The Manager for Docent and Teacher Programs is a regular full-time position with benefits. S/he provides innovative, engaging and relevant programs for teachers and their K -12 students in City of Birmingham schools and other neighboring school systems. The Manager for Docent and Teacher Programs also maintains the BMA’s nationally-recognized volunteer docent program. These programs and initiatives catered to educators serve the Museum’s mission to interpret works of art and correlate its collection with curriculum standards and goals. This position reports to the Curator of Education and is a part of the Museum’s Education department.
Manages all aspects of programs related to K-12 education, including scheduling programs, preparing classes and spaces, arranging transportation needs, writing contracts, processing payment requests, and assessment.
Communicates with curators, artists, relevant scholars, and Education staff to set an annual curriculum of weekly training sessions around exhibitions and relevant topics that enhance touring skills for docent training.
Collaborates with Assistant Curator of Education in docent training to balance adult and K-12 visitor engagement.
Trains docents in school tours, educational philosophy, and touring strategies for students.
Develops tours in accordance with the needs and interests of area teachers and students and school curricula.
Attends docent council meetings and acts as a liaison between the docents and the Education department in handling docent needs and requests.
Provides ongoing support and evaluation to docents-in-training.
Provides administration that promotes effective communication and accurate record-keeping of the docent program.
Develops, plans, and implements teacher workshops on exhibitions and the collection and provides resource materials for teachers that correlate to the curriculum.
Serves as a Museum ambassador to deepen Museum partnerships with the City of Birmingham schools and other school systems.
Identifies opportunities in the schools to build awareness of the Museum as a vital community resource.
Manages the Sharon and Grady Burrow Education Gallery and its exhibition schedule.
Maintains and updates the department’s Culture Cases.
Supervises part-time teaching artists, educators and interns.
Produces and manages budgets for programs.
Maintains inventory and orders materials and supplies as needed for programs.
Collaborates with the Marketing department to develop brochures, advertisements, press coverage, and other promotional materials.
Works with the Development department to develop materials to secure and manage grants.
Assists in Museum events on weekends and after hours as needed.
Researches trends and programs offered by other museums.
Ability to speak with a variety of audiences in a clear, concise and organized manner in order to effectively convey information.
Ability to take a novel approach to work tasks or problems, including thinking outside of organizational norms in order to generate unique or original ideas and/or solutions.
Ability to interact comfortably with others and develop and maintain a positive working relationship with colleagues and visitors.
Respects people of all backgrounds. Treats everyone in a fair and consistent manner by maintaining a consistent and appropriate set of standards to guide behavior, including creating an environment that values and includes perspectives from differing backgrounds, cultures, and skill sets.
Ability to set, plan, and coordinate various work activities in order to meet deadlines and/or goals. Includes establishing a course of action for self and others in order to achieve short-term and long-term goals.
Ability to work without close supervision and ensure that work tasks are completed on time and with high quality. Includes being able to perform work tasks responsibly and reliably without significant amounts of direction and guidance.
Willingness to work evenings and weekends to meet education department initiatives.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Gmail and Google calendar and drives.
Work Environment Work is performed mostly indoors.
Physical Demands Frequently lift and move supplies and boxes of 25 lbs.
Master’s degree in Art History, Education, or related fields.
Five to seven years of teaching experience with a K–12 audience in a museum or school environment.
Valid driver’s license.
An offer of employment is contingent upon verifying the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate and the background check results will determine his/her suitability for employment at the BMA. Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled.
Candidates should submit: Letter of interest Resume Names, addresses, and phone number of three professional or academic references.
No phone calls or emails, please.
About Birmingham Museum of Art
The Birmingham Museum of Art, one of the finest regional museums in the United States, houses a diverse collection of more than 27,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and decorative arts dating from ancient to modern times. The collection presents a rich panorama of cultures, featuring the Museum’s extensive holdings of Asian, European, American, African, Pre-Columbian, and Native American art.
The mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art is to spark the creativity, imagination, and liveliness of Birmingham by connecting all its citizens to the experience, meaning, and joy of art.