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Nasher Sculpture Center: Manager of School and Family Programs

Job Description

The Manager of School and Family Programs develops content for and manages the operation of interactive programs for audiences ranging from early childhood to young adults and educators. Responsibilities include the school tour program, drop-in programming for families, student and teacher advisory boards, teacher workshops, and seasonal programs including festivals and camps. This position works in close collaboration with others in the Education department and across the community towards the goal of creating meaningful connections between learners and modern and contemporary sculpture.

The Manager of School and Family Programs will report to the Curator of Education.

About the Nasher Sculpture Center

Located in the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is a nonprofit, community-supported museum whose mission is to be an international focal point and catalyst for the study, installation, conservation, and appreciation of modern and contemporary sculpture. Since 2003, more than 2 million people have visited the Nasher’s galleries and garden.

The Nasher Education Department strives to engage diverse audiences and highlight diverse perspectives through innovative programs and resources that interpret the Nasher Collection, special exhibitions, and significant topics within the field of modern and contemporary sculpture. Key departmental goals include promoting critical thinking and reflection, kindling personal connections between visitors and works of art, and breaking barriers to access for a wide variety of learners.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the school tour program, including in-person and virtual field trips.
    • Responds in a professional and timely manner to tour requests.
    • Works with Gallery Teachers to assign staff to tours.
    • Maintains and updates records on the tour database and calendar.
    • Manages applications and disburses funds for transportation and/or supply scholarships.
    • Maintains paperwork for CPE accreditation and participation in specialized learning platforms.
    • Promotes tours to North Texas educators.
    • Conducts in-person or virtual tours on an as-needed basis.
  • Oversees programs for students, teachers and families.
    • Plans and coordinates summer programs for elementary and secondary students.
    • Works with educators and other arts institutions to develop and implement teacher workshops and in-services.
    • Co-manages drop-in family events including Free First Saturdays, The Great Create and Spring Break at the Nasher.
    • Manages meetings and membership for Student and Teacher Advisory Boards.
  • Contributes to the operation of the Education Department.
    • Maintains budgets for multiple programs.
    • Works with teammates to develop efficient and practical program schedules.
    • Offers support for other departmental programs as needed.
    • Works with the Development office to identify possible sources of funding for projects and assists with the development of grant (and other) proposals.
    • Assists with the supervision of the work of departmental interns, volunteers, students and additional staff members.
  • Cultivates professional knowledge:
    • Maintains awareness of regional and state school districts and curriculum standards.
    • Remains current with scholarship in the field of modern and contemporary sculpture, especially as it relates to works in the Nasher Collection.
    • Develops expertise in the field of museum education through reading, interacting with colleagues from other institutions and participating in conferences.
    • Displays a spirit of curiosity and seeks out innovative ideas and practices related to the field of museum education.
  • Uses evaluation as a tool to enhance education programs.
    • Assesses current audience needs and compiles data on school and family programs.
    • Communicates program attendance, impact and effectiveness to internal and external stakeholders.

Key Attributes

  • Creative, adaptable professional who is adept at problem-solving.
  • Enthusiasm and strong interpersonal skills; ability to balance serious subjects with humor and fun.
  • Experience using a variety of teaching strategies in a museum or classroom setting to engage learners with diverse ages, interests and backgrounds.
  • Comfortable discussing how equity and Anti-Racism relate to the content and presentation of education programs and resources.


  • B.A. degree in relevant field of art history, art education, studio art or museum education. Master’s degree and/or three to five year’s museum or classroom teaching experience preferred.
  • Flexible schedule and ability to work weekend or evening hours.
  • Strong public speaking, communication, and presentation skills required.
  • Proven organizational skills; ability to meet scheduled deadlines; ability to work both independently and with a team.
  • Professional presence and appearance; diplomatic, comfortable in dynamic and challenging situations.
  • Computer literacy, reliable internet access, proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint required.
  • Experience working with digital platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
  • Spanish language fluency is a plus.



This is a full-time, salaried position with a starting annual pay rate of $47,000. The Nasher offers a robust benefits package which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401(k) with employer match; and generous paid time off.


Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter and resume to:

Anna Smith, Curator of Education, asmith@nashersculpturecenter.org

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. However, priority will be given to candidates who apply by October 4, 2021. Finalists may be asked to provide professional references and work samples. A background check will be conducted prior to hiring.

The Nasher is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in the hiring of personnel on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status as provided by law.


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