The Walker Art Center is seeking Educators to provide a welcoming and flexible approach to engage 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 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 Walker galleries, 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.
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.
Contribute to research and writing of interpretive materials, including educational resources.
Conduct program and event evaluation with groups and participants through surveying and other methods.
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 & participants in their 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; availability to 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:
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 is helpful, 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 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 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.
To apply: provide a resume, brief cover letter and 3 professional references.
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.