TITLE: Teaching Artist
DEPARTMENT: Education & Exhibitions
REPORTS TO: Manager, Visitor Programs and Manager, Education
TYPE OF POSITION: Part-time, Non-exempt
- Option for off-site parking or MTS Bus/Trolley pass
- Option for 403 B Retirement plan with current 3% match
- Available min. 20 per week
- Minimum 2 weekdays plus 1 weekend day
- Available during the hours of 9am-5pm
- Mandatory availability during summer months: May to September
- Available to work peak holiday periods: November to January
The New Children’s Museum is a new model of children’s museums whose mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity, and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art.
Teaching Artists 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 and theory of change. They perform in a dynamic group environment and work collaboratively to deliver high levels of creative engagement. This position is supervised daily by department assistants and reports to and is evaluated by Education and Exhibitions department managers with support from assistants 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 with training.
- 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.
- Collaborates with other visitor experience staff to perform engagement strategies and develop art projects as directed by department leads.
- 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).
- Additional duties as required.
- 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
- Knowledge of early childhood development, hands-on art-making and group management
- Strong customer service and team work experience
- Understands 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
- 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 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. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered.
No phone calls accepted please.