The Wiregrass Museum of Art seeks an experienced Art Educator to join our growing Education Department and will be responsible for developing and overseeing a broad range of programs for K-12 audiences, educators, and museum visitors. Reporting to the Executive Director, and working closely with other Education staff, the Art Educator will develop, implement, and evaluate engaging and innovative programs and educational resources.
The educator is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating major educational initiatives, establishing short and long-term goals and objectives, working with K-12 teachers, students, docents, and community members; facilitating community partnerships; establishing interpretive programs and resources for exhibitions and serving as an integral member of WMA’s team. The Art Educator will work both independently on select programs, as well as collaborate with the museum’s full time Art Educator for our more wide-reaching programs.
The primary focus of this position is to build school related programs, as well as community outreach opportunities. This is a part time, entry-level position, with high probability of becoming a full-time position.
- Expands the reach of museum programs by cultivating strategic partnerships with Dothan City Schools, and surrounding school systems.
- Coordinate a broad range of educational programs including Middle School outreach, summer outreach camps, school tours, online curriculum, community outreach, among others.
- Teach art lessons in a classroom environment, and be able to provide lessons that are cross curricular .
- Develop content and curriculum materials for school tours of museum exhibitions; developing an innovative educational experience for students (K – 12thgrade).
- Identify curricular connections between exhibitions and regional education community needs to design and develop school and tour programs.
- Schedule tours and docents, maintain tour records, and provide tours to visiting groups, alongside other education staff.
- Contact and work with local K‐12 teachers as part of the Museum’s school tour and outreach programs.
- Design and conduct training programs for docents, interns and volunteers.
- Serve as a museum representative at community programs and outreach events.
- Work closely with curatorial department to create appropriate content and docent training programs, to match upcoming exhibition schedules and institutional priorities.
- Keep up-to-date in knowledge of museum education theory, interpretive development, K-12 curriculum development, and current practices in formal and informal education.
- Deepen participation of visitors by producing dynamic public programs related to museum’s exhibitions and/or focused on museum’s target audiences.
- Develops and implements evaluation tools to measure, interpret and analyze outcomes of education and public programs relative to strategic goals.
- Assists marketing and fundraising efforts related to education efforts.
- Assist in planning and managing the Museum’s public programs calendar, alongside other staff.
- Develops annual education budget alongside other education staff, tracks and ensures all projects and programs are within approved budget.
- Act as advocate for the Museum and participate in community related functions and events representing the Museum’s best interest.
- Work closely with other Education staff to explore potential for new programming and develop a portfolio of high quality, coherent, targeted and relevant programs.
- Develop and track metrics to measure effectiveness of program offerings.
- Work closely with Curatorial Department to develop interpretive offerings accessible to a diverse range of visitors.
- Work closely with Visitor Experience and Marketing Department to communicate a consistent message.
- Other duties as assigned.
Candidate should have a minimum of a BA Art Education, Studio Art, or related field.
Experience and Skills:
Candidate must have 3+ years of experience in education and program development and
implementation, including writing of K-12 curriculum. Combined education and experience will be considered. A strong knowledge of art and culture required.
- Demonstrated experience building new programs targeted to diverse audiences.
- Willing to take hands‐on approach where needed.
- Able to work flexible hours including nights and weekends as needed.
- Creative and innovative approach to program development.
- Knowledge of a variety of studio techniques.
- Ability to manage time and organize in a classroom environment.
- Ability to present programs (tours, gallery talks, studio instruction, formal presentation) to an audience.
- Experience in creating, managing and leading educational programs in an art museum or similar setting, especially gallery-based activities, art camps and workshops, tours and family-friendly events.
- Knowledge of and experience in implementing best practices in art museum education.
- A confident and engaging communicator who is comfortable speaking to groups of children and adults, and able to write for a variety of ages/levels.
- A team-player with strong interpersonal skills.
- Must have the desire and ability to collaborate with internal teams and cultivate partnerships with external constituencies.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, with the highest attention to detail and quality.
- Proficient with appropriate office software applications, as well as social media platforms.
- Experience with developing and using educational technology in programs is a plus.
- Able to work a varied schedule, including weekends and evenings as needed.
- Enthusiasm for handling a wide‐range of projects simultaneously while working in a fast‐paced, team‐based environment.
Salary and Benefits:
$13.50 per hour – minimum 25 hours per week. Benefits include cost of living wage and 401k plan.
Schedule will fluctuate within the museum’s operating hours of M-F 9am-5pm. Nights and weekends as needed.
- Occasional lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling up to 25lbs (+-20%) of the time.
- Occasional standing/walking/climbing (+-20%)of the time.
- Sitting in a normal position for an extended time (+-50%)of the time.
- Occasional reaching/handling/feeling (+-20%) of the time.
- Frequent use of finger dexterity (+50%) of the time.
To apply, please send resume and letter of interest to Dana-Marie Lemmer at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Art Educator Application.” Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Wiregrass Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We will not discriminate based on race/creed/national origin/religion/color/sex/age/