Responsibilities: The Museum Guide Coordinator will recruit, oversee, and cultivate the Museum Guide Program, a staff of adult volunteer educators (Guides) who present talks and tours facilitating connections between Museum visitors and our permanent collections and special exhibitions. This position will organize year-round training for the Guides, which includes working with curators and visiting scholars/trainers to develop the content, format, and schedule for twice-a-week training sessions; setting a welcoming, gracious, and knowledgeable tone for the Guides to lead a dynamic, inquiry-based gallery experience for visitors; and developing new models of teaching/learning approaches to encourage enriched visual as well as contextual presentations by the Guides. She or he will also oversee scheduling of gallery talks, private tours, and Membership and corporate/cultural events; formally evaluate the work of each Guide; and teach adult groups in the galleries.
The Museum Guide Coordinator will work with the rest of the Adult Programs staff to organize and implement a variety of public programs for adult audiences that interpret the Museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions. These programs may include the Museum’s acclaimed Target First Saturday events, weekend gallery talks, lectures, and discussions. He or she will work with the Museum’s Access team to ensure that programming is accessible to all audiences, and facilitate the monthly programs for adult audiences with visual impairments and memory loss. The position will also share responsibility with other Adult Programs staff in training Intern educators and advising on their required research papers and gallery talks.
Work schedule: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, flexible. Occasional weekend and some regular evening work required as program schedule dictates.
Reports to: Adult Programs Manager
Requirements: The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in art history, arts management, museum education, or a related field; a minimum of four years of experience in inquiry-based teaching (for ages 16 to adult) in a museum setting or other relevant arts environment; and a minimum of two years of experience in coordinating and implementing public programs for adult audiences (gallery talks, films, performances, art workshops, etc.).
The position requires active participation in current issues in the field of museum education, with a strong working knowledge of adult learning. The candidate must have a strong desire to make the Museum accessible to all audiences and experience working with individuals with disabilities. He or she must be a forward-thinking, well-organized, and detail-oriented creative self-starter with excellent computer skills and strong communication and writing skills. The individual must have experience facilitating and managing adult group dynamics, and be able to work successfully and collaboratively with educators, administrators, curators, and students on several projects at once.