Temporary, Per Diem Educator

Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

Organization Description: 
Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (mjhnyc.org) in Lower Manhattan is committed to educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust.

As a place of memory, the Museum enables Holocaust survivors to speak through recorded testimony and draws on rich collections to illuminate Jewish history and experience. As a public history institution, it offers intellectually rigorous and engaging exhibitions, programs, and educational resources.

The Museum protects the historical record and promotes understanding of Jewish heritage. It teaches about the dangers of intolerance and challenges visitors—including thousands of school children—to let the lessons of the past guide them to envision a world worthy of their futures.

Position Description:
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is seeking experienced museum educators with a passion for history to lead tours for students. We seek committed and engaging guides, beginning immediately. Educators will complete paid training sessions with Education staff that focus on the historical content of the exhibition, “The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do,” as well as artifact- and dialogue-based tour techniques. After successful completion of the training, educators must be available a minimum of eight hours per week over the course of two days to lead school tours. This is an on-call position offered on an as-needed basis; the number of assigned tours depends on the number of tours booked. Educators are expected to make a commitment at least eight days per month. Generally the 90-minute tours take place between the hours of 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Mondays through Fridays. This position is for 10 weeks, concluding with the school year (June 2023), with potential to renew in the fall.

Reports to:
Associate Director for Education

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
We are looking for experienced museum educators to guide school groups through our exhibition, “The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do,” accomplishing these basic tasks:
• Mastering exhibition content, tour outline, and background material
• While using a highly structured tour outline, staying attuned to the students in the group, listening carefully to their answers to your questions to learn how they are making sense of the material
• Calling upon the history learned in training to provide students with information that is accurate, clear, concise, and age-appropriate
• Following the tour outline, including time requirements, while fostering an inclusive experience that remains sensitive to the experiences of the students in your group
• Staying aware of other groups in the galleries and recognizing that collegial relationships are important to accomplishing the goal of educating all student visitors
• Maintaining timely and consistent communication with Museum staff, especially relating to tour confirmations, feedback, training, and documentation for payment

Candidate Qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree in Jewish history, Holocaust studies, museum studies, or education and experience in related field
• Museum education, tour leading or arts education experience
• Knowledge of and/or strong interest in the history of the Holocaust
• Ability to effectively teach middle school and high school groups (experience with groups of NYC DOE middle school and high school student groups strongly preferred)
• Ability to learn and memorize tour outline, as well as the ability to tailor content in the galleries as needed
• A welcoming, professional demeanor, collegial, and comfortable with flexibility
• Good judgment and problem-solving skills when faced with unforeseen circumstances
• Habits of consistent reliability and punctuality
• Ability to be physically active for a minimum of two hours

Position Type:
Temporary, part-time at least 8 hours over two days a week for 10 weeks (through June 2023) with potential to renew in fall 2024

Union Status:

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Salary or Compensation:
$30 per hour ($45 per overtime hour)

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Application Info:
The Museum of Jewish Heritage is an equal opportunity employer. As a cultural institution that teaches about the dangers of intolerance, the Museum is dedicated to promoting diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion in its hiring practices.

For consideration, qualified candidates should submit their resume and letter of interest to: humanresources@mjhnyc.org