Topic ID #42759 - posted 10/15/2020 3:15 PM

Curator of Education- Alabama Contemporary Art Center



ACAC is looking for a hustler to join our small but highly motivated team. Applicants should be excited about building a new vision of what museum arts education can be, and able to work in collaboration and across departments to create innovative answers to community specific needs. Applications MUST be submitted through the online form below, cold calls and lone resumes will not be considered.


The Curator of Education is a full time exempt member of senior staff. This position is a strategic thought-partner, and direct report to the Executive Director (ED). ACAC requires a community minded leader that will develop and lead educational initiatives in the areas of adult education, professional development and studio membership for artists, K-12 education and multiple forms of outreach.  

The Education Department at Alabama Contemporary is a hiring engine for artists throughout the community and support mechanism for local creative production. The Curator of Education plays a critical role in collaborating across departments in strategic decision making to enhance meaningful community engagement and build capacity for the organization as a whole. 

ACAC is committed to Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) in both its internal management and external programming. Candidates are invited to discuss their interest and involvement in DEAI practices in their cover letter, and ask us more about our DEAI process in their interview. ACAC, in accordance with federal and state law, is an equal-opportunity employer. ACAC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth, medical condition, disability, age, ancestry, marital status, citizenship or veteran status. This nondiscrimination policy covers all candidates, staff members, interns, and volunteers.



  • Works closely with the Executive Director (ED) to develop an annual strategic education plan and program benchmarks;
  • Recruits, hires and manages teaching artists and guest artists for various workshops, residencies, and events;
  • Leads teaching artists in preparing lesson plans, materials, and resources for education;
  • Works with the Volunteer Coordinator and Curatorial staff to build tours and docent curriculum;
  • Project manages and leads technical directing of Education and Family virtual events and workshops;
  • Implements annual Summer Camps including: instructor hiring and management, outreach and camper recruitment, venue selection, curriculum development, and equipment needs;
  • Works directly with artists and curators for educational content and programming;
  • Implements and manage adult education programs;
  • Implements and manage k-12 education programs;
  • Manages 3rd floor Artists in Residence and , tracks and manages artist level memberships;
  • Maintains safe and tidy classroom space and supply inventory for purchasing;
  • Builds and stewards partnerships in the community;
  • Designs and implements an artist teacher-training programs;
  • Designs and implements an artist Professional Development programs;
  • Designs and implements outreach programs;
  • Works with the Curator of Programs to develop exhibition related didactics and educational content;
  • Tracks classroom attendance and audience data; reports quarterly to ED
  • Writes departmental narrative reports for annual report; 
  • Maintains the website  and registrations for new classes and workshops;
  • Designs and implements social media campaigns for education;
  • Contributes to ACAC publications and communication efforts as requested;
  • Collaborates with the ED to prepare education-related materials for public relations and marketing efforts;
  • Under the supervision of the ED, takes an active role in the identification of possible funding sources, and in grant preparation and reporting;
  • Participates in other ACAC membership and public programs;
  • Serves as teaching artist/instructor for Summer Camps and outreach programs if needed;
  • Fosters and actively participates in the collegial dialogue, sharing of professional opinions, and advancement of ideas and scholarship related to contemporary art within and without ACAC;
  • Represents Alabama Contemporary Art Center to the public at large;
  • Attends exhibition previews and related events;
  • Other duties as assigned.



We are looking for a thought-leader to steward a collaborative vision for the Education Department at ACAC as a whole. Successful applicants will be community-minded and social-impact driven in their work. We are considering applicants from outside the museum field, but some level of community organizing and education experience is a must. Studio practice degree is a major plus, but not required.



  • Experience in community organizing or cross-sector partnerships;
  • Hands-on experience in a diverse set of creative methods or technical skills;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills;
  • Background in arts education and/or studio art;
  • Confidence working with students of all ages;
  • Strong public speaking skills; ability to speak to and command attention of large groups of students;
  • Ability to juggle multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced working environment;
  • Understanding and appreciation of media literacy and the use of film as an educational resource;
  • Excellent computer skills. Knowledge of Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, Zoom, Adobe Creative Cloud (especially InDesign), MailChimp, and form builders;
  • Comfort with numbers, especially data analysis and program evaluation, the ability to write and adhere to a budget;
  • Self-directed with the ability to take initiative and anticipate actions needed.



  • Experience teaching in classrooms or non-traditional learning environments;
  • Experience lesson planning and building curriculum;
  • Experience with film production. Proficiency with digital video cameras and editing;
  • Strong photography and graphic design skills;
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art and/or art history post-industrial age;
  • Experience in grant-writing and development.


A $1,200.00 re-location reimbursement will be made to any successful candidate moving from outside a 100 mile radius of Mobile for the position, after 3 weeks of work.

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