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School and Teen 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 Teen Programs Fellowship is both physically and 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 Teen Programs Fellow leads virtual and/or in-person Guided Gallery Visits and offers logistical and pedagogical support to our Teen Programs department, specifically the Teen Night Planning Committee, a paid internship in public programming. The fellow plays a key role in mentoring our teen staff, who develop arts-based public programs for NYC teens, including large-scale Teen Nights, that are grounded in art and activism.

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
  • Willingness to learn as part of a community, and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a team
  • Ability to manage time effectively, including prioritizing tasks, maintaining calendars, blocking out work time, and balancing academic and logistical responsibilities 
  • 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 or similar institution
  • Experience teaching art-making to K–12 audiences
  • Experience teaching and mentoring teens within or outside of school contexts 
  • Experience planning events, parties, and/or other public programs
  • Experience with social media and graphic design
  • Studio art practice (such as drawing, painting, sculpture, or photography), and knowledge of traditional art mediums and techniques
  • Familiarity with critical race, queer, and/or disability theories
  • 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 will require spending time outside work hours on reading and practicum.
  • Design and teach up to two 75-minute Guided Gallery Visits (GGV) and/or 30- to 45-minute 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.
  • Collaborate with the Teen Programs Coordinator and Manager on the Teen Night Planning Committee curriculum, cofacilitate weekly meetings, conduct evaluations and documentation, and maintain and prepare supplies.
  • Provide logistical support for Teen Nights, smaller-scale events, and virtual programs, such as by contacting performers, ordering supplies, and/or marketing efforts.
  • Mentor teen staff, uplift youth leadership and agency in the Museum, and cultivate a caring and creative environment for teen staff and participants.
  • 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, including reading and writing outside work hours, and present a completed research project by 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 to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Guided gallery visits occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm. Teen Night Planning Committee meetings are Wednesdays, 4:30–6:30 pm, and Teen Nights are select Friday evenings, 5–7:30 pm. Some evening and weekend hours will 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.