Donald Judd founded Chinati’s education program in 1992 as a response to the lack of art education in Marfa’s schools. Twenty-seven years later, Chinati is the major provider of arts programming in the tri-county region of far West Texas (Presidio, Brewster, and Jeff Davis counties). Chinati’s education department offers free, fun, innovative, diverse and thoughtful programs that encourage a deep engagement with the museum’s collection in a supportive, convivial classroom setting. Led by artists and educators who are passionate and knowledgeable about the museum, these hands-on, object-making experiences can be geared toward children or adults and include an in-depth exposure to the collection that enriches, excites and challenges the participants’ understanding of Chinati’s singular mission and the nature and possibilities of art.
The Chinati Educator Level I reports to the Director of Education and is responsible for assisting and implementing hands-on, planned, purposeful, and playful Pre-K through Grade 12 education programs as well as adult classes, public programs, and workshops at the museum. S/he aids and may lead in development of curriculum and activities in alignment with the museum’s mission and philosophy. The lead educator is responsible for engaging and fostering long-term relationships with area school districts and organizations. S/he oversees one full-time education intern as well as a pool of part-time class instructors and assistants.
School and Children’s Studio Programs:
Assist Director of Education to develop, coordinate, and implement pilot and established programming for local schools and area youth with the goal of creating sustainable, high quality educational programming.
Assist Director of Education to evaluate and track students and partnering educators for all educational programming.
Work with classroom instructors to meet specific TEKS goals when appropriate.
Maintain correspondence with past instructors and keep them and their schools engaged and excited.
Assist Director of Education to continue to forge new partnerships with tri-county schools.
Maintain planning and logistics calendar for all school programs.
Implement a safety-first mindset.
Serve as co- and, sometimes, lead instructor and oversee additional staff.
Oversee logistics and planning.
Assist in all adult education opportunities and workshops.
Implement a safety-first mindset.
Responsible for logistics and implementation for all adult workshops.
Serve as lead educator/liaison on a selection of adult programs, as determined by the Director of Education.
Adhere to departmental budget for materials and staffing.
Report and record accurate receipts, intern hours, and use of tax-exempt status to accounting.
Assist in management of volunteers for Chinati Weekend.
Documentation of all programs.
Ensure press releases, images, and public information related to Education are created and disseminated in a timely and professional manner.
Consistently monitor/evaluate programs for effectiveness and improvement. Meaningfully reflect on past programs to help push museum program offerings forward.
Work with the Director of Administration, Development and Visitor Services teams to manage the planning and implementation of programs via online, social media, and print
Be CPR/AED/First Aid certified (Chinati can provide training).
Ensure the development, practice, and maintenance of a safe and appropriate studio space.
Responsible for inventory, upkeep, and mixed use of education space, the art lab.
Intern/Human Resource Management:
Assist in selection and primary oversight of Education intern position and all contract hires.
Oversee Education intern accommodations, orientation, update and distribute arrival and pre-arrival media.
Will assist all public programs when needed with approval from Education Director or Museum Director
Physical Demands and Work Environment
Ability to work in high temperatures from 80 -105 degrees F
Ability to work in low temperatures 40 - 65 degrees F
This position requires considerable and extended periods of standing and walking from 2-3 miles per day. Also, substantial periods working in awkward positions.
Ability to lift 50lb.
Ability to carry materials onsite to perform job needs throughout Chinati’s campus.
Ability to work occasional long days during special events. 3 – 4 times a year.
The performance of the position requires excellent communication with the director, staff and the public, best teaching practices, enormous attention to detail, and significant problem-solving skills.
Enthusiasm for task at hand
Self-motivated and proactive
Ability to work long physical hours
A. degree (in education, arts education, or art preferred)
Experience in working with students K – 12
Experience in implementing and building curriculum
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to manage large groups in a positive and professional manner
Knowledgeable in Microsoft office and Adobe Suite
Strong studio skills in a variety of media
This is a full-time, exempt position. Regular work hours are 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday, with some weekend, holiday, and evening hours required as needed.
Chinati provides a competitive salary and a generous benefits package including health, life, and dental insurance plans, paid time off and an employer sponsored 403(b) retirement plan.
Qualified applicants may apply for this position by e-mailing a cover letter, resume and three references to the Director of Education, Michael Roch at email@example.com. The Chinati Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.