Education Coordinator 

Position Overview
The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) seeks a motivated, highly organized Youth Education Coordinator to lead the creation, coordination, and facilitation of youth education programs and tours. Programs include hands-on classes for toddlers, camps, workshops, and various family programs. Student tours include grades K-12 with a strong focus on specialized tour programs that align with the state’s fourth grade curriculum and Milwaukee’s Sharp Literacy Program for first and fourth graders. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a museum or education setting, and a proven record of creating and executing high-quality programs for children. This position reports to the Director of the Cultural Relations.

Founded in 1961, MOWA is one of the top museums of regional art in the United States, with 5,000+ works of contemporary and historic art by more than 350 artists. Located in West Bend, Wisconsin, the museum champions regional art and artists throughout the state and provides an innovative forum for the culturally engaged. In 2013, MOWA opened a new 32,000-square-foot facility along the Milwaukee River that provides a stunning contemporary home for its collection and related educational programs. MOWA features more than 18 special exhibitions and 175+ programs a year at its main campus in West Bend and its satellite location in Milwaukee.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of K-12 student group tours, including booking, confirmation materials, docent and internal scheduling, tour organization and execution, studio class instruction as required in conjunction with designated tour groups, and onsite set-up and clean-up.
  • Manage all aspects of MOWA’s partnership with Milwaukee’s Sharp Literacy Program, which requires literacy-based tours and hands-on art projects.
  • Manage and grow MOWA’s Wisconsin History and Visual Arts Program (WHVA), which aligns tour content with required state fourth grade curriculum.
  • Develop and maintain professional peer contacts with local school districts and partner organizations to ensure ongoing engagement, retention, and the highest caliber of student experience.
  • Assist with ongoing docent training and recruitment.
  • Track, assess, and report on student tour data and feedback.
  • Develop and teach hands-on art classes for toddlers (Mini Masters), youth camps, homeschool programs, and assist as needed with ongoing family programs. 
  •  Assist the Director of Cultural Relations in the development of new education programs and department initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the curatorial, marketing, and development departments to advance MOWA’s educational initiatives.
  • Promote an interest in art by being a positive role model.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or certification in Education, Child Development, or equivalent experience.
  • Teaching experience utilizing effective classroom management skills.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a classroom setting or in the galleries.
  • Experience with design and facilitation of programs for children preschool to grade 4.
  • Experience developing curriculum or lesson plans.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and work in a timely manner.
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and other office programs.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has a strong work ethic and can work independently.
  • Has exceptional organizational skills.
  • Is calm and flexible in hectic classroom environments.
  • Is a critical thinker and creative problem solver.
  • Consistently works in a positive and cooperative manner.

Physical Requirements

  • Maintain a stationary or sitting position for extended periods of time.
  • Able to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds.

Schedule | Hours

Part-time, 24 hours weekly during normal business hours and will require occasional evening and weekend hours for exhibition openings, programs, and special events. Candidates must be available Tuesday-Friday in the morning and early afternoon. Scheduling is flexible but must be coordinated with the Director of Cultural Relations.

All applicants are required to apply online and submit a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and the names of three professional references.

Disclaimer: The preceding job description has been designed to describe a general summary along with essential responsibilities of work performed. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of responsibilities, duties, and skills or qualifications required of an employee to do this job. This job description does not establish an agreement or contract for employment and positon functions are subject to change at the discretion of the employer. The Museum of Wisconsin Art is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

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