Museum Educator for Families and Schools (Part Time, hourly, 25 hours/week, 9 month temporary positi
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is hiring a Museum Educator for Families and Schools, a part time (25 hours/week), temporary position that is part of the Education team. The Museum Educator for Families and Schools will work on interpretive programs designed for families with young children and K-8 School Groups. Family programs include monthly Saturday Family Days and Saturday Family Workshops, weekly Family Wellness programs, and week long Day Camps in June and July. Family Day programs require large amounts of planning and program coordination. The day is designed to accommodate large numbers of families, offer a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, incorporate visual art, music, storytelling and dance, and should encourage adults to participate in activities with their children. Family Wellness programs, designed for children under the age of 10, offer Tai Chi, Yoga, Meditation and Dance opportunities for children as young as 2 and an adult. Summer Day Camps are a one week day camp to the museum during June and July for children ages 5-10. Programming should include multiple hands-on learning activities, interactive wellness activities, and introduction to the different cultures and beliefs represented in the museum.
The underpinning of school programs is the museum docent led tour experience. Responsibilities include scheduling and developing tours for primary age students, teaching in the gallery, training docents who lead school tours and working closely with schools and teachers to develop sustainable partnerships. Regular duties will include:
· Working collaboratively with museum staff to meet goals and deadlines
· Awareness of the current trends and practices of museum education
· A cultural sensitivity needed as you represent the Crow Collection of Asian Art in the community and develop and maintain partnerships with schools and teachers
· Providing support for public programs
· Maintaining a program and supply schedule
· Writing text for the museum’s members’ magazine, flyers, brochures, and signage
Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
· Experience teaching in a museum setting
· Ability to develop interpretive ideas that respect, but focus on the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions art objects
· Understanding of planning and promoting programs
· Extremely organized and comfortable working in a professional office environment
· Strong writing skills and very comfortable with public speaking
· Comfortable engaging new audiences and working with children
· Able to work collaboratively with other museum departments, partner institutions, community groups, and diverse cultural constituencies
· Ability to evaluate programs based on learning objectives
· The ability to research and write educational materials related to collections and special exhibitions
Minimum Education & Experience
A degree from an accredited school with a BA or BFA in Studio Art, Art Education, Museum Education, Art History, or a closely related field. Two or more years working in an art museum education department, programming public events, as a classroom teacher, or related work experience.
The Crow Collection of Asian Art is a fun place to work. An ideal candidate for this position should have a strong interest in working with children, teaching, visual art and wellness. To successfully work with and designing programs for a younger audience you should have a basic understanding of different learning styles and be an excellent communicator who is patient and calm. Being comfortable teaching about art and generating new interpretive ideas is a must. A professional interest in the intersection of wellness and the arts is highly desirable, as is teaching experience and/or certification in wellness practices including but not limited to yoga, meditation, martial arts, nutrition, or stress management.
You should be able to thrive in an environment where you work independently, but are always evaluating your work critically, and respond well to constructive criticism and guidance. An MA or MFA, or some graduate work toward an MA or MFA is strongly preferred, as is expertise in Asian art and experiential knowledge of Asia and Asian languages.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm on Friday, August 2, 2013. Please submit applications as soon as possible for full consideration.
E-mail resume and cover letter to:
Abraham Carrillo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Mail to:
Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201
About the Crow Collection of Asian Art
Located in the Dallas Arts District, The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art opened to the general public as a permanent museum in December 1998. Continuing the legacy of Trammell and Margaret Crow’s vision, the museum’s distinguished collection and public programs are dedicated to the arts and culturesof China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia. Just 14 years in operation, this lovingly curated free museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection in the heart of downtown Dallas. The Crow Collection is an exciting place to work as the museum is actively expanding its collections, hosts 2-4 temporary exhibitions a year, and the content of programs is constantly changing to reflect the exhibition schedule and the interests of the Dallas-Fort Worth community. In the Fall of 2013, the museum will begin to unveil its expansion project beginning with the opening of the Crow Collection of Asian Art Sculpture Garden in October. For more information, please go to crowcollection.org.
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