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Requisition Number::  168462
Date:  Jan 8, 2022

Durham, NC, US, 27710

Personnel Area:  UNIVERSITY

Duke University:


Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.




The Museum Educator for Student Engagement will report directly to the Director of Education and the Curator of Academic Initiatives.


In 2015, as part of the museum’s 10th anniversary, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University piloted a “Nasher Teens” initiative to address one of the many challenges of inequity within arts institutions – limited social and vocational opportunities in the museum setting for young people of color. Since then, this pilot project developed into a full suite of teen programs, including the Nasher Teen Council, Nasher Teen Meetups, and an annual end-of-year IMPACT Party, all of which focus on serving middle and high school audiences directly. Additionally, the museum has launched a summer internship for college students from historically marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds. Now, in 2020, in an effort to respond to students’ needs and to resist ongoing impacts of systemic racism, the museum recognizes that it must take further action to remove barriers of entry for young people, especially those of color, who wish to participate fully and/or pursue careers in art museums.


The Museum Educator for Student Engagement is a joint position in the Education and Academic Initiatives departments, designed to create and strengthen relationships between the museum and youth audiences, namely teenagers and young adults, particularly those from historically marginalized and excluded groups. The Educator acts as a direct resource for young people at the Nasher, amplifying the voices of high school and university students among other adult constituents as well as building a wider pipeline for these students to connect more equitably and meaningfully to the arts.


The Educator is primarily responsible for all aspects of two student boards: the Nasher Teen Council and the Museum Undergraduate Student Executive Board (MUSE). These responsibilities include the evaluation and revised implementation of a diverse series of programs. Previous teen programs have included the Nasher Teen Council meetings, Nasher Teen Meetups, and an annual end-of-year IMPACT Party, while past programs for undergraduate students have included First Art Night at the Nasher, student-only exhibition openings, and Nasher Conversations (facilitated discussions with faculty and students in exhibitions). In addition to serving as the official staff advisor for MUSE, the Educator would support students’ development and integration throughout the institution, advocating for their empowerment and prioritizing the perspectives of marginalized and underrepresented audiences. Through this position, the museum seeks to enhance student engagement and identify strategic, cooperative opportunities and partnerships within the Duke and Durham constituencies that benefit, empower, and compensate more young people, particularly young people of color, all while more effectively advancing the university’s mission.



Primary duties will include, but are not limited to:

Education Department

  • Design and coordinate an annual project-based series of programs with the Nasher Teen Council, including public teen events and a paid internship program.
  • Recruit and orient new Nasher Teen Council members, prioritizing engagement with young people of color.
  • Manage the application process for the Nasher Teen Council in partnership with Council members and alumni.
  • Create and maintain strategic partnerships with key community stakeholders in youth advocacy, prioritizing engagement with and direct support of historically excluded people groups.
  • Schedule and facilitate Nasher Teen Council meetings, communicating effectively and often with Nasher Teen Council members and their families as well as with Council alumni.
  • Assist in creating and managing the Nasher Teens Program budget with Director of Education.
  • Coordinate all administrative duties for Nasher Teens Program, including the institutional relationship with Duke Minors Program.
  • Support development of other Education efforts as time allows, including tours, Family Days, and Gallery Guide programs.

Academic Initiatives Department

  • Manage and advise Nasher MUSE (the Museum Undergraduate Student Executive board) in their efforts to design and execute undergraduate events and initiatives that advance the museum’s mission.
  • Recruit and orient new MUSE members, focusing on students from underrepresented groups in museums.
  • Assist in creating and managing the MUSE budget with Curator of Academic Initiatives, guiding MUSE in raising funds for programs from other university sources when appropriate.
  • Attend programming meetings and contribute as a member of the mini-programming team, strategizing with staff on creating programs and opportunities that leverage the museum’s exhibitions & collection and that increase & diversify student engagement in the arts.
  • Collaborate with Marketing to promote and with Special Events to execute MUSE-sponsored programs, as well as Nasher Teens programs.
  • Collaborate with Development to track and communicate with MUSE Alumni, and other Duke Alumni, engaged in the arts.
  • Cultivate connections and cooperative partnerships with Duke student organizations as well as other units across the university, such as Duke Arts, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Office of Durham and Community Affairs.
  • Create and nurture opportunities for equitable engagement among students, Nasher staff, and board members.


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Excellent written and oral communication, with particular respect to issues of equity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to act professionally with diverse audiences and partners.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle many tasks simultaneously, excellent organizational skills.
  • Ability to meet deadlines while multitasking, excellent ability to prioritize.
  • Flexibility and reliability.


  • A valid NC driver’s license.
  • MA or MAT degree in Museum Education or other relevant fields, preferred.
  • 2-4 years’ experience in a related field, museum experience preferred, experience with young people (ages 15–22) required.
  • Proven history of engagement in and commitments to equity in practice.


Minimum Qualifications





Work requires knowledge of basic mathematical, research and communications principles normally acquired through two years of postsecondary education.




Work generally requires three years of clerical or research experience to acquire skills in administrative or project research responsibilities as well as accepted office organization, communications and research practices. A bachelor's degree in a field of study directly related to the specific position may be substituted for the education and two years of the experience requirement.  OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE


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