Museum Educator & Docent Program Supervisor – The Wellin Museum

Location: Clinton, NY 13323


The Wellin Museum Educator and Docent Program Supervisor oversees and broadens the Museum’s vibrant student docent program, implements, evaluates, and grows the educational programs for K-12 and community groups, and advises on visitor experience for the museum.

Responsible for running and broadening the Wellin Museum’s student docent program, including maintaining and adapting the museum docent program to correspond to the needs of the museum, the Hamilton College community, and the community at large. Responsible for recruitment, hiring, training, and supervision of 30-40+ student employees per semester. Develops job descriptions and implements protocols for the various student employee positions: Greeter Desk Docents, Tour Docents, and specialized projects (Docent+) interns. Prepares training materials, presentations, activities, and leads training workshops for student employees. Works with staff members to determine institutional needs in regard to student employees and aids in recruitment of students with appropriate skill sets. Processes and incorporates ongoing feedback from museum constituents (Hamilton College faculty and staff, student employees, K-12 and community visitors) into docent training regimen. Develops specialized projects for student employees to provide hands-on experience that is customized to the interests and abilities of the student, and oversees these projects from concept through implementation. Schedules student employees for day-to-day shifts, tours, and educational outreach-related programs and events. Oversees review process with student employees including disciplinary measures and time-off requests. Responsible for maintaining records of student employees, and approval of student employee time sheets. Connects with other experiential learning hubs on campus for collaborative opportunities.

Responsible for running the Wellin Museum’s K-12 and community outreach program, organizing educational activities and events for respective audiences. Designs, develops, implements, and evaluates tours and events connected to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and programs for K-12 school groups and community groups. Works with curatorial, collections and other departments to conceptualize, develop, execute, and publicize tours and events, and designs and fabricates collateral material relating to K-12 and community programming. Identifies and grows new audiences and forges collaborative relationships with teachers and administrators in Central New York schools and community groups. Plans and implements training for regional teachers and administrators, including workshops and customized professional development opportunities. Maintains record of school and community programs, events and participants for the museum. Solicits feedback from event and program participants to analyze and assess the visitor experience. Works with colleagues in programming and curatorial to facilitate welcoming and accessible events and museum experiences that engage Hamilton College faculty and staff and their families, alumni, and current students in addition to the K-12 community and broader community. Participates in new museum initiatives and the development of interpretive resources for the museum’s collections and exhibitions.

Fulfills other duties as directed by Museum Director.


Master’s degree in Art Education, Museum Studies or related field, plus at least two years related experience required. Teaching experience preferred including development, implementation, and evaluation of creative object-based museum education programs for K–12 students and teachers. At least 2 years experience in a supervisory capacity, including hiring and training of staff.  Equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong organizational, writing, verbal and interpersonal skills required.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask while maintaining an attention to detail, flexibility, and sensitivity.
  • Experience working as part of a team with a positive and collaborative attitude.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Adobe Creative Suite and TMS a plus.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekend hours when required.

Application Instructions

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to or visit <> to apply online. Consideration of candidates begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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