Posted July 2014.
The Manager for Strategic Learning Partnerships works in a highly
collaborative environment as a strategic thinker, facilitator, and mentor around a multitude of Museum learning initiatives. S/he provides direction and vision for all preK-12 initiatives at CMA as well as alternate and out-of-school learning experiences for preK-12 audiences. S/he cultivates meaningful relationships with schools, educators, and students, and develops, implements, assesses, and sustains programs, partnerships and resources for these audiences. This position is a leader within the Learning and Experience Department at CMA, and acts as a change maker and advocate for educators in the central Ohio community.
Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Coaches and mentors a team of teaching artists and program coordinators to develop
knowledge of teaching/learning pedagogy and skills; professionalism; communication and
collaboration with partners; and museum collections and exhibitions. Manages all programs
facilitated by this team including early childhood programs, elementary-age partnerships,
middle school programs, teen initiatives, after-school learning labs, and future partnerships.
2. Advocates for teachers within museum and advocates for museum with teachers.
3. Builds strong working relationships with educators of all types and other partners including schools, teachers, pre-service teachers, students, administrators, and other cultural organizations. Identifies needs and opportunities with these partners and collaborates to develop programs and resources.
4. Works closely with the Director of Learning/Experience to continually develop and communicate vision for a multitude of learner-oriented programs.
5. Develops and implements a range of professional development opportunities at CMA and
off-site. Coaches and mentors educators as needed through professional development.
6. Encourages and sustains an environment of reflective teaching practice. Oversees program
outcome development, guides team through reflection, and leads evaluation efforts.
7. Collaborates with Development Department and Director of Learning/Experience to seek
funding, write grant proposals and reports, and manage evaluation for programs.
8. Manages multiple administrative aspects of programming including developing calendars,
budgets, curriculum, resources, and evaluation.
9. Develops resources in response to current educational needs and issues aligning
with CMA’s and the Center for Creativity’s mission, values, and guiding principles.
Responsibilities include ongoing communications with educators; development and
dissemination of rubrics and evaluation tools; online communications; and updates on the
museum website. Collaborates with Marketing Department to publicize and market these
materials and programs.
10. Acts as museum representative/advocate at local, regional and national conferences and
platforms. Creates professional presentations to disseminate information to a multitude of
1. Has been the leader of a team and mentor/coach in a professional setting.
2. Demonstrated ability to generate ideas, develop creative programs, and take risks.
3. Exhibits passion, humility, sense of humor and love of learning.
4. Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with staff and public through public
speaking and writing, especially with administrators and educators.
5. Demonstrated planning, organizational, leadership, programming, teaching, and budgeting
6. Deep knowledge of current educational issues and trends, including Common Core, 21st
century skills, emergent curriculum, reflective practice, tenets of progressive education,
connected learning/HOMAGO, and the role of museums in the 21st
7. Undergraduate humanities degree; Master’s degree in art history, art education, museum
studies, education or related field preferred. Minimum of 3-5 five years of experience
teaching in museums or other informal educational setting required.
8. Must be available evening and weekend hours.
Columbus Museum of Art
The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) has earned a reputation as a model for innovative visitor
engagement as well as Central Ohio’s hub for social, creative, and dynamic experiences.
CMA is committed to being a 21st century museum – one we define as “transformative, active,
participatory, and impacting the health and growth of the community.” With the opening of the Center for Creativity (CfC) in 2010, we adopted a social mission to cultivate, champion, and celebrate creativity through participatory experiences throughout the building, in programs that allow for creative and social engagement, and most importantly, by reimagining the exchange between artists and our community.