Educator for Public Programs

Job Type

Full Time




200 Larkin Street
San Francisco
United States


Under direction of the Associate Director, Public and Community Programs, the Educator for Public Programs develops collection and exhibition-related programs for adult audiences, which connect art to life in collaboration with a wide range of partners in the arts and other fields. Using art and ideas as a means for deeper participation, personal discovery, social engagement and learning, the incumbent creates access points spanning from college students to young adults and lifelong learners. This position works collaboratively with key members from education and other departments on programming strategy to create a variety of informal and participatory programs aimed at building adult audiences. These programs include but are not limited to: artist demonstrations, workshops, gallery talks and lecture-demonstrations, performances and film screenings. The nature of the work requires frequent interface with staff, the general public, and community and other special interest groups with regard to exchanging information and promoting and implementing program activities.



1.                 Researches audiences and makes use of existing data about audience segments to determine potential program design and content for college students and adults. Conducts research and consults with curators on the museum collection, upcoming special exhibitions and local visual and performing artists and presenters. Develops and implements a variety of programs highlighting the collection galleries and special exhibitions, such as, artist demonstrations, workshops, performances, films and lecture-demonstrations. 


2.                 Draws upon community contacts and available resources and expertise, internal and external to the museum, in the development of programs. Works closely with staff to conceptualize and develop future program topics. Selects and coordinates presenters, determines program structure, budgets, spatial requirements and audio-visual needs and fulfills administrative duties related to programs—financial paperwork, contract negotiations, and correspondence. Tracks expenses, coordinates with the Volunteer Programs department for volunteer needs and meets regularly with the membership and development departments to share program details for museum members and donors.  


3.                 Manages the public programs and workshops general emails to consider programs and respond to visitors interested in engaging with the museum’s programs. 


4.                 Meets monthly with Marketing and Communications, Museum Guest Experience, Volunteer Services and Membership in planning marketing strategies to guarantee programs are highly


visible, reach targeted audiences and are staffed. Leads the monthly planning meeting with Marketing and Communications to ensure ongoing and consistent interaction with the team. 


5.                 Writes, edits, and compiles program information for brochures, web calendar, and the museum’s website. Schedules photo/video documentation of programs, and archives program files and data.  


6.                 Represents the education department in internal exhibition team meetings; participates and contributes to exhibition planning with education program planning. 


7.                 Collaborates and maintains relationships with various artists, presenters and community partners to develop adult programming and provide outreach to key community groups.  


8.                 Works closely with the Development team on identifying potential funders and helping draft grant proposals in support of collection gallery and exhibition programs. 




·                    M.A. in Asian Art History, Asian Studies, Museum Studies or related field and three (3) years of related work experience including the development and coordination of public programs and special events, or a combination of education and experience. (Experience in arts management may be considered as related depending upon context. Studio art program experience a plus). 

·                    Strong knowledge of Asian art and culture, arts and museums (Bilingual skills desirable). 

·                    Ability to conceive and develop innovative public programming; demonstrate high levels of creativity, resourcefulness, and flexibility. 

·                    Demonstrated administrative, organizational, and scheduling skills; detail oriented. 

·                    Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; experience collaborating with colleagues and program partners. 

·                    Demonstrated superior public speaking skills. 

·                    Advanced computer skills essential.  

·                    Ability to display good judgment; problem solve; exercise tact and diplomacy at all times. 

·                    Ability to actively promote educational programs through the development of positive working relationships both internal and external to the museum. 

·                    Self-starter with proven ability to manage and independently prioritize multiple tasks while ensuring timely, high quality outcomes. 

Ability to work a regular weekend day and some evenings as required


$25.2225 - $30.2928 per hour** with a generous benefits package

**Please note: New hires start at the beginning of the salary range and this position is represented by SEIU 1021.

*The Asian Art Museum is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art and culture. Home to more than 18,000 works of art from over 40 Asian countries, we strive to be a catalyst for discovery, dialogue, and inspiration. With Asia as our lens and art as our cornerstone, we spark connections across cultures and through time, igniting curiosity, conversation, and creativity. *

The Asian Art Museum embraces diversity in its mission, programs, and staff.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement