Manager of Youth Programs (Full-Time)

The Manager of Youth Programs develops, manages, and implements Youth Initiatives, Explorers Program, and Camp NMOA. Oversee teen program highlighting college, career, and life readiness skills that enables Newark-area high school students to build essential skills and self-confidence through a curriculum that draws upon the Museum’s unique collections, resources, and staff. Each year, 40+ students from diverse backgrounds learn about their passions and strengths and develop new skills as public speakers, teachers, researchers, and leaders. Develops curriculum for Explorers Program focused on college readiness, professional development, and life-skills. Supervise and support camp staff. This individual must have a commitment to working in a team-based environment that values innovation, creative learning, risk taking and experimentation. Ensure an ongoing and productive conversation with a diverse and growing audience.

Department: Learning & Engagement
Reporting to: Reports to Director of Education
Schedule: This position is a full-time, hybrid onsite/remote position, required to work onsite at least 4 days per week /may work from home up to 1 day per week.  During camp, it is required to work onsite at least 5 days a week.
Salary: $60,000 annually; comprehensive benefits package including medical plan, dental plan, vision, life insurance, pension plan, 401K retirement, and generous paid time off.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a wide range of virtual and/or in-person youth programs such as informal workshops, teen-led tours, teen events, and more; these programs are for pre-teens and teens, middle school, and high school.
  • Prepare budgets and monitor the associated expenses, preparing bi-weekly timesheets of part-time Museum Teachers for payroll purposes, organizing, and supervising registration and purchasing materials, writing, and editing copy for brochures and website promotions, recruiting, and supervising part-time teachers when applicable.
  • Develop, in partnership with other Museum educators and curators, new virtual and/or in-person programs and experiences for teens and Camp NMOA, including tours and hands-on activities, that connect to the temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection.
  • Design Explorers schedules for internship rotations throughout the Museum.
  • Collaborate with Museum departments to custom Explorer internships.
  • Focus on project-based learning to assist teens in gaining real-life experiences.
  • Partner with art, science, and institutions of higher learning to create dynamic field trips for Explorers Program that include college-based tours.
  • Evaluate the strengths of the Explorers Program based on student/parent feedback and on-going evaluations.
  • Develop and co-design collaborative virtual and/or in-person programs with youth organizations in Newark and surrounding cities.
  • Organize and develop curriculum for virtual and/or in-person Camp NMOA.
  • Facilitate professional development and training for Camp NMOA staff, including organizing training for Child Abuse and First Aid/CPR.
  • Manage Camp NMOA staff, including schedules, recess, pre-care, and aftercare.
  • Manage Camp NMOA registration for virtual and/or in-person camp.
  • Teach virtual and/or in-person school program classes and workshops as needed.
  • Help the Public Program team with non-teen programs when necessary.
  • Other duties required to meet the organization’s mission.


  • 3-5 years of successful experience in the development and implementation of youth programming in a museum or similar arts education institution.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • 2 years of experience in managing staff.
  • Proven experience working with diverse groups of youth and communities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite, Adobe Pro, Web Conferencing software and knowledge of social media practices.
  • Strong organizational and effective communication skills

Physical Demands

  • Available for flexible schedule evenings and weekends
  • Ability to remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time and move about.
  • Ability to receive, give and understand information and instructions.
  • Ability to lift and move, up to fifteen (15) pounds.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that are to be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Due to the potential high volume of submissions, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. 

The Newark Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In addition, we aspire to make the Museum and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Newark and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. We strongly encourage and welcome applicants from our BIPOC, disabled, veteran, and LGBTQIA+ communities as they must be centered in the work we do.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable persons with disabilities to perform essential functions.

About The Newark Museum of Art

We acknowledge the traditional homelands of the Lenape, also known as the Delaware, upon which The Newark Museum of Art resides.

Founded in 1909, The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is the largest museum in New Jersey and ranks twelfth nationally in collection size, with more than 130,000 artworks and significant holdings of science and natural history. The NMOA is committed to the values of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion by responding to the evolving needs and interests of diverse audiences through participation, visitor experiences, and community engagement.

From the ancient world to contemporary art, the Museum boasts a renowned collection of exceptional quality and depth, spanning concentrations in the Arts of Global Africa; Arts of Global Asia, featuring a Tibetan Buddhist altar; Arts of the Americas; American Art, with a particular strength in Native American art; Decorative Arts; Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean; and Science.

With a focus on welcoming everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community, the NMOA offers groundbreaking exhibitions, engaging programming, a research library with 60,000 volumes, paid internships, and impactful local and global partnerships. A four-acre campus includes the Ballantine House (1885), a National Historic Landmark; the Ward Carriage House (1860); the Old Stone School House (1784); the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden; and Horizon Plaza. Under the leadership of Director and CEO Linda C. Harrison, the NMOA has launched an era of transformation to create an engaged citizenry by reimagining the role of the art museum in the 21st century.

“We welcome everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community.”