Education, Educator, Part Time

Posted December 22, 2023
Type Educator
Department Education
Category Part Time
Hiring Pay Scale $65 per tour

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. Full time employees can expect excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a pension program.


The Norton Simon Museum seeks an Educator to join its Department of Education and Public Programs. Centered on the Museum’s outstanding art collection, the Museum’s 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 Educator organizes and leads an array of programs for these audiences, including guided tours, salons, art-making programs, and school tours. This is a part-time, scheduled position paid per tour/program.



  • In conjunction with the Education and Public Programs staff, develop and lead programs for adult audiences, including guided tours of the permanent collection and special exhibitions
  • In conjunction with the Education and Public Programs staff, develop and lead programs for the Museum’s school program for grades 5-12
  • In conjunction with the Education and Public Programs staff, develop and lead programs for children ages 4-18
  • Attend quarterly training sessions to stay abreast of changes in the Museum’s galleries and special exhibitions, as well as museum education professional practices and initiatives, including issues relating to accessibility and inclusion



  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with children, youth and/or adult audiences in informal or formal education environments, including museums, school classrooms, or other cultural institutional settings. Experience leading virtual learning experiences for student audiences is preferred
  • Experience teaching with works of art using student-centered, inclusive strategies
  • Demonstrated ability to work with audiences from across the region’s diverse communities
  • B.A. degree in art history, art education, museum education, or related field is required; M.A. degree is highly desirable
  • Foreign language skills (especially Spanish, French, and Mandarin) are highly desirable
  • Ability to work some weekday and weekend programs


Physical Requirements

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


Schedule and Compensation

This part-time, non-exempt position is paid per tour (2 hours) for virtual and in-person programs. Ability to work some weekday and weekend programs are preferred.



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, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, reproductive health decisionmaking, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, age (forty years of age and over), sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. The Norton Simon Entities make reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and employees and for religious observances and practices. This policy applies to all areas of employment including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, termination, 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: Educator Position
411 West Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91105
[email protected]

No phone calls please.

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