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Director of Museum Programming

Description

Reporting to the Curator, the Director of Museum Programming shapes vision and strategy for educational programs in media and fine arts to create transformative experiences for children and their families. This position oversees the programs staff and maintains a global perspective to ensure CMA is delivering the highest quality programming. The successful candidate will foster a culture of learning in the museum that emphasizes interdisciplinary dialogue, innovative approaches to teaching and evaluation methods, creativity, and risk-taking.

This position requires a self-motivated, organized, creative problem-solver with excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, the ability to manage time and motivate people, and an aptitude for cross disciplinary thinking that embraces new art forms and media technologies. The candidate must have museum or classroom teaching experience and the ability to design programs for diverse audiences in an informative and engaging manner.

Primary Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Supervise department managers (Fine Arts Manager, Media Lab Manager, Public Programs Artist, and Manager of Museum Education Programs) and the teaching artist staff for the respective departments
  • Create mission-based revenue opportunities, including increasing class enrollment and developing fee-based programs
  • Direct service: undertake 20-30% time allocation teaching in Media Lab and Fine Arts departments to affirm connection with staff and teaching practices
  • Oversee public programs workshop calendar and work with program staff to develop curricula related to each exhibition
  • Encourage and support program staff to develop innovative arts education methods and keep up to date on art-related technology
  • Review and approve all class proposals, lesson plans, and curriculum
  • Develop, implement, and track metrics to measure the effectiveness and outcomes of education and public programs to ensure alignment with budget and strategic goals
  • Create reports and analyze metrics to provide strategic thinking on new initiatives and program growth
  • Identify, develop, and execute key strategic partnerships
  • Collaborate with communications department to create materials for museum website and newsletter. Work with communications department to promote museum programs
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with the arts and education community as well as, cultural institutions to promote the programs of the museum
  • Liaise with local artists and arts organizations to bring in special programming

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or other relevant field preferred, however direct experience also recognized
  • 5-7 years of experience implementing arts education programs for all ages, building effective teams, and working with professional artists as teachers (minimum of 2 years as a manager)
  • Experience developing and managing budgets, implementing strategy, evaluating and supporting professional staff, providing professional growth and direction to emerging arts professionals
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in the application and use of technology to engage, communicate, educate, and attract visitors
  • Ability to asses priorities and work well under pressure; excellent time management, problem solving, and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office products and an understanding of Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to adhere to Museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner

How to Apply

Working Conditions: We are a motivated group of high-achieving and creative managers. Occasional weekend or evening hours are required of all staff. CMA is a fun and exciting place to work and there is room for promotion and growth.

This is a full time exempt position. Salary range is $48,000-$50,000, based on prior experience. CMA also offers a highly competitive benefits package.

How to Apply

To apply, please send resume and cover letter with the subject “Director of Museum Programming” to HR at hr@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No call, please.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidate from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Senior Visitor Services Associate

Description & Qualifications

Reporting to the Membership and Visitor Services Coordinator, the Senior Visitor Services Associate will work as part of the Visitor Services team, to sell admission tickets, store merchandise, WEE Drop-in, and Memberships. The Senior Visitor Services Associate will help to facilitate group check-in and handle customer service issues as they arise at the museum front desk. The Senior Visitor Services Associate will ensure that patrons receive efficient, friendly service and a quality experience during their visit to the Children’s Museum of the Arts.

This position is a part-time, nonexempt. The schedule is 30 hours a week, Thursday-Monday and requires someone who is responsible, reliable, proactive, works well with others, and is comfortable dealing with the public.

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Facilitate general admission, WEE Drop-in, and store merchandise sales
  • Actively promote visitors to join CMA’s Membership program
  • Maintain a working knowledge of PatronManager functions. Make updates to event inventory, store inventory, qualifying ticket orders, and updating discounts
  • Welcome all visitors to the front desk in a friendly, professional manner and guide them to age appropriate areas
  • Answer phones and direct calls
  • Answer visitor questions regarding daily functions of the museum as well as, classes, community programs, art exhibits, events, and more
  • Ensure museum safety and reinforce museum guidelines
  • Maintain cleanliness of the lobby, front desk, lounge, stroller parking, restrooms, an other museum areas
  • Record attendance data and other types of visitor information as assigned
  • Set up and shut down exhibitions
  • Assist with training of new Visitor Services staff
  • Serve as back up MOD on weekends.
  • Assist with on and offsite museum events
  • Assist with group visit check-in
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • A minimum of 1-2 years of customer service experience in a museum or retail environment
  • Strong sales experience and cash handling skills
  • Professional phone manner with strong organizational and clerical skills
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, Gmail, and ticketing systems
  • Ability to recognize the importance of responsibility, authority, and accountability, think independently, take initiative, and meet deadlines
  • Friendly, outgoing professional attitude
  • Ability to develop customer relations
  • Interest in children or arts and culture a plus

How to Apply

Working Conditions: We are a motivated group of high-achieving and creative managers. Must be available to work a Thursday-Monday schedule.

Starting Rate: $15/hr

How to Apply: To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to hr@cmany.org. All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please.

 

Eligible candidates will be contacted by phone or email for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. No recruiters please.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

 

 

Media Lab STEAM Teaching Artist

Description & Qualifications

MEDIA LAB STEAM TEACHING ARTIST

The Children’s Museum of the Arts is seeking a creative and enthusiastic part time Teaching Artist with a focus in 3D Printing, STEAM Technologies and Film/Animation. CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and professionally trained to develop and facilitate projects. Within the framework of CMA’s programming, teaching artists are encouraged to incorporate their own art practices into workshop designs and curriculum.

The ideal candidate will feel comfortable leading classes and workshops in one or more of the following: LittleBits, Video Game Design, Arduino, 3D Printing and Coding. The ideal candidate should also have an expressed interest or basic level of experience in: Animation, Sound Design & Music, and Sculpture as these are elements of our daily programming.

CMA is an exhibition and hands on art-making space for young people ages 1-15 and their families. The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists. We work to fulfill our mission by providing authentic hands-on art experiences for children with artists, both in our art-filled interactive museum, in the community and by collecting and exhibiting children’s art.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Work directly with Media Lab leadership team to develop new programs.
  • Design curriculum and facilitate workshops and classes.
  • Attend CMA Media Lab department meetings and CMA all-staff meetings.

Qualifications

  • Must be outgoing, energetic, flexible, positive, and passionate about art.
  • Background working with art materials and media equipment.
  • Experience in softwares including: LittleBits, Scratch, Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, GarageBand, iStopmotion, Processing, Coding.
  • Experience as an educator and/or a genuine interest in working with students from ages 5-15.
  • Comfortable working in a public setting.
  • Must be self-directed and work well under minimal supervision.
  • Experience with app design and web design is a plus.

 

How to Apply

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Camilo Cardenas at ccardenas@cmany.org.

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please.

Visitor Service Associate

Description & Qualifications

CMA is seeking a part time Visitor Services Associate. A cheery and welcoming disposition are essential, as is taking pleasure in working with children in a high-energy environment. The position requires someone who is responsible, reliable, proactive, works well with others, and is comfortable dealing with the public.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Greeting visitors and guiding them to age appropriate areas.
  • Give inquiry-based gallery tours to families.
  • Taking admissions and maintaining the cash register (Gateway ticketing system).
  • Providing information on daily functions of the museum, as well as neighborhood directions and recommendations.
  • Answering phones and directing calls.
  • Answering visitor questions regarding museum programming including art exhibits, classes, and community programs.
  • Ensuring museum safety, particularly in museum play areas.
  • Assisting children, parents, and teaching artists in workshops and art-making.
  • Assisting administrative staff.
  • Gift Shop Sales.
  • Customer service.
  • Maintaining cleanliness of café, stroller parking, restrooms, and other museum areas.

Qualifications

  • 1 to 2 years experience in a customer service environment.
  • Personable demeanor and thrives in a busy, bustling atmosphere.
  • Self-directed and works well under minimal supervision.
  • Comfortable engaging museum visitors.
  • Experience with both Macs and PCs, and aptitude for learning museum technology.
  • Experience with children and the arts preferable.
  • Weekend/Public School Holiday availability a must.

How to Apply

Starting Rate: $12/hour

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Jeary Payne at jpayne@cmany.org. No phone calls please.

Fine Arts Public Programs Teaching Artist

Description & Qualifications

Reporting to the Director of Fine Arts and Curator and Manager of Fine Arts, the Fine Arts Public Programs Artist is responsible for helping to develop the creative vision of the Fine Arts Department. He/She is responsible to support the Senior Teaching Artist and Manager of Fine Arts for the day-to-day management of the department’s programming of workshops in the Fine Arts Studio and Gallery. The successful candidate will work to strengthen CMA’s fine arts offerings as well as develop new programming initiatives that will keep CMA current and cutting edge.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

  • Working with families and children of all ages in the Fine Arts Open Studio.
  • Maintain quality standards for studio and gallery programming, keeping programs fresh and innovative, with a focus on both creative exploration and technique/skill building.
  • Works with program managers to develop, plan, schedule and improve curriculum and programming, for school groups, summer camp, classes, community programs, and in-school residencies, as it relates to fine arts programming.
  • Assist in maintaining the organization of supplies, equipment and materials in Department. Orders supplies and equipment as needed.

Qualifications

  • Must be outgoing, energetic, self-motivated, and passionate about art.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching art to children between the ages of 10 months-15 yrs.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Film/Media or Multi-media is required, an M.A. or M.F.A in related field is preferred.
  • Must have strong people skills and the ability to work well with both children and adults.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively on projects with staff and students.
  • Knowledge of NYC arts community as well as an appreciation and knowledge for traditional and contemporary artists and practices (in Fine Art or Media Arts)

 

How to Apply

This position is Fridays 11am – 6pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9am – 5pm, with the possibility for work other days. CMA seeks artists representing an expertise in a wide-variety of mediums.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: Larissa Mellor at lmellor@cmany.org

Community Programs Teaching Artist - Accessibility

Description & Qualifications

CMA’s community programs provide a supportive artistic environment for all children and families. Our programs inspire skills in looking, making and sharing ideas about art in a recreational setting. CMA’s current programs address the needs of families in the NYC child welfare system, families residing in public housing, as well as families of children with physical and developmental disabilities. Working with consulting professionals in art therapy and occupational therapy, CMA is considered a leader in building accessible art-based programming.

CMA’s key Community Programs include
ARTogether: CMA uses arts to rebuild trust and communication among families in the foster care system working towards reunification
RESTART: CMA brings multi-session free art programs for children living in transitional housing
INCLUSIVE WEEKEND CLASSES: Provides opportunities for children with physical disabilities and their siblings to participate in a family program.
Provides opportunities for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their siblings to participate in a family program. The Community Programs Teaching Artist plans and facilitates art-making workshops and classes for children and families in the above programs as well as new program initiatives in the community and schools throughout the year. The Community Programs Teaching Artists reports directly to the Director of Community Programs and work closely to collaborate with contracted occupational therapists and art therapists, fellow teaching artists and interns.

Additionally, the Community Programs Teaching Artist would work with participating families for program evaluations and goal setting. Responsibilities include coordinating documentation, photos and reports necessary for successful programming.

Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are expected to incorporate process, multi-sensory layers and visual supports into workshop designs and curriculum. Weekend hours are required. The Community Programs teaching artist position is paid hourly with approximately 15-20 hours per week. Initiatives may take place at the museum or at an off-site location.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching art to children with special needs between the ages of 10 months-15 yrs as well as working with at risk families.
  • Graduate degree, or related experiences in fine arts, art therapy, special education, social work, or museum education.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Film/Media or Multi-media is required.
  • Must have strong people skills and the ability to work well with both children and adults.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively on projects with staff and students.
  • Knowledge of NYC arts community as well as an appreciation and knowledge for traditional and contemporary artists and practices (in Fine Art or Media Arts).
  • Must be outgoing, friendly and team player.
  • Strong written and verbal skills and able to communicate well with both adults and children.

 

How to Apply

Please send your resume, a brief cover letter, and samples of your artwork to: Michelle López, Director of Community Programs at mlopez@cmany.org. No phone calls please.

Media Lab Teaching Artist

Description & Qualifications

The Children’s Museum of the Arts is seeking a creative and enthusiastic Teaching Artist Assistant with a focus in sculpture and an interest in filmmaking/animation. This is an entry-level position, current students and graduates are encouraged to apply. CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and professionally trained to develop and facilitate projects. Within the framework of CMA’s programming, teaching artists are encouraged to incorporate their own art practices into workshop designs.The ideal candidate will feel comfortable leading classes and workshops in the following: Clay Sculpture and Stop Motion Animation. This is an hourly, part-time weekend position with potential for ongoing opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties

  • Work directly with Media Lab leadership team to develop new programs.
  • Design curriculum and facilitate workshops and classes.
  • Attending CMA Media Lab department meetings and CMA all-staff meetings.

Qualifications

  • Strong sculptural background.
  • Must be self-directed and work well under minimal supervision.
  • Must be comfortable working with large volumes of people, particularly children.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Experience as an educator and/or a genuine interest in working with students ages 5-15.
  • Comfortable working in a public setting.
  • Must be outgoing, energetic, flexible, positive, and passionate about art.

 

 

How to Apply

Please write a one-page cover letter responding to the following:

Your interest in the Children’s Museum of the Arts and in this position
Your availability (days/times)
Please email your resume, cover letter and online samples of your work to: Lynn Kim, Media Lab Manager, lkim@cmany.org

Eligible candidates will be contracted by phone or email for an interview. No recruiters please.

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