Education Program Associate 3 (Museum Educator)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – I – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Arts and Architecture
Palmer Museum of Art
Full/Part Time:


The Palmer Museum of Art seeks a museum educator to plan and administer a broad range of educational and interpretive programs. Principal responsibilities include developing and implementing relevant and innovative programs relating to the museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions for public and academic audiences; overseeing all aspects of the museum’s preK-12 tour program; recruiting and managing a corps of 50-plus docents; and consulting with faculty and staff across the university campus to determine methods of integrating the museum’s collections and special exhibitions into course curricula. This position reports to the Director of the Palmer Museum of Art. The successful candidate will have an understanding of the theory, pedagogical practices, and academic discourse surrounding the field of art museum education; a comprehensive understanding of the role of art museums in their respective communities; a solid grounding in art history (particularly in the areas that are represented in the permanent collection) and art criticism and interpretation; a basic knowledge of a wide range of artistic processes, materials, and tools; and an up-to-date understanding of appropriate technology hardware, software, and applications. The Palmer Museum of Art on the Penn State University Park campus is a free-admission visual arts resource for the University and surrounding communities in central Pennsylvania. With a collection of 8,800 objects representing a variety of cultures and spanning centuries of art, the Palmer is the largest art museum between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and the largest university art museum in Pennsylvania. Areas of strength include its collection of American art from the late eighteenth century to the present, Old Master paintings, photography, prints, ceramics and studio glass, and a growing collection of contemporary art. The Palmer Museum of Art presents nine special exhibitions each year, and, with its eleven galleries, print-study room, 150-seat auditorium, and outdoor sculpture garden, serves as the leading cultural resource for residents of and visitors to the region. The museum attracts approximately 35,000 visitors annually. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus four years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master’s degree in art education or art history is preferred.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088