Position Title:  Museum Educator (Family and PreK-12 audiences)

Supervisor(s):  Director of Education and Public Engagement and Family and School Education and Programs Manager

Classification:  Part-Time, 20-25 hours a week

Organization Description:

The Allentown Art Museum is a 21st-century regional museum with nine decades of robust research in the arts and collecting and preserving art. The Museum is an inclusive resource that uses arts and culture as a catalyst to drive interaction, education, experimentation, and social change, and offers exhibitions and programs that inspire, teach, engage, and transform. An individual in this role will help the Museum in reaching our strategic vision in the areas of education, vibrancy, and relevance to increase community impact, ensure excellence, engage audiences, and build capacity.

 

Job Description: 

The Museum Educator (Family and PreK-12) is a member of the Education and Public Engagement team with a focus on implementing high-quality programs for students, educators, and families in the Museum community.  The individual in this role, along with the Youth and Family Education and Program Manager, will curate and deliver dynamic programming and educational opportunities that introduce diverse audiences to new modes of thinking, playing, and working creatively in the promotion of building lifelong learning relationships with Museum audiences. The Museum Educator is responsible for curating programs and educational initiatives that deepen the relationships between the Museum and the wide range of communities that the Museum serves.

 

Responsibilities: 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 

Key Programmatic Responsibilities

  • Crayola Classroom
    • AAM’s arts classroom sponsored by Crayola. This position will assist in supply management and organization as well as preparing and cleaning classroom during public programs
  • Head Start Partnership
  • City Arts Camp
    • Children ages 7-11 can participate in this summer camp run by the Museum in collaboration with Repertory Dance Theater, Miller Symphony Hall, Civic Theatre of Allentown, the Baum School of Art, and Community Music School. They will experience performance through music, dance and acting and create their own visual artworks through painting, drawing and sculpting.
  • Discover Arts
    • The Museum’s longest running collaboration with the Allentown School District (ASD). Each year, every 4th grade student in ASD visits the Museum in both the fall and spring for an interactive tour and hands-on art making activity. For more information visit: https://www.allentownartmuseum.org/experience/discoverart/
  • Gallery Treasure Hunts
    • Treasure Hunts offer a self-guided educational experience. Visitors explore the galleries with the help of the Treasure Hunt and can return it for a chance to claim a take home prize.
  • Assist with other school programs and tours as needed
  • Assist in developing programs and opportunities that increase museum accessibility for audiences with unique needs

 

Additional Responsibilities

  • Oversee and collaborate with team and other Museum personnel to deliver programming and educational initiatives and opportunities that:
  • Create visibility and exposure of the Museum
  • Align with the Museum’s overall strategic vision and plan
  • Connect with a wide-range of stakeholders including children, teens, families, and the overall community.
  • Enhance themes in Museum exhibitions and offer diversity
  • Educate, inspire, and engage audiences, both members and non-members, through a variety of different formats and platforms
  • Drive attendance, strengthen visitor experience, and deepen connections to the community in and throughout the downtown and surrounding regional area
  • Develop and coordinate new and established programs aimed at promoting learning in informal education settings and fostering intergenerational learning communities, while encouraging innovation and creative thinking skills with youth in our Art Ways interactive family gallery and Crayola Classroom.
  • Facilitate the partnerships and the overall implementation of the annual City Arts Camp, Head Start programs, and Discover Arts
  • Maintain knowledge of current best practices in Museum Education and Youth and Family Programming
  • Retain records of youth and family programs including enrollment and attendance numbers as well as evaluations and program impact records.
  • Work closely with the museum volunteers and docents to ensure an overall dynamic experience for visitors and the public as whole

 

Administration, Operations, and Other Responsibilities

  • Oversee the organization, supply inventory, and overall procedures and aesthetics of the Crayola Classroom
  • Collaborate with members of the Public Engagement Team as well as members of Development, Marketing, Curatorial, Operations, and Administration teams
  • Work with and develop sustainable and dynamic relationships within the community

 

 

Competencies and Skills

  • High School Diploma with relevant experience (work or volunteer) in studies or areas related to PreK – 12 education, art education, museum studies, studio art, camps, and community settings. Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Bilingual, Spanish and English, strongly preferred. Monolingual educators will be considered
  • Availability to work weekends (at least one day) and some weekdays
  • Passion for engaging PreK-12 students of diverse ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds and developmental abilities in discussions about art and creating art.
  • Experience in classroom management, engaging with the community, creating, and implementing hands-on and interactive learning experiences.
  • Passionate about the community, arts, and creating dynamic programming and initiatives that create impactful visitor experiences
  • Appreciating and understanding the role that cultural institutions can play in learning and development
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Flexible and collaborative personality
  • Working knowledge and fluency in using Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Publisher, PowerPoint)