The Tour and School Program Coordinator will facilitate an enriching tour program for the diverse and expanding audiences of Oklahoma Contemporary. This new position will assist in the creation of the structure, procedures and methods for scheduling general audience tours, school group visits and specialized tours. They will assist in developing interpretive materials, lesson plans and activities that connect all audiences to rotating exhibitions and installations in ways that align with state and local curriculum standards and institutional learning objectives. They will strengthen the institution’s relationship to local school districts and educators and create professional development opportunities for educators alongside the Manger of Youth and Family Programs.
Additionally, this position will be responsible for coordinating the recruitment, training, evaluation and scheduling of the institution’s paid Gallery Guides. As a member of the Youth and Family division, they will assist with summer camps, teen programs and division planning as needed.
Essential Job Functions
- Work with public and private school stakeholders to develop partnerships.
- Develop and revise tour offerings and procedures, ensuring school tours meet students’ needs and state requirements.
- Develop in-gallery and online interpretive materials for families and schools (exhibition guides, hands-on activities, tour outlines, online tours, online lesson plans, etc.)
- Assist with the development of adult in-gallery and online tours.
- In conjunction with educational partners, develop assessment tools to analyze student, family and adult tours.
- Assist in development and present an annual K-12 student art show in the Education Wing.
- Coordinate professional development opportunities for teachers.
- Work with Director of Education and Public Programs to recruit and train new paid Gallery Guides and assist with development of a slate of trainings for all Gallery Guides.
- Work with Director of Education and Public Programs to develop assessment tools to analyze Gallery Guide performance and effectiveness of gallery tours.
- Investigate STEAM-related initiatives, and implement curriculum as applicable, including working with the Studio School.
- Explore the use of current and emerging technologies for learning and in-gallery experiences and make recommendations for future plans.
- Collaborate with Manger of Youth and Family Programs to develop summer camps.
- Assist Education staff with large-scale community events as assigned.
- Network within the educational community to enhance the relationship of Oklahoma Contemporary with school boards, school administrators and teachers.
- Provide data for reports and assist in interpreting program needs. Collect and compile material for review and analysis; evaluate, document and recommend proper courses of action.
- Perform other duties as assigned or required.
Essential Job Requirements and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in education, museum studies, art, art history or related field a plus.
- Two to three years of classroom experience or/museum teaching experience.
- Experience planning and delivering professional development for educators.
- Significant knowledge and understanding of pedagogy, state education standards and learning theory.
- Able to work individually and with a team.
- Able to plan, organize and follow schedules of activities. Must effectively manage multiple projects and priorities. Must be detail orientated and able to plan small- and large-scale events.
- Highly motivated self-starter with strong interpersonal skills.
- Must be able to apply independent judgment, discretion and initiative to address problems and develop solutions.
- Must have competence with Microsoft Office.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Master’s degree in museum studies, art history, art, art education or education preferred.
- Teacher certification in elementary or arts education is a plus.
- Familiarity with museum education, museum studies and/or object-centered learning.
- Three-plus years of classroom experience and or teaching in museums.
- Knowledge of Tessitura and experience working payroll systems such as Paycom.
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.
Other Requirements and Working Conditions
- Our office is an open workspace with seated desks and an additional meeting room can be reserved.
- Regular evening and weekend availability to accommodate the events and programs schedule.
- Use of a car required; legally registered and insured for daily use.
- Use of a computer/monitor, telephone and copier daily.
- Our salaries are consistent and competitive with similarly sized nonprofits and our health benefits are excellent.
- Team environment with frequent group meeting participation.
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.
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About Oklahoma Contemporary
Oklahoma Contemporary is an inclusive center for the arts where people of all ages and backgrounds can experience art, encounter new ideas and ignite their creative potential. Through visual art exhibitions, performances, public programs, community-building initiatives, outdoor installations and special events, Oklahoma Contemporary creates opportunities for everyone to come together in celebration of contemporary culture and artistic expression. With year-round classes and seasonal youth camps across multiple disciplines, the arts center’s education programs encourage youth and adults to express their ideas across a variety of media and learn new skills. Oklahoma Contemporary believes that art is for everyone and places accessibility and education at the center of all programming. Admission to exhibitions is always free. Oklahoma Contemporary is a regional 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by businessman and philanthropist Christian Keesee and Kirkpatrick Foundation Director Marilyn Myers.
Oklahoma Contemporary strives to demonstrate leadership by modeling excellence and best practices for inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility. We believe in the power of human creativity and value the opportunities for connection and learning that exist when cultures and communities come together in collaboration and understanding.
We commit to championing policies and practices that value diversity, foster cultural equity and create an accessible and inclusive environment. Oklahoma Contemporary does not discriminate based on race/ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status or religion. We recognize our strengths lie in the broad range of people who contribute their time and talents to our mission and are dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive place for them to explore creativity.