Gallery Learning Specialist

REPORTS TO: Deputy Director for Interpretation & Audience Engagement

The Gallery Learning Specialist supports school program initiatives, gallery interpretation programs, and coordinates NOMA’s early childhood learning programs. Duties include curriculum development; develop and lead school programs for grades PK – 12, as well as gallery-based programs for visitors of all ages; serve as the museum’s internal consultant and advocate in the area of early childhood development and learning; provide training and professional development content for museum staff, volunteers and external organizations; and represent NOMA’s interpretive and educational mission to outside agencies and institutions. Assist the Curator of Education with functions such as docent training, educator workshops, greeting school groups, and scheduling school tours.

Serves as the early learning consultant and advocate, models developmentally appropriate interactions, develops and implements programs for grades PK – 12.

Coordinates approved Early Childhood and gallery learning initiatives, including, but not limited to, the Mini Masters program, school multi-visits, school tours, gallery talks, professional development, and other duties as assigned.

Develops and prepares written content and other materials to support the early learning, school program, and gallery interpretation initiatives at NOMA.

Stays current with Early Learning research and best practices in museum interpretation, and utilizes it to create museum education opportunities.

Acts as an ambassador to area agencies and institutions to establish and nurture early learning and school program collaborations as appropriate. Participates in meetings with outside partners and institutions on behalf of NOMA as needed, serves on professional panels, and conducts professional development workshops for outside partners.

Assists in development and monitoring of relevant budgets. Assists in grant writing and reporting to maintain approved early learning and gallery learning programs.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Supervised by the Curator of Education and/or the Deputy Director for IAE.
  • Works closely with the Curator of Education and other staff to develop and deliver appropriate programs and training.
  • Works collaboratively with IAE team to coordinate program initiatives with other NOMA departments and partner organizations.

Education and Experience:

  • Masters’ level degree in areas such as Museum Education, Education, Early childhood development, Art Studio, Art History, Arts Administration, or closely related career field.
  • Minimum of five years of experience working with adults and young children in a learning environment, preferably a museum setting.
  • Experience with a variety of learning models.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must work well in a collaborative environment.
  • Have demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Must have excellent presentation skills.
  • Must have excellent, demonstrated interpersonal skills in working directly with children and families.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills essential to communicate with varied constituencies.
  • Excellent skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative, willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed.
  • Good computer skills, including Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of evaluation techniques.
  • Knowledge of budget development and monitoring.
  • Be able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Prior museum education experience required.

The following abilities are required for the position:

  • Visually keep track of visitors, materials and exhibitions functioning in galleries
  • Comprehend and speak English extensively and clearly with the public
  • Hear children’s voices
  • Assist visitors in emergency situations
  • Display dexterity necessary to facilitate learning in gallery spaces
  • Stand and move among exhibitions for extended periods
  • Climb up and down stairs or use an elevator daily
  • Bend, kneel, climb and reach
  • Lift 25 pounds

Other requirements:

  • Negotiate travel locally and nationally
  • Tolerate frequent interruptions in the work process
  • Perform analysis on data to form reasonable conclusions and be able to demonstrate finding.
  • Must have driver’s license, own transportation and appropriate liability insurance

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