Assistant Museum Educator (Funded Position)
Mead Art Museum
[Applications accepted until position filled]
$32,000 per year
This is a 2-year funded position with the possibility of extension. Position is year-round, 35 hours per week, with benefits.
Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum seeks a creative, enthusiastic, and organized Assistant Museum Educator to develop the museum’s engagement with the Pioneer Valley community and local schools and to provide leadership for the volunteer Student Docent program in collaboration with other museum staff. The new Assistant Museum Educator will join a lively cohort of recently graduated “Green Deans” on campus.
Reporting to the museum’s Head of Education, the Assistant Museum Educator will assist in all aspects of the educational activities of the Mead, with a focus on Pioneer Valley community events (including quarterly “Evenings at the Mead”) and on developing new, sustainable programs for K–12 age groups. The Assistant Museum Educator will support the museum’s volunteer student docent program by organizing training sessions and other activities for the thirty-plus college students who as serve as the Mead’s art gallery guides during the academic year. The Assistant Museum Educator will also give public tours and talks, facilitate college class museum visits when appropriate, and help supervise two student interns.
The Mead Art Museum holds the art collection of Amherst College. Established with funds bequeathed by William Rutherford Mead (Class of 1867), a partner in the storied architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White. The 19,000 objects in the Mead’s collection represent a wide range of historical periods, national schools, and artistic media, and include American and European paintings, Mexican ceramics, Tibetan scroll paintings, an English paneled room, ancient Assyrian carvings, Russian avant-garde art, West African sculpture, Korean ceramics, and Japanese prints.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names and contact information (mail, e-mail, and telephone numbers) of three references (professional or educational). A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required; academic major in Art History or a related field preferred. Some experience with art museum work, museum education, event planning, and/or community programming desirable. The successful candidate will be highly organized, responsible, adept with new technologies, able to manage multiple tasks and deadlines. This is a full-time position with some evening and weekend hours required.