Artist Educator

Museum of Arts and Design

Organization Description: 
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. MAD provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of art, craft and design while contributing their specific skills, expertise, and talents.

Position Description:
The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks creative experienced Artist Educators to develop and teach both in-gallery and hands-on art activities for K-12 and intergenerational audiences. Artist Educators will work primarily with school audiences developing and facilitating on-site and virtual MADLab programs, with additional opportunities to teach workshops for intergenerational and adult audiences. Potential for light administrative work is also available for interested candidates. The ideal candidate will have experience working with K-12 audiences in either a museum or classroom environment, excellent presentation skills, as well as an active personal visual arts practice. Candidates should be reflective practitioners committed to fostering inclusive museum experiences that empower students to be creative and critical thinkers. 

This position reports to the Deputy Director of Education and Manager of School and Teacher Programs.  

Teaching assignments are determined on a monthly basis, and educators are expected to be available for at least 4 on-site or virtual MADLabs each month during the academic year. On-site MADLabs primarily take place Tuesday through Fridays in the mornings and early afternoons.  

This position is classified as seasonal. Employees are hired part-time with the option for yearly contract renewal pending a review process. Seasonal employees are not eligible for any Museum of Arts and Design-sponsored benefits, other than those benefits required by law, such as New York City mandated sick leave.  

*Qualifying candidates will be required to model their gallery teaching by leading a short lesson in the museum’s galleries to demonstrate presentation skills and teaching style.

Reports to:
Deputy Director of Education and Manager of School and Teacher Programs

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
– Develop and teach thematic, developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based gallery tours and artmaking workshops for K-12 audiences based on MAD’s current exhibitions and collection 
– Conduct independent research on exhibition and collection artists and review all required resource materials for each new exhibition  
– Develop and submit lesson plans for virtual and on-site school programs tailored to program theme, current exhibitions, and grade level  
– Communicate with teachers and school partners in order to tailor programs to each group’s learning objectives  
– Incorporate NYC DOE’s “Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts” within school program curriculum 
– Attend all (paid) meetings and training sessions  
– Set up classroom and art supplies before onsite programs, clean up and return supplies after each program, and help maintain cleanliness of shared classroom space  
– Submit timesheets in a timely fashion  
– Prioritize diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all aspects of the role

Candidate Qualifications:
– At least 2-3 years of experience creating and implementing object-based lessons and art making programs for young audiences (K-12) in an art education setting. Museum experience is a plus, but not necessary.  
– Bachelor’s degree in education, art, art history, museum education, or a related field preferred 
– Strong foundation of best practices for gallery teaching, especially guided inquiry and multimodal engagement 
– Ability to commit to at least 4 MADLab programs per month during the NYC DOE academic year 
– Interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, craft, and design practices 
– Familiarity with New York City Department of Education “Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts” and other relevant local and national learning standards 
– Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills  
– Ability to work collaboratively and co-teach with other Artist Educators and Education Department staff  
– Ability to receive and implement feedback  
– Must reliably respond to email and phone communication with MAD staff and program stakeholders in a timely manner  
– Ability to adhere to schedules, deadlines, and administrative guidelines for all programs  
– Experience working with students with special needs highly desired  
– Fluency in Spanish or Mandarin highly desired 

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Salary or Compensation:
$150 per onsite MADLab ($220 for bilingual program), $110 per virtual MADLab ($180 for bilingual program), $35/hr. for meetings, trainings, and lesson development

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Application Info:
Please submit cover letter and resume to

COVID guidelines: The health and safety of our Museum community is the highest priority. As such, MAD requires all newly hired staff members and freelancers to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine, including a booster if eligible. Requests for reasonable accommodations for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.