Head of Education and Public Programs, Full Time

Posted June 23, 2021
Type Full Time
Department Education
Category 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. Full time employees can expect excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance and a pension program.


The Norton Simon Museum seeks a Head of Education and Public Programs to develop and oversee the educational initiatives at the Norton Simon Museum. Centered on the Museum’s outstanding art collection, our 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. A key player in the Museum’s audience development and engagement efforts, the Head of Education and Public Programs is a strategic thinker with a passion for museums and museum education, and has experience managing and motivating a diverse group of staff. This full-time position reports to the Director of External Affairs and oversees one part-time coordinator and a group of paid museum educators.


  • Develops, coordinates, implements and assesses education-related events, lectures, workshops, and adult and school tour programs
  • Researches and writes curricula on our special exhibitions and permanent collection for schools and teachers
  • Manages a part-time education coordinator and group of paid museum educators
  • Recruits, trains, and provides feedback for the educators, who lead 5-12th-grade school tours, private and general public tours, and family programs
  • Works with the curatorial team on developing exhibition-related programs for diverse audiences
  • Keeps abreast of changes in our galleries and special exhibitions, and relays these developments to the educators responsible for touring
  • Stays current on museum education professional practices and initiatives, including issues relating to accessibility and inclusion
  • Speaks and writes about all aspects of the Museum’s collections and their history, including creating content for the Museum’s website, social media and quarterly newsletter
  • Conducts tours for special guests, as well as conveys information about the collections to outside organizations
  • Develops and manages the education budgets
  • Oversees a database of educational events and tours; schedules educators via this database to lead tours and participate in education classes and events
  • Cultivates relationships with individuals in civic, cultural and professional associations
  • Assists with special projects as needed
  • Occasionally comes in for evening or weekend programs


This position requires at least 5 years of museum education experience, familiarity with curriculum guidelines, California State Standards, and lesson plan development. Excellent interpersonal, writing, public speaking and computer skills are required. The ideal candidate possesses a positive attitude, sound judgement and is team-oriented. M.A. degree in art history, art education, museum education, or related field is highly desirable, as are foreign language skills. Prior management experience is required.

Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position with excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance and a pension program.

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

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of at least two references to:

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

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