Position Description

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) seeks an energetic and creative Museum Educator to lead interactive exhibition tours. The CJM presents contemporary perspectives on art, history, and ideas through the lens of Jewish culture. Founded in 1984, The Museum serves broad and diverse audiences through outstanding exhibitions and innovative education programs. In June 2008, the Museum opened a new expanded facility, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, in the heart of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena cultural district. For more information, please visit the website at

Museum Educators are a core part of the Education department and interact with a range of visitors and audiences. Successful individuals in this role will be dependable, enthusiastic, and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills. As a public-facing position, the Museum Educator should endeavor to demonstrate the highest level of hospitality to all visitors while providing knowledge, information, and encouraging critical thinking.

Position Title: Museum Educator
Department: Education
Reports To: School Tours Manager
Status: Temporary, Part Time, Non-Exempt  

Essential Responsibilities

Upon successful completion of training, the Museum Educator will lead interactive exhibition tours for children, adults, and families. The Museum Educator may facilitate hands-on art activities in the Museum’s Education Center, as needed. 

Other responsibilities may include:

  • Learning necessary Museum content related to the building’s architecture and exhibitions.
  • Developing hands-on art projects.
  • Collaborating with teachers and/or group leaders to create customized tours.
  • Leading activities during family programs and other public education events.
  • Setting up and cleaning up for tour groups.
  • Maintaining materials and supplies.

Museum Educators must be available to participate in 4-6 paid training sessions in advance of each new exhibition. Most training sessions are held on Tuesday evenings. 

Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in art, art history, museum education, education, museum studies, or a related field preferred; and/or currently a graduate student in one of the above fields.
  • Professional experience leading tours in a museum setting or equivalent teaching experience.
  • Experience leading hands-on visual art activities for children.
  • Interest in and commitment to the mission and core values of The CJM.
knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Familiarity with conversation-based museum education strategies (i.e. the inquiry method, VTS) and multiple learning styles.
  • Willingness to learn and implement The CJM’s tour style and techniques.
  • Familiarity with contemporary art.
  • Knowledge in Jewish traditions, history, or culture.
  • Knowledge of Hebrew or Spanish preferred.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Ability to represent The CJM to the public.
  • Weekday and weekend shifts available.
how to apply

Send cover letter and resume to:

The Contemporary Jewish Museum

Please indicate “Museum Educator” in the email subject line. No phone calls, please.

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.