Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum : School Programs Educator


Isabella Stewart Gardner believed that art had the power to change lives and she built a beautiful, personal, and immersive Museum setting to do so.  Today the Gardner is a living embodiment of her bold vision; a dynamic place where ideas and creativity in all its forms inspire visitors.  Through exhibitions, music, programs, and performances we strive to tell new stories and challenge assumptions through diverse voices and community members. 

The School Programs Educator supports the Gardner Museum’s Thinking Through Art program. Thinking Through Art (TTA) is the Gardner’s partnership with Boston Public School teachers, including intensive professional development, classroom components, and visits to the Museum.  This is a one-year, grant-funded position, with the possibility of extending the position based on grant renewal.  Salary Range: $42,000-47,000 commensurate with experience and competitive benefits package.

The School Programs Educator is a passionate advocate for urban education, values learner-centered approaches and inclusive practices. They build relationships and promote program activities through ongoing dialogue with students, teachers and administrators. The Educator will teach in a manner that encourages visual literacy and comfort in the museum environment, primarily through the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method. The Educator will participate in creative planning for the program’s future development and expansion. As a member of the Education Department, they will assist with initiatives for overall school and tours programs as well. 


  • Implement and document TTA professional development programs. Coach teachers and give ongoing feedback to promote program goals.
  • Teach TTA classes at the Museum with grades 3-16. 
  • Build a welcoming environment by greeting and checking in student groups, as well as collaborating with teachers and Museum staff to produce annual TTA family event.
  • Assist the Director of School and Teacher Programs in training Museum Teachers to respond appropriately to the diverse needs of TTA students by designing enrichment sessions.
  • As the program’s administrative glue, maintain a complex calendar and use Tessitura Client Records Management system to track program statistics.
  • Identify opportunities for research, coordinate data collection and analysis for ongoing assessments of TTA and tours programs. 
  • Develop marketing strategies tailored to the needs of Boston Public Schools for program recruitment.
  • Participate in departmental and museum-wide events as necessary (which on occasion may require time after hours or on weekends).


  • One or more years of teaching experience, either in a classroom or nonprofit setting. 
  • Experience working with children and adults of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of constructivist education theory and best practices in education.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team by listening and communicating clearly, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently by taking initiative and problem-solving. 
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office and Google applications.


  • Prior experience teaching in museums.
  • Fluency in more than one language, especially Spanish.
  • Trained in Visual Thinking Strategies methodology.
  • Prior experience navigating complex Boston Public School system.
  • BA or advanced degree in education, art history, museum studies, or related field.


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