Museum Academic Programs Coordinator – WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS


Posted 2020

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 passionate arts educator to expand the Museum’s University engagement efforts. In fall 2019, the Kemper Art Museum reopened to the public with greater space, new amenities, and a higher campus profile through increased visibility and enhanced accessibility. New galleries doubled the space allotted for display of the Museum’s world-renowned collection, providing exciting opportunities to build education programs based on the collection as well as on the Museum’s stimulating special exhibitions. 

A vital position in the Education Department of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis, the Museum Academic Programs Coordinator bridges the Museum and the Washington University campus community through the research, development, and implementation of in-depth curriculum-based programs and other projects that connect faculty and students to the Museum’s permanent collection and rotating special exhibitions. Through inclusive outreach initiatives and partnership building, this position contributes to the intellectual and social development of students of all backgrounds and advances the Museum’s goal to become a truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution. Success in this position requires collaboration with WUSTL faculty to incorporate collections-based assignments in their course curricula and to facilitate the use of the Museum galleries as alternative classroom spaces. This position reports to the Head of Education. 

This position is a benefits-eligible one-year contract with the possibility of renewal.


  • Reach out to and develop relationships with Washington University faculty whose courses have thematic or historical connections to the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions 
  • Organize events such as faculty exhibition previews and faculty workshops that support integrating the Museum’s artworks into courses 
  • Develop in-depth curriculum-based programs in collaboration with faculty that connect to the Museum’s resources 
  • Write didactic and interpretive materials for university audiences that highlight the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions as a campus resource 
  • Conduct campus outreach to promote the Museum, its resources, and programs 
  • Determine and coordinate logistics such as scheduling class visits, scheduling facilitators, technology, supplies, and budget
  • Assess and evaluate the success or failure of programs using both quantitative and qualitative information and make decisions about how to implement program improvements


  • MA in Art History, Museum Studies, Education, or related field
  • One year proven work experience with arts educational program development or equivalent teaching experience (three years’ preferred; university art museum experience preferred)
  • Ability to interpret visual art for diverse disciplines and audiences across campus 
  • Ability to interact effectively with university faculty, students, staff, visiting scholars, and artists
  • Familiarity with university curriculum and current issues and trends in museum pedagogy 
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; administrative skills; diplomacy and initiative
  • Some evening and weekend hours required

Application instructions

For a complete posting, full requirements, and application, visit the Washington University employment website at, reference number 49709, 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.

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, part of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, was founded in 1881 and is among the nation’s leading university art museums. Its permanent collection of more than 8,000 objects is particularly strong in 19th- and 20th-century European and American art; it also features a vital and growing collection of 21st-century global art. As a teaching museum within a major research university, the Kemper Art Museum 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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