Teen Night and Gallery/Studio Programs Education Fellow—Education
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. Fellows play an integral role in supporting their dynamic departments. 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 forge professional contacts, hone their career goals, and develop marketable skills in teaching and programming.
The Teen Night and Gallery/Studio Programs Fellow leads Guided Gallery Visits and offers logistical and pedagogical support to our Teen Night Planning Committee and Gallery/Studio Program. The Fellow plays a key role in mentoring the Teen Night Planning Committee, who develop the monthly Teen Night as part of a rigorous paid program. The Fellow facilitates meetings and provides planning and logistical support to the Committee while supporting the agency of youth voices in programming, and is responsible for creating a safe, caring, and creative environment for Committee members and teen participants during Teen Nights. The Fellow also assists in Gallery/Studio Program (GSP) classes during the fall, and teaches their own GSP class in spring that creatively connects young people to the art on display in our galleries through art-making.
- 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 programming 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
- Familiarity with art-making or art history, and experience looking at and discussing art objects
- Ability to manage time effectively, including prioritizing tasks, maintaining calendars, blocking out work time, and balancing academic and logistical responsibilities
- Willingness to learn as part of a community, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds, actively move throughout the Museum for up to 2.5 hours at a time, and spend periods of time distributing materials to and interacting with children who are seated on the floor
- 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 or similar institution
- Experience teaching art-making to K–12 audiences
- Experience teaching and mentoring teens in school or out-of-school contexts
- Studio art practice (such as drawing, painting, sculpture, or photography) and knowledge of traditional art mediums and techniques
- 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
- Design and teach up to two 1.5-hour Guided Gallery Visits for school groups per day, honing a personal pedagogical approach while maintaining School Programs' standards of excellence
- Assist Program Coordinators with the implementation of their educational programs (Gallery/Studio Program, Teen Nights, etc.), which may include designing and teaching lessons, maintaining and preparing supplies, collaborating with instructors and volunteers, and conducting program evaluations and documentation
- Facilitate meetings and mentor the Teen Night Planning Committee, and help manage logistics for monthly Teen Nights
- Provide administrative support for the Gallery/Studio Program by reviewing scholarships, assisting in hiring work-study teens, and helping maintain studios
- Participate in professional development sessions facilitated by our experienced Education and Curatorial staff, in order to complete the program 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. Some evening hours will be required.
Application deadline: April 5, 2020
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