Education, Education and Public Programs Coordinator, Full Time

Posted August 24, 2022
Type Full Time
Department Education
Category Non-Exempt

The Norton Simon Museum is known around the world as one of the most remarkable private art collections ever assembled. Over a thirty-year period, industrialist Norton Simon (1907–1993) amassed an exquisite collection of European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century and South and Southeast Asian art spanning 2,000 years. Approximately 1,000 works from the permanent collection of 12,000 objects are on view in the Norton Simon Museum’s galleries and sculpture garden throughout the year.

The Museum is located in beautiful Pasadena, California, just steps from the bustling Old Pasadena district known for its shops and restaurants, and adjacent to the vibrant neighborhoods of northeast Los Angeles, Glendale and South Pasadena. Easily accessible by public transportation, the Museum also offers its employees free parking, as well as free admission to the Museum anytime, and discounts in the store and café.


The Norton Simon Museum seeks an Education and Public Programs Coordinator to assist with the running of the Museum’s Education and Public Programs department. Centered on the Museum’s outstanding art collection, our educational programs are designed to foster the imagination; build a deep understanding of human creativity and expression; and serve children and their families, students and teachers, lifelong learners and people with different abilities. The ideal candidate possesses a passion for the arts and a positive, collaborative and creative approach to their work. This full-time position reports to the Director of External Affairs and the Education and Public Programs Manager and works alongside a team of paid Educators.


  • Coordinates education-related events for students and adults; answers teacher requests; schedules and guides in-person and virtual tours; assembles student preparatory packets
  • Takes reservations and maintains supply inventory for art history and drawing classes
  • Processes money transactions, prepares weekly and monthly activities reports
  • Assists in organizing, designing, and staffing children and family programs, Family Festivals, children, teen and adult drawing classes, workshops, tours, lectures, and performances
  • Assists in the management of budgets, contracts, and reports for various stakeholders
  • Assists the Senior Manager, External Affairs and Digital Content and the Education and Public Programs Manager with virtual educational programs, special digital projects, and member programs
  • Keeps abreast of changes in our galleries and special exhibitions, and relays these developments to the Museum Educators responsible for touring
  • Occasionally comes in for evening or weekend programs


  • At least 2 years of experience teaching and touring adults and K-12 students. Knowledge of formal and informal education practices is important; museum experience strongly preferred
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong organizational abilities and the capacity to coordinate numerous projects simultaneously
  • Proven ability to engage with a variety of technology tools and platforms
  • B.A. degree in art history, art education, museum education, fine arts, or a related field is required
  • Foreign language skills are desirable.

Physical Requirements

This position requires some moderate lifting, stretching, reaching, bending and occasional long periods of standing.

Schedule and Compensation

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. This is a full-time non-exempt position with excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance and a pension program. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Some evening and weekend hours are required.


 Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Norton Simon Entities* provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Norton Simon Entities do not unlawfully discriminate or tolerate harassment on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age for individuals over forty years of age, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation. The Norton Simon Entities make reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and employees. This policy applies to all areas of employment including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, transfer, and social and recreational programs.

The Norton Simon Entities are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion in its workforce.

*The Norton Simon Entities are composed of the following: Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena and the Norton Simon Art Foundation. Employment may be with either, or both, of these entities.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of at least two references to:

Norton Simon Museum of Art
Attn: Education Coordinator Position
411 West Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
[email protected]

All interested applicants are requested to provide their expected earnings.

No phone calls. Due to volume of resumes received, we will not be able to acknowledge receipt of resumes. 

Employment is contingent upon proof of legal status to work in the United States.