Manager of Youth Programs

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #986
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences. Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

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The Manager of Youth Programs works with the Director of Education and Public Programs as a key member of the education department with a focus connecting young people and their families to the collections, exhibitions, experiences, and resources of the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) through experiential and hands-on learning while cultivating a creative community of arts educators. This position collaborates on development and implementation of the museum’s goal of community centered practice which cultivates resources, methodologies, and mediation to engage multiple publics with the relationships between artwork, artists, publics, our neighborhoods, and the world.

CMOA’s pedagogy is value driven, plural, collaborative, and inquiry based. With the Director of Education and Public Programs, the department works as a team and contributes to the museum’s ongoing work in creating a museum that facilitates expansive welcome and space for wonder and multi-form knowledge. The team works together to achieve effective and efficient administration of the department’s programs and initiatives in alignment with the artistic program and goals of the museum.

Within a collaborative and interdepartmental work, the Manager of Youth Programs is particularly focused on formal and informal initiatives and programs for children, youth, and families inside and outside of the museum walls. The position develops and oversees the museum’s renowned summer camp and youth classes (The Art Connection and Youth Art Studio) while working in concert with regional youth serving organizations and alongside colleagues focused on programs for school students and teachers. This position will co-manage and provide ongoing methodology development opportunities for the museum educator staff who implement the programs and initiatives. In addition, the Manager of Youth Programs will write or oversee curriculum development, write narratives, briefs, and proposals, create and manage program budgets, and analyze, track and report on outcomes to meet the museum’s mission and financial objectives.

This Full-Time position is eligible for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s many Benefits.


  • BA or BFA in art, art history, art education, or humanities field, or equivalent relevant experience required.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • 3+ years’ experience as an art educator in a museum or community art program.
  • 3+ years of direct program development and public engagement in arts organization or museum.
  • A comparable mix of education and experience will be considered.
  • Experience in teaching and learning practices that speak and respond to multiple learning styles and abilities; cultural and educational pathways.
  • Demonstrated success supervising staff and volunteers and experience managing budgets and resources.  


  • An experienced, creative, and innovative thinker and arts educator with project management qualities.
  • A passion for the public dimension of museums as a place for enriching the lives of young people and adults through art, and enriching art through the lives of young people and adults is preferred as demonstrated through past experience and volunteer work.
  • A knowledge and understanding of innovative practices in education, art, social justice and community engaged practices is required.
  • Candidates must be able to operationalize programmatic vision and be detail oriented.
  • Must be able to inspire and supervise fulltime and part-time staff and volunteers in a public facing multi-tasking, team-oriented environment. 
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to establish and adhere to project goals, budgets, and deadlines are also essential. 


  • The position requires some occasions that involve moving around museum spaces for up to 3–4 hours at a time and transporting art materials up to 25lbs. to program areas.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle with the ability to travel independently to school locations throughout western Pennsylvania with art materials.


  • Conceptualizes and designs content and teaching strategies in concert with the overarching artistic program strategy. Content and teaching strategies must be designed for a wide range of developmentally appropriate art centered teaching and learning tools, engagements, and programs including The Art Connection, Youth Art Studio, CMOA Summer Camp, Workshops, and other formal and informal programs for children and families that expand the museum’s collections and exhibitions and result in unique, enriching, and responsive experiences.
  • Oversees implementation of programs while ensuring legacy programs remain contemporary both in ideologically and methodology.
  • Tracks budget revenue and expenses and provide financial reports as needed/requested.
  • Monitors program evaluations and makes adjustments to enhance program effectiveness.
  • Leads strategies to welcome families as an essential part of the museum environment, through the creation of mediation and resources that affirm each visitor who enters the museum has the knowledge and experiences they need to engage with art.
  • Works with the education leadership team to achieve effective and efficient administration of the department’s programs and initiatives including program performance, achieving annual revenue and engagement goals and visitor learning outcomes. Ensures policies, evaluation, communications, pricing structure, and access to participation and registration are in line with the museums pedagogical and program framework while contributing to more equity both internally and in all aspects of public facing functions and practices of the museum              
  • Collaborates with other departments, may act as periodic lead for the department, on programming that focuses on activities and engagement for children and families. Participates in grant proposal development and other efforts to generate contributed and earned income.
  • Co-manages Arts Educators; recruits, hires, trains, supervises, evaluates, and mentors while creating clear pathways for ongoing professional growth for arts educators throughout all program areas. Hires and trains summer camp staff and seasonal staff, as needed. Nurtures a growth centered and motivating relationship with staff that ensures that programs meet museum goals and standards for creative excellence, innovation, mission, and impact.
  • Supports development of overarching learning goals, and reviews and provides constructive feedback on lesson plans with arts educators.
  • Participates in projects and task forces within the museum and with other components of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.
  • Keeps up-to-date with and advocates for expanded discourse and social justice centered best practices in art education in the museum field.
  • Represents the museums within the community, conferences, and other public facing events, as needed.

Other duties as assigned.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional guidance on essential functions follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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