Gallery Educators are part of a cohort of educators who engage a diverse range of Oklahoma Contemporary visitors and guests through Daily Public Tours, Guided Visits, Second Saturday, Spotlight Talks and K-12 Group Visits. Through a comprehensive training provided by Oklahoma Contemporary, Gallery Educators gain the skills, language and content expertise to support interactive engagement with the public.
Gallery Educators are responsible for completing supplementary research on artists and artworks and facilitating interactive conversations about contemporary art in a gallery setting. Educators work both independently and as a team with the Education and Public Programs department to develop and prepare resources and materials that shape people’s understanding of contemporary art with a focus on learner-centered, inquiry-based methods.
We welcome Gallery Educators from a variety of backgrounds including practicing artists, teaching artists, university faculty, community-based educators, museum educators and those with expertise working with audiences with special needs.
Essential Job Functions
- Work with the Manager of Youth and Family Programs to deliver programs with a focus on youth, student and teacher programs, including Camp Contemporary and experiences in the Early Childhood Studio.
- Lead in-gallery experiences for K-12 Group Visits
- Work with the Manager of Public Programs and Community Engagement to prepare and facilitate explorations of art for all audiences through Daily Public Tours and Guided Group Visits in Oklahoma Contemporary’s galleries and in exhibition spaces throughout campus.
- Maintain a high quality of visitor experience, hospitality and professionalism in all environments.
- Report on programs including attendance, participant feedback and observational notes on program structure and logistics.
- Conduct program evaluations with groups and participants through surveying and other methods.
- Attend exhibition walkthroughs, monthly Educator meetings and other training sessions as required.
- Supervise students and participants in their care, protecting both students and works of art.
- Other duties as requested
Essential Job Requirements and Qualifications
- Strong interest in education, contemporary arts and culture; degree in fine arts, design or architecture, art history, art education, media arts, education or history is helpful, but not essential.
- Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills and poise; ability to think on one’s feet and improvise and adapt to a range of situations in the moment to problem solve.
- Ability to stay on task and complete all aspects of a group visit within specific start and end times.
- Experience in mediating and facilitating conversations with a wide range of people, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds, age ranges, abilities and attitudes.
- Comfortable managing large groups, especially in an informal educational setting.
- Basic understanding of educational theories or techniques, Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), age/grade characteristics and/or child developmental stages.
Desired Qualifications and Experience
- Fluent in English with a strong preference for candidates who are also fluent in Spanish or Vietnamese.
- Experience working with children or in an educational setting; experience working with people with specific needs including physical and/or intellectual disabilities and/or autism and/or dementia.
Hours and Compensation
- Schedule varies according to K-12 Group Visit, Daily Public Tour, Second Saturday Spotlight Talks and Guided Visit requests. Wednesday-Sunday mornings and/or afternoons. Occasional evenings.
- Flexibility to work a range of days and hours including evenings and weekends
- Ability to work at least two shifts per week
- Availability to attend monthly Educator trainings
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. Continued employment remains on an “at-will” basis. Nothing in this job description is to be construed as a contract of employment. All job duties are subject to change as business needs necessitate.
Submit both a cover letter and resume through the Indeed posting to apply.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Unfortunately, because of the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to give status updates. If you are invited for an interview, you will be contacted directly by the hiring manager by Aug. 15, 2019. Anticipated start date is Fall 2019.
Other requirements and working conditions
- Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use
- Use of a computer/monitor, telephone and copier daily
- Flexible schedule with ability to participate in evening or weekend events
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation
- Physical requirements: Lifting/Carrying - heavy work may include routine lifting of a maximum weight of 50 lbs. - combination of sitting, standing, walking and driving on a frequent basis
- Fingerprint clearance and background check required
Oklahoma Contemporary is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status.