Museum Education & Training Specialist

Posted: 11/15/2022


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art is located in Sarasota, Florida, and is a department of Florida State University. Want to learn more about The Ringling?

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Equal Employment Opportunity

The Ringling is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. As such, we are always seeking individuals dedicated to innovation and excellence. A successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting. We especially encourage applications by individuals from underrepresented groups, with a demonstrated commitment to a culturally and intellectually diverse workplace.

Should you require accommodations for the application or interview processes, please email or call 941-538-2773.

Learn more about our commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:


The Museum Education & Training Specialist directs the museum’s tour guide program including design, development, implementation, and evaluation. This position also serves as the museum’s point of contact for accessibility initiatives.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Lead in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of The Ringling guide training program through an equity lens. Develops inclusive interpretive strategies and training materials, and provides instruction in collections content and inclusive tour techniques. Develops continuing education opportunities for guides in support of IDEA efforts.
  • Conducts regular evaluations of individual guides on both content and presentation skills to maintain consistent quality within the guide program. Offer coaching and mentoring when needed.
  • In partnership with the Guide Program Associate and Volunteer Services department, assists with determining the guide program recruitment needs. Identifies ways to recruit and welcome a diverse group of candidates.
  • Serves as the Accessibility point of contact for visitor groups. Coordinates the Accessibility Working Group and Community Accessibility Working Group to identify ways to improve accessibility at The Ringling. Researches, implement, and develops guideline for new products and services to support museum access. Makes purchase recommendations to the IDEA & Access budget manager on new products and services. Lead museum access programs and conduct accessibility training for museum guides as needed.
  • Collaborates with education team members to provide training and support for related guide and volunteer programs such as School Tour guides and Youth and Family volunteers.
  • Collaborates with HR to support training initiatives for museum-wide staff and volunteers to facilitate connections to the Museum's mission and collections, to encourage camaraderie, and to provide opportunities for staff and volunteers to enhance the visitor experience. Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree and two years' relevant experience or a combination of post high school education and relevant experience equal to six years. Note: Higher education can substitute for experience at the equivalent rate.
  • Ability to demonstrate critical thinking based upon in-depth data and substantiating information, considering and respecting others' input, personal values, and ethics.
  • Ability to effectively train and direct the work of others.
  • Ability to understand and interpret educational needs and to develop effective instructional media solutions.

*Please note that a work sample will be administered if selected for interview.


  • Multilingual with a preference for the ability to speak and/or write in Spanish.
  • Experience with Visual Thinking Strategies.
  • Experience teaching in a museum setting.
  • Passion for working with diverse populations and creating museum experiences that are inclusive and accessible to all.

Contact Info

For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-358-2773 or

Anticipated Salary Range

The anticipated rate of pay will start at $40,000 + and will be based on the education, skills, and experience of the selected candidate. Find out more about our comprehensive benefits package under the "FSU Total Rewards" section.

Museum employees also receive:

Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.

FSU Total Rewards

FSU offers a robust Total Rewards package. Visit our website to learn more about our Compensation, Benefits, Wellness, Recognition, and Employee Development programs.

Use our interactive tool to calculate Total Compensation options based on potential salary, benefits and retirement contributions, earned leave, and other employment-related perks.

Soft Money Funded Position

This is a soft money funded position, with renewal based on available funds and the needs of the University.


Typical working hours are Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Please note that days, evenings, weekends, special events, or holidays may be required based on the needs of The Ringling.

Criminal Background Check

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check, to include fingerprinting. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include all work history up to ten years, and education details even 

Position Type: Full-time

Salary Range: $21,000 - $40,000/year

Employer Type: Government Entity

Employer Willing to Train: Yes

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