Museum Educator III

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Employment

Education

Part time

Jul 22

Museum Educators at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) work collaboratively with Education and Programs staff to design, implement and administer creative learning opportunities connecting art, artists and the museum to children, youth and families. 

Museum Educator III’s co-lead, design, and evaluate instruction for educational programs throughout the museum and offsite, such as summer camps, school programs, adult and family programs and community workshops, tours, and art classes.  This position emphasizes relationship-building and requires prompt, friendly, accurate communication with program participants and coworkers.

Museum Educators are responsible for building relationships with youth, families, and students and for working with a team of museum staff to deliver effective, engaging, and safe learning experiences.

This position will be called upon to plan professional development activities for fellow Educators, develop new programs, write curriculum materials for shared use by CMOA Museum Educators, while also working administratively on program organization and evaluation.

Weekend and/or evening work may be required.

Education and Experience:

  • Advanced degree in the art history, architectural design, creative art, or education or equivalent experience is preferred.
  • 4+ years of experience teaching at CMOA, in other informal settings, or external classroom teaching is required.
  • Professional experience (including advanced, project-based, undergraduate coursework) in the art history, architectural design, creative arts, or education is preferred. 
  • Successful candidates will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of and participation in disciplinary inquiry in their field and creative learning and will be able to give examples of how they have facilitated teaching and learning with young people or adults.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • This position requires hands-on, dynamic, and engaged individuals who are interested in learning and teaching about the processes, creation, and diverse histories of the art field, as well as the social and multi-cultural connections of art, artist and everyday life. 
  • Candidates must have successfully performed at the capacity of CMOA Museum Educator II or must have at least 4 years of prior teaching experience.
  • Successful candidates will have consistently demonstrated their ability to apply their knowledge of art and CMOA’s exhibits and collections to guide student-directed inquiry, plan differentiated instruction, use authentic assessment and conducting learner-centered activities for large groups at CMOA or externally (determined by observation of teaching off-site or via an interview with a current or former supervisor who has observed candidate’s teaching extensively).
  • Museum Educators must be comfortable adapting their approaches in a dynamic setting to meet the needs of visitors and program participants.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position often requires constant mobility around the classroom and through museum exhibit halls for several hours at a time.  If unable to bend or lift items of 20–50lbs., must be willing to ask for assistance performing tasks that require these actions. 

Principal Accountabilities:

Leading instruction

  • Working collaboratively with a team of educators, assistants, and volunteers to deliver effective, engaging, and safe learning experiences.
  • Applying knowledge of best-practices to create welcoming, age-appropriate spaces where participants feel cared for and are excited to learn about art, creative design and one another.
  • Designing and defining clear goals and creating opportunities for learners to receive feedback on progress towards goals
  • Using a variety of strategies that engage diverse learners, including best practices for accessibility

Planning educational experiences based on resources provided by CMOA staff

  • Creating lesson plans for personal use and to facilitate communication with support staff and supervisor.
  • Collaborating with support staff to ensure that learning spaces and materials are prepared and returned before/after each program
  • Coordinating with staff and volunteers to ensure that participants are greeted upon arrival and know what to do to get the program started
  • For off-site programs, planning and preparation will include transportation of materials to the off-site location.

Supporting efforts to create a safe environment for all people, facilities, and natural resources

  • Following established procedures for safety, security, custodial, visitor service, and maintenance procedures.  This includes providing clear safety expectations for participants in the context of educational activities.
  • Using appropriate procedures in emergency situations
  • Using appropriate reporting procedures for incidents and unexpected situations
  • Ensuring that impact of educational activities on museum collections and exhibitions is minimized.
  • Ensuring that environmental impact of educational activities is minimized.

Developing pedagogy skills through ongoing practice, reflection, and professional development structured by CMOA

  • Attending CMOA Educator professional development meetings
  • Modeling best-practices in teaching for newer educators.
  • Observing, analyzing, and co-teaching with fellow CMNH educators
  • Actively participate in annual review with supervisors
  • Being observed by experienced CMOA educators.

In addition, the following responsibilities may be assigned to museum educators on a case-by-case basis

  • Developing and writing lesson plans that will be shared with other museum educators
  • Creating educational materials (such as manipulatives, diagrams, posters)
  • Writing descriptions for program brochures and online marketing
  • Preparing materials for use in the classroom and cleaning up

Other duties as assigned.

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