Education Manager

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


Faculty of Arts and Sciences


Job Code

388057 Museum Professional

Duties & Responsibilities

The Education Manager will support existing programming and lead the design and implementation of new programming based on the collections and research at Dumbarton Oaks. The incumbent will maintain existing collaborations with DCPS, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, other DC cultural institutions, and non-profit partners. A unique feature of our educational programming is the involvement of a group of Harvard post-graduate fellows who come to Dumbarton Oaks for one or two years to contribute to our education and outreach activities. The Education Manager will play a key role in training, mentoring, and directing this talented group.
The Education Manager will also have oversight of the longstanding docent program and the more recent visitor services. Visitor services provide an important point of contact for members of the public when they arrive. Among other things, the docents offer both regular and specially scheduled guided tours.

  • Manage existing partnerships and programming and lead the design and implementation of new programming. Identify opportunities for new partnerships that will help us reach more students and families in the DC metropolitan area.
  • Research, propose, and develop new school, teacher, and family programs. Liaise with local public schools and research curriculum standards to ensure future programming meets the needs of students and educators. Deliver educational programs for K-12 students.
  • Think creatively about the use of our collections to reinforce the role of arts and humanities in a rounded K-12 education. Design and deliver teacher professional development workshops.
  • Design and implement program evaluation to ensure programs and activities are aligned with regional and national standards. Develop and manage all education and public engagement program budgets.
  • Train and supervise early-career Harvard fellows and summer interns engaged in our educational and outreach initiatives.
  • Recruit and supervise docents and visitor services; oversee the docent program of guided tours. Supervise volunteers and occasionally contractors (for such undertakings as garden art installations), including recruitment, hiring, orientation, training, scheduling and enrichment.
  • Collaborate with scholarly departments, the garden, and the museum to identify new opportunities for public engagement (e.g. through the archival collections or music at Dumbarton Oaks). Work collaboratively with the Events, Communication, and Exhibition Managers to ensure long-term planning, coordination of our activities, and increased visibility of educational and enrichment opportunities at Dumbarton Oaks for students and the public. Contribute to ongoing thinking about how we can enhance the accessibility of our collections.
  • Design, research, and manage an Education/Outreach portion of the website dedicated to building and making freely available online a variety of teaching tools and resources for K-12 and undergraduate education based on our unique collections.
  • Manage Museum contacts using Salesforce.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s in Museum Education, Art History, or related field. Five years experience in an educational or museum environment.

Additional Qualifications

Master’s in Museum Education, Art History, or related field preferred. Experience working directly with students/youth/educators. Experience with leading and mentoring a team. Fluent Spanish an advantage. Candidate must possess extraordinary problem-solving and leadership skills; demonstrate excellent judgement, organizational skills, and customer service; have excellent communication and presentation skills; and share our enthusiasm for making our humanistic mission and unique collections accessible and engaging to students and the public

Additional Information

Dumbarton Oaks is a research institute, museum and historic garden affiliated with Harvard University and located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. The research institute and collections have been a center of excellence for the research and publication of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies since Dumbarton Oaks’ inception in 1940. The museum is free and holds world-class collections of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. The historic garden is the best-preserved landscape of renowned designer Beatrix Farrand and was voted by National Geographic one of the 10 best in the world.
Since 2015, Dumbarton Oaks has entered a new phase of community engagement through the development of educational initiatives for K-12 students across DC. We offer immersive, collection-based programming with an emphasis on experiential learning and repeat visits. Educational activities have included an elementary-school program on the life cycle of plants based in the garden; a program on urban landscape design for high-school students; and K-12 educational programming based on our Byzantine and Pre-Columbian museum collections and special exhibitions. In addition to the excellence of the collections, our educational programming benefits from input by our committed professional staff of curators and researchers, our association with Harvard University, and the extraordinary teaching spaces that include the historic garden, a museum pavilion designed by Philip Johnson, and a historic greenhouse that will be renovated to house educational programs and an artist-in-residence.


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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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