Museum Educator for Docent and Tour Programs
MWPAI is seeking an energetic professional who possesses leadership skills, initiative, a collaborative nature, and is enthusiastic and results oriented. Candidate must have a passion for working with volunteers and with people of all ages and from diverse backgrounds. Candidate must work independently to manage the daily workings of the Museum docent program and tour scheduling, and work collaboratively with the Museum Education team and other professionals on the development of other Museum based educational opportunities. Responsibilities include:
• Manage docent program, including meetings, exhibition orientation, tour preparation, tour scheduling, and continuing education. Assist Museum Education Director and Docent Trainer in docent recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation.
• Through independent research and work with the Museum Education Director and curators, identify guest speakers and off-campus resources to provide Museum docents initial and continuing education with gallery talks, art history lectures, and museum interpretation methods. Maintain the docent website as a resource.
• Referencing current museum pedagogy, prepare traditional and digital interpretive and educational materials to develop interpretation of the Museum collection and exhibitions, using interactive methods to engage visitors and tour groups of all ages from pre-K to adult. Conduct tours as needed.
• Maintain Museum Education database for docent and tour scheduling and reports.
• Manage docent program budget.
• Assist Museum Education staff in the development and implementation of Museum programs and tours for school and community groups.
• Assist with school and community outreach programming.
• Participate in Art Alive! Family Day and First Friday program planning and implementation.
Qualified candidates will have a BA/BS degree or higher in Art History, Museum Studies, Education, Art Education or related field and proven problem-solving and planning capabilities with experience in education, art, or museum work. Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor volunteers and provide immediate feedback to improve performance in order to support the visitor experience. Candidates must possess outstanding oral and written communication skills, visitor service skills, and Microsoft Office suite, spreadsheet, and database proficiency.
Full-time position, 35 hours per week with some evening or weekend hours depending upon events and exhibitions. Regular full time staff receive an excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, group life, short term and long term disability and workers’ compensation insurances, vacation, sick and personal benefit time and paid holidays
Participation in our TIAA-CREF retirement plan begins after one year of service.
Chartered in 1919 and opened in 1936, MWPAI is named for its founding family.
MWPAI has three divisions—Museum of Art, School of Art (including community
classes and the PrattMWP program associated with Pratt Institute, Brooklyn), and
Performing Arts. The Museum is one of only four in the U.S. associated with a nationally
accredited art school.
Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to:
Jeanette R. Breish, Human Resources Director
Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
310 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
315-797-0000, ext. 2108 inquiries