Museum Education Fellow
Nine-month position. Salary: $23,500, plus benefits.
The Museum of Art Synergy Fund sponsors an Education Fellowship position to afford a recent Bates graduate a nine-month period (academic year/fall-spring) in which to extend their education and professional training. This position is intended to be equivalent to an entry-level position in an art museum setting. The Fellowship may be renewed for a second year.
The Fellowship is ideal for a motivated individual interested in art, education, and gaining professional experience working in a small but high-profile college art museum prior to pursuing advanced studies. While the focus is the education program, the Fellowship is designed to provide the recipient the opportunity to also gain knowledge curatorial, research, collection management, and administrative skills. The Fellow will be an integral part of the Museum of Art staff.
The Education Fellow focus primarily on the museum’s education inreach and outreach programming. The Fellow will assist the Education Curator with integrating the Thousand Words Project (TWP), the Museum’s education program that uses art from the collection as tools for learning language skills and to explore relationships between written communication and visual art, into area schools and classes. The Fellow will work with the Education Curator on designing and delivering other outreach programming that integrates the exhibitions, collections, and museum into k-12 curriculum. As a recent graduate of Bates, The Fellow will make the most of their knowledge of student and campus culture, and will create inreach programming that expands the museum’s integration into the cultural and social life of campus.
Work at the Museum of Art is intensively and deliberately collaborative. Consequently, the Fellowship will provide opportunities to work with other staff members, and participate in and gain insight into many other aspects of an academic museum. These experiences will prepare the Fellow for advanced study, or employment in the arts or education.
Examples of Fellowship projects may include: The Fellow will work to integrate the TWP initiatives throughout the museum. This will include leading educational tours and training workshops; harnessing new technologies (e.g. podcasts, vidcasts, etc.) for increasing access to the art collection; travel to schools; and creating educational plans across the curriculum from the museum’s digital database. The Fellow will design and deliver inreach cultural and social programming that further integrate the museum into the life of Bates students.
Requirements: A BA in Art History, Art, Education, or related field is required; strong writing and communication skills; computer image and design software and database experience; and excellent organization skills and attention to detail. Desired: Classroom experience, familiarity with educational and social web-resources and web design; experience working in a museum or in an educational setting. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who also works well in a small, team-oriented museum environment, and have the ability to work with a variety of constituencies at a liberal arts college. Day-to-day supervisor is the Education Curator; reports to Director.
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