Assistant Educator – Colgate University

Located on Colgate University’s beautiful campus in Hamilton, New York, the collection of the Picker Art Gallery features approximately 11,000 objects from antiquity to the present, including approximately 8,000 works on paper, 1,400 photographs, 900 paintings, and 300 sculptures. Colgate University is one of the country’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a student population of about 2,900 and 300 faculty. This is an exciting time in Colgate’s history. The Picker Art Gallery and the Longyear Museum of Anthropology are distinguished university museums that play a significant role in Colgate’s teaching mission and reputation, a relationship that will be deepened with the Museum Studies Minor in the Department of Art and Art History.

This is an entry level position. The educator is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating major educational initiatives, establishing short and long-term goals and objectives, working with Colgate students and faculty, K-12 teachers, students, docents, and community members; facilitating community partnerships; establishing interpretive programs and resources for exhibitions and serving as an integral member of Colgate University Museum’s team.

The successful candidate is creative, forward thinking, and a highly motivated team player who enjoys working with our docents and community members.

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The position is accountable for assisting with the development, implementation and coordination of university museums educational initiatives to fulfill the institutions’ mission, raise its visibility, and engage with communities in order to promote dialog and foster understanding of all cultures. Accountable for establishing short and long-term goals and objectives related to museum educational programs for students, faculty, K-12 students, teachers, docents, and community members, facilitating community partnerships, and establishing interpretive programs and resources for museum exhibitions to ensure programs are geared towards our audiences, to address communities’ needs, train our students, and gain additional volunteers to maximize our offerings.

Specific accountabilities will include:
• Researching, developing, implementing and evaluating both existing and new and innovative educational programming. Coordinating scheduling and budget.
• Leading all educational programming, using various outreach methods.
• Fostering innovative and interdisciplinary collaboration, throughout campus and the local and regional museum communities, and advocating for excellence in the field of museum education.
• Coordinating volunteer program to include recruitment and training. Supervising volunteers and student interns.

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veteran Status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by law. This policy shall apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of employment. Colgate University will not discharge or discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Education, Art History, Anthropology, History, Museum Studies) and a demonstrated knowledge of educational practices.
    • Master’s degree or post baccalaureate certificate in education, museum studies, art history or anthropology, studio art, and/or teacher’s certificate is preferred.

    Professional Experience/Qualifications
    • A demonstrated knowledge of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS).
    • Previous experience in organizing and managing programs.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation and instruction skills.
    • Must be capable of working collegially with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students and community members on a daily basis.
    • Experience in designing and implement programs for public audiences.
    • Knowledge of museum interpretation and current and future trends in education.
    • Strong aptitude to learn University organizational, systems and process knowledge.
    • Demonstrated experience in working with the public.
    • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google programs.

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Experience in grant writing.
    • Experience in a museum, gallery or other educational field.
    • Experience with museum collections, ideally university museum collections.
    • Experience working with museum database systems.
    • Experience in supervising and/or coordinating students and volunteers.

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