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 provided by the Walker Art Center, Educators facilitate inclusive conversations about Walker collections, exhibitions, moving image screenings, performances and other programs.
Educators work as individuals and as a team 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.
- Work with the Education Programs Manager and Coordinator on deliverance of pre-planned learning programs for a range of audiences focusing on student and teacher programs.
- Prepare and deliver facilitated explorations of art and studio sessions in the Walker galleries, Art Lab, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, offsite or via video conference for K-12 students; maintaining a high quality of customer service and professionalism in all environments; pack up, clean organize and store resources and materials.
- Evaluate and report on programs including numbers, participant feedback, observational notes on curriculum and program structures through surveying and other methods.
- Contribute to research and writing of interpretive materials, including educational resources.
- Attend exhibition walkthroughs, monthly Educator meetings, and other training sessions as required; research and become familiar with the Walker exhibitions.
- Duty of care: supervision of students and participants in their care, protecting both students and artworks.
HOURS & COMPENSATION:
Hours vary week to week, but on average are between 4-10 hours/week; $20.00 per hour; flexibility to work a range of days & hours including evenings & weekends with ability to work at least two shifts per week; must attend monthly Educator trainings, generally held on Monday mornings; museum discounts and membership. This role is hired through Common Sense Building Services for the Walker Art Center.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
- Ability to comfortably speak, read and write in at least one language other than English, preferably Somali, Spanish, Hmong, Arabic or Vietnamese.
- Strong interest in education, contemporary arts and culture
- 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 to problem solve.
- Experience in mediating and facilitating conversations with a wide range of people including from different cultural backgrounds, age ranges, abilities and attitudes.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
- 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; education in fine arts, design or architecture, art history, art education, media arts, education or social studies is helpful, but not essential.
To Apply: include a cover letter and resume directly to the posting at walkerart.org/jobs.
The Walker is committed to being an inclusive workplace. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities and audiences we serve. We are dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals.