Career Opportunities

Director of Education
Reports to: Director/CEO


The Director of Education plays a vital role in stimulating audience engagement at the Taft Museum of Art. He or she brings vision and creativity to planning the array of educational programs at the Museum in accordance with the Taft’s mission and long-range plan, assessing existing programs and reshaping them as needed to build public involvement with the Museum. Current Taft programs include: docent training and continuing education; school and teacher programs; family, studio programs and adult programs; and community outreach programs. The Director of Education also serves as a conduit to the Museum for new ideas about learning, participation, and audience-building from the national professional arena. He or she must be passionate about art and object-based learning and must have the ability to arouse curiosity and spark interest among staff, public, and volunteers. He or she is a member of the senior management team of the Museum; supervises other education positions within the Education Division; has administrative duties and considerable public contact; and assists with fundraising for educational purposes.

The Taft Museum of Art is located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.  Greater Cincinnati is the most highly populated urban area in Ohio and one of the top five cities in the United States for per capita spending on the arts. The community is marked by lively music, theater, and visual arts scenes.

Work performed:

  • Supervises the functions and responsibilities of the Manager of Public Programs, Manager of School and Docent Programs, Volunteer Coordinator/Scheduling Manager, and Duncanson Artist-in-Residence Program Coordinator. Evaluates education programs with staff. Provides program support as needed to education staff (e.g. family, public, and school programs).
  • Acts as Museum liaison to the Robert S. Duncanson Society: works with Duncanson Executive Committee and Duncanson Program Coordinator to realize Duncanson programs, including the annual Artist-in-Residence program, Art in the Afternoon, and the annual Duncanson Tea.
  • With Manager of School and Docent Programs, oversees docent and weekend volunteer training program, evaluating candidates for new classes every two-to-three years, delivering some lectures and training sessions, and testing candidates. Attends and reports at docent and docent council meetings.
  • With the assistance of education staff, oversees less frequent programs such as Alzheimer’s Program, Brownie and Girl Scout program, and Summer Camp.
  • Prepares and oversees annual budgets for Education, Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, and Duncanson Society programs.
  • With the Museum’s Institutional Advancement office, seeks funding for development, planning, and implementation of existing and new educational initiatives; assists with preparation of grant requests and final reports for foundations and granting agencies; oversees allocation of awarded funds. Collects educational statistics for grants and development proposals.
  • Actively engages with interpretation of art at the Museum. Works with curatorial staff to develop interpretive materials for the permanent collection and provides comments on the visitor-friendliness of interpretive materials for special exhibitions. Collaborates with other education staff to create exhibition family guides. Works with docent committee to create tours of special exhibitions. Provides tours, talks, and lectures as needed at the Museum and in the community.
  • Assists marketing department with promoting and publicizing Education and Duncanson programs. Provides texts for marketing materials (e.g. Portico, program postcards and announcements). With education staff, maintains education components of the Museum’s website and e-commerce site.


  • M.A. in art history or equivalent experience.
  • 5-7 years of professional experience in the field of art museum education, 2-3 of which will have included supervisory experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving skills.
  • Strength in time-management and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment; willingness to work extended hours and some weekend hours.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to represent the Museum with integrity and professionalism, to maintain confidentiality, and support management decisions in a positive manner.
  • Ease with Microsoft Office Suite and PowerPoint.
  • The successful candidate will be a dynamic and creative person and fluent and inspiring teacher.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to Christine Miller, Executive Assistant to the Director at  Position is open until filled.  No phone calls please.   The Taft Museum of Art is an EEO employer.

2014 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, Taft Museum of Art

To honor the relationship between African American painter Robert S. Duncanson (1821-1872) and Cincinnati art patron Nicholas Longworth (1782-1863), the Robert S. Duncanson Society of the Taft Museum of Art annually recognizes the achievements of contemporary African American artists through the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program.

For two weeks, the artist is active in the community through public events, workshops, and outreach to area schools, working with students in the classroom and at the Taft to strengthen their understanding of the arts and the relevance of the arts to their lives.

The ideal candidate for 2014 will be a photographer. This year’s residency coincides with the Taft Museum of Art fall exhibition Paris Night & Day: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray. The purpose of the residency is to promote and develop a deepening awareness of African American art and artists and to inspire future generations. Previous Duncanson Artists-in-Residence include among others poet/essayist Nikki Giovanni, filmmaker William Greaves, playwright/screenwriter Keith Josef Adkins, visual artist Brian Joiner, violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama, soprano Adrienne Danrich, and actor/playwright Nikkole Salter.

Dates of Residency:  Two weeks in October, 2014 (some flexibility)

Honorarium: $7,500 (plus a per diem of $56/per day; lodging and travel provided if necessary)

Responsibilities include:

  • Attendance at reception(s) to open and close residency
  • Evening and/or weekend public presentations (3-5)
  • Up to 10 programs with school groups, including a day-long session at the local magnet school for the arts
  • Morning and lunchtime program for sponsors of residency
  • Weekend program for families
  • Weekend master class or workshop for teens/adults
  • Additional programs for targeted audiences, to be determined
  • Publicity appearances and commitments prior to and during residency

Note: These responsibilities are subject to some flexibility. It is our mission to reach the broadest possible audience and to form as many community collaborations as possible.

Applicants should submit the following:

  • A cover letter outlining interest in the residency
  • A current résumé
  • Digital portfolio on CD or DVD
  • Link to a professional website if the applicant has one
  • Copies of press materials
  • Descriptions of any programs or workshops done with school or adult audiences

Send materials to:
Robert S. Duncanson Executive Committee
Christine Miller, Executive Assistant to the Director
Taft Museum of Art
316 Pike Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202-4293

Deadline:  All materials must be received by April 30, 2014.  Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope of sufficient size/postage for return of digital media if necessary. For any questions, please ask or visit


Summer Camp Internship

The Taft Museum of Art in Cincinnati Ohio, is seeking three interns for its Summer Art Camp. Summer Camp at the Taft provides an exciting, intensive art experience for students entering grades 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Internships are available for undergraduate and graduate students majoring in art education, education, or museum studies. Interns work with master art teachers to facilitate art instruction and recreation for the campers. Interns are required to attend a planning meeting during the week of June 2.  Summer camp runs June 9 through July 18 with June 30-July 4 off. Stipend: $200 per week, $1000 total per intern.

Send a cover letter (required), your resume, and contact information for two  references to by April 21, 2014. Finalists will be invited to interview. No phone calls please.


A temporary, part-time position (ten months); $11.00 per hour


The Taft Museum of Art seeks an organized, creative-thinking self-starter whose own life and work experiences bring understanding, passion and commitment to the mission of the Duncanson Artist in Residence program – a program that recognizes the achievements of contemporary African American artists and  honors the relationship between Robert S. Duncanson and Nicholas Longworth – artist and patron.

Each year, the Duncanson Society of the Taft Museum of Art, the museum’s African American affiliate organization, invites an African American artist to be in residence at the Taft Museum of Art for two weeks, typically in late October or early November. The Coordinator reports to the Director of Education and is responsible for coordinating and facilitating all activities related to the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program, including events, presentations, school visits, performances, transportation, facilities, promotion and participation. The Coordinator communicates with local educators and vendors to facilitate residency activities, acts as liaison to the Duncanson Society regarding the residency, and completes and presents a final report of the residency for funders.

The Coordinator also works with Education staff on the Art Supporting Academics Project (ASAP) and other Education programs. Working with the Volunteer Coordinator/Scheduling Manager, the Coordinator will schedule ASAP school, after school, community center, and Museum visits, prepare materials for outreach visits, and provide support for other education programs.


The ideal candidate will have strong organizational and communication skills, as well as approximately one year experience in program or event planning and implementation. Computer skills required (MS office: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint; social networking). Arts administrative experience a plus. Must hold a valid drivers license and have daily access to an automobile during the two weeks of the residency.

Position requires up to 20 hours per week and will begin as soon as filled, with the greatest concentration of hours being in and around when the Duncanson residency takes place. Recent college graduates with a communications, public relations, marketing, arts education, museum education, or arts administration degree are encouraged to apply.

Hours are flexible, but some weekend and evening hours will be required. The Coordinator will be a part-time employee of the Taft Museum of Art and will receive $11.00 per hour. The Taft Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Description:

  • Reports to the Curator of Education.
  • Coordinates and facilitates all activities related to the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence program, including events, school tours, presentations, performances, transportation, facilities, promotion and participation.
  • Communicates with local educators and vendors to schedule and facilitate residency activities.
  •  Works with the Taft Museum of Art’s Manager of Marketing and Communications in developing and disseminating promotional and printed materials for all residency activities including promotional displays, invitations or announcements, posters, and special events.
  •  With Taft Museum of Art education staff and artist-in-residence, coordinates the implementation and scheduling of programs for school/university, youth, and adult audiences.
  •  Organizes and implements receptions and other public events at the Taft Museum of Art and off site related to the residency.
  •   Acts as liaison among the Executive Committee of the Duncanson Society, the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence, and the Taft Museum of Art staff and informs these parties of the progress of residency planning and events in a timely manner.
  •  Records statistical measures of public participation in the program, compiles photographic documentation, and prepares and presents final evaluation and report of the program at its completion.
  •   Maintains organized files of documents, correspondence, publicity, contracts, invoices, and budgets related to the residency.
  •  Prepares and coordinates materials for school and community outreach program, Art Supporting Academics.
  •  Works with the Taft Museum of Art’s Volunteer Coordinator/Scheduling Manager to schedule outreach visits and Museum visits.
  •   Provides support for staff and volunteers at outreach and Museum programs.
  •   Completes other duties as assigned.

To apply: Send cover letter (required), resume and writing sample by May 31 to:

No phone calls, please.

Development Intern—Summer 2014

The Taft Museum of Art seeks an individual to serve as the Development Intern from May through August 2014.

The Development Intern will assist the Manager of Membership and Community Engagement with a wide range of duties, including special outreach projects in the Bellevue and Over-the-Rhine communities, as well as general office and fundraising tasks. This internship will include assistance at some special events. The successful candidate may come into contact with confidential information, so a high degree of discretion and integrity is required.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting with promotions
  • Organizing events and programs within our donor base and the community
  • Communication with community partners and donors
  • Updating and maintaining budgets
  • General office tasks
  • Other tasks as assigned

Working hours are one day a week from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. if you are available on Mondays or Wednesdays or any 5 hour block of time on Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays with additional hours on days of special events (including evenings and weekends).

This internship offers college students an opportunity to learn about the operations of a world-renowned museum. Candidates must have excellent writing skills and strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel. The position requires outstanding organization and communication skills, including being comfortable dealing with the public.

Please email which work day you are available along with resume and cover letter with contact information for three references by April 18, 2014, to Amanda McDonald at

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