GENERAL STATEMENT OF RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES: Since its founding in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has supported educators from all disciplines so that they may confidently and skillfully integrate works of art and artmaking into their curriculum and teaching. Today, as educators strive to bolster students’ twenty-first century skills such as critical thinking, creativity and perspective-taking, the Met is an essential partner in helping students and school communities achieve their goals. The Met, visited by over 7 million people each year, promotes arts education not only as a key to establishing a well-rounded understanding of the world, but as a central vehicle for creating vibrant, healthy and participatory citizens and communities. The Museum seeks a dynamic, creative, and experienced educator to lead its work with PreK-12 schools and educators, which serves over a quarter of a million people each year. The Museum aims to broaden and diversity its audiences, and reaches students and educators in all settings: public, private, parochial, and homeschool. The Museum partners with principals, superintendents, and school administrators at all levels of experience, as well as pre-service and out-of-school-time educators. The Educator will sustain and grow strategic partnerships, such the Museum’s close collaboration with the New York City Department of Education and other school-based organizations, to scale our reach and ensure alignment with school needs, and will design and supervise research-based programs that help learners connect to knowledge, creativity, and ideas.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES: The Educator for School and Educator Programs oversees the strategy, budget development and management, programming, and evaluation for all programs and resources for the PreK-12 constituency. These include but are not limited to programs for educators, such as workshops, multi-day institutes, online programs and special events, as well as direct services to students through guided school programs, art-making workshops, and school partnerships. The Educator leads these efforts at a large and growing scale, reaching some 250,000 participants annually, and collaborates across all Museum departments to leverage expertise. The Educator also plans trainings for and evaluates those who are teaching PreK-12 students and educators, including Volunteers, contractual educators and teaching artists. This position is also a key liaison to the New York City Department of Education and other school-based organizations, requiring ongoing communication and collaboration with the leadership from both government and educational agencies, and often resulting in co-created curricula, professional development, and school partnerships. As a direct report to the Educator in Charge of Teaching and Learning, the Educator for School and Educator Programs will also collaborate with other Teaching and Learning staff on creating effective programming that benefits visitors beyond the formal PreK-12 setting, such as parents and families, teens, and college students and faculty. Through these collaborations and shared outcomes, the Educator will lead strategies that connect formal in-school learning to out-of-school time learning with an aim to supporting the whole learner within a community context. The position oversees a team of three full-time staff members, and also works closely with approximately 135 School Programs Volunteers and 35 contractual educators/teaching artists. The Educator for School and Educator programs will also actively engage in the wider arts and arts education community by initiating and sharing research, participating in local, national and global conferences and convenings, and publishing in order to share best practices with the field. Key Relationships Chairman of Education, Educator in Charge of Teaching and Learning, Curatorial, Conservation, and Scientific Research Departments, Volunteer Organization, contractual educators and teaching artists, peers in the Education Department both within the Teaching and Learning Division as well as outside the Division, NYC Department of Education and other school-based organizations, Government Affairs, Communications and Marketing
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS: Experience and Skills: • Minimum 5 years experience working in museums • Demonstrated excellence teaching with original works of art in a museum or gallery setting • Evidence of collaborative leadership skills to lead teams through complex projects • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated capacity to effectively and professionally communicate with a wide range of constituencies, verbally and in writing • Demonstrated leadership in supervising and mentoring staff Knowledge and Education: • Masters degree in art, art history, museum education or related field Demonstrated knowledge of current theories and practices pertaining to PreK-12 learning and human development • Demonstrated knowledge of PreK-12 school systems and formal learning settings • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite; digital learning platforms
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
Please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line, please indicate “Dept-Education Application”