School Programs Manager


POSITION TITLE:             School Programs Manager

DEPARTMENT:                  Education and Civic Engagement

SUPERVISOR:                      Senior Education Manager

STATUS:                                Regular, Full-time, Exempt

PAY RATE:                           $64,480.00/annual

Position Summary

The School Programs Manager serves a vital role in The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) overseeing all K–12 school and teacher programs. The CJM’s educational programs are grounded in teaching inclusion through arts and culture, with a focus on student and teacher wellbeing. School programs include connections to Jewish stories as a tool to open conversation around diversity and identity. The School Programs Manager fosters strong relationships with school leaders, teachers, community organizations, and CJM colleagues to create and implement innovative arts-infused education programs and outreach. The School Programs Manager also shapes tour approach, leads tour training, and develops resources and touring materials.

This position is both a leadership role and a direct service position, which includes both the creation and management of educational programs and direct facilitation working with youth and adult groups. Programs are supported through regular collaboration with education team members, and with many of the programs and processes already in place. The successful individual in this role will possess excellent interpersonal skills, strong education vision, and distinction in shaping processes and program structure.

For all positions, The Museum expects an interest in and commitment to the mission and core values of The CJM, including its beliefs in anti-racism, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.


Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement educational programming that drives active participation in The CJM’s activities centered on teaching inclusion through arts and culture. Conceptualize and implement annual plans for school audiences including tours centered on San Francisco history, the art and stories of Ezra Jack Keats, select exhibition-driven focused tours, and Holocaust education.
  • Lead school tour development, iterate tour strategies to center student voice and reach program goals, and organize resources for participating groups.
  • Prepare adaptable tours to be articulated for students in collaboration with other staff leading tours. Train and supervise part-time educators on leading tours. Lead (virtual and in-person) guided tours of exhibitions, totaling approximately four–six tours weekly.
  • Create and manage educational partnership initiatives including managing the award-winning annual citywide Ezra Jack Keats bookmaking project (with partners in SFUSD and SFPL) and other school program collaborations with schools, districts, and libraries and other educational non-profits.
  • Create, manage, and lead arts-based professional development workshops for educators and lead strategy for the development of teacher resource guides and other curriculum-related materials.
  • Oversee regular communications and conduct regular outreach to community and school groups for Museum group visits and partnership on initiatives. Extend and expand network of tour visitors through coordinated outreach initiatives with set goals, with a focus on connecting with broad community audiences.
  • Develop and manage program evaluation and reporting.
  • Work closely with colleagues across The Museum on implementation of programs, including sharing schedule needs with Security, Operations, and Visitor Experience and sharing program information with Development, Curatorial, and Exhibitions.
  • Respond to inquiries (phone and email) and manage communications for all school tours including scheduling visits for each group, connecting groups with CJM resources, and sharing surveys. Schedule tours utilizing The CJM’s scheduling software in Microsoft Teams and assign educator.
  • Contribute to ongoing documentation and reporting for school programs and tours, including aggregating and analyzing tour statistics for ongoing reporting.
  • Manage program budget.
  • Represent The CJM in community and professional organizations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree. Graduate degree in related field desirable, or relevant work experience including formal or informal teaching.
  • At least five years’ experience in museum education or related educational field.
  • Experience in direct-service teaching youth.
  • Interest in and dedication to the mission and core values of The CJM, including its commitment to anti-bias education, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.
  • Experience in staff leadership, including of educators or administrators.
  • Comfort with museum-based pedagogy, teaching with visual art, and Jewish culture and history preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to communicate across age and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to envision and work independently to organize the management of multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Experienced and effective public speaker with proficiency in sharing high-level impact of a program.
  • A joy and passion for student learning.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Suite.

Physical Requirements

  • Moderate standing
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, bending, pushing, and pulling
  • Ability to lift up to twenty-five pounds


  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends. Approximately two Sundays per month. When working on a Sunday, another workday will be scheduled as a day off for the week.
  • Capable of responding to public emergency situations (i.e.: building evacuation procedures).

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin or ancestry, age, marital or domestic partner status, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, The CJM will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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Expires: 2023-06-16


The Contemporary Jewish Museum


SF Bay Area


736 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103





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