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12 Jul 2021


School Programs Manager

The Contemporary Jewish Museum  San Francisco, California, United States

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Job Description

Position Summary

The School Programs Manager serves a vital role in The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) overseeing all K-12 school and teacher programs and The Museum’s tour program.

The CJM’s educational programs are grounded in teaching inclusion through arts and culture.
The School Programs Manager fosters strong relationships with school leaders, teachers, community organizations, and CJM colleagues to create and implement innovative arts-infused education programs and outreach.
The School Programs Manager also shapes tour approach, leads tour trainings, and develops resources and touring materials.
This position is both a leadership role and a direct service position, which includes both the creation and management of educational programs and direct facilitation working with youth and adult groups.
The successful individual in this role will possess excellent interpersonal skills, strong education vision, and distinction in shaping processes and program structure.


Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement a vision for education programming that drives active participation in The CJM’s activities and visitorship to The Museum in general, centered on teaching inclusion through arts and culture
  • Conceptualize, develop, and implement plans for school audiences, with a focus on connecting with broad community audiences as well as Jewish educational organizations. Establish and build upon exhibition-driven, San Francisco history, and Holocaust and Resistance education plans for school and teacher audiences
  • Oversee regular communications and conduct regular outreach to community and school groups for Museum group visits and partnership on initiatives. Extend and expand network of tour visitors through coordinated outreach initiatives with set goals
  • Create, manage, and lead arts-based professional development workshops for educators and lead strategy for the development of exhibition-based teacher resource guides and other related curriculum materials, in conjunction with Interpretative Media Specialist
  • Create and manage educational initiatives including an annual citywide bookmaking competition and other collaborations with schools
  • Work closely with colleagues across The Museum on implementation of programs, including Security, Operations, Exhibitions, Development, and Visitor Experience
  • Oversee pedagogy of school tours, including the development of touring strategy, projects, and resources for participating groups
  • Conduct research and train on The CJM’s exhibitions. Work with Interpretative Media Specialist and coordinator of tour programs to prepare adaptable tours and tour materials to be articulated for adults, kids, and students, depending on the touring group
  • Lead (virtual and in-person) guided tours of exhibitions, totaling approximately four tours weekly
  • Contribute to ongoing documentation and reporting for school programs and tours, including aggregating and analyzing tour statistics for ongoing reporting
  • Manage program budgets and program evaluation
  • Respond to informational requests from the community
  • Represent The CJM in community and professional organizations


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree. MA degree in related field desirable, or relevant work experience
  • At least five years’ experience in museum education or related field
  • Experience in tour development in an arts or nonprofit setting
  • Experience managing staff, including educators and administrators
  • Advanced knowledge of museum-based pedagogy, teaching with visual art, and Jewish culture and history
  • A passion for youth programs and outreach
  • Interest in and dedication to the mission and core values of The CJM, including its commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to communicate across age and cultural backgrounds
  • Ability to envision and manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Experienced and effective public speaker
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint



  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Capable of responding to public emergency situations (i.e.: building evacuation procedures)



The CJM’s public spaces have reopened and this position will require some on-site work, following safety guidelines and protocols.  As The CJM is in the process of reopening administrative offices, this role may have the ability for some remote work.


Application Process

Email cover letter and resume to

Please indicate “School Programs Manager” in the email subject line 


The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, marital or domestic partner status, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, The CJM will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


Full-Time Job in Museum and Gallery:
School Programs Manager
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
 San Francisco, California, United States

Job Categories: Museum and Gallery. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: education, manager, museum, programs, and school. States: California.

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