Detroit Zoological Society
  • Education
  • Royal Oak, MI, USA
  • Full-time


The Curator of Education-Fine and Performing Arts under general supervision, plans, implements and coordinates formal and informal visual and performing arts programs and exhibits; oversees the curriculum content and alignment with local, state and national standards for visual and performing arts.

The Curator of Education-Fine and Performing Arts will support, both publicly and privately, the principles of the Detroit Zoological Society. He/She will support and enhance a clean, safe, enjoyable, and educational experience at the Detroit Zoological facilities by actively engaging in the enforcement of Customer Service Standards, and specifically by knowing and understanding the Detroit Zoological Society's "SCOPE" of service, animal care, community relations and park appearance guidelines; by enforcing safety and security policies, and following all other policies set by the organization. The Curator of Education-Fine and Performing Arts will maintain a professional manner when dealing with all constituencies and always preserve a high level of integrity, professionalism and confidentiality.

This job description is by no means all inclusive and may be subject to change during a performance period due to the needs of the Detroit Zoological Society and its leadership. This document will be reviewed on a continual basis and will be modified as needed.


Authority and Accountability

The Curator of Education-Fine and Performing Arts has the authority to carry out the job requirements and responsibilities and is accountable to the Chief Program Officer.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages the accessioned object collection of the DZS in accordance with American Association of Museum standards
  • Gains and continues DZS accreditation with the American Alliance of Museums
  • Develops and implements short and long-term collection plans, coordinates accession, inventory, deaccession, and loans of collection objects
  • Coordinates the visual and performing arts activities of the Society to include tours, films, theater, lectures, arts and literature, and a variety of outreach activities
  • Coordinates, schedules, and installs changing/traveling exhibits throughout the organization
  • Creates opportunities and partnerships throughout the Southeast Michigan community for fine and performing art performances at the Detroit Zoological Society locations
  • Creates reports and communicates the status of projects to the appropriate staff members
  • Develops internal training programs based on DZS object collections, performing arts programs and partnerships, and other institutional goals
  • Develops public programs to educate and inform visitors, the general public and community organizations regarding wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship via visual and performing arts
  • Establishes, maintains and represents the Society in contacts with other cultural and arts organizations
  • Follows and manages processes for various performing and visual art projects and exhibits throughout the Society
  • Updates processes as necessary; ensures all processes are aligned with the Society's mission and vision
  • Assists in developing short and long range plans for Zoo education programs; assists the Chief Program Officer in the implementation of the Education Strategic Plan
  • Prepares and presents Zoo promotional programs to encourage civic, professional and other groups to participate or sponsor various Zoo programs and events
  • Manages at least two direct reports and project contractors
  • Manages the budget and other financial measures that are related to fine and performing arts at the Society
  • Other specific duties and responsibilities may be assigned based upon departmental needs


Working Conditions

Work is performed indoors in a typical office environment and frequently outdoors, with exposure to all seasonal weather conditions. Frequent exposure to the public by guiding and speaking to small and large groups.

Physical Requirements

Able to perform essential functions which typically involve seeing well enough to read standard text, often on video display monitors; speaking, lecturing and giving clear instructions; standing or walking to guide small and large groups. Must be able to lift and carry up to 20 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with specialization in general science education, zoology, biology, fine arts or technology.
  • Three to five years of experience in planning, developing and implementing performing arts dissemination programs is desirable.
  • Must have strong ability and willingness to develop and maintain positive effective working relationships and must work well with diverse populations.
  • Facility management skills inclusive of, a general knowledge of how to stage exhibits, which includes lightning, set design and sound.
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies and techniques in delivering information.
  • Knowledge of audio-visual equipment and graphic presentation techniques.
  • Familiarity with the activities and operations of museums, zoological institutions or other cultural organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to interact with tact and diplomacy with the public, departmental personnel, media representatives and others.
  • Ability to acquire additional skill and knowledge through study and training.



  • Preferably advanced academic training in fine or performing arts
  • Contract negotiation skills
  • Ability to manage and conduct all components involved in stage management
  • Knowledge of Michigan's Core Curriculum and the Grade Level Content Expectations a plus.


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