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Museum Education Fellow—Education

The Museum Education Fellowship Program is a hands-on program in which fellows receive rigorous on-the-job training and intensive mentorship in the theory and practice of museum pedagogy, accompanied by research, workshops, and reading discussions. Successful candidates demonstrate diligence, critical thinking, creativity, and thoroughness. Fellows play an integral role in their dynamic departments, forge professional contacts, hone their career goals, and develop marketable skills in teaching and programming.

The Brooklyn Museum is hiring six Museum Education Fellows for the 2023–24 academic year.  The positions include:

  • School and Access Programs Fellow
  • School and Family Programs Fellow
  • School and Public Programs Fellow (two positions available)
  • School and Teen Programs Fellow
  • School Programs Fellow

Each of the fellows lead 75-minute in-gallery lessons for K–12 school groups through the Guided Gallery Visits. They also offer administrative, logistical, pedagogical, and programming support in one of the Brooklyn Museum’s program areas including: Access, Family, Public, School, and Teen Programs. Please review our application for complete descriptions, requirements, and responsibilities of each of the positions.


  • Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience, preferably in fine arts, art history, cultural studies, education, and other humanities, though candidates from other academic backgrounds are welcome to apply
  • Experience teaching and/or programming in person or virtually in formal or informal learning environments
  • Interest in teaching a wide range of age groups, including students from kindergarten through twelfth grade and adult educators
  • Familiarity with art-making, experience looking at and discussing art objects, and programming for cultural institutions
  • Investment in working with diverse museum audiences and supporting our mission, as well as 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 throughout the museum with or without accommodations for up to 2.5 hours at a time, and spend periods of time 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 K–12 audiences, in school or out-of-school settings 
  • 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 dis/ability
  • Please review the additional qualifications for each of the positions available on the Museum Education Fellowship application form.


  • Attend a six-week training program at the beginning of the Fellowship, which will require time spent outside work hours on reading and practicum
  • Design and teach up to six 75-minute Guided Gallery Visits for school groups per week, honing a personal pedagogical approach while maintaining School Programs’ standards of excellence. During in-person guided visits, fellows typically stand for up to 1.5 hours and travel throughout the galleries with a bag of materials weighing five to ten 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 year to learn about museum education theory and practice, including reading and writing outside work hours, and present a completed research project by June 2024
  • Complete a professional teaching portfolio
  • Please review the additional qualifications for each of the positions available on the Museum Education Fellowship application form.

Position dates: September 5, 2023–June 21, 2024

Department: Education

Reports to: Senior Manager for Adult Learning

Position type: Full-time (Temporary)

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Salary: $27/hour ($39,690 for 10 months, subject to payroll taxes) and benefits

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Guided Gallery Visits occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 10 am to 1 pm; School Partnerships take place throughout the week. Some evening hours and weekends are required.

Application deadline: February 26, 2023

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If you have questions about the online application system, please get in touch with us at

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.