Alphawood Exhibitions, LLC seeks enthusiastic individuals for gallery staff positions at Wrightwood 659 for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2022 exhibitions The First Homosexuals: Global Depictions of a New Identity, 1869-1930 and Michiko Itatani: Celestial Stage. The exhibitions will run from October 1st through December 17th with a possible extension. Public operating hours will be Fridays from 12-7 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM-5 PM. Wednesday and Thursday operating hours will be added for group visits with varying shift times available.
Part-time Educators should be available to work a consistent schedule. Applicants should be available the week before the opening date for in-person training sessions. There will also be a brief online training module to be completed prior to in-person training. Paid educational development meetings will also be scheduled once per month dependent on team availability-- attendance is highly encouraged.
Successful candidates will be outgoing and possess a passion for art, architecture, and social movements. They must be comfortable in a progressive environment and enthusiastic about working with diverse audiences. Educators are expected to be intuitive, reliable, intellectually curious, and inclusive team members capable of maintaining a peaceful yet engaging gallery atmosphere. Educators must possess outstanding communication skills and engage with guests in the gallery.
- Read and digest the provided educational materials relating to the exhibition.
- Successful completion of online training modules prior to in-person training.
- Demonstrated knowledge of educational materials, building policies, and safety guidelines.
- Greet and welcome guests to the space, communicate and ensure gallery policies are followed.
- Facilitate conversations with guests, creating points of access to exhibitions and artwork.
- Direct guests through gallery spaces and assist with queueing and access control as needed.
- Communicate gallery observations and feedback in-person or via online project management portal.
- Work in tandem with the security staff to ensure a safe and positive guest experience.
- Assisting with gallery upkeep and opening/closing procedures.
- Assisting with setup for gallery events and public programs.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Comfortable speaking to groups of people.
- Ability to remain stationary for extended periods and lift light furniture.
- Occasional late evenings may be required due to special events and exhibition programming.
Skills & Qualifications
- Knowledge of contemporary art, social movements, and/or architecture.
- One year of guest service experience, preferably in a museum, academic, or cultural venue.
- Experience or interest in museum education.
- The ability to create a welcoming and engaging environment.
- Excellent communication skills and sensitivity to a variety of guest needs.
- Organized, composed, and focused in a dynamic environment.
- Keen observational skills and a propensity for spatial order.
- Familiarity with digital devices and personal technologies.
- Bachelor’s degree preferred, or simultaneous enrollment in a professional degree program.
- Employment is conditional based on review of references and appropriate security checks.
Interested candidates should email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief letter of interest and a resume. Please use “Educator Application” in the email subject line.
Wrightwood 659 is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team. ALAANA and LGBTQQIA individuals, first-generation immigrants, bi/multilingual candidates, and individuals with diverse abilities are encouraged to apply.
Alphawood Exhibitions is an affiliate of Alphawood Foundation, a Chicago-based, grant-making private foundation working for an equitable, just, and humane society.
More information about Wrightwood 659’s Fall/Winter Exhibitions is available at https://wrightwood659.org/press