Curator of Education – David Owsley Museum of Art, Ball State University

Ball State University’s Museum of Art welcomes applications for Curator of Education. This position is responsible for managing all museum education, including the development and implementation of creative and engaging education and public outreach programs, events, and activities.

The position also reinforces Ball State University’s strategic plan (Destination 2040: Our Flight Path) by administering several outreach programs, including the museum’s established community partnership with Muncie Community Schools (Goal 3) and engaging diverse audiences (Goal 5).

Free and open to the public, the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University houses a world art collection with over 11,000 works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, and the Americas. DOMA cultivates lifelong learning and recreation in the visual arts through exciting interdisciplinary art exhibitions with engaging displays of the permanent collection in an educational environment that serves both the University and the East Central Indiana region.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art history, art education, museum studies or related discipline.
  • One year of experience planning, developing, and implementing education programs in a museum setting or comparable organization.
  • Familiarity with primary and secondary school education curricula and working knowledge of museum education and object-based theories of learning.
  • Excellent public speaking, writing, and editing skills.
  •  Ability to maintain excellent working relationships with a diverse range of individuals, including staff, faculty, students, volunteers, community partners, and the public with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion.
  • Proficiency with basic computer programs and current social media, as well as audience evaluation and implementation of visitor surveys.
  • Ability to assess and manage multiple competing priorities and work well under pressure, with excellent time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a professional manner.
  • Ability to take part in programs outside of normal office hours, including on evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to work effectively in a changing environment, including changing work demands, procedures, technology, or priorities.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in art history, museum education, museum studies or related discipline.
  • Three to five years of experience planning, developing, and implementing education programs in an art museum.
  • Previous experience in a college/university museum.
  • Past experience with primary and secondary teacher training.
  • Experience working with underserved groups and with the development of tours and programs, including those for visitors with special needs.

Apply online at: Include the following documents with your application: resume and cover letter addressed to Robert La France. The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

The minimum salary for this position is $54,000.00. Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through July 2, 2021.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus. Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states, and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

Categories: Job Postings