Educator, K–12 Student Experiences Students and Educators 丨Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Learning Center
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
As part of the area of Students and Educators, the Educator provides instruction, contributes to curriculum development, and administrative support for in-museum, K-12 student learning experiences; contributes to planning and implementing training for a teaching corps that facilitates student experiences; and supports teacher inquiries and outreach related to student tours. These activities reflect a pedagogical vision and impact framework for the museum’s K-12 offerings that prioritizes access for all teachers and students to high-quality arts experiences across learning contexts, through an accessible, inclusive, multi-sensory, and multimodal approach, with a priority for Chicago Public Schools.
The Educator collaborates with colleagues in the Students and Educators division, the Ryan Learning Center, and throughout the museum to carry out their responsibilities. A member of Chicago’s education and arts ecosystems, the Educator facilitates culturally responsive museum engagement on a weekly basis, collaborating with teachers, schools, and communities to deepen audience connections and position the museum as a valuable space for connection, learning, and meaning-making.
This position holds a standard 9:00–5:00 Monday–Friday work week with occasional weekend and evening hours required. Performs other duties as assigned.
- Minimum 2 years of experience working with K-12 audiences (students and/or teachers), adult professional development, and/or in museums or informal education settings.
- Emerging knowledge of culturally responsive and multimodal curriculum design benchmarked on state and national learning standards; an understanding of current education trends, assessment, documentation, evaluation, and methods for differentiated learning and instruction; working understanding of students’ developmental levels.
- Previous experience teaching with works of art and general knowledge of art history and various making techniques.
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, including ability to communicate with audiences of different backgrounds, levels of knowledge, and types of ability. Ability to function effectively as part of a team.
- Strong organization and planning skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, respond to shifting priorities and support multiple aspects of program development and operational sustainability.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Suite, and experience with remote work systems required; experience with data fidelity, database management, and museum object records preferred.
- Familiarity with Chicago’s K-12 education and arts ecosystems.
- Commitment to innovation and life-long learning.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred.