May 22, 2023


Los Angeles, CA

Position Type
Full Time

Salary Range
$60,000.00 – $75,000.00

Health, 403B, PTO, Retirement, etc.
As the first museum to focus exclusively on storytelling through images, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art believes that visual storytelling can connect us and help shape a more just society. With a growing collection that encompasses artworks from across cultures, places, times, and mediums, including paintings, sculptures, murals, photography, comic art, book and magazine illustrations, and the arts of filmmaking, the Lucas Museum will explore narrative arts potential to prompt questions, invite opinions, inspire community, and move people to think about the impact of images on our world.

Co-founded by George Lucas and Mellody Hobson and led by director and CEO Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Lucas Museum was designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects with Stantec as executive architect and is under construction in Los Angeles Exposition Park. An 11-acre campus with extensive new green space designed by Studio-MLA will embrace the museums 300,000-square-foot building, which will feature expansive galleries, two state-of-the-art theaters, and dedicated spaces for learning and engagement, dining, retail, and events.


The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art seeks an Associate Manager of Youth and Family Engagement (Associate Manager) to co-develop innovative programming and interpretive resources for young people and the adults who support them, with a focus on out-of-school time. Reporting to the Director of Youth and K-12 Programs, the Associate Manager will collaborate on strategic planning leading to the museums opening and beyond, supporting program development that champions social impact, art and artmaking, and the role of narrative art in shaping self and society. This role will support a team dedicated to empowering youth at critical stages of development, especially teens, and fostering relationships between young people and adults in family programs. They will work in partnership to develop and execute a suite of teen programs, including teen apprenticeships, advisory councils, afterschool and summer youth programming, and will work across the department to co-create multigenerational programs. They will work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, designing shared outcomes that connect formal in-school learning with out-of-school time.

The Associate Manager brings knowledge in creative youth development and effective engagement strategies for informal learning environments and multigenerational programming. They will have demonstrated experience co-creating initiatives to address the needs of diverse communities of young people, including alternative learners and those with intellectual, developmental, or physical disabilities. They will be especially prepared to engage students and communities in the immediate vicinity of the museum and beyond, including those who are primarily Spanish speaking. The Associate Managers role will evolve as the Museum opens and over time, and they must thrive in the context of ongoing change, be nimble in practice, and flexible in thought. This role has the opportunity to grow in scope and responsibility, and to be part of a vibrant team that shapes the Museums pedagogical practice.

All staff at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art lead through a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion both within the Museum and with the communities we serve.

Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidates experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate.

Pursuant to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy, the museum requires all new hires to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment absent an approved medical and/or religious exemption. Upon hire, all new hires will receive detailed instructions on complying with this policy. Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


  • Co- develop flagship programs serving young people, with a focus on teens, ensuring alignment with institutional mission and strategic priorities in the years up to and beyond opening
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the division to develop programs for multigenerational learning and families, champion youth voices and align engagement opportunities in- and out-of-school, and implement ongoing assessment to improve programs
  • Collaborate with other divisions across the museum, including Curatorial, Social Impact, and External Affairs to consider creative interpretive and programmatic approaches, ensure relevance to current issues and diverse constituencies, activate collection and exhibition content, and effectively market programs
  • Work in partnership to develop program evaluation and iterations
  • Work with colleagues to contribute to the planning, design, and coordinated use of museum spaces
  • Build relationships with external associates in arts, cultural, educational, community and civic organizations to provide meaningful experiences with youth constituencies, working in partnership to expand the reach and accessibility of the Museums programs and resources
  • With the Director of Youth and K-12 Programs, co-develop budgets for youth and family programs, tracking expenses and resource use in alignment with departmental priorities
    Recruit, hire and lead diverse teams that may include full- or part-time educators and teaching artists, interns, and volunteers
  • Research artwork in the collection and exhibitions to co-create youth programs, classes and workshops, and interpretive resources about narrative art that are accessible and relevant to multigenerational audiences
  • Stay abreast of current and forward-looking practices in youth, teen, and family programs, identifying opportunities to share practices across the field of museums and youth organizations


Minimum Qualifications


  • Minimum three (3) years in co-creating and leading high quality, innovative and impactful youth programming in community, cultural or educational settings
  • Established practice developing a range of participatory engagements that connect young
    people with their adults during out-of-school time: including guardians, family, and other supportive community members, with attention to engaging a range of learning styles, cognitive and physical abilities, and cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrated practice of centering DEAI principles and values in relationships with internal and external collaborators and program frameworks
  • Successful track record of developing and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships with community partners
  • Experience managing staff, especially educators and teaching artists, a plus


  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English; Multiple language fluency strongly preferred, especially in Spanish
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship skills with the proven ability to clearly communicate to a wide range of individuals from varied backgrounds
  • The ability to accurately interpret and synthesize data and to communicate findings using diagrams and written reports
  • Extremely well-organized with excellent time-management and follow-through skills
  • Self-motivated with high initiative and resourcefulness
  • Excellent judgement and diplomacy when working with all stakeholders
  • Affinity for working with a wide range of age groups and talent abilities
  • Experience managing facilities and logistics within educational settings and programs
  • Demonstrated experience developing new ideas and iterating strategies for program enhancement
  • Experience creating program spaces that center accessibility and inclusion


  • Broad familiarity with art making, art history, film, and/or digital media required
  • Practice of staying current with the field of and best practices in creative youth development
  • Enthusiasm for a range of visual storytelling forms and traditions
  • Competent and proficient knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Experience in Project Management and Customer Record Management systems a plus


  • Impeccable integrity and ability to maintain confidentiality; excellent judgment
  • Ability to work effectively and timely on a wide variety of projects concurrently, with concern for the tasks assigned and the goals of the department
  • Ability to thrive in an entrepreneurial, creative, collaborative, and nimble environment
  • Eagerness to experiment, adapt, and evolve as the Museum takes shape and form
    Intentional strategy in honoring the diverse perspectives and experiences of internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain positive and collaborative working relationships with colleagues, vendors, community members, and organizational partners
  • Able to maintain a cool head while managing competing priorities and a high volume of activity
  • Ability to take direction and consolidate feedback
  • Fluency in Spanish desirable
  • Ability to travel to different locations in Southern California as needed for meetings or programs


Bachelors degree in Recreation, Youth and Community Development, Studio Art, Education, or commensurate experience preferred.

Apply here by 7/31/23.