The Museum Education Fellowship Program is a hands-on experience where, along with research, workshops, and reading discussions, fellows receive rigorous on-the-job training and intensive mentorship in the theory and practice of museum pedagogy. The Fellowship program is both physically and intellectually demanding; successful candidates demonstrate diligence, critical thinking, and tenacity. While challenging, the program is also deeply rewarding. Fellows play an integral role in supporting their dynamic departments, forge professional contacts, hone their career goals, and develop marketable skills in teaching and programming.
School and Public Programs Fellows lead Guided Gallery Visits, and provide administrative and production support for an extremely busy and dynamic Public Programs department. Fellows join our industry-leading team of cultural producers in bringing a dynamic schedule of free and low-cost art, culture, and social justice programs to Brooklyn communities, such as our renowned First Saturdays, and leave the intensive program with a skillset in event production, public speaking, and engaging diverse communities.
- Bachelor's degree, preferably in fine arts, education, art history, or cultural studies, though candidates from other academic backgrounds are welcome to apply
- Experience teaching and/or organizing events in formal or informal learning environments
- Investment in working with diverse museum audiences and supporting our mission, and a commitment to equity and social justice
- Ability to manage time effectively, including prioritizing tasks, maintaining calendars, blocking out work time, and balancing academic and logistical responsibilities
- Demonstrated writing, research, and communication skills, and excellent attention to detail
- Problem-solving skills and capacity to exercise flexibility; event production or hospitality management experience is particularly helpful
- Sense of humor, diligent care, and agility under pressure
- Willingness to learn as part of a community, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team
- Familiarity with art-making or art history, and experience looking at and discussing art objects
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds, actively move or stand for up to 2.5 hours at a time, move chairs or other staging, and conduct lessons or programs throughout the Museum including distributing materials or interacting with children
- Proof of ability to work in the United States is required. We do not sponsor visa applications, though past applicants have worked with international student organizations to secure visas for themselves.
Preferred, but not mandatory
- Experience teaching in an art museum, nonprofit organization, or similar institution
- Experience teaching school-aged children or teens in school or out-of-school contexts
- Experience designing and implementing public programs
- Familiarity with museum education (theory or practice)
- Familiarity with cultural trends in Brooklyn and New York City, such as recent developments or debates in literature, art, music, fashion, nightlife, or academic scholarship
- Familiarity with critical race, queer, or dis/ability theories
- Experience with and ability to personally reflect on issues of race, class, gender, identity, sexuality, and/or dis/ability
- Attend a six-week training program at the beginning of the Fellowship, which will require time spent outside work hours on reading and practicum preparations
- Provide administrative support to the Public Programs department by researching talent, corresponding with performers and speakers, writing logistics, and working with Editorial and Marketing to publish advertising copy, among other tasks
- Support production of public programs that interpret the Museum's collections and special exhibitions, such as First Saturdays, talks, live music, film screenings, and dance parties
- Design and teach up to two 75-minute Guided Gallery Visits for school groups per day, honing a personal pedagogical approach while maintaining School Programs' standards of excellence
- Participate in professional development sessions facilitated by our experienced Education and Curatorial staff, in order to complete the Fellowship with extensive experience teaching and programming for a variety of audiences
- Conduct qualitative research throughout the year to learn about museum education theory and practice, including reading and writing outside work hours, and present a completed research paper in June 2021
- Complete a professional teaching portfolio
Start and end dates: September 8, 2020–June 17, 2021
Reports to: Fellowship Coordinator
Position type: Full-time, temporary
Union status: Non-union
FLSA status: Non-exempt
Salary: $22,100 (subject to payroll taxes) plus benefits
Schedule: 35 hours per week, Tuesdays through Saturdays or Sundays through Thursdays, 9 am to 5 pm. Guided Gallery Visits occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 am to 1 pm. Evening hours will be required on a regular basis.
Application deadline: April 5, 2020
If you have questions about our online application system, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.