Walker Art Center Educators provide a welcoming and flexible approach to engaging a diverse range of visitors and guests with the programming and content of the museum through tours, workshops and other learning events. Through an intensive training that will be provided by the Walker Art Center, Educators facilitate inclusive conversation about Walker collections, exhibitions, moving image screenings, performances and other programs.
Educators work as individuals and as a team member with the Education and Public Programs department to prepare resources and materials to deliver program activities that shape people’s understanding of art with a focus on learner-centered, inquiry-based methods. Educators come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds including practicing artists, educators, and special needs support staff.
- Work with the Education Programs Manager and Education Programs Coordinator to deliver pre-planned learning programs for a range of audiences, with a focus on student & teacher programs.
- Prepare and deliver facilitated explorations of art in the galleries, offsite or via video conference, maintaining a high quality of customer service and professionalism in all environments; pack up, clean organize and store resources and materials.
- Report on programs including numbers, participant feedback, observational notes on curriculum and program structures.
- Assist in the delivery of hands-on studio sessions, workshops and other activities in the Walker’s Art Lab space.
- Contribute to research and writing of interpretive materials, including education resources.
- Conduct program and event evaluation with groups and participants through surveying and other methods.
- Attend exhibition walkthroughs, Educator meetings, and other training sessions as required.
- Duty of care: supervision of students & participants in his/her care, protecting both students and artworks.
HOURS AND COMPENSATION
- 15-21 hours/week; $20.00 per hour; flexibility to work a range of days & hours including evenings & weekends, ability to work at least two shifts per week; museum discounts and membership. This role is a contracted role that is hired through Common Sense Building Services for the Walker Art Center.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
- Strong interest in education, contemporary arts and culture; education in fine arts, design or architecture, art history, art education, media arts, education or social studies preferred, but not essential.
- Excellent verbal communication skills and poise; 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.
- Experience in mediating and facilitating conversations with a wide range of people including from different cultural backgrounds, age ranges, abilities and attitudes.
DESIRED QUALFICATION & EXPERIENCE:
- Fluency in language other than English with preference for Somali, Spanish, Hmong, Arabic and Vietnamese strongly preferred.
- Experience working with children or in an educational setting.
- Experience working with people with specific needs including physical and/or intellectual disabilities and/or autism and/or dementia. The Walker is committed to being an inclusive workplace as well as increasing diversity in our workforce. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.
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