Artist Educator

Museum of Arts and Design

2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019




Feb 07, 2023

Spanish Fluency Required (Part-Time/Seasonal)

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) seeks a creative, experienced, Spanish-speaking Artist Educator to develop and teach both in-gallery and hands-on art activities for K-12 audiences. Artist Educators will work primarily with school audiences developing and facilitating on-site and virtual field trips in both English and Spanish. The ideal candidate will have experience working with K-12 audiences in either a museum or classroom environment, excellent presentation skills, as well as an active personal visual arts practice. Candidates should be reflective practitioners committed to fostering inclusive museum experiences that empower students to be creative and critical thinkers.

*Qualified candidates will be required to model their gallery teaching by leading a short lesson in the museum’s galleries to demonstrate presentation skills and teaching style.

This position reports to both the Deputy Director of Education and Manager of School and Teacher Programs.

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and present the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. MAD provides an opportunity for employees to enrich and develop their love of art, craft and design while contributing their specific skills, expertise, and talents.

Teaching assignments are determined on a monthly basis, and educators are expected to be available for at least 4 on-site field trips each month during the academic year. On-site field trips primarily take place Tuesday through Friday in the mornings and early afternoons.

Compensation for field trips is comprised of the following:

$150 per onsite field trip
$220 per bilingual on-site field trip
$35 per hour for meetings and lesson plans

This position is classified as seasonal. Employees are hired part-time with the option for yearly renewal pending a review process. Seasonal employees are not eligible for any Museum of Arts and Design-sponsored benefits, other than those benefits required by law, such as New York City mandated sick and safety leave.

Develop and teach thematic, developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based gallery tours and artmaking workshops for K-12 audiences based on MAD’s current exhibitions and collection
Conduct independent research on exhibition and collection artists and review all required resource materials for each new exhibition
Develop and submit lesson plans for virtual and on-site school programs tailored to program theme, current exhibitions, and grade level
Communicate with teachers and school partners in order to tailor programs to each group’s learning objectives
Incorporate NYC DOE’s “Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts” within school program curriculum
Attend all (paid) meetings and training sessions as required
Set up classroom and art supplies before onsite programs, clean up, and return supplies after each program, and help maintain cleanliness of MAD’s shared classroom space
Prioritize diversity, equity, access and inclusion in all aspects of the role


Spanish language fluency (written and oral)
Strong foundation of best practices for gallery teaching, especially guided inquiry and multimodal engagement
Ability to commit to at least 4 field trips per month during the NYC DOE academic year
Interest in and knowledge of contemporary art, craft, and design practices
Familiarity with New York City Department of Education “Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts” and other relevant local and national learning standards
Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills
Ability to work collaboratively and co-teach with other Artist Educators and Education Department staff
Ability to receive and implement feedback
Must reliably respond to email and phone communication with relevant MAD staff and program stakeholders in a timely manner
Ability to adhere to schedules, deadlines and administrative guidelines for all programs
Experience working with students with special needs not required but highly desired

At least 2-3 years of experience creating and implementing object-based lessons and art making programs for young audiences (K-12) in an art education setting. Museum experience is a plus, but not required.
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Art, Art History, Museum Education, or a related field is preferred
Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job posting describes you, then please apply for this role.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter and resume to and include “Artist Educator” in the subject line of your email.