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Dia Art Foundation


Dia Art Foundation seeks an experienced Artist Educator to work with teens at Dia:Chelsea. The Artist Educator is responsible for designing and facilitating a weekly participant-driven teen engagement program for approximately 10 high school students in New York City. During the 2017–18 school year, the Artist Educator will collaborate with a diverse group of young people in a supported practice of critical engagement with Dia’s commissions, exhibitions, and sites, and will utilize working methodologies including discussion, experimentation, and research to initiate, develop, and resolve the students’ questions through an original program or project of the group’s own design. The Artist Educator for the Teen Program is a part-time temporary staff position based at Dia:Chelsea in New York City, working in close collaboration with the education team and reporting to the Education Manager. The successful candidate will be dedicated to employing a collaborative, experimental, and reflective pedagogical approach that is authentic to her or his own artistic practice. Dia, based in New York City, is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of extraordinary artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century, presents long-term, site-specific projects, executes new commissions, and produces scholarly publications related to its exhibitions and collection. Responsibilities include: • Research Dia’s collection, history, and the related ideas, concepts, and methods of contemporary artists, and articulate long-term, critical questions that support and reinforce participant-driven inquiry; conduct additional research as required to support learning goals over the course of employment • Design and implement an original, flexible, and responsive curriculum that contributes to, supports, challenges, or otherwise broadens participant understanding of art making and its impact in the world within a larger framework of related questions and ideas • In collaboration with Dia’s education team, design, initiate, attend, and facilitate all onsite and offsite teen engagement (such as program sessions visiting other arts institutions, artists’ studios, or other sites of interest), including summer seminars and weekly program sessions over the course of the academic school year • Actively incorporate teen voices and choices into curriculum design and program sessions; document participant discovery over program arc • Support participants in the conceptualization and resolution of a project based on their own interests; design and facilitate the production of related events as required • Establish and maintain a self-directed process of reciprocal reflection with teens, seek out and share resources, and oversee participant social communication and process documentation (such as manage a group social media account) • Communicate clearly, promptly, and on an ongoing basis with the education team prior to and during program implementation in regard to curriculum development and work objectives • Participate in program evaluations and incorporate feedback from teens, program partners, and Dia staff into program design and delivery as appropriate Qualifications: • BA (MA/MFA preferred) in studio art, arts/museum education, or in a related field • Demonstrable experience designing an original curriculum and facilitating project-based educational experiences in out-of-school settings • Experience working with high school-aged youth in a school, museum, or community setting • Active artistic practice • Firm understanding of and interest in contemporary art, particularly the artists represented in Dia’s collection and commissions history • Must be a creative and critical thinker who thrives in a responsive, collaborative setting and is strongly committed to working with young people • Ability to work independently and to balance and meet short- and long-term deadlines efficiently • Exceptional organizational and communication skills This position requires a background check. This is a part-time temporary position based at Dia:Chelsea. Weekly hours vary, averaging approximately 12 hours per week during the academic school year. Work relating to research and curriculum development may be done remotely. Artist educators are paid at a competitive hourly rate. Staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations, and employees have the opportunity to learn about the collection of Dia Art Foundation through presentations by curators, artists, writers, and historians. Dia is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

Qualified applicants may apply for this position by e-mailing the following materials with “Artist Educator (Teen Program), Dia:Chelsea” as the e-mail subject heading: 1. Cover letter highlighting your professional experience, pedagogical approach, and interest in the Dia’s teen initiative. 2. Resume indicating your teaching experience, in particular as it relates to working with high-school aged youth. 3. Up to three project or curriculum samples (related to schools or museums). 4. Artist statement and link to portfolio. No phone calls or e-mails to addresses other than the one specified.

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