The Art Institute of Chicago shares its singular collections with our city and the world. We collect, care for, and interpret works of art across time, cultures, geographies, and identities, centering the vision of artists and makers. We recognize that all art is made in a particular context, demanding continual, dynamic reconsideration in the present. We are a place of gathering; we foster the exchange of ideas and inspire an expansive, inclusive understanding of human creativity.
OUR VALUESAll staff members are expected to embrace the museum’s commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable institution and to adhere to the museum’s shared values.
Our museum reflects and deepens our collective humanity; the arts are integral to an inspired and just society.We respect and acknowledge each of our colleagues’ contributions and expertise across all roles within our organization.We share in the responsibility to create an antiracist culture built on equity, inclusion, and justice for all, acknowledging that these efforts are intersectional and ongoing.We encourage and advance a culture of hospitality, empathy, and gratitude for each visitor, supporter, and member of our staff.We embrace innovation and foster change with a progressive understanding of—and obligation to reconsider—our past.We sustain an open and dynamic civic platform, inviting and advancing the diverse perspectives of our city, staff, visitors, and supporters.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Learning and Public Engagement department develops culturally responsive content, designs anti-racist pedagogy, collaborates with artists and community members, and facilitates experiences involving the museum's collections and exhibitions in order to:
champion the role of art and culture in people’s lives,promote access and equitable participation in art and the museum,foster critical and creative thinking,and strengthen the fabric of communities and the life of our city.As a result, museum visitors and participants of varied ages, backgrounds, and abilities engage with each other and with works of art from across time, cultures, geographies, and identities, making the museum a place for learning, insight, inspiration, and community. They leave museum experiences feeling more connected and with greater confidence in their capacity to imagine, create, and make sense of art and their world.The Learning and Public Engagement department is organized into three areas: Innovation & Creativity, Students & Educators, and Youth & Families. Committed to advancing systemic change, LPE is building a vision and framework for anti-racist work across the department.
ABOUT THE POSITION
As part of the area of Students and Educators, the Educator provides instruction, 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 an anti-racist 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.
The Educator collaborates with colleagues in the Students and Educators division, the Learning and Public Engagement department, and throughout the museum to carry out their responsibilities. A member of Chicago’s education and arts ecosystems, the Educator facilitates culturally responsive museum and community-based engagement, collaborating with teachers, schools, and communities to deepen audience connections and position the museum as a valuable space for connection, learning, and meaning-making. The duties of the Educator are informed by the museum’s priority to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive institution.
This position holds a standard 9:00–5:00 Monday–Friday work week with occasional weekend and evening hours required.
Program Development and Implementation: Supports the development and implementation of a culturally responsive, comprehensive programs for in-museum, K-12 student tours; Contributes to planning for a redesigned teaching corps for K-12 student groups, supporting recruitment, training, and evaluation within an anti-racist framework; Supports the design and implementation of accessible and inclusive logistical procedures and space usage within the Ryan Learning Center and the larger institution for student tours, LPE teaching corps training, and events.
Content Development: Contributes accessible, inclusive, anti-racist, multi-sensory, and multimodal content for tour curricula and related resource development through research, writing, and piloting, and evaluation; Engages in ongoing research about the museum’s collection and exhibitions collaborating with curatorial departments and museum colleagues as needed; Follows scholarship and participates in professional development with a focus on inclusive and anti-racist teaching and learning.
Teaching and Training: Through active and culturally responsive museum- and community-based engagement, supports ongoing training and community-building programs that address the pedagogy and logistical procedures for in-museum student experiences as well as inclusive, accessible, and anti-racist professional development for the teaching corps and broader Learning and Public Engagement department; Models inclusive, anti-racist and accessible pedagogically aligned teaching strategies in all aspects of their work, especially when leading training for the LPE teaching corps; Periodically leads in-museum student experiences within an accessible, inclusive, anti-racist, multi-sensory, and multimodal frameworks.
Supply and Space Coordination: Develops and maintains Touch Material Library in support of accessible, inclusive, anti-racist, multi-sensory, and multimodal frameworks for engagement; Maintains the LPE Teaching Corps Lounge including culturally responsive resources, materials, and supplies; Support purchases and organizes supplies as needed; Supports the development and maintenance of multi-sensory, culturally-responsive, anti-racist, inclusive and accessible resources available in the Ryan Learning Center's Gathering Hall; Oversees distribution of posters to student groups.
Accessibility Strategy and Implementation: Supports the creation and implementation of multi-sensory, culturally-responsive, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, and meaningful visitor experience for K-12 school groups that address scheduling processes, group entrance procedures, the development and implementations of in-museum students offerings, process re-design, and the training and mentorship of LPE teaching corps through; Contributes to the development, implementation, and process re-design for engagement strategies and resource distribution during student experiences.
Community and Civic Partnerships: Supports the Student & Educator division’s partnerships with schools through outreach, active community-based engagement, communication, and evaluation, with a priority for Chicago Public Schools; Contributes data, insights, and co-designs strategies to ensure school partnerships are responsive and aligned with the museum’s community relationships and partnership initiatives.
Administration and Management: Coordinates all aspects of scheduling student group visits to the museum; Oversees point of sale system operations relevant to in-museum student experiences and communications with school teachers and LPE teaching corps; Liaises with the Volunteer Office regarding volunteer communications, data tracking, and other volunteer management logistics; Liaises with Ryan Learning Center Operations Manager and other departments (Volunteer Office, Guest Services, and Security) to ensure coordination of processes for scheduling of tours, entry and presence of groups in the Ryan Learning Center and museum, and documentation of attendance data.
Communication and Collaboration: Collaborates with colleagues across departments to coordinate student group entrance and visitation to the museum. Provides timely and accurate reporting on attendance and finance relevant to in-museum student tours; Facilitates LPE teaching corps training within an accessible, inclusive and anti-racist framework; Oversees finances pertaining to LPE’s Bus Fund; Maintains clear communication with the Associate Director and colleagues in the division of Students and Educators, and LPE department about ongoing priorities, goals, and projects.
The Learning and Public Engagement department is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. ALAANA* and LGBTQQIA** individuals, first-generation immigrants, and individuals with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.
Insightful, equity-focused, and committed to cultivating culturally responsive, human-centered learning experiences that benefit the diverse abilities and backgrounds of participants and audiences.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.Minimum 2 years of experience working directly with people who identify as ALAANA*, LGBTQIA+**, first-generation immigrants, and people with diverse abilities, with the ability to work closely with people from various artistic, cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds.Demonstrates a commitment to continue to grow their critical analysis of anti-racist frameworks and practices.Emerging knowledge of anti-racist, culturally responsive, inclusive, accessible, and multimodal curriculum design benchmarked on state and national learning standards; an in-depth understanding of current education trends, assessment, documentation, evaluation, and methods for differentiated learning and instruction; strong interest in trauma/healing-informed pedagogy and practices.Previous experience teaching with works of art and general knowledge of art history and various making techniques.Previous experience facilitating anti-racist, culturally responsive, inclusive, and accessible programs for access audiences.Strong verbal communication and writing skills with the ability to adjust communication styles to accommodate audiences of diverse backgrounds and abilities. Demonstrates a commitment to fostering and sustaining an anti-oppressive work environment centered on a culture of collaboration, cooperation, and accountability; maintains the ability to navigate tense or challenging interpersonal dynamics in a manner that is centered on trust, respect, and shared vision. Utilizes an asset-based framework that supports developing the shared leadership and vision of the department.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 learningBachelor’s degree preferred.* ALAANA - African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American
** LGBTQQIA+ - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual
For full consideration, please submit (upload as one document):
a one-page cover letter detailing relevant experience, interests in this role, specific skill sets that will support this role, and how you envision yourself contributing to this role;a resume;one of the following: a curriculum, lesson plan, or instruction guide you have designed that reflects your practice and articulates clear objectives, processes, learning outcomes, and reference materials, the audience for which may be K-12 students or educators.This position will remain open until filled with priority given to materials received by 5:00 pm on July 30, 2021.
The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace. We believe in a staff culture that benefits from a wide range of experience, backgrounds, and career paths, and we encourage nontraditional candidates to apply.