Manager, Studio Experiences

Website nelson_atkins The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Where the Power of Art Engages the Spirit of Community

Starting Salary Range: $52,200 – $58,770
Employment Status: Full Time Salary (Exempt). 35 Hour Work Week

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care, and through its vast collections, the depths, and complexities of human experiences.

We strive to create a sense of belonging, where staff and volunteers can do meaningful work connecting people to art. We create an informed, invested group
of staff and volunteers through shared values and open, direct, and respectful communication. We embrace IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Sustainability) in every aspect of our ideals and aspirations, as we believe these values to be paramount to success.

Each staff member and volunteer will embody the institution’s commitments and agrees to exhibit behaviors that align with them. We hold one another to these expectations so that, together, we may know, own, energize and sustain our culture and the institution for generations to come.


Reporting to the Senior Manager, School Programs, this position is responsible for the development, implementation and artmaking experiences that support the museum’s mission, IDEAS goals and educational priorities. The Manager, Studio Experiences manages all paid studio classes for adult and youth audiences, art camps, and other hands-on programming and creative opportunities that introduce new media and practices, engages across disciplines and leverages potential partnerships with our community.


  1. Program Development: Research, design, and promote a creative slate of studio classes, camps, and workshops that respond to visitor needs, connect to museum’s collection and exhibition programs, represent best pedagogical practices, and support revenue goals. Assist with School, Girl Scout, and Homeschool Workshops.
  2. Supervision: Hire, supervise, and train part-time, on-call, and contract Teaching Artists who serve as studio instructors and assistants for schools, families, youth, and adult programs. Conduct annual performance reviews, provide feedback, and coach as necessary.
  3. Studio and Gallery Management: Manages maintenance and usage of Ford Learning Center (FLC) studio facilities, supplies, and equipment.  Plans and implements for student exhibitions in the education gallery space.
  4. Evaluation: Develop program outcomes and measures of success for programs. Conduct evaluation and utilize findings to inform program development.
  5. Budget: Responsible for appropriate fiscal management and budgeting. Manage studio program budgets, collaborate with museum staff to account and track revenue from direct payments and grants.
  6. Administrative: Perform administrative duties related to the studio programs. Track and document program records, policies, and procedures.
    Other: All other duties as assigned and in general support of the department, division, and/or museum.


  • BA or BFA (MA preferred) in art education, fine art, or related subject area, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two (2) or more years’ experience teaching art.
  • Two (2) or more years’ supervising staff or volunteers.
  • Previous experience acting as a supervisor of employees.
  • Specific knowledge/experience with hiring, coaching, discipline, performance management and development. Knowledge of management principles and best practices.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office 365 and video conferencing software.

Core Competencies

Emotional Intelligence: High EQ (emotional intelligence) with experience managing and building positive relationships with cross-functional teams.
Inclusion: Including and integrating all people and groups; respecting people from all backgrounds and cultures; understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people.
Communication Skills: Highly responsive, creative, and resourceful; ability to interact professionally with all levels of internal staff and with external stakeholders. Strong interpersonal communication skills; diplomatic and collaborative work style. Excellent public speaking skills and ability to work with multiple audiences.
Organization Skills: Ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and handle numerous assignments concurrently.
Collaboration and Teamwork: Highly effective as a team member and collaborator. Excellent relationship management skills with proven ability to quickly earn the trust of key stakeholders, mobilize and motivate others, set direction, and approach, and resolve conflict.
Project Management: Ability to track multiples projects, timelines, budgets, workplans, and results.
Critical Thinking: Ability to analyze data and capitalize on information.
Technical Acumen: Well versed in technology and/or the ability to identify the technologies that have impact on the growth and sustainability of the museum and to attain the knowledge required to leverage the power of those technologies in the daily job.

Department: School Programs
Grade 6
Starting Salary Range: $52,200 – 58,770

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements
Working conditions are typically that of an office environment. Works primarily at a desk, uses a PC/ Perform with frequent interruptions and/or distractions. The ability to attend on-site meetings/events within the museum and museum properties. Perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload
Hours/Travel Expectations:Monday to Friday Workweek. May occasionally to rarely work nights, weekends, and holidays to complete work assignments and/or attend work-related events/programs.
0-5% of Travel Required

The Nelson-Atkins is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided based on qualifications, merit, and business need. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Department.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art conducts pre-employment background checks as part of our selection process.

Salary information is a general guideline only.  The Museum considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and business considerations when extending an offer.









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