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Museum Educator

POSITION TITLE

Museum Educator

REPORTS THROUGH

Manager of Museum Education

DEPARTMENT

Education

DATE WRITTEN/REVISED

May 2021

SALARY

$18.50/hr


Why MoPOP

We’re really glad you’re thinking about joining the team at MoPOP. We believe pop culture is a universal language capable of building connections across a diverse range of people. For more than twenty years, we have been showcasing how music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and more spark those connections and create a lasting cultural impact. We are proud to create both a physical space and an emotional and intellectual opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore, find and build community, and recognize their own creative potential. This applies not only to our guests, but also to our staff — be it in designing an educational program to engage the next generation of creators, trying to reach a new audience with a marketing initiative, preserving an artifact in our collection, or providing excellent customer service to a visitor. If this sounds like something you’d be into, we’d love to hear from you!

MoPOP’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility 

Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. A nonprofit grounded in five core values — open arms, creative exchanges, light bulb moments, pursuing excellence, and excitement — MoPOP is committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). This includes taking steps to continue increasing our awareness of institutional “-isms,” as well as uncovering and undoing the ways they show up in museum culture. We recognize this is a process that requires intentionality, energy, and resources, and we are developing a DEIA framework that can cultivate a work environment and museum experience that is truly welcoming for all. We seek out a diverse field of candidates for staff positions and expect everyone in the MoPOP community to be part of our DEIA journey.

Position Summary

MoPOP seeks a full-time Museum Educator to engage visitors through mission-aligned in-museum and virtual workshops, gallery activities, family programs, online student clubs, outreach performances, and school programs. The Museum Educator will lead educational programs primarily for a K-12 audience in the museum, via livestream, and in area schools.  The Museum Educator serves as an integral member of our front-line staff and must be able to interact with the general public, families, students and teachers, and groups. This position is full time, Monday-Friday and may include occasional weekend and evening hours.

The Museum Educator reports to the Manager of Museum Education and is expected to work collaboratively as part of a dynamic team of committed, passionate educators.

The Museum Educator is:

Engaging….loves to interact with learners of all ages in both formal and informal learning environments; able to prompt conversations and engage visitors and students with museum content and each other. 

Collaborative … works effectively with other museum staff, volunteers, and community members to create engaging tours, class curriculum, gallery investigations, and educational experiences.

Dynamic … works with vigor to create programs for adult, family, and school visitors that expand beyond the tried and true, imbued with creativity and experimentation.

Creative … able to use museum content to create dynamic, interactive programs that connect classroom learning to pop culture.

Inclusive … passionate about using museum experiences to engage communities, deepening representation of BIPOC stories and storytellers, and reaching a full spectrum of learners.

*Please submit your resume and cover letter during the application process*

Essential Job Duties (Other duties as assigned)

MoPOP's education programs use the universe of pop culture to inspire curiosity, invite open dialogue, foster collaboration and creative thinking, and provide equitable access to all.  The Museum Educator supports this work by:

  • Leading programs for multiple grade levels via in-museum workshops, livestream classes, tours, digital materials and interactive experiences, gallery activities, family programs, student clubs, and outreach workshops and performances in schools;
  • Exploring innovative ways to connect pop culture to classroom and socio-emotional learning goals through new curriculum and programming;
  • Upholding MoPOP’s Open Arms core value by practicing radical hospitality and equitable access.
  • Support our internal culture which inspires and empowers our staff to live our mission to its highest standards.
  • Contribute to a consistent customer service standard across all departments.
  • Work to ensure customer service is ingrained at the core of the team and is reflected outward to our guests and other staff.
  • Commitment to participating in anti-racism work, learning about the ways institutional racism impacts the workplace, and supporting teammates in operationalizing DEIA strategies in the department.

Qualifications (Education/Experience/Certifications)

  • Informal or formal education experience with students of various ages
  • Experience creating and implementing original lesson plans or similar programming
  • Proven commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access and to anti-racist programming
  • Excellent visitor interaction skills and public speaking abilities
  • Ability to work well with a diverse group of colleagues
  • Flexibility for the changing needs of a fast-paced environment
  • Experience in performing arts, music, improv, public programs, or similar productions strongly preferred
  • Experience creating dynamic digital programming and content
  • Museum (or related) experience or volunteer work
  • Personal interest in MoPOP’s content areas (sci fi, horror, fantasy, music, fashion, gaming, etc.)
  • This job regularly requires the employee to lead dynamic programs and interact with groups for long periods of time, both indoors and out.  Given the active nature of teaching in a museum environment, energy and stamina are important qualities for this position.

Benefits

This full-time position includes a generous benefits package that will be shared during the hiring process.


MoPOP is committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace, and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that having staff, interns, and volunteers with diverse backgrounds enables us to better meet our mission. BIPOC, women, and LGBTQIA+ individuals are encouraged to apply.

Reasonable accommodations may be made during the application or hiring process upon request, please contact HR@MoPOP.org.

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