Museum Educator, School Programs
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. Founded by philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton, Crystal Bridges is a public non-profit charitable organization.
Position Title: Museum Educator, School Programs
Position Type: Part-Time
FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
Branch: Learning & Engagement
Department: School Programs
Reports to: Manager, School Programs
The Museum Educator plays an essential role in providing students and teachers with a high-quality in-gallery and digital tour experience. The primary responsibility of the Museum Educator is to inspire and guide learners to make personally relevant connections in, through, and about the arts; they prioritize learners’ identities, personal voice, and moments of choice-making.
The Educator demonstrates a commitment to addressing educational inequities, and the scarcity of empathy and social imagination through curricular connections to the Museum’s collection. The core programmatic areas connected to this role include: The Walker School Tour Program, My Museum Art Kits, Crystal Bridges in the Classroom, and other programs as needed.
Under the direction and supervision of the Manager of School Programs, the Educator will facilitate discussion and activities rooted in culturally responsive teaching methodologies. The Educator will work closely with the Manager of School Programs and the Senior Museum Educator to review tour reservations, scheduling, and provide project support. This position requires an understanding of anti- bias teaching practices, strong facilitation skills, and empathy.
- Plan and facilitate explorations of art in the galleries, offsite or via video conferencing platforms
- Assist in the development of new digital engagement projects including tours, video content, and audio recordings, etc.
- Manage designing and building of art kits with basic needs materials in collaboration with partners and artists
- Attend and engage in Cohort meetings including professional development trainings as requested
- Report on programs including numbers, participant feedback, observational notes on curriculum and program structures
- Work with the School Programs Coordinator and School Programs Assistant to ensure all tours are adequately covered; act as a host including greeting, lunch staffing, and etc.Contribute to research and writing of interpretive materials, including education resources
- Remain current on educational trends in museums and educational policy
Skills and Abilities:
- Bilingual experience preferred (Spanish and/or Marshallese)Experience in mediating and facilitating conversations with a wide range of people including from different cultural backgrounds, age ranges, abilities and attitude
- Demonstrated knowledge of social justice standards and critical practices for anti-bias education
- Knowledge museum education theory and practice
- Knowledge of STEAM education and learning activities
- This position requires availability of 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday
- Ability to think on one’s feet and improvise and adapt to a range of situations in the moment as a form of problem solving
- Experienced and effective public speaker, with outstanding facilitation skills
- Highly organized and efficient with all details and tasks
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
- Ability to work independently, as well as within a team
- Ability and willingness to work weekends and evenings, as required
- Ability to effectively multitask in a fast paced environment
- Flexibility, creativity and a good sense of humor
- Fluency in another language is desirable
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in art education, art history, studio art, education, museum studies, or equivalent degree/experience required
- Demonstrated knowledge of American art history required; knowledge of social justice, architecture, nature, and wellness
- Minimum of three years’ experience teaching a range of ages in school or community setting
- Three years’ experience in leading tours, facilitating programs or public speaking
Licenses and Certifications:
- Ability to obtain Arkansas driver’s license preferred
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: This position requires the capability to move and be present in the galleries for extended periods of time and navigating through the different Museum buildings and on the trails and grounds. Position requires good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for gathering of teaching materials, and physical stamina to lift and carry supplies. Vision abilities required by the job include close and distant vision.
- Work environment: The majority of work will be performed in museum spaces, with meetings and trainings taking place in various spaces throughout the museum. When not in the office, the employee will be spending extensive amounts of time in the Museum buildings, grounds, galleries, and library. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate.
All offers of employment are contingent on your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement and background check. Crystal Bridges requires all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of employment, or meet Arkansas state requirements, subject to accommodations. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.
Crystal Bridges is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status of protected veteran, among other things or status as a qualified individual with a disability.