Museum Education Apprentice

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Mass MoCA
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA
Posted: October 12 2016
Application Deadline: November 11, 2016
Position: Full-time, Paid
Timeframe: 01/09/17 — ?

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The Education Fellowship is a 2-year, grant-funded position working in conjunction with the education department to support the museum’s community engagement efforts, as well as general education programming. Reporting to the K-12 education manager, the Fellow will use the lens of exhibitions with socially relevant content to co-create programming with community partners. The exhibition Nick Cave: Until (on view October 2016 – August 2017) will serve as the first focus point; the Fellow will select the second focus exhibition in consultation with community partners.
Community and school outreach: Work closely with the K-12 education manager to develop and sustain new community and high school partnerships through research, outreach, coordinating meetings, and maintaining relationships.

Community and school programming: Coordinate meetings and support development and implementation of programs that serve the needs of both MASS MoCA and the partners involved, including: scheduling, coordinating with other departments, overseeing participant compensation, and other tasks as necessary.

Social Justice tours: Lead guide for social justice-themed tours of spotlight exhibitions for the general public and for high school and community groups. Outreach to target high schools and schedule tours. Develop content and structure for social justice tours.

Evaluation: Document social justice tours and artist residency programs, coordinate photo release forms, and conduct informal surveys.

Artist residencies: Support K-12 education manager in the development and implementation of artist residency programs in conjunction with the social theme. Coordinate housing, travel, and compensation for artists. Research artists for 2017-18 school year programming.

Professional Development: Participate in annual professional development around social engagement in museums, as well as monthly trainings for interns and gallery teachers. Lead one such monthly training per year around a topic of choice.

School tours: Lead tours for K-12 school groups throughout the whole museum as needed in MASS MoCA’s 3-pronged educational model of conversational-style tours, mindfulness practice, and art-making activities.
Teen programs: Support the implementation of teen programs including annual Teen Nights, the annual Teen Invitational high school art exhibition, and Teen Intensives, workshops with teaching artists.

Public Programs: Support the public engagement coordinator with the planning and implementation of public programs such as Free Days, Kidspace’s ArtBar, Artist Talks, and Art Ninjas camp. Liaise with other departments if/when a community group is planning a program for a Free Day event.

Final Projects: Work closely with the director of education and K-12 education manager to create an action plan for sustaining community engagement; white paper on community program development with findings based on evaluation.

Weekly stipend and housing.


The Education Fellow should have a Bachelor’s Degree in art, art history, education, or sociology with 2+ years of experience in community arts and/or arts/museum education, or a Master’s Degree in a relevant field. The Fellow must have demonstrated interest and experience in social justice, inclusion, and accessibility work in a museum or non-profit setting. Must also have experience in leading tours and excellent interpersonal and public speaking skills. Typical full-time work schedule includes one weekend day, and occasional evening hours.

To apply: Submit CV and cover letter, plus two references by November 11 to: Amanda Tobin, K-12 Education Manager at

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