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Curator of Education

University of Connecticut
Storrs Campus

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Search #: 495412
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Art, Museum and Theater


The William Benton Museum of Art seeks an energetic, collaborative and experienced museum professional to be its next Curator of Education (Art Museum Registrar). The Curator of Education, reporting to the Executive Director, is a critical member of the museum’s leadership team and will need to bring to the position an in-depth understanding of the museum field and educational practices. The position is also responsible for the development, implementation, and management of formal and informal educational and interpretive programs at the museum.

The Curator of Education actively participates in long-range planning to establish a responsible three-year plan for the museum’s educational program. Provide effective leadership, vision and strategic direction; inspire and motivate staff and volunteers; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of representatives of public and private organizations, foundations, commissions and support groups, Museum staff, and the general public.


  • Develop, research and implement innovative educational programming for broad and diverse audiences presented in various formats, including virtual programming. These include, but are not limited to K-12 and adult programs, family activities, seminars, lectures, and workshops.
  • Build relationships with University faculty and students, K-12 teachers and administrators, and with community stakeholders to develop new initiatives, collaborations, and art-related educational programs; promote these programs in the community.
  • Develop educational materials. These may include, but are not limited to, educators' guides and packets, family guides, special brochures, web-based materials and articles for the newsletter.
  • Responsible for fiscal oversight of educational programs, including the annual budget planning process, revenue generating programming and regularly monitors expenditures.
  • Maintain knowledge of federal and state standards and the 21st century skills curriculum standards
  • Develop and oversee the museum’s planned student docent program
  • Work closely with the Assistant Curator/Academic Liaison, who coordinates all educational programs at the WBMA for the UConn community
  • Formal and informal museum programs and outreach events
  • May supervise student staff and volunteers working in the museum’s educational programs; including the hiring and supervision of contract, temporary employees or other professionals (artists, performing artists, lecturers, etc.).
  • Provide oversight of the education collection, including review, maintenance and cataloging of objects in the collection
  • Assist in all collective staff activities, including event set-up and staffing, group tour orientations, and special visitor services.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in art history or related field.
  • Two to three years of related experience creating and leading sustainable education programs in an art museum environment. Experience developing programs that engage the public across all ages and specifically K-12 students and working with K-12 teachers.
  • A track record of educational success developing programs, implementing events, and building or sustaining collaborations, including the ability to develop and implement virtual programs, and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of museum audiences.
  • Experience with STEAM education and curriculum development.
  • Prior supervisory experience managing docents, volunteers, interns and students.
  • Exhibit excellent managerial, planning, organizational, and administrative skills including budgeting and grants; strong interpersonal, written, and oral communications skills.
  • Use Microsoft Office, the Internet, and email proficiently.

  • Master’s degree in museum studies, art history, education or liberal studies.
  • At least 5-7 years’ experience as Education Curator/Director in an art museum managing a complex educational program including marketing and implementing field trip and managing docent programs.

This is a full-time position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn, and a highly desirable work environment. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidates’ background and experience.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495412 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Your application materials should address or demonstrate how you meet each minimum qualification, as well as any preferred qualifications you meet.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on August 18, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Jul 28 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Aug 18 2021 Eastern Daylight Time


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The University of Connecticut is a national leader among public research universities, with more than 30,000 students seeking answers to critical questions in classrooms, labs, and the community. A culture of innovation drives this pursuit of knowledge throughout the University’s network of campuses. Connecticut’s commitment to higher education helps UConn attract students who thrive in the most competitive environments, as well as globally renowned faculty members. Our school pride is fueled by a history of success that has made us a standout in Division I athletics. UConn fosters a diverse and vibrant culture that meets the needs and seizes the opportunities of a dynamic global society.

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