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.
All 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 (LPE) 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 (S&E), the Senior Educator contributes to the visioning and implementation of a holistic strategy for K-12 educator programs and curriculum resources. 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 Senior Educator provides planning and instruction for educator programs, builds and stewards relationships with educators and partners, produces content for print and digital curriculum resources, and supports the maintenance and organization of select spaces within the Ryan Learning Center.
The Senior 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 Senior 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 Senior 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
Collaborates with the Associate Director to design anti-racist content and pedagogy within accessible, inclusive, multi-sensory, and multimodal frameworks for virtual and in-person professional development programs including open-enrollment, partnerships, and long-term courses; Responsible for shaping the goals and structure for the Teacher Action Panel (TAP), as well as scheduling and facilitating TAP meetings and activities.
Contributes to the development and dissemination of print and digital curriculum resources for educators, students and schools.
Collaborates with S&E staff to inform and implement culturally responsive strategies to deepen partnerships with Chicago Public Schools and priority audiences for programs and resources.
Contributes to the design and implementation of evaluation strategies for all educator programs and resources.
Communication and Collaboration
Co-develops and leads communication strategies that engages K-12 educator audiences, with an emphasis on program recruitment and community-based relationship building.
Manages production for the S&E e-newsletter and social media platforms, and makes web updates related to educator programs and resources.
Collaborates with LPE colleagues and the museum’s Communications, and Experience Design departments to produce selected resources, e-newsletters, and web updates.
Supports K-12 educators seeking information, as needed, via email and in-person inquiries.
Maintains open communication with Associate Director, S&E division and LPE department colleagues about ongoing priorities, goals, and projects.
Researches the museum’s collection to design an ongoing portfolio of 2-3 culturally relevant, accessible and inclusive resource projects that respond to evolving needs of schools, especially Chicago Public Schools.
Co-designs responsive and accessible print and digital pedagogical content for educators, students, social media and e-newsletters.
Teaching and Training
Facilitates museum, virtual and community-based educator programs within anti-racist, accessible, inclusive, multi-sensory, and multimodal frameworks a minimum of 2-3 times per month.
Engages in research, and professional learning opportunities that inform anti-racist pedagogical approaches for teaching with the museum’s collection and exhibitions, and that respond to the evolving needs of schools, especially Chicago Public Schools.
Participates in educator training on occasion.
Administration and Management
Tracks registrations and participation for educator programs; Evaluates partnership engagement and impact of educator resources.
Supports budget management and invoicing.
Manages supply orders, materials, technology, and programming spaces for educator programs.
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.
- Working knowledge of anti-racist, culturally responsive, inclusive, and accessible 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; Understanding of virtual pedagogy and e-learning frameworks.
- Minimum 3 years of experience working directly with K-12 students, teachers and/or adult learners within museums or informal education settings; Previous experience designing and facilitating anti-racist, culturally responsive, inclusive, and accessible programs; Strong interest in trauma/healing-informed pedagogy and practices.
- Minimum 3 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; Demonstrated commitment to advancing the goal of making institutions, including museums, more pluralistic, equitable, and inclusive.
- 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.
- Proficiency in MS Office Suite, Google Suite, social media platforms and experience with remote work systems required; Experience with data fidelity, database management, and museum object records preferred.
- Strong verbal communication and writing skills with the ability to adjust communication styles to accommodate audiences of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
- 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.
- Utilizes an asset-based framework that supports developing the shared leadership and vision of the department.
- Familiarity with Chicago’s K-12 education and arts ecosystems.
- Commitment to innovation and life-long learning.
- Bachelor’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.