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Interpretation and Public Programs Intern at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

DeCordova’s Learning and Engagement Department is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated graduate or college (juniors and seniors only) student for assistance in researching and developing exhibition-related programming for Fall 2018. Responsibilities will vary, but may include: researching artists and exhibition-related content, assisting in the development and installation of the Museum’s educational Process Gallery, The Lab, and other interpretative spaces, assisting in Museum Guide exhibition training, collecting and editing audio content for cell phone tours, assisting with public programs for current exhibitions and day-to-day operations. Interns will report to the Manager of Museum Guide and Public Programs and the Head of Learning Environments. Select evening and weekend availability required to assist with Public Programs.

Qualifications include: strong organizational and computer skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work independently, and a sense of humor. Prospective applicants should be aware that these are unpaid volunteer positions and that no public transportation serves deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum: a car is a must.  Internships are available in the summer, fall, and winter/spring semesters. This internship requires a 16 hours/week minimum commitment. This internship can be completed for course credit.

To apply, please submit a cover letter that clearly states your qualifications and interest in this specific internship along with your resume to Rachael Kelly, Manager of Museum Guide and Public Programs, at rkelly@decordova.org.

Deadline to apply: Monday, August 27

Job Announcements

Graduate Gallery Assistant for Tufts University Students

Tufts University Art Galleries is seeking a graduate student interested in museum pedagogy, audience development, and public programs to work closely with the Gallery Educator & Academic Programs Coordinator for the 18-19 academic year.

The Graduate Assistant will conduct research on future exhibitions, organize and create resource materials for faculty and students, design and implement campus-wide public programs in conjunction with exhibitions, and provide informal learning opportunities in the Gallery. The Gallery Educator will train and mentor the Graduate Assistant to facilitate discussion-based tours in current exhibitions using a variety of museum pedagogies (i.e., VTS, Artful Thinking). This fall, the Gallery will feature Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection, which brings together 38 artworks by some of the foremost self-taught artists of the 20th century and States of Freedom: The Figure in Flux, a pan-historical group exhibition of contemporary and historical work in which the body appears fragmented, flattened, or collaged.

The schedule for this paid position is flexible, but the expectation is a commitment of 5-10 hours per week. This position can be used to fulfill the Museum Studies internship requirement. Applicants should send a letter of interest and CV/Resume to Liz Canter at Elizabeth.canter@tufts.edu.

Tufts University Art Galleries Internship Opportunity

For Tufts University Students: Graduate Assistant-Academic Programs

Tufts University Art Galleries is seeking a graduate student interested in museum pedagogy, audience development, and public programs to work closely with the Gallery Educator & Academic Programs Coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year.

The Graduate Assistant will conduct research on future exhibitions, organize and create resource materials for faculty and students, design and implement campus-wide public programs in conjunction with exhibitions, and provide informal learning opportunities in the Gallery. The Gallery Educator will train and mentor the Graduate Assistant to facilitate discussion-based tours in current exhibitions using a variety of museum pedagogies (i.e., VTS, Artful Thinking). This fall, the Gallery will feature Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection, which brings together 38 artworks by some of the foremost self-taught artists of the 20th century and States of Freedom: The Figure in Flux, a pan-historical group exhibition of contemporary and historical work in which the body appears fragmented, flattened, or collaged.

The schedule for this paid position is flexible, but the expectation is a commitment of 5-10 hours per week. This position can be used to fulfill the Museum Studies internship requirement. Applicants should send a letter of interest and CV/Resume to Liz Canter at Elizabeth.canter@tufts.edu.

Museum Program Specialist [Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington DC]

Museum Program Specialist, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History (NMAH), seeks a new Museum Program Specialist to oversee the daily operations of Draper Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention space for children and families, and to support the development and execution of other Lemelson Center public programs. The Lemelson Center conducts historical research, develops educational initiatives, creates exhibitions and hosts public programming to advance new perspectives on invention and innovation and to foster interactions between the public and inventors. To learn more about the Lemelson Center, visit http://www.invention.si.edu/about-lemelson-center.

Position Involves:

  • Developing staffing plans for the Spark!Lab to create meaningful visitor experiences for the number of visitors and types of audiences anticipated
  • Recruiting, hiring, training and supervising paid floor managers and facilitators, and volunteer docents and interns
  • Managing inventory, supplies and overall maintenance needs of the Spark!Lab space
  • Working with the Lemelson Center and NMAH staff to develop, implement, and evaluate appropriate hands-on activities for a wide range of visitors
  • Coordinating the development and execution of public programs in the Spark!Lab
  • Assisting with the development and execution of Lemelson Center public programs, such as lectures, workshops, demonstrations, conferences, performances, films, living history events and hands-on activities related to the history of invention and innovation for families, children and other audiences

The Lemelson Center has a distinctive organizational culture that seeks to emulate how inventors work. We experiment, learn, iterate, and aim to widely apply new methods for engaging audiences on the broadest scale. We strive for a startup culture while working inside an organization with a highly valued brand and global reach. The successful candidate must have experience managing a hands-on education space; recruiting, training, and supervising paid and volunteer staff; and developing public programs for a wide range of public audiences. Ability to collaborate with colleagues on a wide variety of projects, skill to inspire a sense of inventiveness among diverse audiences and knowledge of the importance of invention is required. A master’s degree in education or museum studies, or a scientific, engineering, historical or other relevant discipline is preferred.

Salary Information

This is a full-time, 2-year Trust (non-Federal) position at the IS-9 grade level. The salary is $56,233 annually, including an excellent benefits package.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (compiled into 1 master PDF) to Monica Smith, Lemelson Center Head of Exhibitions and Interpretation, at SmithMo@si.edu, with the subject “Museum Program Specialist.” Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. EDT on May 9, 2018.

The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Summer Educators [Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA]

Department: Department of Education
Supervisor: Tour Programs Manager
Position Status: Contract, Seasonal (June 1 – August 31, 2018)
Schedule: 3 days/week, approximately 16 hours/week
Overview: Summer Educators will primarily lead participatory tours for groups of ICA visitors, grade school age and beyond. The Summer Educators will engage tour participants in lively discussions that encourage close looking and critical thinking about contemporary art. Summer Educators will also lead guided experiences at the ICA Watershed, the ICA’s new, seasonal space in East Boston.
Responsibilities of a Summer Educator:
1. Attend 3 Summer Educator training days
2. Attend supplementary Curator-led and Gallery Educator training sessions
3. Prepare written tour outlines for approval before giving tours
4. Prepare and lead a successful graduation tour for Education staff by June 22, 2018
5. Must be on site an average of 16 hours each week, which includes leading at least 3 hour-long tours
6. Confirm tour schedule with the Education Department Associate by Monday of each week
7. Submit weekly post-tour reflections to Tour Programs Manager
8. Collaborate with Tour Programs Manager to develop creative response activities for guided youth experiences
9. Must be punctual and arrive 15 minutes before the group is scheduled to arrive
10. Be familiar with exhibitions, artworks, and the ICA building and be fully prepared to provide tours
11. Lead orientations for guided and self-guided groups, including a review of museum policies and procedures
12. Assist with bag and coat check for groups
13. Ensure that group members adhere to museum policies and procedures
14. Support Education Department efforts in the galleries and other ICA spaces as needed

Summer Educator training sessions are required and will take place from 12:30-4:00 pm on Tuesday, June 5; Wednesday, June 6; and, Thursday, June 7. Summer Educators are also expected to attend exhibition specific trainings, including special training for We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985, the ICA’s featured summer exhibition.
Summer Educators will work a predetermined schedule developed in collaboration with the Education Department Associate and Tour Programs Manager. Tours will be scheduled June 19 – August 31, 2018. For the services described above, the Contractor will receive a flat fee at the end of the contract period.

Qualifications:
 Ability to work weekdays (morning or afternoon shifts Tuesday – Friday) and occasional weekend days
 Spanish language fluency and the ability to facilitate tours in Spanish highly desirable
 Experience with or knowledge of contemporary visual art
 Experience with gallery teaching a plus; comfortable speaking to large groups of visitors
 Solid interpersonal and communication skills
 Must be friendly, outgoing and conduct oneself in a polite and professional manner
 Ability to assert oneself when needed in order to enforce museum policies
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 18, 2018. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, current resume, and a list of three professional references to abriggskemeza@icaboston.org .

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