Assistant Education Curator of Academic and Community Progams

Are you about to graduate or a recent graduate that is interested in pursuing a career in museum education? The professional staff of the Museum of Art includes the Assistant Education Curator of Academic and Community Programs. This nine month (academic year/September through May), full-time entry level position with benefits is an opportunity to extend your education and professional training. The Assistant Education Curator is an integral part of the museum staff, assisting the Education Curator with the planning, deployment, and evaluation of the museum’s educational programming that integrates exhibitions, collections, and programming into the college and area k-12 curriculum, and the Bates campus community. The Assistant Education Curator also creates new programming and continues successful existing programming that enriches the cultural and social life of Bates students. This position is for one year, with the possibility of renewing for a second year. 

Caitlin Patton, Assistant Education Curator of Academic & Community Programs, leads a discussion in the museum.

Students interested in competing for the museum education position  should consider its requirements when selecting their courses.  The position requires BA or BS with coursework in Education and classroom experience or equivalent; strong writing and communication skills; and excellent organization skills and attention to detail.  Candidates will be at an advantage if they have a concentration in Education; coursework in Art History or Studio Art; familiarity with educational and social web-resources and web design; experience working in a museum or other educational setting; computer image and design software and database experience.  Because the position may be renewed for a second year, it is not necessarily available each year.

For inquiries and to learn more about the status of the Assistant Education Curator position, contact the Education Curator.


The Assistant Education Curator is funded by the Synergy Fund and the Jane Costello Wellehan Endowment Fund. 

The Synergy Fund is an endowment established by generous long-time Museum of Art and Bates supporter, Leander W. Smith (1932 – 2014). Activated in 2015, the Synergy Fund supports transformative synergies between the Museum and academic disciplines at Bates through Interdisciplinary Exhibitions, the Collections Diversity Acquisitions Fund, Museum Assistant Education Curator of Academic and Community Programs position, Faculty Scholar Course Release Grants, Collections Access Fund, and Paid Student Internships. 

The Jane Costello Wellehan Endowment Fund was established by generous and long-time Friend of the Museum and Museum of Art supporter Jane Costello Wellehan ’60 (1938-2019). In addition to this endowment, Jane Wellehan gave her extensive collection to the museum, which focused on art connected to Maine, to the museum. Activated in 2019, the fund supports this position, and the museum’s acquisitions, exhibitions, internships, and educational programming.