Museum Educator – Amherst College

Amherst College invites applications for the Museum Educator position at the Mead Art Museum. The Museum Educator is a full time, year-round position, job group and level PT-2. Amherst College has profoundly transformed its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality, among other areas. Today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients; 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.

The Museum Educator expands Amherst College students’ engagement with art and cultural sector experiences at the Mead through creative leadership and mentorship of Team Mead (student museum group) and students working across the museum, including museum educators, lobby attendants, and interns. The Museum Educator intentionally designs programs to increase access to the museum for students and community members who hold historically marginalized identities. In particular,

  • Creates and implements cohort-based programs for college students including internships, interterm courses, and fall orientation weekends.
  • Designs collaborative student-facing programs in conjunction with Amherst College and Five College organizations that broaden and deepen relationships on and off campus to diverse communities.
  • Creates education partnerships with K-12 schools and builds Amherst College student learning into them.

The Museum Educator identifies and advocates for policies and programs that contribute to an inclusive museum experience. Takes appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and participates in the College’s efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work environment.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Student Engagement Program – Design and lead student engagement programs that may include summer internships, Team Mead (student museum group), Interterm Course(s), and special art projects, hires, trains and mentors a diverse group of student museum educators in curriculum development, K-12 gallery pedagogies, and inclusive museology, implements systems for evaluating impact of Mead programs on individual student engagement.
  • K-12 and Community Programs – Creates, revises, and maintains K-12 and group curriculum, integrating innovative pedagogies from the field of museum education on an ongoing basis; supports, plans, hosts, and staffs public programs as needed in rotation with other Education Department Staff; plans, leads, and trains student staff to host community programs that actively contribute to the cultural vitality of the regional community by centering audience interests and needs and dismantling the various barriers to historically marginalized communities in museums
  • Cross-Functional Museum Work – Supports interpretive projects for myriad audiences (school and public) across the museum, and integrates college students into label writing, signage, exhibition ideation, and visitor experience design whenever applicable


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2 years’ experience in public-facing museum work
  • Experience working with young adults and/or teens in group settings
  • Experience leading educational or co-curricular programs (in museums or other settings) for K-12 student groups
  • Strong cultural competencies working across a diversity of identities
  • Proven initiative making museums more inclusive
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal and public speaking skills
  • Able to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Master’s Degree in Art History, Museum Studies, Education, History or related field preferred


Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information (email and/or telephone numbers) for three professional references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college’s community is composed of about1,800 students from 48 states, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 54 countries around the world, and about 1,000 staff and faculty. The college’s scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm ; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum , Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum ; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, makes Amherst College and the Town of Amherst the perfect place to work, learn and live!


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