Employment Opportunities

Director of Education

The Albany Institute of History & Art, located in New York’s capital city, seeks a Director of Education to guide and oversee the organization’s dynamic education department. As a museum of both art and history, the ideal candidate will be well versed in both fields and will work with staff to develop, implement, and evaluate a range of education programs for adults, families, children and school groups, including scholar lectures, community forums, studio classes and workshops, school tours, and curricula. The Director of Education reports directly to the Executive Director.


Specific Responsibilities:

  • Supervise two professional education staff, active core of docents, volunteers, and interns.
  • Provide vision and oversight for developing curricula aligned with NYS and national education standards and programs for schools, adults, children, and families on-site and off-site.
  • Work collaboratively with AIHA staff on exhibitions-relating programs for current and new audiences.
  •  Oversee the development and integration of new media and technologies for education program enhancement and delivery.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and quality of department activities as they relate to the museum’s vision, goals, and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan
  • Research, write, and manage grants related to educational activities.
  • Work closely with Development Department in fundraising efforts and donor relations.
  • Develop and monitor the department’s annual operating and special projects budgets.
  • Develop new opportunities for earned income in the department.
  • Represent the museum within the community.
  • Responsible for annual reporting and analysis of education activities
  • Build relationships in the community by encouraging and developing collaborations with individuals and organizations.
  • Maintain a high professional profile regionally and nationally.

Qualifications: MA in education, American art, or American history with a minimum of 5 years of experience in a museum setting. Position requires a proven track record in national and community-based educational programming, excellent writing and communication skills, successful grant writing for education programs, experience in new technologies for effective program deliveries, strong managerial ability to plan and manage department budgets, and must be a team player who will work collaboratively with AIHA staff, board, and community members.

Organization Mission: The Albany Institute of History & Art connects diverse audiences to the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley through its collections, exhibitions, and programs. Vision: The museum brings a global perspective to the art, history, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley creating physical and virtual experiences for the education, entertainment, and inspiration of all people. Tagline: Connecting people to art and history since 1791.

Organization Background: Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is the oldest museum in New York State and the second oldest in the country. The Institute’s holdings form the best collections documenting the art, life, and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region of New York from the late seventeenth century to the present day. With more than 35,000 objects and one million documents in its library, the Institute is an important resource for the region and the nation.

Please send resume and salary requirements by March 1, 2017, to Susan Hsu, Director of Finance and Administration, hsus@albanyinstitute.org. No phone calls.