POSITION OPENING: ASSOCIATE CURATOR OF EDUCATION
DEPARTMENT: Exhibitions & Education
SUMMARY: Reporting to the Director of Exhibitions and Education, the Associate Curator of
Education oversees the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s comprehensive Studio School
Program and develops and implements a broad range of focused and engaging public programs
for both adult and teen audiences. She/he collaborates with the Exhibitions and Education team to articulate a comprehensive vision of the institution’s education programs in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition calendar.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Manages all aspects of MOCA’s Studio School, including supervision of 20 faculty, 15
summer Art Camp instructors and 400 Art Camp students.
• Organizes class schedules and writes copy for website, printed materials, class
registration, faculty contracts and oversees Studio School maintenance and implements
• Plans and oversees master classes with MOCA’s exhibiting artists.
• Responsible for engaging broad and diverse audiences through the development,
implementation and promotion of adult and teen public programming, including Teen
Takeover Night, Trivia Night and specialized exhibition inspired programs.
• Designs and teaches curriculum for the Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP) for 10-15
high school students each spring to learn about contemporary art, careers in the arts
and other topics and projects as they relate to visual art.
• Responsible for teen volunteer opportunities including, managing Art Camp assistants
and leading the Teen Takeover Night Council.
• Designs and executes MOCA’s ARTlab once a year, a hands-on interactive exhibit
space that is inspired by current exhibitions.
• Responsible for fiscal management and budgeting of relevant education programs.
• Works with the Director of Exhibitions & Education to initiate new or enhanced
educational activities directed at broadening the Museum’s audiences and reputation.
• Actively seeks cultural, educational, and artistic partnerships and collaboration within the local community.
• Maintains working knowledge and development of AAM best practices and programming
in conjunction with exhibition and education activity.
• Presents at local and regional conferences as related to MOCA’s educational programs
or area of study.
• Collects, organizes and reports data from respective programs and events.
• Meets with Public Relations to ensure adequate promotion of the museum’s relevant
• Occasional participation in the planning and implementation of additional museum
programs, to include but not limited to Family Fests, Family Night and evening or
weekend museum fundraisers.
Other projects may be assigned, as needed. Required Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in Museum Education, Museum Studies, Art Education, Studio Art, Art
History or related field.
Minimum of 3 years of related museum or art education experience mandatory.
Demonstrated experience in the creation of educational curriculum and strong knowledge of
current art pedagogical practice.
The ideal candidate will be an inventive and resourceful team-player who will share in the exploration of innovative approaches with MOCA’s motivated staff and volunteers.
Excellent teaching, writing, and organizational skills are essential. Experience teaching and engaging teens, coordinating programs, managing budgets, and supervising interns or
volunteers is required. Individual must have experience developing lesson plans, be versed
in social media, and have the capacity and interest to work with technology-based
Ability to assess priorities, manages multiple projects simultaneously, and works well under pressure, excellent time management, problem solving and analytic skills.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively and engage with different age groups, both
individually and in groups.
Must have strong interpersonal skills and a positive, creative approach to be an imaginative, flexible and resourceful staff member.
Ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive and professional manner.
Knowledge of modern computer programs (including Microsoft Suite) as well as working
knowledge and development of AAM best practices and programming in conjunction with
exhibition and education activity.
Additional Requirements: Flexible hours may be required, including potential weekends and
evenings, due to public programs and events. Must be able to lift, push, or pull a minimum of fifty pounds. Must be able to stand and sit for prolonged periods of time. Must have a valid Virginia Driver’s License and maintain a good driving record. Background check is required.
Our Mission: The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is a non-profit institution
which exists to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of significant art of our time.
Through excellence and diversity in our exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA
stimulates individual thinking and dialogue throughout the community.
Museum Programming: Regularly changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture,
photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its four primary activities—gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational on-site and outreach programs and outdoor art shows—MOCA seeks to involve a diverse regional public in the rich and active language of contemporary visual art. By operating at a national standard, MOCA received accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 2010.
To Apply: No phone calls, please. Submit resume with cover letter to Alison Byrne, Director of Exhibitions and Education. By mail: Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Attn: Alison Byrne, Director of Exhibitions and Education, 2200 Parks Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451
By email: Alison@VirginiaMOCA.org.