Education Manager

Company Name: 

Museum of Us


1350 el prado, balboa park
San Diego, CA 92101

Contact Name: 

Brandie Macdonald




Job Description: 

Located on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum of Us (Museum) is a cultural anthropology museum with an international footprint. The Museum explores the human experience from multicultural and intersectional perspectives to spark dialogue, self-reflection, and human connections.


The Education Manager oversees all aspects of the Museum Education Department functions which include (but not limited to) curricula development, workshops, school and public tours, outreach, relationship building, project management, grant reporting, and program assessment and evaluation. The Education Manager must be committed to the development and implementation of transformative, impactful, and anti-racist learning environments that bridge informal learning spaces with classroom-based learning spaces. The person in this roll must also be passionate about building a department that is grounded in equity-based and decolonial practices with programs and curricula that primarily focuses on anti-racism, systemic justice, colonization, sovereignty, equity, and cultural anthropology.

The Education Manager is a salary position that reports directly to the Senior Director of Decolonizing Initiatives, works collaboratively within the Decolonizing Initiatives department, and manages/mentors all Education Department team members. This position partners and collaborates with the Development and External Communications, Exhibits, Visitor Services and Operations, other staff and volunteers throughout the Museum, and with the School in the Park team, community consultants, and with colleagues throughout Balboa Park.


·      Provide external and internal strategic leadership in the development and all related aspects of Museum’s educational initiatives, community engagement, and departmental revenue building.

·      Refine and significantly expand the Race: Are We So Different? community engagement program, including virtual/physical tour and workshop development and execution which exposes guests to the origins of structural racism through the lenses of biology, social history, lived experiences, and personal identity. The program seeks to engage participants in reflection and critical thinking around race and ethnic identity.

·       Engage in and oversee the development of anti-racism digital and on-site content

·       Progressive development and execution, with a focus on continual improvement, of the Race: Are We So Different? exhibit curriculum and program content for delivery to middle/high school classes and adults. Develop and implement an outreach plan to grow new and repeat attendance to program workshops and tours.

·       Lead on-site and virtual tours, workshops, and community dialogues for the Race: Are We So Different? programs.

·       For more information about the exhibit please visit

·      Refine, develop, and expand the Kumeyaay: Native Californians Iipai/Tipai curricula through the leadership, direction, and guidance of Kumeyaay consultants and the Kumeyaay Heritage Preservation Committee (KHPC) via our IMLS-Community Anchors grant initiatives.

  • Manage the development of all tour, workshop, and exhibit curricula (digital/physical). This includes auditing, evaluating, and revising current curricula, and developing new curricula to ensure that all education initiatives align with Museum’s ethos, mission, and decolonizing initiatives.

·      Supervise the School in the Park (SITP) partnership, Education staff, and assist in program facilitation, data tracking, and development when needed.

·      Manage scheduling for school and adult group tours, the staffing, associated data tracking, and on-site check in process.

·      Facilitate and/or lead education programs, adult and school group guided tours, workshops, and other programs when needed -  many of which center curricula that focus on aspects of identity, race, decolonization, cultural anthropology, and other social issues.

·      Manage the development and implementation of dynamic and engaging interactives for the Education’s exhibit engagement carts to further activate the Museum spaces.

·      Supervise Education Department team members, consultants, volunteers and/or interns.  

·      Update and maintain detailed and accessible records on the Museum’s past and current education initiatives. This includes (but not limited to) outreach, consultation, grant deliverables, data tracking, evaluation, and impact measurables – quantitative and qualitative. 

  • Seek opportunities to work collaboratively with Black, Indigenous, and communities of color to build curricula and programming that adhere to the needs, wants, and requests of said communities – while build trusting and sustainable relationships.

·      Work collaboratively within the Decolonizing Initiatives Department to build digital offerings (tours, exhibits, curricula) for Google Arts and Culture and/or Smithsonian Learning Lab.

·      Collaborate with the Decolonizing Initiatives Department around the implementation of the decolonization initiatives strategic action plan within the Education department; assist with co-developing decolonial practices within the Education Department.

·      Follow the Museum’s decolonial procedures and policies around consultations with Indigenous communities, which centers consistent communications, confirmation around consent and content accuracy, and full disclosure to Indigenous communities of all available documentation past and present that the Museum has legal authority to disclose.

·      Adhere to the Museum’s policies around public media interviews, presentations, social media postings, and other external communications that pertain to the Museum projects, procedures, content, initiatives, grants, and/or cultural resources.

·      Participate in grant writing, implementation, and reporting processes as requested.

·      Serve on internal committees and working groups as assigned.

·      Provide other support as required.


  • Minimum 4 years of experience in the education, social justice, non-profit, museum, or related sector.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with students and/or adults in an informal or classroom-based learning environment.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in facilitation and the cultivation open and conscious dialogue around race, class, and equity -  whether in a classroom, workshop, professional development environment, or consultancy practice.  
  • Demonstrated experience leading learning experiences, whether in a classroom, workshop, professional development environment, or consultancy practice.  
  • Understanding of the colonial legacy of museums and the complexity of colonization’s impact on Black, Indigenous, and communities of color (domestic and international).
  • Demonstrated experience working directly with Indigenous communities, navigating colonial histories and building sustainable transparent relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a diverse range of groups and organizations, and in community engagement and community led curricula development.
  • Experience and ability to observe and respond to various peoples types of needs within an emergency and/or situations with conflicts (people: youth, adults, and large groups).
  • Experience in assisting with culturally complex, sensitive, or confidential projects - including a demonstrated ability to listen and deal empathetically with a wide range of people and cultural groups.
  • Demonstrated understanding of self-care (and community-care) practices when working with culturally sensitive, complex, and/or confidential projects that are inherently tied to colonial trauma and/or white supremacy.
  • Demonstrated understanding of equity, inclusion, access, and racial/culturally just practices within museums.



  • Salary is $60,000 - $65,000 per year.
  • Schedule is flexible, averaging 40 hours per week with some nights and weekends required depending on season and schedule.
  • Position is up to 35% work from home, seasonally and if desired. On-site work is required for this position due to the job responsibilities.
  • Our hiring practices are rooted in approach driven by a focus on equitability and sustainability. 
  • The Museum has a flexible holiday leave policy and offers paid time off which includes vacation, sick, bereavement, and community-centered leave. 
  • The Museum offers an exceptional employee benefits package, including medical, dental and vision and life insurance coverage, as well as short and long term disability benefits.
  • The Museum also offers a matching retirement contribution plan, up to 6% of an employee’s annual salary.


To apply for the Education Manager position, please email your resume/CV and a cover letter to with the subject title “Education Manager” by Friday, June 10th at 5:00pm PT. 

Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for the given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.