Museum Educator

Website New Orleans Museum of Art

POSITION TITLE: MUSEUM EDUCATOR
REPORTS TO:  Curator of Education/Assistant Curator of Education
FSLA:  Part time/ hourly

 

JOB SUMMARY

The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) seeks to hire two energetic and motivated Museum Educators with experience in early childhood education to facilitate programs featuring the museum’s encyclopedic collection and renowned Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Museum Educators support NOMA’s Learning and Engagement staff in developing interactive opportunities for museum visitors to engage with the collection and changing exhibitions. As part of the school programs team, Museum Educators will provide service for NOMA’s signature Mini Masters arts-integration program for pre-school students as well as NOMA’s broader portfolio of school programs. Museum Educators will work closely with other Learning and Engagement team members to develop interactive interpretive programs and gallery learning materials and to deliver hands-on, arts-integrated lessons both in the museum and in the school setting.

 

MINI MASTERS

Mini Masters is a multi-visit program serving a roster of partner schools who support economically vulnerable families in the New Orleans community.  Mini Masters encourages students to develop higher order thinking skills, make observations, and engage in conversations through museum visits and classroom activities. The program is designed to build capacity of early childhood educators through professional development and lesson modeling that develops discussion routines, techniques for teaching the elements of art, and skills for creating art in the classroom.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS 

  • Assist education curators in preparing, organizing, facilitating, modeling, and maintaining arts-based tours, lessons, activities, and materials correlated to current education curriculum and standards
  • Lead and assist students in execution of pre-planned art activities in the classroom
  • Develop and lead themed, interactive tours of NOMA galleries and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden 
  • Provide coordination and logistics for scheduling visits with partner schools, delivering materials, and collecting student art 
  • Co-plan and facilitate instruction for a new early childhood education program in partnership with the New Orleans Public Library
  • Maintain ongoing documentation and archiving of interactions, performances, and creations of student participants
  • Assist in planning and installation of annual Mini Masters Showcase temporary exhibition at NOMA
  • Research and report to staff on early learning programs in museums and libraries
  • Collaborate with Learning and Engagement staff to plan and support public programs across audiences as necessary
  • Assist Learning and Engagement department with staffing as necessary

 

MINIMUM JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • Coursework in areas such as Education, Early Childhood Development, Visual Arts, Arts Administration, Art History, or closely related career field.
  • Experience working with adults and young children in a learning environment
  • Experience with a variety of learning models and best practices for young children
  • Must work well in a collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated experience leading students in lesson-based activity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills working directly with children and educators
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Demonstrated skills in organizing, determining priorities and taking initiative, willingness and ability to work toward objectives, shifting priorities when needed.
  • Preferred qualifications: Bilingual / multilingual
  • Preferred qualifications: 1 year experience teaching in school, after school, or informal education site.

 

SKILLS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Ability to work with diverse audiences
  • Comprehend and speak English extensively and clearly
  • Hear children’s voices and understand their language
  • Negotiate travel time and direction locally
  • Tolerate frequent interruptions in the work process, changes in schedule, shifting deadlines
  • Organized and punctual

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS and WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Stand and move about classrooms extent of lesson times
  • Bend, kneel, climb, and reach
  • Occasional lifting (up to 25 pounds)
  • Must have driver’s license, own transportation and appropriate liability insurance
  • Working with small children and frequently changing environment

 

AVAILABILITY

  • Work 15 – 20 hours per week, Monday-Friday (designated/varied days possible)
  • Mornings and Afternoons (school hours)
  • Some evenings and weekends may be requested

 

NOTE: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee in this position. These statements are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees in this position


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