Director of Education

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens seeks a dynamic Director of Education. The Director of Education will be a member of the Museum Leadership Team, become part of a dedicated team within an organization supportive of new ideas and creative risk-taking, while working with the Curatorial and Programs team to create meaningful and impactful learning experiences for a broad audience. The Director of Education manages school, adult, family, and outreach programs including their development, implementation and assessment, administration of budgets, general oversight, and works collaboratively internally and with organizational and community partners. 

About the Cummer Museum

The Cummer Museum, an AAM accredited institution in Jacksonville, FL, maintains one of the most significant collections of European and American art in the Southeast. The Museum's founders, Arthur and Ninah Cummer, assembled a private collection of 60 Old Master and 19th-century American paintings, forming the nucleus of the permanent collection. In 56 years, the permanent collection has grown through purchase and donation to more than 5,000 objects whose dates of origin range from 2000 B.C. to the present. The strength of the collection is European (1300-1920) and American (1800-1940) paintings, but representative examples of ancient Mediterranean art, Japanese art, and 20th-century American art are included in the collection. The Museum also features one of the three finest collections of early manufacture (1710-1750) Meissen porcelain in the world.

The Cummer Museum boasts one of the most important and delightful gardens in Northeast Florida. Idyllically located on the banks of the St. Johns River, the gardens have a fascinating history stretching back more than 100 years and bear the imprint of some of the foremost names in landscape design and horticulture, including Ossian Cole Simonds, Ellen Biddle Shipman, Thomas Meehan and Sons, and the fabled Olmsted firm. The involvement of these prestigious firms gives national importance to the gardens at the Museum. Throughout the year, the gardens are ablaze with rare horticultural specimens nestled under a canopy of mature live oak trees. In addition to the lush plantings, features such as reflecting pools, fountains, arbors, antique ornaments, and sculptures help create a special outdoor space that provides a perfect complement to the Museum's collections. The Cummer Gardens are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Throughout the institution’s history, the collections have served as the cornerstone in the Museum’s mission – to “engage and inspire through the arts, gardens, and education.” In accordance with the expressed wishes of its founder, Ninah May Holden Cummer, it seeks to serve as “a center of beauty and culture” for the benefit of “all of the people.” Educational programs are presented through our nationally recognized interactive learning center, Art Connections, winner of the prestigious IMLS Museum Services Award.

Essential Functions

  • Support the Museum’s mission, vision, and values by exhibiting the following behaviors: excellence and competence, collaboration, innovation, respect for the individual, commitment to our community, and accountability and ownership. 
  • Serve as the public face of education at the Museum to internal audiences such as the Docent Corps and visitors and to external audiences such as community groups and those needing advocacy.
  • Inspire and manage a committed team of professional educators who create high-caliber programs that reflect current principles and national standards for formal and informal learning, accessibility, accountability, and advocacy.
  • Perform personnel management functions, including, but not limited to, employment/termination, performance management, training, supervision, and administer the personnel policies and procedures. 
  • Lead the development of educational policy for the Museum and delivering all aspects of education programming including day-to-day operations, curriculum development, outreach education, program assessments, and grant-writing.
  • Oversee the strategy, development, and assessments of professional development programs for teachers, school-based programming, and programs serving youth and families.
  • Supervise the work of the education staff, docents, and other volunteers to ensure that the Museum’s tour program, outreach, and classes are relevant and continue to be superior.
  • Integrate education into all areas of the Museum; anticipate, explore, and suggest synergies for new learning opportunities and programs on an institutional level.
  • Create and manage the long-term goals in learning, implementation, and evaluation of education initiatives; align with national standards in museum education.
  • Integrate learning initiatives into visitor experience with a consistent approach to gallery (permanent collection and temporary exhibitions) and garden interpretation that use interactivity and multi-arts integration, in conjunction with the Curatorial team.
  • Create and oversee a program evaluation process that evaluates the quality and impact of all education programs. Develop action steps during and immediately following evaluation; implement action steps.
  • Steward relationships with current and prospective funders. Collaborate with Advancement staff in evaluating potential funding sources to support programs and activities within the department and new initiatives.
  • Collaborate with other areas of the organization to ensure that critical information about education programs is provided on a timely basis.
  • Ensure that all educational areas have a strong marketing strategy and website presence to build audiences.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships and align with local and national initiatives. Collaborate with local agencies, businesses, universities, and organizations to create and implement mutually beneficial programming as well as strengthen the Museum’s partnership with the community to better serve key audiences.
  • Responsible for short- and long-term budgeting while ensuring revenue goals and expense targets are met.
  • Serve as the key staff liaison with the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees, working with the chair to set the agenda.
  • Serve as the site liaison for VSA.
  • Other job duties as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Masters degree in Education, Art History, Museum Studies, or related field
  • Three to five years of experience as a museum or arts educator, preferably in a supervisory capacity
  • Ability to provide a vision and inspiration for the Education Department
  • Demonstrated knowledge of museum education inquiry and object-based theories of learning, including: knowledge of child and adult development learning theories and universal access; familiarity with national and state learning standards; experience in developing gallery-based lesson plans; experience in teacher training; ability to design the most appropriate experiences and materials for target audiences (guided, self-guided, online), including content for tours and apps
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Must be able to deliver program content
  • Experience leading and managing staff and volunteers
  • Positive approach to team-building and collaboration
  • Experience in aligning programs to educational standards
  • Proven success developing desired outcomes or impact plans for visitor experiences
  • Experience in program evaluation
  • Excellent organization and time management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to work with Advancement staff on grant and sponsorship proposals
  • Strong ability to problem solve
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Schedule will include nights and weekends due to events
  • Valid Florida driver license

Qualified applicants send cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Attn: Human Resources Department, 829 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32204 or