Curator of Education

Posting Details

Position Title

Curator of Education

Additional Information

The David Owsley Museum of Art welcomes applications for a Curator of Education responsible for managing all museum education, including the development and implementation of creative programs, events, and activities.

The position also reinforces the university’s strategic plan by administering several outreach programs, including the museum’s established partnership with Muncie Community Schools (Goal 3) and engaging diverse audiences (Goal 5). To learn more about the 2019-24 Strategic Plan for Ball State University, please visit

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

Develop, oversee, and execute the museum’s public outreach and collaborate with other museum staff to engage the general public, including K-12 students, community members of all ages, and Ball State faculty, staff, and students through a broad range of inclusive programs that attract diverse audiences.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree in art history, art education, museum studies or related discipline.

Minimum Experience

One year of experience planning, developing, and implementing education programs in a museum setting or comparable organization.

Minimum Other

Familiarity with primary and secondary school education curricula and working knowledge of museum education and object-based theories of learning

Excellent public speaking, writing, and editing skills

Ability to maintain excellent working relationships with a diverse range of individuals, including staff, faculty, students, volunteers, community partners, and the public with an emphasis on tact, diplomacy, flexibility, professionalism, and discretion

Proficiency with basic computer programs and current social media, as well as audience evaluation and implementation of visitor surveys

Ability to assess and manage multiple competing priorities and work well under pressure, with excellent time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills

Ability to adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a professional manner

Ability to take part in programs outside of normal office hours, including on evenings and weekends

Ability to work effectively in a changing environment, including changing work demands, procedures, technology, or priorities

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Master’s degree in art history, museum education, museum studies or related discipline.

Preferred Experience

Three to five years of experience planning, developing, and implementing education programs in an art museum.

Preferred Other

Previous experience in a college/university museum

Past experience with primary and secondary teacher training

Experience working with underserved groups and with the development of tours and programs, including those for visitors with special needs

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

Position Title(s) Supervised

PT Education Coordinator, Student employees and interns.

Required Certifications

EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


Museum of Art:600030

Department Information

The annual salary for this position is $54,000.

Free and open to the public, the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State University houses a world art collection with over 11,000 works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Europe, and the Americas. DOMA cultivates an inclusive approach to lifelong learning and recreation in the visual arts through exciting interdisciplinary art exhibitions with engaging displays of the permanent collection in an educational environment that serves both the University and the East Central Indiana region.

Department Email or Phone Number; (765) 285-5242

Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Create, develop, manage and present the museum’s public programs and activities pertaining to the permanent collection and exhibitions, including but not limited to gallery talks, Final Fridays, receptions, and other museum-sponsored events, such as guest lectures, musical programs, workshops, etc.



Job Duty

Coordinate and conduct gallery tours and virtual museum experiences for both university and public visitors. Gather and analyze tour data for the purposes of creating museum metrics.



Job Duty

Conceive, develop, and oversee interpretive planning and implementation of programs, including education materials in various media such as videos, podcasts, and virtual experiences.



Job Duty

Develop, implement, and manage community programs, including partnerships related to primary and secondary education for children as well as families, with a particular emphasis on underrepresented audiences.



Job Duty

Conceptualize, develop, plan, and direct academic programs, including faculty and student learning needs and collaborations.



Job Duty

Manage the student internship program, including train, supervise, and mentor education interns.



Job Duty

Oversee, develop curricula for, and offer volunteer programs, including docents drawn from both the university and community.



Job Duty

Serve as the main university liaison to the museum’s Alliance (the museum’s donor program); collaborate with the DOMA Alliance executive committee with regard to organization, planning and execution of alliance programs and events.



Job Duty

Participate in exhibit and exhibition planning and interpretation to optimize the educational potential of collection installations and exhibitions.



Job Duty

Assign and review work, orient and train staff, and make recommendations in all areas related to supervision, including but not limited to interviewing and selection, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, and training and career development of personnel.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts
  2. Master's Transcripts
  3. Doctorate Transcripts
  4. Writing Sample
  5. Inclusive Excellence/Diversity Statement

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