired), interns, and freelance educators

- Coordinate with internal staff, teaching artists, the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild, and external partners to plan a full season of education programming in advance of print and other deadlines

- Participate in museum’s Programming Committee, DEAI Committee, and establish corresponding arts educational goals

Program Development: 25% of time

- Direct and creatively develop experiences that spark individual creativity through studio art classes, public programs, docent training, group tours, single night workshops, an annual grade school exhibit, and other education-based programming

- Oversee supporting staff member who: helps shape courses, workshops, birthday parties, and other programs offered, coordinates with teaching artists, manages education studio use and schedule, coordinates registrations, maintains supply needs, and provides other administrative support

- Work with museum education staff, teaching artists, and others to develop and oversee the evaluation methods of programs based on state standards to be used for funding reporting requirements and other funder or donor materials

- With Manager of Exhibitions to develop and oversee public programs related to exhibitions, ranging from artist talks to family days.

Community Outreach: 25% of time

- Transform existing sponsored Art is for Everyone group tour program into a flagship education program that functions as the museum’s primary outreach program, which promotes greater equity and access to the arts

- With Manager of Community Outreach build and maintain relationships with local artists, educators, and community partners through multiple communication channels

- Work with local schools and other community organizations to discuss, match, and develop curriculum for mutual needs in advance of developing museum curriculum and activities.

o For example, curriculum opportunities include long-term connections with rare civil rights photos in the museum’s permanent collection and STEAM activities around the museum’s modern home by Mies van der Rohe. Short-term projects connect visiting groups with seasonal exhibits.

- Manage education team member who schedules field trips, other group visits, or offsite programming

- Act as a museum representative at local community events

Planning and Coordination: 10% of time

- Work with internal staff to publish education program listings before any print deadlines

- Develop and distribute select print materials about education programs

- Establish a quarterly newsletter to local educators about program offerings, especially around Art is for Everyone, special exhibits, and other collaborations

- Create impact reports about education programs for marketing, fundraising, and other organizational efforts

- Maintain active and open lines of communication with students, teaching artists, local educators, and external partners

Record Keeping: 10% of time

- Develop and administer budget and financial commitments for all education programs

- Collect photos, success stories, student/teacher surveys, evaluation data, project documentation, and other participation data for impact reports

- Work with teaching artists and education staff to evaluate success through participation levels and arts education standards for all programs and activities


Salary range of $50,000 - $55,000 annually

Benefits package includes monthly contribution towards health care, paid time off, holiday pay, and museum discounts

Flexible schedule, including hybrid work possibilities


- Exceptional written and oral communication, intrapersonal, teaching, collaborative, and organizational skills

- Minimum of five years of experience in museum education, classroom teaching, or related field

- Minimum of three years of supervisory experience

- Bachelor’s degree in art education, fine art, art history, museum studies, or equivalent. Master’s degree preferred.

- Experience writing and preparing arts integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum

- Experience developing and evaluating museum programs, knowledge of best practices for teaching and museum education

- Administrative experience including Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and Adobe Creative Suite

- Skill and willingness to take initiatives to proactively anticipate organizational needs including the ability to meet external and internal deadlines

- Ability to provide creative solutions and utilize diplomatic skills with minimal supervision

- Ability to work a flexible schedule that may include occasional evening and weekend assignments

How to Apply

To apply send cover letter and resume to employment [at]

- We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for any role. If most of this job description describes you, then please apply.

The Elmhurst Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer. The Elmhurst Art Museum is an arts complex with three distinct areas of focus. A balance of art, education, and architecture programming is central to our efforts of inspiring and enriching our community. We strive to hold public art events, as well as educational hands-on activities, related to rotating contemporary art exhibitions and the celebration of the McCormick house, a rare single-family home designed by Mies van der Rohe. The Elmhurst Art Museum is located in Elmhurst (IL), 25 minutes from downtown Chicago by public transportation (Metra).

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Elmhurst