Title: Teaching Artist
Department: Education & Exhibitions
Reports to: Manager, Visitor Programs and Manager, Education
Type of Position: Part-time, Non-exempt, 15-29 hours/week
Teaching Artists at The New Children’s Museum are key members of the visitor experience team who work directly with the Museum’s diverse audience of children and families. They tap into the participatory nature of art and the positive outcomes that result from engaging in the arts. By realizing this potential, Teaching Artists help connect our visitors to the Museum’s mission (a new model of children’s museum whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity, and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art) and theory of change. They perform in a dynamic group environment and work collaboratively to deliver high levels of creative engagement.
Teaching Artist candidates must be experienced in working with children, early childhood development, hands-on art, group management, and teamwork. To effectively engage participants, Teaching Artists must enjoy working with diverse audiences and be solid public speakers who can manage groups. Ideal candidates should be versed in different art media and techniques and be knowledgeable about contemporary art. To provide enriching activities that stimulate creativity, Teaching Artists need to embrace their role as facilitators of learning and have a solid understanding of age-appropriate activities (toddler to teen) that engage children physically and cognitively. Regular training meetings cover these topics and provide for additional professional development. This position is supervised daily by department leads and reports to and evaluated by Education and Exhibitions department managers with support from department leads and other administrative staff.
- Teaches daily activities including art studio workshops and group tours that are age-appropriate and involve a variety of art media (clay, collage, painting, sculpture, improvisation, performance, etc.).
- Facilitates early childhood and school-age programs, camps, outreach, and other special programs as assigned.
- Helps to organize and maintain all studio, art-making, gallery spaces, and the Arts Education Center.
- Ensures the safety, orientation and comfort of visitors and provide excellent customer service.
- Plans and develops activities, lesson plans, and other curriculum for early childhood programming.
- Collaborates with other visitor experience staff to perform engagement strategies as directed by department leads.
- Supports program assessment by performing administrative duties such as evaluations, reports, and tracking.
- Assists with minor installations and light fabrication/construction as needed.
- Maintains communication with supervisors and team members in person and via email.
- Attends monthly, mandatory meetings and trainings (part time staff and all-staff meetings).
- Effectively engage Museum volunteers.
- Additional duties as required.
In particular, we are seeking candidates with experience in any of the following:
- Early childhood education
- Working with children with special needs
- Art therapy
- Classroom instruction and group management
- Various art media specialization
- Minimum of one (1) years college experience or equivalent work experience and minimum of one (1) year experience with teaching and/or art-making to children
- Minimum two (2) years’ experience working with children and/or families in a private and/or professional setting, preferably in a museum, school, daycare center, or as a nanny or tutor
- Strong customer service work experience
- Demonstrates experience and passion for the arts, art-making, child development, and teaching
- Ability to project plan, prepare, and organize
- Enjoys working with and understand the needs of children and families of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities
- Able to communicate effectively and perform work in a public, high-energy environment
- Outgoing, friendly manner and ability to promote the Museum’s mission and sales with ease
- Positive attitude and excellent team player
- Extremely reliable and dependable
- Highly adaptable, collaborative, flexible, and able to problem solve creatively
- Required availability of 15 hours per week between 8am and 5pm, must work weekends and some evenings
- Mandatory availability during summer hours, beginning May to September
- Flexible to work during peak holiday seasons, beginning November-January
- Daily access to internet and communication via email is required
- Willingness to be certified in First Aid and CPR.
- Bilingual a plus
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk, see and hear. The employee is required to stand, walk and lift or move up to 30-50 pounds. The employee must be able to verbally communicate in a concise manner.
The majority of work is performed in a museum environment with attendant noise level and requires observance of safe work practices, fire regulations, and avoidance of falls, trips, and similar office work hazards.
Please submit your resume and three references, along with a thoughtful cover letter that clearly describes how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of this position. Email to email@example.com and reference “Teaching Artist” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.