Manager of School Programs

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #987
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 School Programs connects K-12 students to the museum, extends the museum into our region’s schools and develops professional growth opportunities for museum and classroom educators while activating Carnegie Museum of Art’s (CMOA) collection and exhibitions as a contemporary learning resource.

CMOA’s pedagogy is value driven, plural, collaborative, and inquiry based. With the Director of Education, the team 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.

This position collaboratively designs, plans, and manage relationships, implementation, and evaluation of the Museum’s programs and resources for K-12 aged students, while developing strategy and tactics that position the museum as a resource for K-12 educators and administrators. These programs range from single visit experiences and longer-term collaborative and co-creation partnerships. Co-manage and provide ongoing methodology development opportunities for the museum educator staff who implement the programs and initiatives. Create program budgets, and track outcomes in terms of mission and financial objectives.

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


  • BA/BFA in art, art history, art or museum education, or a related field.
  • MA/MFA strongly preferred.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a museum education or museum-based learning practice position focused on school student audiences that included project design and management; experience supervising staff and volunteers; and demonstrated success in curriculum development, experiential and gallery teaching and learning.
  • A comparable mix of education and experience will be considered.


  • Creative and innovative thinker with demonstrated knowledge of expansive, accessible, and multiform teaching and learning in art museums and museum education and understanding of key issues in K-12 and culturally relevant pedagogy.
  • Demonstrated proactive embrace of values related to equity and inclusion is required.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills are required.
  • Must thrive in a collaborative, team-oriented environment and can create and adhere to project goals, deadlines, and budgets.


  • The position requires some occasions that involve moving around the galleries for up to 3-4 hours at a time, transporting art materials to galleries; and making site visits at regional schools.


  • Facilitate the content development, and implementation of collaborative partnerships with schools to continually refine the optimum role for CMOA as an essential and innovative resource for K-12 learning in the region. Support school educators in connecting curricular goals with museum-based learning. Design and develop resources that extend the museum into regional school and home learning environments. Facilitate collaborative planning and program design on initiatives partner schools and with CMOA arts educators, docents, and other museum staff or contractors.
  • Evaluate, design, and execute experiential single visit programs for school student groups including scheduling and supervising of teaching staff, while expanding the school tour experience that considers the limits of access created by transportation and teachers’ ability to schedule field trips. With appropriate colleagues, create content and teaching strategies for single visit programs, work closely with Group Visits office and Visitor Services to ensure smooth booking and front-of-house implementation of student programs; troubleshoot queries from schoolteachers and group leaders as needed.
  • Create and manage the development of comprehensive teaching and learning resources for multidisciplinary educators – including digital components, in-classroom learning tools, and activations of the museum’s collection.
  • Co-manage Arts Educators; recruits, hires, trains, supervises, evaluates, and mentors the team while creating clear pathways for ongoing professional growth for arts educators throughout all program areas. Nurture a growth centered and motivating relationship with arts educator team ensuring that programs meet museum goals and standards for creative excellence, innovation, mission, and impact.
  • Create program budgets, review budget performance, and make appropriate course corrections; contribute to tracking and reporting on performance of student programs related to mission, attendance, impact, and financial goals.
  • Stay abreast of newest developments in museum education best practices especially regarding school student programs; participate in regional and national conferences and research activities in these areas keeping CMOA at the leading edge of art museum education and actively involved in the Pittsburgh area connected learning community; contribute to CMOA and Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh initiatives as appropriate and requested.

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.   

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