MOCA Education strives to make education more collaborative, inclusive, and learner-centered, to nurture intellectual growth through experiences with contemporary art, and to increase access to the transformative power of contemporary art. This part-time position entails working for two programs within the Education Department: Contemporary Art Start (CAS), MOCA’s year-long classroom partnership program featuring professional development for 3rd-12th grade teachers and museum visits for students; and Sunday Studio, MOCA’s drop-in program for visitors of all ages offered six times per year, featuring gallery tours and studio projects.
- Demonstrated commitment to art education
- Strong knowledge of contemporary art
- Possession of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in art education, studio art, or closely-related field
- Excellent teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills
- Fluency in Spanish preferred
- Studio art practice preferred
Contemporary Art Start
Contemporary Art Start (CAS) invests in teachers to connect students to the transformative power of contemporary art. CAS creates lasting impact by combining extensive professional development for teachers throughout the year, two MOCA staff-guided visits at the museum, standards-aligned classroom curriculum, and family involvement opportunities. Each year CAS serves approximately 100 teachers and 5,000 students in 3rd-12th grade classrooms across Los Angeles. Working under the supervision of the Associate Director of Education, School & Teacher Programs, the Educator, Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio Programs will work alongside approximately six staff educators to assist with the development and implementation of discussion-based tours for students and learner-centered professional development workshops for teachers. Upon demonstration of expertise using the specific inquiry-based teaching method Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) with students, the Educator will receive further training to provide VTS coaching to CAS teacher-participants.
Staff hours within CAS are irregular and vary according to the academic calendar. The typical year includes programming during:
- Summer: three x one-day workshops for returning CAS teacher participants; two x five-day Rebecca Smith Summer Institutes for teachers; and one x one-day Administrator Orientation
- Fall/Winter: four x one-day pre-visit workshops for teachers (Saturdays); approximately 12 weeks of tours for students (Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:30am-1:45pm)
- Spring: same as fall
- Ongoing: weekly staff meetings (Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30pm); paid hours for exhibition-related research and additional projects
Sunday Studio is MOCA’s see-art, make-art program for makers of all ages and experience levels. Offered six times per year and attracting 200-400 visitors per program, Sunday Studio bridges artists, the museum, and the public. Working under the supervision of the Manager, Teen and Family Programs, the Educator, Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio Programs helps test and collaboratively develop studio art projects and exhibition tours. During events, he/she assists with workshop setup/breakdown and supports visitors in the process of creating their projects. Program shifts last approximately six hours; program planning takes place during Educators’ weekly staff meetings.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand and sit for hour-long tours (shifts usually consist of two tours); use hands to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and demonstrate effective communication skills. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. During seasonal CAS teacher workshops and monthly Sunday Studio workshops, this employee will assist with setup and cleanup of studio art and other activities, involving duties including but not limited to bending to tape down tarps, lifting and reaching to set up canopies and tables, and carrying other supplies.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position; they do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions of the position may change or be changed from time to time as necessary.