Employment

Director of Education

Reports To: Executive Director

The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, New Jersey, is seeking a Director of Education.  

A contemporary art museum that has a particular interest in work that explores the intersection of art, craft, and design, HAM was founded in 1952 and is located in a nineteenth century grist mill that is on the National Historic Register.   

The Director of Education reports directly to the Executive Director and is responsible for developing, implementing and managing the Education Department’s programs and plays a leading role in creating the vision and strategy for growth and sustainability of the Department.  

The Director of Education oversees a studio program that includes more than 300 classes and workshops for children and adults including classes for those with developmental disabilities; a very active summer art camp; school and community programs; and interpretive programs such as docent-led tours, gallery talks, artist demonstrations, and written family guides.  ArtZone, a drop-in space where visitors can create is also under the purview of the Education Department.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all functions of the Education Department.  
  • Bring creative thinking to the development of current and new programs.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director and the Education Department’s staff to assess current programming and develop the direction of future programs.
  • Ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusivity are woven into the fabric of the department in both managing the department and in programming.  
  • Manage the Museum’s studio school, which offers fall, winter, spring and summer classes, including summer art camp.  HAM’s programs are for children as young as age 3 and continue through adulthood.  
  • Work closely with the Education Coordinator and teaching artists to develop classes and workshops.  
  • Work closely with the Special Projects Curator.
  • Work closely with the public.
  • Recruit, select, train, schedule and supervise education staff, which includes a part-time Education Coordinator, approximately 35 part-time teaching artists, occasional volunteers and summer interns.
  • Develop and implement evaluation tools to measure, interpret, and analyze the outcomes of education programs.
  • Manage the Museum’s studios, making sure supplies and equipment are available and in proper condition
  • Adhere to deadlines.   
  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to establish tuition.  
  • Oversee posting programs on the Museum’s website.  
  • Work with the Museum’s graphic designer on materials that will be used to publicize programs.
  • Develop and manage interpretive programs.  Work closely with the Museum’s exhibition staff to connect exhibition content and themes to education programs.
  • Lead tours and give talks on the Museum’s exhibitions as needed.
  • Oversee Young Artists Showcase, a partnership with thirty schools that exhibit their students’ artwork at the Museum.
  • Manage an annual budget and oversee the purchasing of departmental supplies.
  • Serve as the Museum’s lead educational liaison with school districts, teachers, and art specialists.
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of art projects for HAM It Up, other HAM events as needed, and community events.
  • Work closely with the public, handle concerns, complaints and questions in a friendly, thoughtful manner.
  • Collaborate with development staff to assist in fundraising efforts.
  • Collaborate with the Museum’s Communications Coordinator to assist in publicizing education programs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s degree preferred) in fine arts, art education, museum education, art history or related field.
  • Professional experience in art education, preferably in a museum or art center.
  • Creative, big picture thinker
  • Supervisory and budget management experience.
  • Be a hands-on team player willing to pitch in.
  • Represent the Museum in a positive way to the public.
  • Ability to use sound judgment and discretion in dealing with sensitive matters.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and databases
  • Flexible, problem solver
  • Ability to manage many projects simultaneously
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

Hunterdon Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diverse cultural and social perspectives. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  

Please send a resume and cover letter to marjorie@hunterdonartmuseum.org with Education Director as the subject.

 

 

Art Education Faculty Position

Reports To: Director of Education

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Hunterdon Art Museum is always seeking art educators to enhance and expand our Art Education programming. Art Education Faculty provides the Museum’s studio school programs with quality art and design classes and workshops. Art Faculty at the Museum teach kids through adults in a wide variety of mediums not limited to drawing, painting, glass fusing, sculpture and more. Resumes are accepted on an on-going basis, and applicants will be contacted based on the current needs of the Hunterdon Art Museum.

WORK SCHEDULE:
Varies. Days, evenings, weekend positions available. Studio schedules vary. Adult art classes and workshops are offered during the day, evenings, and weekends. Kids art classes are offered evenings and weekends.

RESPONSIBILITIES include the following:
• Work with Education Coordinator and Director of Education to create hands-on arts programs.
• Prepare lessons and outlines to use in class that effectively cover the medium(s).
• Responsible for approving your schedule for upcoming semester by set deadline.
• Responsible for setting up and cleaning up your classroom/space as well as maintaining studio space organization system.
• Creating lesson plans, materials lists, and program descriptions.

QUALIFICATIONS:
The ideal candidate has teaching experience and possesses strong communication, organizational, presentation and interpersonal skills. They should demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines, thrive in a fast-paced environment, manage a classroom and work independently.

Education and Experience:
• Bachelors of Arts in Education, Fine Arts, Art History, Art Education, or related field preferred
• Previous teaching experience preferred
• Experience working with a variety of audiences and students in camp or classroom setting preferred.

Skills and Abilities:
• Competency in teaching one or more of the following mediums and/or processes: drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, jewelry design and collage.
• Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, accuracy, and ability to work independently.
• Must be a team player with an ability to work with a variety of students, artists, and staff.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Some standing, walking, bending, frequent use of hands, stooping and light lifting (at least 25 pounds) is needed.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Hunterdon Art Museum (HAM) seeks to recruit and employ outstanding staff and instructors who will support and enhance our mission. In accordance with that goal, some designated positions require that final candidates successfully complete a background check prior to being employed. Background checks, which may include a verification of employment history, Social Security number and a criminal records search, are normally completed before an offer of employment is made but may also take place after employment begins. HAM will keep confidential all information gathered in background checks and will use the information solely for the purpose of establishing suitability for employment in a particular position.

To apply for this position send the following to:
Joan Gavornik, Director of Education
joan@hunterdonartmuseum.org
7 Lower Center St. Clinton NJ 08809
Attn: Joan Gavornik

• Resume and/or CV
• Cover letter
• Program proposals
• Completed job application form

Hunterdon Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diverse cultural and social perspectives. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.