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Part-time ,
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Tony Gaughan-Palombi

Museum Educator

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.

Desired Attributes
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.

Key Responsibilities

  • 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.

Working Conditions

  • 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 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

Contact Info:
Tony Gaughan-Palombi
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Lincoln Park