Museum Educator I

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #715
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.

Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. 

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community. 


Museum Educator I are responsible for working collaboratively with Education and Programs staff to design and implement creative learning opportunities connecting art, artists and the museum to children, youth and families. Museum educators co-lead instruction for educational programs throughout the museum and offsite, such as summer camps, school programs, tours, art classes, school programs, adult and family programs and community workshops.  This position emphasizes relationship-building, connecting various publics to artwork, artists, exhibition and museum programming.  The position requires responsive and action-oriented communication with multiple age groups, people with various cultural experiences, and learning styles. Building relationships with students, families, and educators while working with a team of museum staff to deliver creative, multi-form, observation based, effective, engaging, and safe learning experiences.

Museum Educators will give and receive constructive criticism with the goal of developing their pedagogy skills and creative practice, continuously improving program quality and enhancing the visitor experience.  This will be facilitated by participation in professional development structured by CMOA.

Museum Educators are scheduled by program, availability, skill sets and teaching focus. Weekend and/or evening work may be required.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • Patient, caring individuals who have the knowledge and skills to foster welcoming, safe, creative learning social settings that facilitate exploration of art, design architecture its relationship to ideas, everyday experiences, contemporary questions and self-expression.
  • Must be comfortable with multiple learning styles and teaching methods, adapting their approaches in a dynamic setting to meet the needs of visitors and program participants.
  • Experience facilitating informal learning (experiential, community-based, outdoors, in museums, after-school programs, or similar settings) is preferred.

Education and Experience:

  • High school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of age appropriate content and pedagogy for a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated aptitude for creativity, curiosity, passion, enthusiasm, integrity, and a strong professional ethic
  • Documented ability to contribute in team settings
  • Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
  • Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
  • Passion for/interest in Art, Design and Architecture.  Educational certification is valued, but not required.
  • Documented experience working directly with stakeholders or parents.
  • Fluency in language(s) other than English valued.


  • This position requires mobility around the program space and through museum exhibit halls for several hours at a time. 
  • If the person is not able to bend or lift items of 20 – 50 lbs, they must be willing to ask for assistance performing tasks that require these actions.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Leading instruction.
  • Working collaboratively with a team of educators, assistants, and volunteers to deliver effective, engaging, and safe learning experience.
  • Applying knowledge of best-practices to create welcoming, age-appropriate spaces where participants feel cared for and are excited to learn about art, creative design and one another
  • Designing and defining clear goals and creating opportunities for learners to receive feedback on progress towards goals.
  • Using a variety of strategies that engage diverse learners, including best practices for accessibility.
  • Planning educational experiences based on resources provided by CMOA staff.
  • Supporting lesson plan development and adapts lesson plans from existing resources.
  • Collaborating with support staff to ensure that learning spaces and materials are prepared and returned before/after each program.
  • Coordinating with staff and volunteers to ensure that participants are greeted upon arrival and know what to do to get the program started.
  • For off-site programs, planning and preparation will include transportation of materials to the off-site location.
  • Supporting efforts to create a safe environment for all people, facilities, and natural resources
  • Following established procedures for safety, security, custodial, visitor service, and maintenance procedures.  This includes providing clear safety expectations for participants in the context of educational activities.
  • Using appropriate procedures in emergency situations.
  • Using appropriate reporting procedures for incidents and unexpected situations
  • Ensuring that impact of educational activities on museum collections and exhibitions is minimized.
  • Ensuring that environmental impact of educational activities is minimized.
  • Developing pedagogy skills through ongoing practice, reflection, and professional development structured by CMOA.
  • Attending CMOA Educator professional development meetings.
  • Observing, analyzing and co-teaching with fellow CMOA educators.
  • Actively participate in annual review with supervisors.
  • Additional responsibilities may be assigned on a case by case basis.

This is a union position.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.



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A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential.

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D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis.

E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential.

F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential. 

G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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