The Bass is looking for an individual with strong organizational and administrative skills, a passion for art, and a desire to provide innovative education programs as part of a creative and collaborative team.
Education Department Vision and Philosophy
The Bass’ educational mission is to stimulate creative interpretation of contemporary art and process and provide an environment that encourages inquiry, exploration, and dialogue.
About The Bass Education Department
The education department actively promotes participation by a broad spectrum of people, embracing those of varying races, genders, ages, socioeconomic levels, sexual orientations, physical and mental capacities, education levels, and learning styles in its programs to set community standards of excellence. The Museum encourages everyone it reaches to be experimental and active in their understanding of its collection and exhibits by offering interpretive materials and learning interventions that employ the use of our Design Thinking methodology, IDEAS, which was developed in conjunction with Stanford University’s acclaimed Institute of Design via a year-long collaborative process in 2009-2010. The IDEAS system, which stands for Identify, Discuss, Envision, Apply and Share, serves as an implementation process for all of The Bass’ educational programs and interpretive materials. Design thinking techniques use process-based learning to stimulate critical observation and an inquisitive examination of artists’ ideas, materials, and processes. By providing participatory experiences that offer diverse perspectives, build empathy, and encourage exploration, The Bass endeavors to foster a lifelong love of learning in all its visitors.
This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week Monday through Friday with some evening or weekend hours. This non-exempt position reports to the Director of Education. Primary responsibilities are to plan, implement, market and evaluate school programs and museum tours for pre-K-12 students and educators, college/university students, and adults. Serving as the lead museum educator, this candidate will lead the museum’s docent and museum educator program. Primary areas of responsibility include creating curriculum to enhance the tour experience, both for adults and students, pre/post visit activities as an online tool for educators using Florida Standards, and developing/coordinating training program for docents.
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks
- Prepare museum docents and contracted educators to teach student and adult programs in the galleries and in schools.
- Follow up with tour groups before and after their visit to the museum to maintain partnerships with Miami Beach schools and other museums and cultural organizations in Miami.
- Assist in updating and managing education sections of the website.
- Identify curricular connections between exhibitions and regional education community needs to design and develop school & tour programs for a growing audience of K-12 and college level students and teachers.
- Coordinate with other internal museum departments on special events, membership events and facility rentals to schedule docents or museum educators.
- Develop professional development for pre-K-12 teachers, launch regularly scheduled teacher workshops.
- Participate in professional development to remain informed regarding new research and practice, to develop new skills and enhance existing skills.
- Act as museum ambassador at community outreach events as needed.
- Flexibility to work special events held in the evening hours and/or weekends as needed.
- Prepare and process invoices, contracts, payments within the parameters of the School Programs and Tours budget, and maintain department records and databases through the Altru system.
- Track program expenses to stay within department budget.
- Other duties related to education department as assigned.
- Bachelors degree preferably within the field of Education, Visual Arts, Art History, Humanities, Museum Education and/or Non-Profit Management.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience at a museum or other informal education setting, planning and implementing relevant and creative museum education programs for intergenerational audiences, but specifically for K-12 students and teachers.
- Strong knowledge of the K-12 school environment, current theories and practices of object-based museum learning, and the Common Core curriculum.
- Familiarity with contemporary art highly desired.
- Experience with project and personnel management and program evaluation.
- Excellent research, analytical, writing and presentation skills.
- A collaborative, energetic, pro-active work style.
- Ability to see, speak and hear clearly, and lift 25 pounds.
- Valid driver’s license. Access to personal transportation preferred but not required.
- Knowledge of new educational technologies, budget management and grant reporting.
- A high degree of computer proficiency and database management, attention to detail, and familiarity with professional office procedures and protocol.
- Must be capable of undertaking multiple projects simultaneously and balancing long- and short-term priorities, with equal attention to big-picture goals and small logistical details.
- Ability to work well with staff, artists, schools, and the public to promote the philosophy and goals of the Education Department and The Bass as a whole.
- Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
- Extremely strong computer skills including expertise in Microsoft Office Suite.
Please send a cover letter, resume and sample informal lesson plan using the guidelines below to [email protected]:
The Bass education programs uses a design thinking approach to create and develop art-making experiences. Using the IDEAS principles explained in the education philosophy section, create an activity/experience that includes IDEAS. The activity description must not exceed one page.
DATE OF HIRE: IMMEDIATELY
The Bass Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer. Positions require standard background check. Foreign nationals who are not American citizens or lawful permanent residents of the IS need a work visa, as well as a permit to work, officially known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), in order to work in the USA.
No phone calls or in-person visits, please, except when scheduled in advance.