The Akron Art Museum seeks an Educator Youth and Family Programs.

Summary: Assumes primary responsibility for youth and family programs (early childhood, non-school youth, and family audiences) including teaching studio classes, organizing events, and developing curriculum and resources. Assists with creating interpretive materials for youth and family audiences. Performs administrative duties within the department and assists with gallery teaching. Supervises seasonal workers, interns and volunteers at education events. Works closely with the communications department to help inform the public about educational programming. Works closely with building services, event and security staff as necessary to implement programs. Works closely with community organizations dedicated to the support of children and families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Programs for Youth and Families
    • Has primary responsibility for devising and coordinating initiatives, programs, and events aimed at families and children (non-school) Formats include on-site events, studio classes, gallery experiences, digital offerings, and print materials.
    • Assists in developing new initiatives aimed at youth and family audiences and researching best practices and trends in the field.
  • Administrative Duties
    • Prepares and manages education program budgets and orders, organizes and inventories supplies and materials for related programs.
    • Records and maintains records for related programs (e.g. attendance, contact information, etc.).
    • Drafts contracts and other paperwork for class instructors
  • Tour Program and Interpretation
    • Assists with developing interpretive materials (tours, hands-on gallery activities, gallery guides) aimed at youth and families for the collection and special exhibitions.
    • Assists with gallery teaching and leads tours as needed.
  • Other Duties
    • Writes program descriptions, articles, and other content related to youth and family programs for museum’s print and digital publications.
    • Undertakes other assignments as requested by the Curator of Education.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree or B.F.A. required. Must have teaching experience, including studio teaching. Must have knowledge of modern and contemporary art and educational strategies; experience coordinating and supervising events and/or programs aimed at children; and experience working in group situations that include children and adults. Knowledge of art materials, processes, and techniques is important. Early childhood teaching experience preferred.  Must be able to effectively collaborate and function as a member of a team as well as function independently. This person must be reliable, creative, energetic, well-organized, and skilled in program planning and implementation. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are essential, as are good people skills. Basic proficiency in Outlook, Excel and other Microsoft Office programs is required. The ability to work with adults as well as children is required. The job will require working some evenings and/or weekends.

Job Knowledge and Skills: Understands job procedures and methods; demonstrates ability to acquire necessary skills; understands how job relates to others; makes effective use of resources; demonstrates skill in performing assigned tasks.

  • Quality of Work - Produces work that is accurate and thorough; demonstrates commitment to excellence and continuous improvement; ability to monitor quality of own work; applies feedback to improve performance; takes initiative to find ways to improve and promote quality work.
  • Planning /Organizational Skills- Independently plans/prioritizes work; sets goals and objectives; displays appropriate sense of urgency toward top priorities; manages time efficiently; plans for additional resources; integrates changes smoothly.
  • Dependability - Meets attendance and punctuality requirements; keeps commitments; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows instructions and responds to management direction; responds to requests for service and assistance; commits to doing the best job possible.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Maintains a feeling of hospitality with team and visitors all times; displays tact and consideration; works actively to resolve conflicts; displays positive outlook/pleasant demeanor; always conducts self in a professional manner; assists and supports co-workers and customers.
  • Communication - Expresses ideas coherently; demonstrates good listening and comprehension; always keeps others properly informed ; selects appropriate communication tools.
  • Initiative - Volunteers readily; undertakes self-development activities; seeks increased responsibility; takes advantage of opportunities; seeks creative ways to improve skills; asks for help when needed.
  • Problem Solving- Identifies problems in timely manner; gathers/analyzes information skillfully; resolves problems in early stages; looks for alternative solutions; works cooperatively in group problem solving situations.
  • Use of Technology - Demonstrates required skills; adapts to new technology; uses technology to increase quality and productivity of work; accepts training opportunities to improve technical skills.
  • Personal Appearance - Always dresses appropriately for work; demonstrates acceptable personal hygiene and grooming habits.

Physical Demands Required To Perform Essential Functions: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb, balance and smell.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Visual Demands: Near acuity, depth perception. Mental Demands: High oral comprehension and written comprehension.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

Desk Work: sitting for extended periods of time, carrying, handling, fingering, talking, and hearing, eye/hand coordination, repetitive motions. Events and Programs: Standing for extended periods of time, walking, speaking and hearing in noisy environments. 

Visual Demands: near acuity, depth perception, able to see computer monitor.  Must be physically able to drive and possess a valid driver’s license.

Mental Demands: oral comprehension, written comprehension, simple arithmetic.

This list is meant to be illustrative of the usual types of activities and working conditions for this position and is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Working Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Subject to many interruptions, pressure due to multiple calls and inquiries, meeting deadlines.  Work areas are primarily indoors, in a climate-controlled environment. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level is usually moderate. Wears personal protective equipment as required. May be unable to maintain proper social distancing at times due to guest needs or unforeseen circumstances that may arise occasionally.

Salary range: $40k-$42k

Job classification: Salary, exempt

To apply: We accept applications submitted online, by email, or by mail. To apply online, complete the Application for Employment online form. To apply by email, send cover letter, resume, and references to: [email protected]. To apply by mail, send cover letter, resume, and references to:
Human Resources
The Akron Art Museum
One South High Street
Akron, OH 44308

Posted: February 3, 2021

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