Manager of Studio Programs

The Birmingham Museum of Art seeks a Manager of Studio Programs to plan, coordinate, and facilitate artmaking classes that connect visitors to Museum collections and exhibitions.  This position is an artist-educator who manages all aspects of the Museum’s Studio School program, which includes in-house courses and workshops, as well as off-site collaborations with civic and cultural institutions in the city of Birmingham and Alabama. This position manages the organization and use of studio spaces; oversees the budget for studio supplies, equipment, and classes; teaches art courses; and selects and manages dynamic teaching artists to expand course offerings.

Specific duties:

  • Plan, schedule, facilitate, and manage all aspects of Studio School programs that occur during the week and on weekends.
  • Prepares for Studio School programs (e.g. courses, workshops, drop-in artmaking etc.) by researching and purchasing art supplies and equipment, developing curriculum, creating contracts, confirming attendance, and responding to participant inquiries.
  • Performs administrative, supervisory, and personnel management tasks, including managing teaching artists, maintaining contracts, scheduling work of assistants, and balancing and maintaining budgets.
  • Works closely with Curator of Education and other Museum staff to identify community needs and interests and ways in which to engage our collection, exhibitions, and mission through artmaking.
  • Identify, attract, and grow new audiences, retain existing audience, and increase engagement and participation through Studio School programming.
  • Analyzes and evaluates classes to continually improve offerings and ensure positive experiences for patrons.
  • Works with Communications Department to develop and write promotional materials in a timely manner.
  • Works with Development Department on proposals and reports for grant applications. Researches additional funding sources.
  • Identifies opportunities in the community to build awareness of the Museum as a vital community resource.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Ability to work evenings and weekends to meet program initiatives.
  • Ability to work without close supervision and ensure that work tasks are completed on time and with high quality.
  • Ability to speak with a variety of audiences in a clear, concise, and organized manner in order to effectively convey information, particularly on artmaking processes and techniques.
  • Respects people of all backgrounds. Includes creating an environment that values and includes perspectives from differing backgrounds, cultures, and skill sets.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to provide quality service and maintaining visitor satisfaction.
  • Ability to set, plan, and coordinate various work activities in order to meet deadlines and/or goals. Includes establishing a course of action for self and others in order to achieve short-term and long-term success.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelors in Fine Arts, Art Education, or related field
  • Experience teaching art to K-12 groups, in an university academic setting, or to the general public


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience and includes a benefits package.

To Apply

The Birmingham Museum of Art is a department of the City of Birmingham. This position is a City position listed as an Art Education Coordinator that requires an application through the Personnel Board of Jefferson County.  If you would like to apply for the position, you must do so through the Personnel Board post. Click on the link below to go to that post:

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This position application period is open until Friday, February 14.