Museum Educator, K-12 and Family

Bowers Museum

Santa Ana, CA

Full Time, Non-Exempt


Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums. In 1986, the museum closed its doors for a period of self-study. In response to community needs and input, it reopened in 1992 as a new cultural center, and expanded children's programming in 1994 with the opening of the Kidseum. The museum also recently celebrated the grand opening of the 30,000+ square-foot Dorothy and Donald Kennedy Wing in February 2007. To achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education programs, and other special community programs.


The primary purpose of this position is to educate, empower, and guide students through a variety of subject matters; this includes integrating curriculum standards to the activities and programs offered by the Kidseum and in conjunction with themes of the Bowers Museum exhibits.

Essential Functions

  • Develop curriculum for new programs and reassess content of existing programs to reflect institutional changes
  • Design and create curriculum for use by educators in formal and informal education settings
  • Coordinate K-12 programs team to ensure consistent and successful programming
  • Assist with the development, execution, and evaluation of educational components of K-12 and Family programs
  • Build and sustain relationships with multilingual families, community partners, and students
  • Maintain excellent records of programs, including program evaluation
  • Design and present interpretive cultural experiences to school and family groups
  • Lead students through Bowers galleries for participation in gallery talks and art projects
  • Select instructive and operational supplies for courses (Summer Camps, After School Learning Center, etc.)
  • Enjoy working with children, teenagers, and adults
  • Facilitate with special programs, festivals, and other Kidseum and Bowers events
  • Confer with students and parents regarding student progress and problem areas, when necessary
  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment at all times
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Conduct all responsibilities in a safe manner according to regulations (OSHA, IIPP, etc.) 


Education and/or Experience

B.A. degree in Art History, Education, Arts Education, or related field and three years of teaching or working in museum education; or equivalent combination of education and experience. California Teaching Credential preferred.

Other Skills, Abilities, and/or Training

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills and desire to be a team player
  • Excellent oral communication skills (i.e. ability to deal effectively with others, speak professionally on the phone, etc.)
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Sense of creativity
  • Ability to work within strict deadlines
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed
  • Ability to work one weekend day
  • Spanish fluency is a plus

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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