Posted August 20, 2014
The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community. The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design. ArtAccess is a unique program of the Queens Museum Education Department designed specifically for visitors with special needs. ArtAccess reaffirms the museum’s commitment to making its services accessible to all visitors, including those with varying physical, emotional and cognitive abilities.
The Coordinator of ArtAccess Programs coordinates the museum’s educational programs with and for people with special needs of all ages from students Pre-K -12 to older adults. The ArtAccess Coordinator will be responsible for the administrative and executive aspects of the ArtAccess Department. The coordinator will be a lead educator- responsible for training, modeling and intern supervision. The coordinator will be working with schools in scheduling and teaching groups for students with multiple severe disabilities. The ArtAccess Coordinator reports to the Manager of ArtAccess and directly supervises interns and volunteers and is responsible for temporary teaching artists, contractual museum educators, graduate interns and volunteers. General responsibilities include:
• Coordinating and facilitating ArtAccess school programming for partner schools: particularly Queens Museum’s partnerships with district 75 school partnerships.
• Working with the New York City DOE on work orders and billing.
• Coordinating adult programming including bi-monthly Open Studio programs.
• Responding to ArtAccess inquiries and scheduling tours and outreach programs.
• Coordinating the production of Braille, large print, video/audio transcription and advising other departments on accessibility best practices and codes ,helping ensure that museum is inclusive as possible to people of all abilities.
• Conceiving, implementing, assessing diverse educational programs with both studio and gallery-based components related to the museum’s exhibitions for learners of all ages that reflect the rich diversity of Queens.
• Work with the Manager of School programs to develop and implement new partnerships, field trips, workshops, artist residencies, professional development that support special needs students from pre-K-12 schools.
• Training and co-teaching with temporary and contractual educators and teaching artists as appropriate for each program.
• Curates community exhibitions and celebrations of student work.
• Acts as liaison for District 79 on-site High School Equivalency Programs at the Queens Museum.
• Support adaptations that facilitate the inclusion and success of students with special needs.
• Maintaining the art studio and ordering supplies
• Develop and disseminate program information to schools, institutions and community groups.
• Research community organization and populations who may benefit from the program.
• Support other museum and education efforts as necessary.
Graduate degree in art therapy, museum education, art education or related field preferred, bachelors degree required. Experience in museum access or a closely related field and minimum two years of experience with special needs audiences.
Experience and training in special education, Creative Arts Therapy and autism spectrum disorder highly preferred
Knowledge of current issues in special education and special education reform, museum access, and arts education.
Commitment to community-driven, student-centered teaching.
Team player with a strong track record of collaboration and partnership.
Self motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills
Commitment to ongoing personal growth and learning.
Ability to be resourceful and creative problem solver.
Able to thrive in culturally diverse settings, bilingual a plus.
Compensation and schedule
This position is a 5-day/week schedule and requires regular weekend availability, some evening hours and ability to travel throughout Queens. Candidates with cars are preferred. Generous compensation package including health, dental, vison and retirement benefits. This position is full-time, exempt.
Please email a cover letter and resume with “ArtAccess Coordinator” in the subject to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and with your cover letter in the body of the e-mail. Please no calls.