Manager of Family and Elementary Initiatives

Reports to: Director of Education and Community Engagement
Department: Education
Position Type: Full-time, Salaried, Exempt
Salary: $37,500-40,000
Benefits: Eligible

Summary of Position

TAM seeks an energetic and creative educator to re-imagine youth programming and engage our youngest audiences to build 21st century skills, empower youth voice, and cultivate empathy by connecting people through art. The Manager of Family and Elementary Initiatives serves as the museum’s expert on State, National, and Common Core Standards and other issues, policies, and programs that impact and affect schools and teachers. This position ensures that TAM is a contributing partner in community-wide collective impact efforts for graduation and youth readiness.

The Manager of Family and Elementary Initiatives reports to the Director of Education and Community Engagement to develop, conduct, and evaluate quality programs for family and elementary audiences. This position will increase and strengthen TAM’s out of school and summer youth program offerings; oversee all aspects of TAM Studio and family interpretation; and develop, implement, evaluate, and advance arts integration programs that meet the changing needs of Pre-K–5 teachers, students, and school administrators. The qualified candidate must possess a compatible commitment to the museum brand values: innovative, passionate, civic-minded, gracious, approachable.



  • Create robust array of exhibition-driven family and youth programs and partnerships.
  • Develop, coordinate, and oversee all aspects of summer art camp for youth, including marketing, curriculum development, scheduling, hiring and supervising teachers, registration and processing of payments, and collaboration across museum departments.
  • Develop, coordinate, and oversee all aspects of family activities at existing community programs (Community Festivals, Third Thursdays, etc.).
  • Collaborate with Curatorial Department to create in-gallery interpretation for family and early learner audiences.
  • Develop, coordinate, and oversee all aspects of TAM Studio, including activity development, maintenance, and training of TAM Studio Volunteers.
  • Develop formal and informal evaluation tools for ongoing assessment of family and youth interpretation and programs to continually improve offerings and enhance impact.

Elementary School

  • Develop, implement, and continually assess onsite and offsite educational programming for Pre-K–5 teachers and students that advance TAM’s mission.
  • Create and implement Pre-K–5 school tours and related materials that align with and advance State, National, and Common Core Standards in education.
  • Train docents to provide student tours that result in meaningful and engaging, conversation-based experiences for students with original works of art.
  • Initiate and foster relationships with area elementary teachers, schools, and districts (including Tacoma Public Schools) to increase school tour participation and attendance. Attend education partner events and serve on internal and external committees that impact Pre-K–5 education.
  • Work proactively and collaboratively with teachers and administrators in program development to ensure museum programs and resources support and meet the changing needs of the education community.
  • Collaborate with Manager of Middle and High School Initiatives to ensure cohesive and complementary approach to working with youth across the institution.
  • Develop formal and informal evaluation tools for ongoing assessment of family and elementary programs and tours to continually improve offerings and enhance impact.
  • Ensure elementary school and teacher offerings maximize revenue and meet or exceed attendance targets.
  • Conduct student and youth tours, as needed.

Education Department

  • Serve as an active member of departmental and cross-departmental teams.
  • Stay abreast of current research on collections and exhibitions, curriculum standards, practices in arts education and interpretation, and Pre-K-5 student and teacher needs.
  • Work with Development and Communications Departments to develop materials for grants, advertisements, press coverage, and other promotional materials in a timely manner.
  • Maintain programs calendar, files, and accurate attendance statistics.
  • Produce and manage budgets for family and elementary school programs.
  • Supervise volunteers, interns, and contracted artist as needed.
  • Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, MA preferred in art education, education, museum education, or equivalent.
  • Three to five years experience in museum education or art education.
  • Record of successful teaching experience in museum or classroom setting, preferably with original works of art.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience creating arts integration and project-based learning experiences.
  • Knowledge and understanding of State education standards and learning theory.
  • Record of successful accomplishments in developing and implementing creative educational programming.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, effective problem solving, flexibility, and sense of humor.
  • Ability to forge and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals. Exhibits an awareness and sensitivity to cultural and other differences when working with representatives of public and private organizations, volunteers, vendors, museum staff and the general public.
  • Must be a self-starter, show attention to detail, and possess excellent organizational skills. Ability to work accurately and efficiently and keep track of numerous projects simultaneously.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends, onsite and offsite.
  • The qualified candidate must possess a compatible commitment to the museum brand personality: smart, dynamic, innovative, passionate, civic-minded, gracious, approachable.

Travel, Working Conditions, and Physical Environment

The essential physical requirements of this position include:

  • Must be able to sit at a workstation and/or a computer screen for the majority of the work day.
  • There is occasional need to stand, stoop or walk for long periods of time.
  • Frequently reaches with hands and arms and uses hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, machinery, computers, and/or controls.
  • Ability to lift objects (up to 25 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday.
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with staff, volunteers and individuals in the community;
  • Some work may be occasionally performed outside where employee is subject to adverse weather conditions.
  • Some local travel, less than 25% of work hours.

To Apply

  • Please email a succinct cover letter and resume to
  • Include “Manager of Family and Elementary Initiatives: First Name Last Name” in subject line.
  • No phone inquiries, please.

Closing Date: Resume review will begin immediately. Position is open until filled.

Tacoma Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Tacoma Art Museum strongly encourages applicants from members of groups underrepresented in careers related to museums and the visual arts.

About Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum is a public-spirited institution that champions a dynamic and complex approach to exhibitions. The museum’s passionate staff are driven by the mission of connecting people through art, empowering visitors to create meaning with artworks through innovative interpretive and programming strategies. Named by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Great Places to See Art in Smaller Cities,” the museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner with a strong commitment to Northwest art.

Founded in 1935, TAM has strong roots in the community. Along with five other nearby museums and neighboring University of Washington at Tacoma, TAM anchors Tacoma’s lively downtown core.

About Tacoma

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Tacoma is known as the City of Destiny, a city that has always marched to the beat of its own drum. Close enough to Seattle to take advantage of everything a major metropolis offers, Tacoma is its own distinctly unique and actively engaged community with a clear love of the arts.

Diverse individuals and families continue to invest in Tacoma for its charming historic neighborhoods, schools, parks, waterfront, and amenities. You’ll find the beaches and forests of Puget Sound ideal to bike, run, hike, and paddle – including the nearby Mount Rainier. In addition to sports, theater and other cultural offerings, Tacoma is home to a growing restaurant and pub scene that’s made national press. The thriving Tacoma Museum District lines the downtown core and showcases some of the nation’s best collections. Tacoma is a great place to call home.