Posted August 25, 2014.

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in its affiliation with Florida State University, is one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation. Located on an impressive 66-acre Sarasota bay front estate, it preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling, educating and enabling a large and diverse audience to experience and take delight in a world-renowned collection of fine art and special exhibitions; Ca d’Zan, the Ringling historic mansion; the Circus Museums; the Tibbals Learning Center; the Historic Asolo Theater; and historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking the Sarasota Bay. An Education Building houses our library, conservation facility, classrooms, and staff offices. The Visitors Pavilion serves some 350,000 guests annually.


This position is part of the Education department at The Ringling and develops and presents ongoing training for The Ringling museum docents, volunteers, and staff.

Lead in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of The Ringling docent training program. Develops interpretive strategies, training materials, and provides instruction in collections content and tour techniques.

Conducts regular evaluations of individual docents on both content and presentation skills to maintain consistent quality within the docent program. Offers coaching and mentoring when needed. In partnership with the Docent Program Manager and Volunteer Services, assists with determining the docent program recruitment needs and participates in the recruitment and selection of docent candidates.

Identifies new opportunities and themes for tours and programs related to the permanent collection, special exhibiting, and other museum initiatives through collaboration with colleagues in curatorial, collections management, and other departments. Regularly uses golf cart to deliver materials to various locations on campus.

Collaborates with education team members to provide training and support for related docent and volunteer programs such as School Tour docents and Youth and Family volunteers.

Develops and delivers training for museum-wide staff and volunteers to facilitate connections to the Museum’s mission and collections, to encourage staff camaraderie, and to provide opportunities for staff to enhance the visitor experience.

Anticipated Salary Range
Mid $30,000’s – low $40,000’s + Florida State benefits available. Salary commensurate with experience.

Typical schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required based on the needs of the museum.

Pay Plan
This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

How To Apply
If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at
1. Go to
2. Click on “Browse Job Openings”
3. Select “Advanced Search”
4. Type “Ringling” into “Enter Keyword” field
5. Click the “Search” Button
6. Click on the name of the desired posting
7. After reading the complete posting, if interested and qualified click “Apply now”
8. At this point follow the prompts on the screen

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and all education details even if attaching a resume.

Equal Employment Opportunity

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. FSU’s Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

Job Requirements
Bachelor’s Degree in Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, Education, Training and Development, or a related field with two years of experience. (Note: higher education may substitute for experience at an equivalent rate.)
Experience designing and implementing training programs.
Knowledge of adult learning theory and training/teaching methodology.
Experience working with volunteers.
Experience and skill in public speaking.
Ability to conduct evaluations, and provide feedback and coaching.
Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and to establish and maintain working relationships.
A valid Florida driver’s license or the ability to obtain prior to hire.

Experience training and evaluating docents and volunteers.
A Master’s Degree in a related field and at least 3 years experience designing, implementing, and evaluating training programs in a museum setting.
An in-depth knowledge of Art History.
Background Check Requirements
This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check to include fingerprinting.

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