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School and Family 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 Family Programs Fellowship is intellectually demanding; successful candidates demonstrate diligence, critical thinking, creativity, and tenacity. Fellows forge professional contacts, hone their career goals, and develop marketable skills in teaching and programming.

The School and Family Programs Fellow leads virtual and/or in-person Guided Gallery Visits and offers logistical and pedagogical support to our Family and Community Programs department. The fellow plays a key role in facilitating our Family Programs, which focus on weekly or monthly classes and workshops for children up to age six and their caregivers. Past programs have included Stroller Tours, Meet the Museum, and F.A.M. (Family Art Magic), as well as larger initiatives and benefits, camps, and Access programs. Programs for 2022–23 will be determined in summer 2022.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience, preferably in fine arts, art history, cultural studies, education, or other fields of humanities, though candidates from other academic backgrounds are welcome to apply
  • Experience teaching and/or programming, in-person or virtually, within formal or informal learning environments
  • Familiarity with art-making, and experience looking at and discussing art objects
  • Investment in working with diverse museum audiences and supporting our mission, and a commitment to equity and social justice
  • Enthusiasm for multigenerational learning, especially with early childhood audiences 
  • Ability to manage time effectively, including prioritizing tasks, maintaining calendars, blocking out work time, and balancing academic and logistical responsibilities 
  • 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 art-making to K–12 audiences 
  • Experience teaching toddlers and early elementary-age children within or outside of school contexts
  • Studio art practice (such as drawing, painting, sculpture, or photography), and knowledge of traditional art mediums and techniques
  • 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.
  • Design and teach up to two Guided Gallery Visits (GGV) and/or Virtual Gallery Visits (VGV) for school groups per day, 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.
  • Assist two or more Program Coordinators with the implementation of their educational programs (Family Programs, GGVs, School Partnerships, etc.), which may include designing and teaching lessons, maintaining and preparing supplies, collaborating with part-time instructors and volunteers, and conducting program evaluations and documentation.
  • 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 ($32,340 for 10 months, subject to payroll taxes) plus benefits 

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday (September through mid-October) or Sunday through Thursday (mid-October through June), 9 am to 5 pm. Guided gallery visits occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Some evening hours and one Saturday per month may be required.

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.