Director of Education - Vero Beach Museum of Art, Vero Beach, FL

The Vero Beach Museum of Art seeks a Director of Education to lead the organization’s multi-faceted public, community, and educational programs. As a member of the Museum’s senior management team, the new Director of Education must build on the current excellence of programming and provide the vision to implement a strategic review as well as plan for the next phase of growth, connecting the institution to its public, patrons, and professional colleagues.

Candidates must have a proven record and experience to: provide vision to the Museum’s board, staff, and community; develop interpretive plans for the Museum’s exhibition program; cultivate patrons and fundraising opportunities; manage a talented staff, core of volunteers and community partners; and work collaboratively in a dynamic environment. This position will be a leading public voice for the Museum and the successful candidate will be an excellent and engaging speaker.


The Vero Beach Museum of Art (VBMA) opened its doors to the public in 1986 and over the past thirty years has tripled in size to 75,000 square feet. The VBMA has an annual operating budget of $ 5.1 million and an endowment of $30 million. The Museum has 50 employees and a Board of Directors presently composed of 23 members.

The Museum is the principal visual arts facility on Florida’s central Atlantic coast, serving a three-county area and continuing to reach new local and visiting audiences from all parts of the state and beyond. The Museum’s neoclassical structure commands a premiere position in Riverside Park, along the scenic Indian River Lagoon and welcomes nearly 80,000 visitors annually. Vero Beach and Indian River County attracts visitors and residents globally because of the cultural wealth and inherent natural beauty of the area. In recent years, Vero Beach has become home to America’s cultural and corporate elite attracting wealthy retired executives to world-famous celebrities to the many private communities stretching along the barrier island.

Through its exhibitions, collections, gallery tours, studio art and humanities classes for youth and adults, educational programs, school programs, outreach programs, film studies program, community events, lectures, seminars, concerts, special youth events and cultural celebrations, the Museum is recognized as the cultural heart of the community.

In 1997, the VBMA received Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums and again in 2008, acknowledging the institution for its standards of professionalism, exhibitions, educational programming, and community outreach. The Museum is also a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

The VBMA provides cultural enrichment for the public through a wide variety of educational, studio art and humanities programs; a diversity of quality exhibitions; and the collection, preservation and presentation of important American and international works of art.

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The Director of Education has primary responsibility for the conception, implementation, administration, and evaluation of all of the Museum’s public and school programming initiatives, including oversight of the Art School and community outreach efforts. The Director of Education reports to the Museum’s Executive Director/CEO, is part of the Senior Management Team, and leads a core team of three full time and two part time employees. The Director of Education is a high-profile position and will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with a variety of audiences in the Vero Beach community as well as the national arts scene. 

Challenges and Opportunities

• Assess current initiatives and develop a long-term plan for VBMA’s programming efforts.

• Provide new vision and focus for the Museum’s Art School and educational initiatives.

• Evaluate audiences and create new strategies to improve and increase participation.

• Build the Museum’s relationships and partnerships with the local and regional communities.

• Strengthen staff capacity and create culture rewarding innovation, collaboration, professional development and accountability. 

• Collaborate with Senior Management Team to develop fund- and friend-raising efforts to support VBMA program activity. 



• Provide compelling vision for the VBMA’s educational efforts.

• Create a strategic plan to drive vitality of the Museum and Art School programs.

• Develop staff, volunteers, and public efforts to strengthen the Museum.

• Direct program evaluation and provide impact rubric to share with internal and external partners.

• Act as chief spokesperson for the Museum’s public programming initiatives.


• Oversee the VBMA’s public programming efforts including: The Museum Art School; Community Outreach; Interpretive Materials; the Docent Program; Lectures, Symposia, Concerts, Films, and School and Family Programs.

• Supervise education staff, contract personnel and volunteers.

• Develop and manage the Museum’s Education Department budget.

• Engage the Museum’s Education Committee to achieve long-range strategic plan.

• Collaborate with the Director of Development to ensure successful support and funding for programming initiatives.

• Collaborate with the Director of Marketing and Communications to ensure excellence in communication of all educational programming and interpretive materials. 


• Organize the Museum’s Education Committee meetings, providing agenda, minutes from previous meetings, and presentation materials.

• Represent the Education Department at internal and external meetings.

• Perform other duties deemed appropriate by the Executive Director/CEO.

Functional Relationships

• Reports to the Executive Director/CEO and is member of the Museum’s Senior Management team. 

• Works closely with the Executive Director/CEO, Director of Development, Director of Marketing and Communications, Curatorial, Director of Security, Director of Facilities, Assistant to the Executive Director, Director of Finance. 

• Supervises the Education Department staff, Art School Faculty, Docent Corps and Education Volunteers.


M.A. in Art History, Art Education, or a related field; knowledge of best practices in museums or similar cultural institutions; excellent written and oral communications skills; strong management and organizational skills; ability to work with others in a fast-paced environment.


• Passionate advocate for the arts and their role in community life.

• Demonstrated strategic thinker with strong leadership skills.

• Experienced manager with at least five years in senior administrative role.

• Excellent ability to build relationships with artists, scholars, educators, and audiences of all ages.

• Outstanding interpersonal and written skills.

• Exceptional public-speaking skills.

• High energy level to capitalize on seasonal program and fundraising opportunities.


Winter 2018


The Director of Education’s compensation is commensurate with experience and includes a strong benefits plan.


Applicants should submit a resume, a one-page narrative describing interest and experience and the names of three references. Applications will be reviewed by Management Consultants for the Arts, the executive search firm working with the Museum. Candidate recommendations are also welcome. Send resume and accompanying materials to:

Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc.
Attn: Bill Appleton

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Subject line: VBMA

The Vero Beach Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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