Job Title: Freelance Museum Educator

Description: The Whitney Museum seeks Freelance Museum Educators to work with K-12 School, Access and Community Groups for the 2018-2019 school year. Whitney Programs connect the Whitney’s collection and exhibitions to K-12 classrooms. They ask K-12 students to consider the role of the artist in multiple ways—as observer of the world around us, as storyteller presenting a unique point of view, as experimenter of materials and processes, and as critic of American history, politics, and contemporary culture. Customized tours and workshops invite students of all abilities to learn about the Whitney’s art and artists in an inclusive and welcoming environment. Responsibilities include: -- Creating and leading Guided Visits for K-12 School groups. During these one-hour and ten-minute-long thematic gallery tours, Whitney educators introduce students to three to five works of art through discussions and activities that incorporate the artists’ voice and process. Freelance educators are responsible for doing research on artists and creating engaging, developmentally appropriate inquiry-based lesson plans that are tailored to what the students are working on in the classroom. -- Creating and leading Guided Visit + Studio Programs for K-12 School groups. Freelance educators lead 1-hour and 10-minute thematic gallery tour followed by a 1-hour art making session in our Studio. They are responsible for developing these lesson plans and integrating the gallery and studio components into a cohesive lesson. -- Creating and leading Guided Visits and Studio Programs for students with a range of physical, developmental, and sensory disabilities. -- Creating and leading Guided Visits and Studio Programs for community groups serving diverse audiences such as low-income seniors, residents of the nearby NYCHA houses, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ youth. -- Communicating effectively with teachers to tailor museum lessons to classroom curriculum. -- Working and communicating effectively with School, Access and Community Programs, and Group Services staff, and working thoughtfully with other educators. -- Being reflective and thoughtful about the Whitney’s approach to gallery based teaching. -- Submitting invoices in a timely fashion. -- Attending bi-monthly training sessions and curator-led walkthroughs of exhibitions. Requirements: -- B.A./MA/M.F.A./ in art history, contemporary art, American studies, and/or museum education; -- 3+ years teaching experience, including work with K-12 students and teachers; -- strong organizational and communication skills. Successful candidates will have sound knowledge of educational and developmental theory; a passion for modern and contemporary art; and will be flexible and able to work well in a group. They should have an interest in working with diverse groups of students, and be available to teach at least 3 mornings a week. The Whitney seeks talented people of all backgrounds—we value diversity of cultures, races and ethnicities, gender expressions, and abilities. Candidates who are POC, LGBTQ+, bilingual or multilingual, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. If interested, please email resume, cover letter, and three references to by July 12, 2018. Please include “Freelance Museum Educator” in the email subject line. About the Whitney: The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for 86 years. The core of the Whitney’s mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today. The Whitney Museum of American Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Museum does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship, disability, marital status, partnership status, veteran status, gender (including gender identity), sexual orientation, or any other factor prohibited by law. The Museum hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. The Museum encourages all qualified candidates to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

Date Posted: 07-05-2018

Expire Date: 08-05-2018

Contact Name: Whitney School Programs

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Salary: $110 per Guided Visit and $300 per Guided Visit + Studio Program

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