Museum Educators at the Carnegie Museum of Art work collaboratively with Education and Programs staff to implement creative learning opportunities connecting art, artists and the museum to children, youth and families, children and families art, design and architecture classes, public programs and outreach.
Museum Educator II’s co-lead and design instruction for educational programs throughout the museum and offsite, such as summer camps, school programs, adult and family programs and community workshops, tours, and art classes. This position emphasizes relationship-building and requires prompt, friendly, accurate communication with program participants and coworkers.
Museum Educators are scheduled by program, availability, skill sets and teaching focus.
Weekend and/or evening work may be required.
Leading instruction for groups of 10-30 individuals
Working collaboratively with a team of educators and classroom assistants to deliver effective and engaging learning experiences.
Designing and defining clear learning goals and creating opportunities for learners to receive feedback on progress towards goals.
Adapting instruction based on the needs of diverse groups of learners.
Apply knowledge of best-practices in learner-centered instruction and inquiry.
Planning educational experiences based on lesson plans and museum resources provided by CMOA
Creating lesson plans for personal use and to facilitate communication with support staff and supervisor.
Identifying learning goals and programming priorities to facilitate CMOA’s responsiveness to student needs.
Coordinating with co-staff to ensure that classroom and materials are prepared and returned before/after each class.
Coordinating with co-staff to ensure that participants are greeted upon arrival and know what to do to get class started.
For off-site outreach, planning and preparation may include transportation of materials to the off-site location.
Developing pedagogy skills through ongoing practice, reflection, and professional development structured by CMOA Public Programs
Attending CMOA Educator professional development meetings.
Observing, analyzing and co-teaching with experienced CMNH educators
Modeling best-practices in teaching for new educators.
Being observed by experienced CMOA educators.
In addition, the following responsibilities may be assigned to museum educators on a case-by-case basis
Developing and writing lesson plans that will be shared with other museum educators.
Creating educational materials (such as manipulatives, diagrams, posters).
Writing descriptions for program brochures and online marketing.
Preparing materials for use in the classroom and cleaning up.
Other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in the education, community engagement, art history, art, architecture or design is preferred.
3+ years of experience teaching at CMOA, in other informal settings, or external classroom teaching is required.
Hands on experience (including advanced, project-based, undergraduate or community coursework) in the art history, studio art, architecture and design, creative learning, or education is encouraged.
Successful candidates will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of and participation in disciplinary inquiry.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Museum Educators are engaged, patient, caring individuals who have the knowledge and skills to foster welcoming, safe, creative learning social settings that facilitate exploration of design and architecture, its relationship to ideas, everyday experiences, contemporary questions and self-expression.
Museum Educators must be comfortable with multiple learning styles and teaching methods, adapting their approaches in a dynamic setting to meet the needs of visitors and program participants.
Experience facilitating informal learning (experiential, community-based, outdoors, in museums, after-school programs, or similar settings) is preferred.
This position requires energetic and charismatic individuals who are interested in learning and teaching about the relationship between art and contemporary life.
Candidates must have successfully performed at the capacity of CMOA Museum Educator I or must have at least 3 years of prior teaching experience.
Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge of exhibits and collections to guide student-directed inquiry, plan differentiated instruction, use authentic assessment, and conduct learner-centered activities for large groups.
Prior experience co-teaching is preferred.
Demonstration of their ability to apply positive behavior support strategies is preferred.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position often requires constant mobility around the classroom and throughout the museum. If unable to bend or lift items of 20–50 lbs., must be willing to ask for assistance performing tasks that require these actions.
Please apply through the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Career Site : https://carnegiemuseums.org/opportunities/search-careers/