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InterseXtions and Gallery/Studio Programs Education Fellow—Education

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

The InterseXtions and Gallery/Studio Programs Fellow leads Guided Gallery Visits and offers logistical and pedagogical support to InterseXtions and the Gallery/Studio Program. The Fellow plays a key role in mentoring teen members of InterseXtions, who develop LGBTQ+ community programming for teens (including an annual LGBTQ+ Teen Night) as part of a unique identity-based paid program. The Fellow facilitates meetings and reading discussions, sharing their knowledge of LGBTQ+ identity, art, and history with InterseXtions participants. During programs, the Fellow provides planning and logistical support and is responsible for creating a safe, caring, and creative environment for teen staff and participants. The Fellow also assists in Gallery/Studio Program (GSP) classes during the fall, and teaches their own GSP class in spring that creatively connects young people to the art on display in our galleries through art-making.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in fine arts, education, art history, or cultural studies, though candidates from other academic backgrounds are welcome to apply
  • Experience teaching and/or programming in formal or informal learning environments
  • Familiarity with art-making or art history, 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
  • Experience with and ability to personally reflect on issues of gender identity, race, and sexuality
  • Familiarity with queer theory and/or intersectional feminist and queer art history
  • 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 lift up to 25 pounds, actively move throughout the Museum for up to 2.5 hours at a time, and spend periods of time distributing materials to and interacting with children who are seated on the floor
  • Proof of ability to work in the United States is required. 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 in school or out-of-school contexts
  • Studio art practice (such as drawing, painting, sculpture, or photography) and knowledge of traditional art mediums and techniques
  • Experience pursuing an intersectional understanding of queer identity and history, and ability to discuss LGBTQ+ issues in ways that include race, class, language, and dis/ability

Responsibilities:

  • Attend a six-week training program at the beginning of the Fellowship, which will require time spent outside work hours on reading and practicum preparations
  • Design and teach up to two 1.5-hour Guided Gallery Visits for school groups per day, honing a personal pedagogical approach while maintaining School Programs' standards of excellence
  • Assist Program Coordinators with the implementation of their educational programs (Gallery/Studio Program, InterseXtions, etc.), which may include designing and teaching lessons, maintaining and preparing supplies, collaborating with instructors and volunteers, and conducting program evaluations and documentation
  • Facilitate meetings of InterseXtions, and help manage logistics for LGBTQ+ Teen Night
  • Provide administrative support for the Gallery/Studio Program by reviewing scholarships, assisting in hiring work-study teens, and helping maintain studios
  • 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 year to learn about museum education theory and practice, including reading and writing outside work hours, and present a completed research paper in June 2021
  • Complete a professional teaching portfolio

Start and end dates: September 8, 2020–June 17, 2021

Department: Education

Reports to: Fellowship Coordinator

Position type: Full-time, temporary

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary: $22,100 (subject to payroll taxes) plus benefits

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Tuesdays through Saturdays or Sundays through Thursdays, 9 am to 5 pm. Guided gallery visits occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 am to 1 pm. Some evening hours will be required.

Application deadline: April 5, 2020

Apply online

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