Topic ID #37835 - posted 12/27/2016 9:56 AM

Assistant Curator of Education, Docent and Adult Programs


Full Time, 40 hours a week
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
Montgomery, Alabama

Located in the Blount Cultural Park, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts features a survey of 19th to mid-20th century American painting and other growing collections of works on paper, decorative arts, Southern art, and African art. Education is key to the Museum’s mission, and the facility houses venues for public programs, studio classrooms, a gallery dedicated to the year-round display of student artwork, and ARTWORKS, an interactive educational space.  Currently the museum is constructing a three-acre sculpture garden that will include an outdoor studio.  Admission to the MMFA is FREE, and the museum strives to engage the community.

Assistant Curator of Education for Docent and Adult Programs plans, organizes, and leads docent training and educational programs for adult audiences.  Current adult program offerings include lectures and gallery talks; films, panel discussions, and symposia; short courses; a monthly book club; college programs; and senior citizen programs. Docents at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts currently see two public school grade levels on tours each year, offer many other tours, and play an active role in public programs, such as family days. Assistant Curator of Education (Docent and Adult Programs) works with Assistant Curator of Education (Youth, Family and Studio Programs), and the Outreach Coordinator to design tour curricula, teacher workshops, and teen programming at the museum. The employee works to broaden the impact of the museum on the community and diverse audiences.


·      Designs and leads object-based and other learning opportunities for docents.

·      Designs the annual docent training course - working with museum educators, curators, and outside presenters - to provide training on visitor engagement, interactive teaching styles, tour curricula, interpretation of the museum’s collections and special exhibitions, and other enrichment activities. The employee leads docent training sessions on a regular basis. 

·      Administers the docent program, including observing docents in the galleries, providing encouragement and feedback, managing the docent website and other resources, and maintaining dialogue with the Docent Council - working closely with the Tour Coordinator.

·      Designs a robust lecture and gallery talk schedule, along with film screenings, panel discussions, symposia, and university programs - inviting outside scholars, colleagues, and community partners to present. The employee is available to introduce speakers or to present as needed.

·      Designs multi-visit adult programs, such as short courses and book club, presenting often and inviting other colleagues and occasionally outside speakers to lead.

·      Collaborates with colleagues on various interpretive materials, tour curricula, teen programs, teacher workshops, and adult studio classes.

·      Coordinates travel arrangements and honoraria for outside presenters.

·      Acts as a liaison between the museum, area universities, and community groups and participates in professional organizations.

·      Handles administrative tasks, such as preparing content for the museum website and magazine On Exhibit on a regular basis, maintaining the museum’s audio visual equipment and operating audio visual equipment for many museum programs - working closely with the Special Events Coordinator, and assisting the Curator of Education in the planning and oversight of adult program budgets and expenditures. 

·      The Assistant Curator of Education reports to the Curator of Education.  


·      Knowledge of museum pedagogy and art history to include American art history.

·      Ability to connect visitors and docents to works of art and art related topics, encouraging creativity and discussion.

·      Ability to recruit, train, and mange volunteers and to cultivate diverse audiences.

·      Excellent skills in verbal and written communication, program management, and teamwork.

Special Requirements: 

·      Must be willing to work long evenings and weekends.



·      Graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in Art History, Museum Studies, Art Education, Design, or Studio Art

·      Two years of experience in professional art museum, non-profit, or school. Museum Education preferred.  


The job is a City of Montgomery position.  To apply, please visit the posting on the city’s website:  (Montgomery City-County Personnel can be found under Work/Job Openings & Info.) 

Application Deadline: February 2nd, 2017





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