The Lead Educator position supports various facets of learning programs at the Walker, including tours and workshops, teacher events, and the development of lesson plans and tour strategies for audiences of all ages. The lead educator also provides guidance to other members of the educator team through trainings, tour evaluation, and modeling best-practices in gallery teaching and program facilitation. All Walker 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. The Walker serves culturally and linguistically diverse families and individuals. All Walker Educators are required to work both as individuals and as a team with the Public Engagement, Learning & Impact (PELI) 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.
- Deliver facilitated explorations of art in the Walker galleries, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, offsite or via video conference for K-12 students.
- Prepare resources and materials to deliver program activities as well as pack up, clean, organize and store resources and materials.
- Deliver hands-on studio sessions, workshops and other activities in the Walker’s Art Lab.
- Conduct program and event evaluation with groups and participants through surveying and other methods.
- Contribute to research and writing of interpretive materials, including education resources.
- Duty of care: supervision of students & participants in their care, protecting both students and artwork.
- Report on programs including numbers, participant feedback, observational notes on curriculum and program structures.
- Welcome and greet visitors to the museum and provide information and assistance where required.
- Attend and help facilitate PELI events for teachers including Evenings for Educators, professional development sessions for teachers, Teen Takeover, Free First Saturday, Sensory Friendly Sunday, accessibility programs for people with disabilities, and offsite events with community partners.
Lesson and Tour Plan Development
- Brainstorm and outline plans for Art Lab activities in consultation with PELI staff.
- Conduct research on artists and artworks represented in WAC exhibitions and prepare artist/artwork files for Educators to use when tour planning.
- Other curriculum and lesson development as needed.
Training and Continuing Education
- Attend exhibition trainings, monthly Educator meetings, and other training sessions as required.
- Research and become familiar with the exhibitions on view at the Walker.
- Assist in the training and mentoring of other members of the Educator team.
REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES
- 3+ years of experience working with children or in an educational setting.
- Proven ability to welcome, encourage, and engage with people of all ages, abilities, attitudes, and cultural backgrounds.
- Experience developing lesson plans, studio workshops, or other types of curriculum for K-12 students and/or families.
- Familiarity with art materials and art-making techniques.
- Strong interest in contemporary arts and culture.
- Excellent verbal communication skills and poise.
- 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.
- Proactive and independent, with an ability to problem solve and adapt to a range of situations in the moment.
- Fluency in language other than English with preference for Somali, Spanish, Hmong, and/or American Sign Language is preferred.
- Education in education, fine arts, design or architecture, art history, art education, media arts, or social studies is preferred.
- Experience applying universal design for learning and culturally-competent teaching techniques to the development and facilitation of learning experiences is preferred.
- Experience working with people with specific needs including physical and/or intellectual disabilities and/or autism and/or dementia is preferred.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and/or InDesign is preferred.
SCHEDULE AND COMPENSATION
- Full-time (35 hours), Salary Exempt, $45,000 annually, flexibility to work some evenings and weekends required.
- Robust benefits package, Walker membership and museum discount, and the opportunity to work alongside talented individuals and support remarkable artists, events and programming.
This position is covered by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) labor contract.
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.
The Walker Art Center requires all employees to comply with our COVID vaccination policy, which requires staff to be fully vaccinated or test every 6 days. The Walker Art Center is an equal opportunity employer and will consider request for reasonable accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs possible without undue hardship.