Museum Educators are integral to El Museo’s Education Programs in that they provide the general public with insight into exhibitions and Cultural Celebrations from the perspective of a practicing artist. The Museum Educatoris responsible for the development and implementation of on-site Guided Tours, Hands-on Workshops and storytelling workshops for K-12 students, families, and university and adult audiences. On-Site programs link the Museum’s mission and history, Permanent Collection, exhibitions on view, and cultural celebrations together, through grade-appropriate discussions, gallery and art making activities.
El Museo offers a variety of Guided Tours designed to encourage observation, spark curiosity, and create conversation around selected works of art and objects. All Guided Tours are inquiry-based and reflect El Museo’s goal of engaging visitors in dialogue. Visitors will engage through interactive discussions and activities facilitated by a Museum Educator, which will build upon their prior knowledge and experiences, make connections with what they see, and develop a deeper understanding of the artworks discussed.
Each Guided Tour is an hour long, allowing groups to participate through in-depth discussions of 4-5 objects while also participating in activities that may include movement, writing, or sketching, appealing to various ways of learning and interpreting.
To further explore the themes and dialogues that emerge from the Guided Tour, Hands-on Workshops will foster visitors’ observational, critical thinking, and creative skills. Museum Educators will build on the ideas and concepts discussed in the galleries to facilitate a unique art-making experience in El Museo’s workshop space.
Museum Educators will be responsible for the following:
Create and facilitate age-appropriate lesson plans for each Guided Tour and Hands-On Workshop, based on the Permanent Collection, temporary exhibitions, and/or cultural celebrations, that meet department and program goals by incorporating critical thought practices and awareness of social and cultural topics relevant to program participants.
Research information related to El Museo’s School & Educator Program and exhibitions.
Arrive at least a half hour prior to the start of program; take all necessary materials to the galleries at the time of the tour.
Stay with the group for the duration of the tour.
Set-up materials and clean up at the end of each workshop.
Prepare for and participate in all mandatory program meetings and training workshop regarding On-site programs. Attend all walk-throughs, lectures and training sessions in conjunction with the Permanent Collection, temporary exhibitions and cultural celebrations.
Participate in meetings with Education staff and K-12 educators to plan programs and discuss curriculum ideas.
Under the direct supervision of the Manager of School and Family Programs, design interdisciplinary, age-appropriate lesson plans that make connections with El Museo’s Permanent Collection, exhibitions on view, cultural celebrations and classroom curricula.
Communicate with the Manager of School and Family Programs program needs, issues, developments and any additional support needed to complete program goals.
Assist the Manager of Education Programs with information and documentation necessary for completing program evaluations and reports as needed.
Maintain an archive of Lesson Plans.
Research materials needed and costs related to programs and submit order requests to Manager of Education Programs, as needed.
Be professional, courteous and enthusiastic in representing the museum, be respectful, patient and understanding in tone and communication whether with youth, families, staff, the general public and an ambassador for El Museo del Barrio.
BA in Art History, Art Education, Education, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, or Art History preferred.
Bilingual/ Spanish language speaking, reading, and writing proficiency preferred.
Strong interest and experience teaching diverse students in a museum and/ or alternative learning environment; classroom teaching experience is a plus.
Excellent communication and writing skills.
Understanding of object-based and inquiry- based teaching methodologies and concepts.
Curriculum development experience required.
Experience teaching studio arts and knowledge of a variety of art media, techniques and skills.
Organized, creative and enthusiastic team player with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
Background and interest in Latin American and Caribbean art and culture.
Must be punctual and responsible.
To apply, please email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Museum Educator” in the subject line. Applications that are not sent according to specifications will not be considered. No phone calls, please. We will contact you directly for an interview.
El Museo del Barrio is an Equal Opportunity Employer who does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.