Museum Educator (Part Time)

  • Bentonville, AR
  • Part-time

Company Description

Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation as a nonprofit charitable organization. In its first year of operation, the Museum welcomed more than 650,000 visitors and garnered more than 7,500 households in its membership. 11,500 schoolchildren have taken part in the Museum’s Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program.

The Museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Sculpture and walking trails link the Museum's 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.

Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American masterworks ranging from the Colonial era to the current day. The permanent collection, which will grow over time, is on view year-round and is further enhanced by an array of ongoing temporary exhibitions.

Job Description

Position Summary

The Museum Educator is a part-time teaching position within the Education Division, with a considerable amount of student and teacher contact. The primary responsibility of the Museum Educator is to deliver tours to visiting school groups. The Willard and Pat Walker School Visits Program is an endowed initiative that will serve students throughout the region with funding for transportation, a healthy lunch, and substitute teachers. The Museum Educator plays an essential role in providing every student and teacher with a high quality, interactive, and engaging Museum gallery tour experience. 


Under the direction of the School Programs Manager, the Museum Educator will deliver tours rooted in the Common Core and other relevant standards and deliver special exhibition tours to pre K-12 students. Tours are engaging, interactive, and grounded in current museum pedagogical theory. The Museum Educator will work closely with the School Programs Assistant to review tour reservations and scheduling. As needed, the position will fill in as a School Visits Assistant, which includes greeting the bus and working with volunteers during school lunch. The Museum Educator reports to the School Programs Manager within the Education division.



Major Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Deliver high-quality Museum tours to pre K – 12 students from a developed roster of Museum created curricula.
  • Remain current of educational trends in museums and educational policy.
  • Assist in the development of tours and activities for special exhibitions.
  • Work with School Programs Assistant to ensure all tours are adequately covered.
  • Fill in as a School Visits Assistant on a rotating basis.


Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, Traits:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art education, art history, studio art, education, museum studies, or equivalent degree/experience required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of American art history required; knowledge of architecture, nature, and American history a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current practices in art museum school programs.


Work Experience:

  • Minimum of two years’ experience teaching a range of ages in school or community setting.
  • Two years’ experience in leading tours, presenting programs or public speaking.
  • Experience with architecture and/or nature sites is very desirable.


Licenses and Certifications:

  • Valid Arkansas driver’s license with clean driving record. 


Skills and Abilities:

  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and One Note.
  • This position requires availability of 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8am and 12pm. Additional hours possible as program grows.
  • Experienced and effective public speaker, with outstanding customer service skills.
  • Knowledge of learning styles and museum education theory and practice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as within a team.
  • Ability and willingness to work weekends and evenings, as required.
  • Ability to effectively multitask in a fast paced environment. 
  • Flexibility, creativity and a good sense of humor.
  • Highly organized and efficient with all details and tasks.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands:  This position requires the capability to move and be present in the galleries for extended periods of time and navigating through the different Museum buildings and on the trails and grounds. Position requires good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for gathering of teaching materials, and physical stamina to lift and carry supplies.  Vision abilities required by the job include close and distant vision.


  • Work environment:  The majority of work will be performed in museum spaces, with meetings and trainings taking place in various spaces throughout the museum. When not in the office, the employee will be spending extensive amounts of time in the Museum buildings, grounds, galleries, and library.  The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.

Additional Information


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art offers a competitive salary.


To be considered for candidacy for this position, submit cover letter and resume online or to Human Resources, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way Bentonville, AR 72712. If submitting by mail, please reference Museum Educator position opening.

No phone calls please.

The successful applicant will be required to pass a routine background and consumer credit check and drug screening.