Director, K-College Programs

Los Angeles, California, United States · Education expand job description ↓


About the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Founded by philanthropist and filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will inspire current and future generations through the universal art of visual storytelling. The museum will present permanent collection and rotating exhibitions for diverse public audiences which will feature illustrations, paintings, comic art, photography, and an in-depth exploration of filmmaking (including storyboards, costumes, animation, visual effects, and more). Extensive education programming designed for all ages will explore innovative ways for visitors to engage with narrative art. Designed by renowned architect Ma Yansong and under construction in Los Angeles’ Expo Park, the museum will feature new public green space, state-of-the-art cinematic theaters, a research library, numerous spaces for onsite education, restaurants, retail, and event spaces. Additional information at

Equal Opportunity Policy

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that represents and supports a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. The Lucas Museum fosters a work environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, whether based on race, national origin, gender, gender expression, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diversity and inclusion among our team is critical to our success, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Applications from traditionally underrepresented communities are encouraged.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria, and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required for the job.

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Position Summary (Intent and purpose of the role)

Reporting to the Director of Education, the Director of K-College Programs is responsible for imagining and directing educational initiatives and programs that encourage engagement among educators, students, and the Museum. This role will oversee a team of professional staff responsible for carrying out the vision of the Education Department at the Museum and digitally. This position is responsible for: developing an innovative program roster that inspires 21st century teachers and students to imagine and create; articulating the scope of programming and desired outcomes; and building effective partnerships in order to ensure the Museum is at the forefront of shaping innovative museum education practices for these key audiences.

All staff at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art lead through a deep commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, both within the Museum and with the communities that we serve.

Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidates’ education and experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidate(s).

Core competencies for this role

  • Creating & Innovating - Produces new ideas, approaches or insights; produces a range of solutions to problems; seeks opportunities for organizational improvement; devises effective change initiatives;
  • Leading & Supervising - Provides others with a clear direction; sets appropriate standards of behavior; delegates work appropriately and fairly; motivates and empowers others; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; recruits staff of a high calibre;
  • Working with People - Demonstrates an interest in and understanding of others; adapts to the team and builds team spirit; recognizes and rewards the contribution of others; listens, consults others and communicates proactively; supports and cares for others; develops and openly communicates self-insight;
  • Presenting & Communicating Information - Speaks clearly and fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly; makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skill and confidence; responds quickly to the needs of an audience and to their reactions and feedback;
  • Analysing - Analyses numerical data, verbal data and all other sources of information; breaks information into component parts, patterns and relationships; probes for further information or greater understanding of a problem; makes rational judgements from the available information and analysis; produces workable solutions to a range of problems; demonstrates an understanding of how one issue may be a part of a much larger system.

Primary Responsibilities & Accountabilities (Key duties or essential priorities for fulfilling the job’s purpose)

Museum Pre-Opening Activities

  • Develops and implements pre-opening program slate, including content development; assessment tools; staffing; brokering partnerships; reporting to stakeholders;
  • Works with community groups to provide educational experiences in partnership with other arts, cultural, educational, and civic organizations at the Museum or off-site;

K – College Strategy, Planning, & Implementation

  • Determines program structures for opening year and beyond (3 years); develops training plans and partnerships;
  • Creates an education and evaluation plan that is geared towards different types of learners and learning experiences;
  • Develops and implements school and teacher programs to ensure that the museum provides curriculum- and standards-based, child-centered art education to pre-K through College school groups;
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates outreach strategies to promote the Museum's educational visitation and programs;
  • Researches, develops, and implements collateral materials for the Museum's education audiences, programs and educator training;

Staff and Team Management

  • Hires, trains, develops, and evaluates staff effectively. Takes corrective action as necessary on a timely basis and in accordance with Museum policy;
  • Evaluates the team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group;
  • Provides individuals on the team with professional growth opportunities;

Special projects and other duties as designated by Director of Education or assigned designee.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's degree is required;
  • Masters of Arts in related field (Museum Studies, Anthropology, Visual Arts, Film, English) is preferred;
  • A minimum of seven (7) years experience in an art museum or creative space is required;
  • Demonstrated record for creating innovative programming that extends beyond a standards-based approach;


  • Effective supervising and team building;
  • Collaborating on various size projects;
  • Ability to develop evaluation rubrics and produce reports;
  • Effectively communicates, internally and externally, in order to build consensus and move projects forward;
  • Capacity to balance pre-opening projects and forward planning for inaugural program slate;


  • Understands K-12 education landscape (State and National) and recognizes opportunities to positively impact students and teachers;
  • Fluency with socio-emotional learning theory and 21st Century Skills and Learning;
  • Recognizes the opportunities that museums afford diverse teens and college students; familiar with the national programming and research in this area and appreciates how the Museum can build a pipeline for diversity in the museum field and creative industry;
  • Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities in collaborating with high needs school communities;


  • Tracks details related to program implementation, including: partner communications, contracts, recruitment, site selection, budget;
  • Effective delegation to subordinate staff and contractors in order to fulfill program aspirations;
  • Ability to develop assessment tools to measure program impact and communicate outcomes effectively;
  • Manages time effectively in order to maximize pre-opening programming, learning, and reporting.


Salary and titles will be assigned commensurate to the successful candidate’s education and experience. An attractive compensation package will be offered to the successful candidates

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is proud to offer the following benefits to our full-time, benefits eligible staff:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Voluntary Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • 403b Plan with employer match
  • Parental Leave
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Dependent Care
  • Vacation/Paid Time Off (starting at 10 days your first year)
  • Paid Sick Days
  • Paid Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
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