Museum Educator

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden

Organization Description:
About the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Today’s Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden presents the period of the Mount Vernon Hotel, which was in operation from 1826 until 1833. Owned and maintained by The Colonial Dames of America, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden offers students of all ages a first-hand glimpse into New York City history; visitors are given a rare opportunity to step back in time in a landmarked building that endures as a reminder of an important era in New York City’s history. 

Position Description:
Museum Educator Opportunity
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden has an exciting opportunity for a part-time Museum Educator. We are looking for an enthusiastic educator who enjoys interacting with the public and collaborating with colleagues at the MVHM&G. The ideal candidates can communicate effectively with individuals, families, and school groups, and is flexible to adapting tour content based on the needs of our diverse audiences.

Part-Time Seasonal Role: This position is part-time (seasonal; one year) with an average of 16 hours per week (2 days per week on-site at MVHM&G), excluding holiday weeks. There is potential for additional hours to be added.
Compensation: $20-$35/hour based on experience and qualifications.

Reports to:
Museum Director

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
Responsibilities & Duties:
– Conduct virtual and in-person school programs for K-12, college.
– Tailor tour content to align with school groups’ learning goals and classroom curriculum.
– With support, adapt tour content and delivery for groups with special needs, English Language Learners, and other diverse audiences.
– Develop programs to work virtually with homeschoolers and schools in other states.
– Maintain and monitor gallery program supplies and spaces, including touch objects, worksheets, and materials.
– Assist with marketing campaigns, targeted outreach, and in building sustained community partnerships to grow our school programs audience.
– Lead tours for teachers during museum open houses.
– Program preparation, break-down and light administrative assistance as needed.
– Occasionally support public programs and speaker events.
– Review training and content materials, shadow School Programs & Group Tours, and participate in subsequent review meetings.

Candidate Qualifications:
Necessary Qualifications:
– Experience working with children ages K-12, especially in museums, informal learning environments, or schools.
– Regular availability 2-3 days per week. Occasional weekend or evening availability.
– Proficiency facilitating Zoom meetings and webinars.
– Strong interest in museum education.
– Enthusiastic, dependable, and flexible.
– Able to work with a team.
– Enjoy interacting with the public and able to communicate effectively with individuals, families, and school groups.
– Willing to learn new information.
– Ability to be proactive, use independent judgment and initiative.

Preferred Qualifications:
– BA in Education, History Education, Art Education, Museum Studies, or related field.
– Background in New York City history.
-MA in Museum Education or currently enrolled in such a program a plus.
– Prior museum teaching experience.
-Experience interacting with diverse groups.
– Experience working with groups with special needs.
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
-Willingness to engage audiences using learner-centered teaching strategies such as object-based learning, visual thinking strategies, and inquiry-based dialogue.
– Confidence with Windows Office suite, Microsoft Office 365, Google suite and basic digital communication tools such as Google Meet, Zoom, and MS Teams

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Salary or Compensation:
$20-$35/hour based on experience and qualifications.

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Application Info:

Part-Time Seasonal Role: This position is part-time (seasonal; one year) with an average of 16 hours per week (2 days per week on-site at MVHM&G), excluding holiday weeks. There is potential for additional hours to be added.

To apply, submit cover letter and resume (as a single PDF with your name and “Museum Educator” in the file name) to Applications will be reviewed as received and accepted until October 1, 2023. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

The Colonial Dames of American/MVMH is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.