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Gallery Educators

Gallery Educators are vibrant and dedicated individuals who make significant contributions to the National Portrait Gallery’s educational mission. These contract educators facilitate the Portrait Gallery school programs that take place in the Donald W. Reynolds Center as well as in local schools. As the face of the Education Department, Gallery Educators engage and excite young visitors through the medium of portraiture while relaying pertinent historical, biographical, and cultural information about images on display at NPG. Our approach to programming challenges young people to make their museum visit an interactive experience. Being a Gallery Educator requires enthusiasm, interest, and availability.

All those interested must be willing to commit to one day per week for the duration of the academic year, orientation sessions, and at least one year of service.

Gallery Educators are contractors delivering professional services; these are not permanent staff positions at the National Portrait Gallery.

When selecting individuals to provide these services, the National Portrait Gallery seeks prospective contractors with the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, history, American studies, museum studies, studio art, art history, or equivalent (master’s degree or master’s candidate is a plus)
  • Prior experience with youth groups
  • Interest in teaching
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Ability to think on your feet
  • Flexibility in schedule to work on weekday programs
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, in both following directions and presenting programs
  • Familiarity with biography, history, and object-based learning
Gallery Educators perform tasks such as
  • Managing large groups of young people, ages five to eighteen, within predetermined time frame
  • Facilitating discussions and activities according to predetermined guidelines set by the Education Department staff
  • Setting up and breaking down tour/Education Center–related materials
  • Inputting program data into NPG Education programs log
  • Caring for and maintaining the Education Center, including informing Education staff of needed supplies

During May and June of each year, the National Portrait Gallery seeks Gallery Educators for the upcoming academic year. If you would like to receive our annual request for quote and be considered for a contract to be a Gallery Educator, please contact Briana Zavadil White, School and Teacher Program Coordinator by phone at: 202-633-8503 or by email at:


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