Woodruff Arts Center employees play an integral role in creating and supporting great art and education initiatives at the nation’s third largest arts center. Comprised of three Art Partners—Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and High Museum of Art—there’s a role for everyone at The Woodruff.
Head of Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning
United States of America (Exempt)
The High Museum of Art’s Education Department is committed to creating audience-focused, accessible, and engaging experiences with art that allow visitors to gain new understanding of art and ideas, develop their creative and technical art-making skills, and connect more deeply with themselves, each other, the museum, and the arts more broadly. Rooted in the museum’s guiding principles—growth, inclusivity, connectivity, collaboration—and the education methods of the department, the Associate Education Specialist will work with a dynamic team of educators to co-develop, facilitate, and evaluate a suite of studio-based programs for adult learners of different ages. Working under the supervision of the Head of Creative Aging and Lifelong Learning, this position will bolster the museum’s studio-based programs for adult and older adult visitors, as well as for various community-based stakeholders, including senior residences, lifelong learning organizations, and other community-based, aging-services organizations that serve Atlantans of diverse backgrounds and identities.
The salary begins at $45,000.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Studio Course Development and Instruction (50%): Working closely with the Lifelong Learning team, co-develop, prep, and facilitate multi-week studio courses for adult learners. Planning includes in researching museum collections and exhibitions, developing multi-week curricula to provide sequential, skill-building instruction for learners of different experience levels, developing program descriptions and supply lists, ordering and organizing supplies, and creating supplemental resources. Facilitation includes classroom set up/break down, technical instruction in the studios, in-gallery discussions, ongoing communication with class registrants during and between class sessions, and assistance with class evaluation.
Studio Workshop Development and Instruction: (25%): Working closely with Lifelong Learning and Public Programs, co-develop, prep, and facilitate single-day studio workshops primarily for adult novice learners of different ages. Studio workshops are offered to the general public through existing programs such as Studio Sessions and OASIS, as well as in partnership with a variety of community-based organizations that support Atlantans of diverse backgrounds and identities, including older adults, grandfamilies, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, people with disabilities, and individuals at risk for social isolation or loneliness. Planning includes meeting with internal and external staff to discuss goals and needs of studio programs and their respective audiences, planning discrete art-making workshops that foster creativity, skill-building, and social connection, and implementing ongoing evaluation.
Group Experiences (15%): Working closely with the Public Programs team, design menu of studio-based activities and write lesson plans for a variety of paying groups, including aging services organizations, social clubs, corporate groups, day camps, and other community-based organizations. Facilitate studio workshops for groups upon request.
Professional Learning for Educators (10%): Working closely with the School and Teacher Services team, design and facilitate virtual and onsite professional development workshops for PreK-12 educators that highlight curricular connections between the museum and the classroom.
Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities: None
Education & Experience:
BA or MA in art education and/or BFA or MFA in studio art.
Minimum 5-10 years of art/museum education experience working with learners of different ages and levels of experiences with art and museums. Experience teaching adult and/or older adult learners is essential.
Skills & Abilities:
Proficiency working with a variety of art-making materials, mediums and processes. Technical knowledge and experience providing instruction on painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, collage.
Experience designing one-off studio workshops as well as multi-week, art-making curricula for learners with different levels of experience, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of technical proficiency.
Familiarity with art history and contemporary art practice, and fluency in object-based discussion.
Enthusiasm for teaching visitors and learners with different levels of experience with art, especially adults and older adults, including people with disabilities
Strong interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills. Ability to interact in a professional, courteous, and empathetic manner with staff and visitors is essential.
Excellent organizational skills, both in terms of project management and in terms of art supply purchasing and organization.
Navigating classroom spaces, demonstrating art-making techniques, setting up, moving, and storing art supplies.
Occasional prolonged periods sitting at a desk and looking at a screen.
Operating in an environment with moderate noise, with occasional periods of loud noise due to crowds.
The High Museum of Art is committed to hiring, training, and supporting staff members who reflect the rich diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We value all types of experience. A successful candidate has many of the qualities listed on our job postings, and the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job. If much, but not all, of a job posting describes you, we welcome your application.
Apply here: https://woodruffcenter.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/woodruffcenter/details/Associate-Education-Specialist_2023-0150
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