Overview

JOB OBJECTIVE
The Thoma Foundation Education Fellow is a passionate, spirited museum educator who enjoys creating and delivering strategic engagement and experiences for onsite Museum audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Working closely with the Curator of Education & Engagement, the Thoma Foundation Education Fellow ensures a consistent, intentional, and memorable experience for all museum visitors through dialogue, interpretation, programs, tours, and other onsite educational initiatives. This position develops creative approaches to connect with and cultivate diverse audiences. It also evaluates onsite engagement strategies and refines them based on visitor needs and desires in order to deliver an inclusive, satisfying experience to all and encourage repeat visitation.  This position is a full-time, 3-year appointment.

CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create, produce, and deliver educational and multi-generational engagement experiences.
  • Develop, plan, and lead customized guided tours and interactive programs for intergenerational, family, and teen learners.
  • Cooperate with a cross-departmental team to support onsite Museum offerings and strategize outreach.

JOB SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum 2 years direct experience with teens and/or adult learners.
  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Education, Art Education, Museum Studies, or Communications.
  • Demonstrable experience developing interactive experiences for diverse learners.
  • Fluency in English with superior communication and public speaking skills.
  • Positivity and enthusiasm with outstanding interpersonal skills that enable collaborative interaction with all levels of management, staff and the public.
  • Proactively pursues a deep understanding of trending topics in critical cultural discourse and strategies in (museum) education, especially for teen and adult learners, including the activities of peer organizations.
  • Creativity, curiosity, commitment to accessibility and equity, and sustained interest in teaching, museums, contemporary art, and culture.
  • Computer competency with Microsoft Office and Google Apps, as well as with software specific to the position.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Flexible schedule with regular weekend hours and occasional evenings required.
  • Works at a desk in the Administrative offices as well as in the Museum gallery and learning spaces.
  • Able to hear and speak clearly and audibly to visitors.
  • Able to lift and move 25 lbs. and access materials stored in bins on multi-level shelves.
  • Able to stand or move for extended periods of time on concrete floors.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Submit the following to [email protected] using the subject line “Thoma Foundation Education Fellow – Your last name”.

  • Cover letter that lets your personality and style shine through. Tell us what you can offer and what you hope to gain. It wouldn’t hurt to mention a museum or cultural program that you planned or attended recently that made an impact.
  • In the cover letter please answer the following question: How do you see visitor engagement evolving in museums right now?
  • Resume or CV that highlights relevant education and experience and makes it obvious why you are the best possible candidate for this position.
  • An one-page overview of a program that you created for the public or a lesson plan/curriculum for an educational experience that you led with a group.
  • Contact information for 3 references. If you know someone who is associated with moCa, be sure to tell us.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered so please submit all required materials together in one email.

 

About MOCA Cleveland

Who is MOCA?

MOCA is the Museum of Contemporary Art in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio. We value an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and curiosity. We are cultural adventurers, promoting experimentation in contemporary, and often challenging, art and ideas. If you want to love what you do, where you do it, and who you do it with, MOCA is the place for you!

 

As the region’s only contemporary art museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland leads the way in shaping and advancing contemporary culture. We are global and local, Cleveland at our core with a cosmopolitan outlook. MOCA enthusiastically promotes experimentation and exploration through engaging with contemporary art and ideas. Grounded in the community, MOCA welcomes all audiences and employs a smart, creative, and diverse workforce. MOCA values an entrepreneurial spirit in our work culture, supporting an enterprising staff that anticipates and reacts nimbly to change while embracing new opportunities and challenges. Success of the individual directly impacts success of the institution, so MOCA holds every employee to a high standard of excellence with the expectation that everyone understands and participates in the institutional goals.