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School and Public Programs Education Fellow—Education

The Museum Education Fellowship Program is a hands-on experience where, along with research, workshops, and reading discussions, fellows engage in rigorous on-the-job training and intensive mentorship in the theory and practice of museum pedagogy. The School and Public Programs Fellowship is intellectually demanding; successful candidates demonstrate diligence, critical thinking, creativity, and tenacity. Fellows play an integral role in supporting their dynamic departments, forge professional contacts, hone their career goals, and develop marketable skills in teaching and programming.

The School and Public Programs Fellow leads in-gallery lessons for K–12 school groups through virtual and/or in-person Guided Gallery Visits and provides administrative and production support for our Public Programs department. The fellow helps our industry-leading team of cultural producers bring exciting free and low-cost programs, such as our renowned First Saturdays and Thursday evening series, to New York City communities. They leave the intensive fellowship with experience collaborating with artists and a skill set in event production, public speaking, and engaging diverse communities.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree or commensurate experience, preferably in fine arts, art history, cultural studies, education, and other fields of humanities, though candidates from other academic backgrounds are welcome to apply
  • Experience teaching and organizing in-person or virtual events within formal or informal learning environments; event production or hospitality management experience is particularly helpful
  • Familiarity with art-making, performing arts, or art history, and experience looking at and discussing art objects
  • Investment in working with diverse museum audiences, including school-age children and adults, and a commitment to equity, access, and social justice
  • Ability to manage time effectively, including prioritizing tasks, maintaining calendars, blocking out work time, and balancing academic and logistical responsibilities
  • Demonstrated writing, research, and communication skills, and excellent attention to detail
  • Problem-solving skills and flexibility
  • Willingness to learn as part of a community, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Ability to actively move (with or without accommodations) for up to 2.5 hours at a time and to interact with children who are seated on the floor
  • Proof of ability to work in the United States. We do not sponsor visa applications, though past applicants have worked with international student organizations to secure visas for themselves.

Additional qualifications:
Preferred, but not mandatory

  • Experience teaching in an art museum, nonprofit organization, or similar institution
  • Experience teaching school-age children or teens within or outside of school contexts
  • Familiarity with museum education (theory or practice)
  • Familiarity with cultural trends in Brooklyn and New York City, such as recent developments in literature, art, music, fashion, nightlife, or academic scholarship
  • Experience with and ability to personally reflect on issues of race, class, gender, identity, sexuality, and disability

Responsibilities:

  • Attend a six-week training program at the beginning of the fellowship, which may require spending time outside work hours on reading and practicum preparations.
  • Provide administrative support for the Public Programs department by researching talent, corresponding with performers and speakers, developing contracts, writing logistics, and working with Editorial and Marketing to publish advertising copy, among other tasks.
  • Support production of public programs that interpret the Museum's collections and special exhibitions, such as First Saturdays, talks, live music and other performances, film screenings, and movement classes.
  • Design and teach up to two Guided Gallery Visits (GGV) and/or Virtual Gallery Visits (VGV) for school groups twice per week, honing a personal pedagogical approach while maintaining School Programs' standards of excellence. During in-person GGVs, fellows typically stand for up to 1.5 hours and travel throughout the galleries with a bag of materials weighing 5–10 pounds. Accommodations can be made to support individuals with barriers to these physical aspects of teaching.
  • Participate in professional development sessions, facilitated by our experienced Education and Curatorial staff, in order to complete the program with extensive experience teaching and programming for a variety of audiences.
  • Conduct qualitative research throughout the fellowship to learn about museum education theory and practice, and present a completed research project in June 2023.
  • Complete a professional teaching portfolio.

Start and end dates: September 12, 2022–June 23, 2023

Department: Education

Reports to: Adult Learning Manager

Position type: Full-time, temporary

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary: $22/hour (or $32,340 across 10 months, subject to payroll taxes) plus benefits

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday or Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm. Guided Gallery Visits occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Evening hours will be required on a regular basis.

Apply online

If you have questions about our online application system, please get in touch with us at bkm.fellowship@brooklynmuseum.org.

Application deadline: April 22, 2022

At the Brooklyn Museum, we value all types of experience. For us, a successful candidate has many of the qualities listed in our job postings, and the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job. So if much, but not all, of a job posting describes you, then we welcome your application.