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Director of Education and Humanities

Sun Valley Museum of Art
Ketchum, Idaho, United States
14 days ago


As a vital link between the public and the Museum, the Education and Humanities Department provides educational programming in the visual arts and humanities through exhibitions and independent programs on- and off-site for K-12 students and adults including, but not limited to, art classes and workshops, lectures, residencies, panel discussions, exhibition tours, and community outreach events.


Key Accountabilities:

Program Development

  • Design and execute educational programs and materials for a diverse audience including children, adults, and community wide outreach
  • Collaborate with Programming Directors and Artistic Director on BIG IDEA programming and organizational strategic planning
  • Lead research for education and humanities programs for all BIG IDEA projects: plan lectures, panel discussions and classes, school tours, and community outreach
  • Supervise education staff and oversee the development of art and humanities classes and outreach events for adults, children, teens, and families
  • Prepare program materials such as press releases, program descriptions, teacher and author bios, and related texts for print and social media
  • Create assessments and evaluations of Education and Humanities programs and classes
  • Oversee Docent program: recruit, train and evaluate docents

School Programs

  • Serve as the lead contact with Blaine County public and private schools about SVMoA programs
  • Oversee SVMoA in-school initiatives including student exhibition tours, enrichment program, residencies, and other outreach programs
  • Provide schools with access to SVMoA visiting artists, musicians, and humanists through classroom visits
  • Develop interpretive materials and measurable curriculum goals for school programs for SVMoA exhibitions and BIG IDEA projects. Review curriculum and suggested lesson plans with selected teachers and education staff.
  • Supervise and manage Blaine County Educator Committee and related special events for educators
  • Establish, maintain, and distribute resource packages for schools on select programs including identifying curricular links for teachers and administrators
  • Develop and implement professional development opportunities for local educators emphasizing the integration of fine arts and humanities into the school curriculum


  • Research and implement high-quality featured speaker lectures that are consistent with the interests of the community and serves to enhance programmatic objectives
  • Research and implement humanities and literary programs in conjunction with BIG IDEA projects as well as other outreach programs
  • Negotiate contracts with lecturers, panel discussion participants, and other guest speakers
  • Nurture relationships with peer arts, humanities, and other non-profit organizations to cultivate collaborations

Administration and Budgeting

  • Develop and monitor Education and Humanities budget
  • Supervise and evaluate the Museum Education Coordinator, Education Assistant and Visual Arts Class Assistant
  • Promote effective team environment
  • Maintain positive working relationships within SVMoA and with school administrators, educators, and collaborating organizations
  • Participate in staff and program meetings, strategic planning meetings, and other committees as required including Education Committee of the Board
  • Act as liaison with other departments and as a representative to the Board Programming Committee
  • Work with Director of Development to identify sources and cultivate opportunities for program funding support
  • Provide detailed information about program philosophy and goals for grant writing and fundraising purposes

Key Interfaces:

This position will interface with the following groups outside the department:

  • Board of Directors’ Education and Programming Committees
  • Development Department
  • Program Participants
  • Program Sponsors
  • Community organizations, schools, educators, and community members

Within the department, this position will be responsible for maintaining relationships with:

  • Museum Education Coordinator, Education Assistant, and Visual Arts Class Assistant
  • Artistic Director
  • Performing Arts Director and Curator of Visual Arts


Programming Development and Research: 30%

Program Management: 50%

Administrative, Development and long-term planning: 20%

Hours and Compensation

This is a full-time (40 hours/week), exempt position with benefits. SVMoA benefits include medical and dental insurance, life insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and an employee-sponsored retirement plan. Work requires the flexibility to frequently work evenings and/or weekends according to The Museum’s calendar of programs and events. Regular office hours for SVMoA’s Ketchum location are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Physical Demands:

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

  • Work regularly requiring sedentary activity using a computer keyboard and mouse
  • Work requiring, on occasion, moderate physical effort including, but not limited to: walking and/or brisk walking, lifting 30-40 lbs, climbing/descending steps, climbing/descending ladders
  • Work on site at occasional outdoor events

Education/Experience/Abilities Required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in arts or humanities-related field required, Master’s Degree preferred
  • Keen knowledge of and interest in contemporary literature and current events
  • Four- to six-years-experience in museum education or related field
  • Experience managing individuals and teams in a dynamic work environment
  • Must have superior written and verbal communication skills as well as effective public speaking skills
  • Requires a high degree of interpersonal skills; individual must be personable and diplomatic in working with diverse constituency.
  • Spanish fluency preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, and database programs
  • User knowledge of the Internet
  • Desire to work as a member of a team and ability to present ideas to a group
  • Reliable transportation

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA) is committed to fostering and supporting a diverse workplace and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. SVMoA invites applications from all qualified individuals and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups and visible minorities, indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. SVMoA has a clear vision: to be a workplace where a diverse mix of talented people are committed to delivering our mission of providing arts experiences for all.

Sun Valley Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60942177
  • Location:
    Ketchum, Idaho, United States
    Ketchum, Idaho, United States
    Sun Valley, Idaho, United States
  • Position Title: Director of Education and Humanities
  • Company Name: Sun Valley Museum of Art
  • Job Function: Education
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $62,000.00 - $75,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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