23 Sep 2021


Director of Education

Mississippi Museum of Art  Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Job Description

• POSITION: Director of Education

• STATUS: Full-time, Exempt


Job Summary

The Director of Education leads a creative, adaptive, innovative, and mission-driven education department. The Director of Education is strategically focused and aims to connect inclusivity, diversity, access, and equity for Museum audiences through education, interpretation, and programs. A successful Director of Education will create a lasting impact that broadens and deepens relationships with Museum audiences.
Essential Functions

Role #1: Leadership, Management, Accountability

  • Lead the Museum’s interpretive initiatives, public programs, and K-12 outreach efforts to strengthen the Museum’s mission while providing innovative learning experiences for a diverse audience of all ages
  • Supervise the education department
  • Provide organizational leadership that strengthens collaboration, collegiality, and communication
  • Model the Museum’s values by following and enforcing systems, policies, and procedures
  • Represent the Museum’s mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities with internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead a high performing team that collaborates effectively with other departments
  • Guide team members’ growth and development, set clear priorities, and foster an inclusive work environment that fulfills the Museum’s mission, vision, and values

Role #2: Interpretation and Programs

  • Provide leadership in connecting exhibition interpretation with curatorial and programs
  • Oversee the development of exhibition engagement spaces in the permanent collection exhibition and rotating exhibition spaces
  • Fulfill strategic priorities by strengthening the Museum’s Teaching Fellows program
  • Development an Adult Teaching Fellows program that connect close looking of artworks with new audiences
  • Provide leadership to develop a strengthened and innovative Teen Council program
  • Ensure public programs are developed cross-departmentally, connect with strategic priorities, and strengthen relationships with new and current Museum audiences
  • Work with the Museum Director and Development team to create innovative programs and projects for prospective funders and grant initiatives

Role #3: K-12 Student and Teacher Engagement

  • Oversee the implementation of school and teacher resources
  • Build relationships with teachers and administrators and create opportunities to increase state-wide school group visitation
  • Work closely with local and statewide school administrators, including the Jackson Public School District, to prioritize the value of Museum visits, art curriculum, and resources

Role #4: Curricula Development

  • Develop formal and informal learning goals and resources to connect new and existing audiences with the MMA, its exhibitions, facilities, and programs
  • Oversee the development of both printed and digital educational resources, such as exhibition guides and the digital app

Role #5: Early Childhood Initiatives

  • Implement the Museum’s Second and Third Grade Initiative, a statewide expansion of the Museum’s education programs to focus access to art education
  • Connect early childhood learners with art enrichment through Museum visits and curriculum

Supervisory Responsibility

  • Yes


  • A. in Art History, Art Education, related field, or equivalent experience
  • Direct experience with managing a high functioning team
  • Experience developing educational curriculum in a museum setting

 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of educational methodologies and philosophies
  • Knowledge of current issues in the field of museum education and Mississippi’s curriculum standards
  • Detail-oriented, thoughtful, and excellent judgement
  • Excellent oral, written, computer, and communication skills


  • Some travel may be required

 Expected Hours of Work

  • Exempt – This is a 40-hour a week job, primarily between Monday through Friday. Some evenings and weekends may be necessary to support Museum events and programs.

 Salary Range

$50,000 – $70,000

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Some duties may require long periods of standing and walking as well as frequent reaching and kneeling, pushing, pulling, carrying, lifting, and moving objects 5 pounds or more.
  • Work may be performed by indoors and outdoors in different weather conditions.

 About the Mississippi Museum of Art

The Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a diverse environment. The Museum is a private not-for-profit and is not a department or agency of the state or federal government.

The Mississippi Museum of Art is more than an art museum in Jackson, Mississippi. It is a museum of Mississippi – a museum that connects Mississippians to our culture, our history, our communities, and to each other. It is a museum informed by the legacy of our past and emboldened by a vision of a future without division.

We believe it our responsibility to the community to explore and examine every facet of the Mississippi story. The Mississippi Museum of Art is committed to curating a shared space for every Mississippian – a brave space where we can all find wonder, peace, and a voice.

We pride ourselves in being a visitor and community-focused art museum and garden in downtown Jackson, Mississippi. The Museum employs a collaborative staff that works to ensure the exhibitions, programs, operations, and community outreach fulfill the mission, vision, and core values of the institution. We are committed to building a culture of inclusivity that includes continued professional development opportunities at all levels of the Museum.


The Mississippi Museum of Art connects Mississippi to the world, and the power of art to the power of community.


Committed to honesty, equity, and inclusion, the Mississippi Museum of Art is a leader in engaging art, artists, and participants in the critical work of reckoning with the past, connecting with each other in the present, and envisioning a future without division.

 Core Values

  • Warm Welcome + Inclusion. The Museum will model open hospitality for all people and will demonstrate inclusiveness at all levels of its operations and programs.
  • Honesty + Diversity. Honoring diverse viewpoints, histories, and lived experiences, the Museum will be a place for honest conversations that respect difference in the service of increased understanding and empathy.
  • Local Relevance + National Distinction. The Museum pursues deep investigations into Mississippi’s cultural history and produces programs of high quality and relevance that attract new national partners seeking to explore the relationship between Mississippi and the world.
  • Artworks + Artists. Museum programs will honor the primacy of artistic objects as sources of meaning and will include, when possible, meaningful opportunities for participants to have personal experiences with visual artists.
  • Excellence + Equity. Museum programs, exhibitions, and collections will place artistic value as critical, while simultaneously dismantling traditional hierarchies of genre and style.
  • Trust + Authority. The Museum values academic scholarship and accuracy; and, at the same time, it trusts the voices of people who have lived experiences that deepen the meaning of its exhibitions.

Employee Values

A successful member of the Museum’s team will be mission-driven, welcoming, inclusive, respectful, empathetic, ambitious, will bring a level of excellence to their work, have a high respect for artists and artistic integrity, and will collaborate within their department and with other departments.


To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé to careers@msmuseumart.org.


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Director of Education
Mississippi Museum of Art
 Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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