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Gallery Educator
San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego, CA

The San Diego Museum of Man's mission is to inspire human connections by exploring the human experience. We aim to hold a space for discourse on topics that matter and a place where we keep the fun in profundity. The Museum, housed in an architectural gem at the heart of Balboa Park, is open 362 days each year. Our staff demonstrates great flexibility, generosity, kindness, humor, excellent judgment, and attention to detail. We love our community, our visitors and our team! Commitment to a team approach is a must and a clear perspective is appreciated. If you like being around hard-working, welcoming, appreciative idealists with no shortage of opinions, please join us. Be part of making our community better by working in a museum that aims to be part of the solution.

Description: Gallery Educator

The San Diego Museum of Man (SDMoM or the Museum) is seeking a part-time Gallery Educator to engage visitors through tours, drop-in interactions, and school programs. The Gallery Educator will lead tours of our historic tower and work within our galleries implementing engagement activities to enhance our visitors’ experience. The Gallery Educator serves as an integral member of our front line staff and must be able to interact with the general public, students and teachers, and groups. This position is three to four days a week with additional on-call availability, roughly 10-20 hours per week, and includes weekend, evening and holiday hours.

The Gallery Educator reports to the Lead Gallery Educator, and is expected to work collaboratively as part of a dynamic team of committed, passionate educators.

The Gallery Educator Is:

Engaging….loves to interact with the public, with learners of all ages; open to experimenting with various strategies to get conversations and interactions going between and among visitors.

Collaborative…works effectively with other museum staff, volunteers, and community members to create engaging tours, gallery encounters, and other experiences.

Dynamic…. works with vigor to create experiences for adult, family and school visitors that expand beyond the tried and true, and extend into new and experimental spaces.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Lead Gallery Educator, the Gallery Educator performs the following: 

  • Welcomes visitors to the Museum in a friendly and hospitable manner.
  • Leads/assists historic and interactive storytelling tours of the California Tower.
  • Implements a variety of activities and visitor interactions including tours, activity carts, storytelling, dialogues, art-making activities, etc.
  •  Leads school and group tours and workshops of core exhibits such as Ancient Egypt, Race: Are We So Different?, and Footsteps through Time.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Experience, Education, or Skills Required:

Background in performing arts and / or informal or formal education. Candidate must possess excellent customer interaction skills and public speaking abilities, work well with a diverse group of colleagues, flexibility for the changing needs of each day, and the ability to handle a fast-paced environment while providing a quality visitor experience. Candidate must be outgoing and able to initiate engagement with any and all visitors (and have fun in the process).

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. The job regularly requires the employee to stand for long periods of time, both indoors and out, as well as walk, climb or balance, crouch, and stoop. The position is responsible for leading/assisting up to four group tours a day of a historic, eight-story tower, requiring the climbing of multiple staircases while projecting his or her voice to deliver an informational tour. Additional climbs up the tower may also be required whenever necessary. The position occasionally requires the lifting and/or moving up to 30 pounds.

Weekends and holidays required.  

How to Apply:

The San Diego Museum of Man is an equal opportunity employer and a drug free workplace. Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to with “Gallery Educator” and your first initial and last name in the subject line. Principals only. No phone calls please.

Address: 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park

Deadline: 01-20-2017

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