Part-time Educator

Minneapolis, MN

JOB SUMMARY

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 will be able to facilitate inclusive conversation about Walker collections, exhibitions, moving image screenings, performances and other programs. Educators are required to work both as individuals and as a team with the Public Engagement, Learning & Impact (PELI) department to prepare activities, 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. 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

Program Delivery

  • 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.
  • Design and assist in the delivery of hands-on studio sessions, workshops and other activities in the Walker’s Art Lab for audiences of all ages and abilities.
  • 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 participants and artwork. 
  • Report on programs including numbers, participant feedback, and 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 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. 

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. 

REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES

  • 2+ years of experience working with children or in an educational setting.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility to work a range of days and hours including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Availability to attend Educator trainings. 
  • 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. 
  • Fluency in language other than English with preference for Somali, Spanish, Hmong, and/or American Sign Language is preferred.
  • Experience working with people with specific needs including physical and/or intellectual disabilities and/or autism and/or dementia is preferred.
  • Education in fine arts, design or architecture, art history, art education, media arts, education or social studies is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and/or InDesign is preferred.

SCHEDULE AND COMPENSATION

  • Up to 17 hours per week; $20.00/hour, non-exempt; flexibility to work some evenings and weekends required.
  • Benefits include 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.