Educator

Minneapolis, MN

The Walker Art Center has an opening for exceptional Educators

Educators at the Walker Art Center provide a welcoming and flexible approach to engage a diverse array of visitors and guests to the programming and content through tours, workshops and other learning events.  Educators facilitate inclusive conversations about Walker collections, exhibitions, moving image screenings, performances and other programs.  Educators work individually and in partnership with the Education and Public Programs department to prepare resources and materials which deliver program activities that help shape people's understanding of art with a focus on learner-centered, inquiry-based methods, and come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • Facilitate explorations of art and studio sessions for a range of audiences with a focus on student and teacher programs within the Walker galleries, Art Lab, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, offsite or via video conference for K-12 students.
  • Organization of educational program materials and locations including set-up and take-down.
  • Contribute to research and writing of interpretive materials, including educational resources.
  • Duty of care: supervision of students and participants in Educator's care, protecting both students and artwork. 
  • Evaluate and report on programs including numbers, participant feedback, observational notes on curriculum and program structures through surveys and other methods. 
  • Attend and help facilitate PELI events including Evenings for Educators, professional development sessions for teachers, Teen Programs, Free First Saturday, Sensory Friendly Sunday, accessibility programs for people with disabilities, and offsite events with community partners.

POSITION SPECIFICS:

  • Part-Time (10-12 hours per week), Non-exempt, $20.00 per hour; flexibility to work some evenings and weekends required, including the first Saturday of every month; must be able to adjust schedule as required by programming needs.  
  • Walker membership and museum discount, and the opportunity to work alongside talented individuals and support remarkable artists, events and programming.

Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in education, contemporary arts and culture.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and poise.
  • Proven ability to welcome, encourage, and engage with people of all ages, abilities, attitudes, and cultural backgrounds.
  • 2+ years of experience working with children or in an educational setting.
  • Flexibility to work a range of days and hours including occasional evenings and weekends, ability to work at least two shifts per week.
  • Availability to attend monthly Educator trainings, generally held on Monday mornings.
  • Proactive and independent attitude, ability to problem solve and adapt to a range of situations in the moment.
  • A commitment to cultivating an inclusive learning environment for all audiences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to proficiently speak, read and write in at least one language other than English, preferably Somali, Spanish, Hmong, Arabic, Vietnamese, or American Sign Language.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and/or InDesign helpful.

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.