Director of School and Family Programs  | Fort Worth, TX

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Title:                                     Director of School and Family Programs 

Reports to:                     Museum Director 

About the Museum: The Sid Richardson Museum displays permanent and special exhibitions of paintings of the American West, including paintings by the premier Western artists, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The works are the legacy of the late oilman and philanthropist, Sid W. Richardson, and were acquired by him from 1942 until his death in 1959. Following Sid Richardson’s philosophy of helping others, this free Museum is open seven days a week and offers educational resources, tours, and programs for adults and children. 

Job Summary: The Director of School and Family Programs is an enthusiastic and creative thinker who develops, implements, manages, and evaluates both onsite and virtually studio programs for children offered in conjunction with docent-guided gallery tours, spring break and summer camps, and children, teen, and family workshops. The Director of School and Family Programs designs and presents programs that are inclusive and engage children in innovative and enjoyable studio activities as well as classroom focused digital learning content for both in-person and virtual audiences. The Director of School and Family Programs assists in overseeing the docent program, working collaboratively with the Director of Adult Programs to plan and implement docent continuing education; and the Museum Director to evaluate docent programs. Periodically (+ every 5 years) a new docent course is offered; when offered, the Director of School and Family Programs, in concert with the Education Team and Director, will aid in recruiting and interviewing applicants and implementing a docent training course. 

Responsibilities include: 

  • Conceptualize, develop, schedule, and deliver age-appropriate studio art programs offered in conjunction with docent-guided gallery tours for pre-school, school-age, and college audiences, engaging them in experiencing, understanding, and enjoying the museum’s collection and special exhibitions, while promoting the museum’s mission. 
  • Develop and promote educational engagement through digital media, (both on-site and for remote audiences).   
  • Present art lessons completed in a 45 minute time period, clean up after each studio lesson, and prepare classroom for next event. 
  • Manage budget of consumable supplies to support program needs. Order and prepare supplies for student use. 
  • Act as liaison for surrounding school districts, private schools, charter schools, homeschool groups, and other organizations requesting tours. Schedule tours and maintain professional correspondence with teachers and group coordinators. 
  • Maintain organization-wide calendar of studio programs, tours, and events. 
  • Plan, prepare, and deliver children’s workshops, family workshops, teen programs, story times, films, and summer camps and manage registration of these events. 
  • Document museum programs for social media marketing and website. 
  • Market programming and events through email, social media, and website. 
  • Maintain communications and schedules with docents to align tour and studio goals. Train docents to assist in studio classroom, as applicable. 
  • Evaluate programs to determine improvements needed. 
  • Stay up to date in museum education trends and develop new programming as needed. 
  • Stay current in the art/museum education field through professional affiliations and professional development. 
  • Provide institution-wide support as necessary, work effectively with staff at all levels, and carry out other duties as needed. 

The above description describes the general nature being performed, not an exhaustive list of responsibilities. The museum retains the right to change or assign other duties. 


  • MA degree in art, art history, art education or museum studies preferred. Background in American Art preferred. Undergraduate degree with museum experience will be considered. 
  • Experience teaching, developing, managing, promoting and writing for school audiences in museums and other educational settings and/or Experience working in a museum or cultural arts institution. 
  • Success in creating engaging digital educational content to target audiences. 
  • Strong organizational, writing, speaking, and computer skills. Ability to work independently and collaboratively. 
  • Knowledge of museum teaching best practices, and a passion for conveying art, art history and cultural history. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and with diplomacy when interacting with staff, volunteers and the public. 
  • Standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands and light lifting is needed. 
  • Flexibility in schedule is necessary. Must be able to work evenings and weekends for program implementation and oversight as needed. 

Employment Status: Full-time position, 40 hours a week, year-round. 

Regular Hours: Primarily Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Flexibility of schedule is required to accommodate events and after-hours work including weekend and evening hours. 

Compensation: Salary range starts at $65,000.00 – commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package. 

How To Apply: No calls or walk-ins. Mail resume and cover letter with professional references and completed application form (printed on 8.5″ x 14″ paper) to: 
Director of School and Family Programs 
Sid Richardson Museum 
309 Main Street 
Fort Worth, Texas 76102 

If you need more space for employment history, you may also complete and include the supplemental employment history form. 

For questions, contact 

Additional Information: 

  • The Museum is a smoke-free environment. 
  • Candidate must pass criminal background check before beginning employment.