Current Opportunities

Associate Director of Youth & Community Engagement

As an institution, we believe the Denver Art Museum is both a platform for and an amplifier of the voices of people of all races. We acknowledge that Black lives matter and communities of color Latinx, Indigenous, Black, and others have been underrepresented in art museums over decades, both internally and externally. We are committed to elevating all voices, artworks and perspectives and strive to support racial equity inside and out. Candidates with a firm commitment to our institutional position are encouraged to apply.


Qualified candidates are expected to exemplify the DAMs internal values, which include being dynamic, respectful, inclusive, creative, and curious. The ability to maintain effective and positive working relationships with visitors, employees, volunteers, representatives of public and private entities, policy making bodies, and contractors is critical to the success of this position.


The hiring salary for the position is $62,000-$86,000 based on experience.


A comprehensive medical/dental/vision plan. DAM 100% paid Life, STD/LTD. Generous sick and vacation time. 403(b) Retirement Plan with immediate eligibility to contribute and, after one year of employment, an employer contribution and match. An RTD Eco pass at a discounted rate. A free membership to the DAM at the Family level.



As a part of the Learning and Engagement Department, the Associate Director of Youth and Community Engagement is responsible for visioning and implementing strategies for engaging youth, families, and the educators who care for them. They oversee key initiatives that foster family participation both in museum and in community; direct programs that enhance and expand museum services to the school and teacher community of Denver and the region; and brings the joy of learning and connecting to art and creativity to youth in Denver. Through management of programs, mentorship of staff, and cross-departmental work this individual contributes to the advancement of the museums efforts to be a place that inspires, creates connections, and is enjoyable to all. A successful candidate will be someone who has worked in the arts, education and/or community engagement sector and is passionate about connecting youth, families, and educators with art, creativity, and museum experiences.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES (items which constitute approximately 80% of responsibilities)

Envision program directions and community partnerships to engage youth, families, and educators at the museum and in the community. This includes but not limited to:
Work alongside Family Programs staff to develop and implement experiences that engage kids and their grown-ups and are inclusive of Denvers diverse communities.
Strategize how best to introduce families to the museum through school programs and community collaborations.
Ensure strong revenue generation through paid experiences for young people.
Set direction for school and teacher programs that support student and teacher use of the Denver Art Museum and the collections.
Work with school programs staff to strategize school field trip experience programs, and support staff in development of experiences that foster critical thinking, global understanding and creativity.
Envision best practices for recruiting, training, and managing volunteer teachers in support of inclusive school experiences.
Work with the team to implement professional growth opportunities and resources for teachers including oversight of the Museums hub for curriculum and youth resources, Creativity Resource.
Identify future at- museum group programming directions, including summer community camp group experiences, possible homeschool programs and programs targeting early childhood communities.
Evaluate and assess the above.
Provide strategic direction for at-museum Community Spotlight program (at Museum community exhibition program) including receptions that celebrate student achievement while introducing families to the museum.
Direct in-community programs that introduce the DAM as a place that supports youth, teachers, and students.
Work with School and Community Programs staff to ensure successful implementation of Art Lives Here and subsequent community engagement programs.
Work with team to implement Family Art Social and subsequent programs.
Work to build strategic networks and connections to support success of youth initiatives and act as a museum spokesperson in the community.
Maintain strong relationships with leaders in the educational field on the school, district, and state level (including the Colorado Department of Education) in order to support teachers and school communities both at the DAM and in the community.
Forge strategic partnerships with community-based organizations, (schools, community centers, etc.) serving teachers, students, and their families to support the growth of in-museum and in-community school, youth, and family programs and inform how on-site programming can become more responsive to Metro Denvers communities.
Maintain exceptional quality of Learning & Engagements family, school and educator programs.
Foster a culture of reflection, collaboration, experimentation, and innovation among team members to ensure implementation of best practices for youth, family, and educator engagement.
Lead the development of staffing models for facilitating programs in museum and in community.
Work with managers to develop/mentor newer staff; perform annual performance appraisals.
Manage budget and planning for this area.
Track program statistics to make strategic decisions.
Work with the Marketing and Communications Departments to identify opportunities and develop communications and marketing strategies for families, schools, and teachers.



Serve as a member of the L&E leadership team, working closely with Chief and other division heads to foster collegial interdepartmental work and develop efficient workflow systems. Participate in overall Learning & Engagement Department planning and budgeting activities

Manage grants related to youth, family, and teacher engagement program areas. Assist with donor stewardship, manage budgets, and successful grant completion.

Serve as Learning & Engagement representative on museum-wide committees as assigned.

Share model initiatives with field to maintain DAMs national reputation and position the museum well for competitive national grants.

Collect and analyze information available on programming initiatives and their impact and engaged audiences; Utilize information to set strategic direction for program areas, and prepare reports as needed for trustees, administrators, funders, etc.

Manage other projects as assigned.


NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.


Minimum 5 years of experience working as a leader in the areas of arts engagement, community engagement and/or education.

Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive, equitable, inspiring and enjoyable youth programs for diverse audiences.

Experience with culturally responsive teaching practice.

Demonstrated experience building community partnerships and creating community engagement programs and projects.

Supervisory experience including building staffing models that effectively deliver quality program; ability to cultivate managers.

Experience facilitating and leading advisory groups and / or developing methods for feedback and community input.


Knowledge, Skill and Ability

Knowledge of cultural organizations, family, school, and teacher audiences.

Ability to create collaborative teams and effectively collaborate with in-house teams and external contractors and designers.

Ability to communicate effectively in group and individual situations as well as in written form.

Ability to network and collaborate with the school and teacher community to generate projects and resources.

Adept at managing change.

Strong organizational skills and ability to work on multiple, detailed projects simultaneously.

Computer literate (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Cloud-based task management and learning and collaborative tool systems/programs)

Spanish Bilingual, preferred


Education or Formal Training

Experience working in community or cultural organizations focused on learning and community engagement or MA in Education, Museum Education, Art Education, or Studio Art

MATERIAL AND EQUIPMENT DIRECTLY USED (office equipment, tools, lifts, vehicles, etc.)

Telephone, copier, computer, digital recorder, laminator, art supplies, camera



Subject to interruptions

May require some light lifting occasionally

Mental demands: written and oral comprehension, spatial orientation, memorization, mathematical reasoning

Variable work schedule (some weekend and evening work)

Ability to attend meetings/lead programs throughout Denver metro area as needed (virtual and in person).




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About This Job

  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver , CO
  • Category: Professional
  • Salary Range: $62,000-$86,000
  • Posted: March 27, 2021