Posted September 2019

Open until filled

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, seeks a dynamic, self-motivated individual to join the Museum’s education department. Founded in 1881, the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is a nationally accredited university art museum with an exceptional collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American and European art, and an active education department that supports the interpretation and appreciation of art through stimulating programs that engage with the Museum’s intellectually rigorous special exhibitions and permanent collection displays.

Primary Responsibilities

The Assistant Educator organizes and administers public programs such as lectures, symposia, panel discussions, performances, and readings, facilitates the Teaching in the Galleries student educator program, and implements a broad range of PK-12 school and teacher programs, including but not limited to teacher workshops, educator guides, and curriculum-based tours. This position is responsible for coordinating all tours for visitors from on and off campus, including scheduling student educators, conducting related internal and external communications, and leading tours and workshops when necessary. The Assistant Educator helps develop public and academic educational programs to engage diverse communities in connection with temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position that reports to the Head of Museum Education.


  • MA degree in Art History or related humanities field
  • One year of art museum education department experience required; three to five years in a university art museum education department preferred
  • Demonstrated ability in object-based teaching and knowledge of diverse learning styles; knowledge of PK-12 educational program development and lesson planning a plus
  • Knowledge of art history, especially modern and contemporary
  • Ability to work well independently and to collaborate with a range of individuals, including University faculty, staff, and students, PK-12 schools and teachers, museum professionals, and the general public
  • Strong teaching, organizational, and oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent public speaking skills and ability to engage tour participants from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite; basic design skills preferred
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends

Application instructions

For a complete posting, full requirements, and application, visit the Washington University employment website at, reference number 45292, or use the quicklink:

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. 

Candidates from minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Institutional background

Washington University, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University is counted among the world’s leaders in teaching and research, and draws students and faculty to St. Louis from all 50 states and more than 120 nations. The University is highly regarded for its commitment to excellence in learning. Its programs, administration, facilities, resources, and activities combine to further its mission of teaching, research, and service to society.

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis is a unique collaboration in interdisciplinary architecture, art, and design education, linking professional studio programs with the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in the context of an internationally recognized research university.

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is among the nation’s leading university art museums. As a teaching museum within a major research university, it serves as a center of cultural and intellectual life on campus and in St. Louis. Its mission is to build and preserve its art collection for current and future generations; collect significant modern and contemporary art; provide excellence in art historical research, exhibition, and object-based learning; and engage the campus population, its visitors and alumni, the St. Louis region, and the global art community.

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