Museum Educator II

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #714
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences.

Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. 

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community. 


Museum Educator II works collaboratively with Education and Programs staff to implement creative learning opportunities connecting art, artists and the museum to children, youth and families, children and families art, design and architecture classes, public programs and outreach. Museum educators co-lead and design instruction for educational programs throughout the museum and offsite, such as summer camps, school programs, adult and family programs and community workshops, tours, and art classes.  This position emphasizes relationship-building and requires prompt, friendly, accurate communication with program participants and coworkers. Museum Educators are responsible for co-leading instruction for groups of 10-30 individuals, planning educational experiences based on program goals, lesson plans and other resources provided by CMOA Public Programs staff, and working collaboratively with a team of museum staff and volunteers to deliver creative, multi-form, observation based, effective, engaging, and safe learning experiences. 

Museum Educators work collaboratively and will give and receive constructive criticism with the goal of developing their pedagogy skills and creative practice, and the quality of museum educational experiences. This will be facilitated by participation in professional development workshops structured by CMOA Education and Public Programs.

Museum Educators are scheduled by program, availability, skill sets and teaching focus. Weekend and/or evening work may be required.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in the  education, community engagement, art history, art, architecture or design is preferred.
  • 3 or more years of experience teaching at CMOA, in other informal settings, or external classroom teaching is required.
  • Hands on experience (including advanced, project-based, undergraduate or community coursework) in the art history, studio art, architecture and design, creative learning , or education is encouraged.  Successful candidates will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of and participation in disciplinary inquiry.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities: 

  • Engaged, patient, caring individuals who have the knowledge and skills to foster welcoming, safe, creative learning social settings that facilitate exploration of design and architecture, its relationship to ideas, everyday experiences, contemporary questions and self expression. 
  • Must be comfortable with multiple learning styles and teaching methods, adapting their approaches in a dynamic setting to meet the needs of visitors and program participants. Experience facilitating informal learning (experiential, community-based, outdoors, in museums, after-school programs, or similar settings) is preferred.
  • This position requires energetic and charismatic individuals who are interested in learning and teaching about the relationship between art and contemporary life.
  • Candidates must have successfully performed at the capacity of CMOA Museum Educator I or must have at least 3 years of prior teaching experience.
  • Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge of   and the CMNH’s exhibits and collections to guide student-directed inquiry, plan differentiated instruction, use authentic assessment, and conduct learner-centered activities for large groups.
  • Prior experience co-teaching is preferred.  Demonstration of their ability to apply positive behavior support strategies is preferred.

Physical Requirements:

  • This position often requires constant mobility around the classroom and through museum exhibit halls for several hours at a time.
  • If the person is not able to bend or lift items of 20 – 50 lbs, they must be willing to ask for assistance performing tasks that require these actions.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Leading instruction for groups of 10-30 individuals
  • Working collaboratively with a team of educators and classroom assistants to deliver effective and engaging learning experiences.
  • Designing and defining clear learning goals and creating opportunities for learners to receive feedback on progress towards goal.
  • Adapting instruction based on the needs of diverse groups of learners.
  • Apply knowledge of best-practices in learner-centered instruction and inquiry.
  • Planning educational experiences based on lesson plans and museum resources provided by CMOA.
  • Creating lesson plans for personal use and to facilitate communication with support staff and supervisor
  • Identifying learning goals and programming priorities to facilitate CMOA’s responsiveness to student need
  • Coordinating with co-staff to ensure that classroom and materials are prepared and returned before/after each class
  • Coordinating with co-staff to ensure that participants are greeted upon arrival and know what to do to get class started
  • For off-site outreach, planning and preparation may include transportation of materials to the off-site location.
  • Developing pedagogy skills through ongoing practice, reflection, and professional development structured by CMNH Public Program.
  • Attending CMNH Educator professional development meetings
  • Observing, analyzing and co-teaching with experienced CMNH educators
  • Modeling best-practices in teaching for new educators.
  • Being observed by experienced CMNH educators.
  • In addition, the following responsibilities may be assigned to museum educators on a case by case basis
  • Developing and writing lesson plans that will be shared with other museum educator
  • Creating educational materials (such as manipulatives, diagrams, posters, etc…
  • Writing descriptions for program brochures and online marketing
  • Preparing materials for use in the classroom and cleaning up
  • Other duties as assigned.

This is a union position.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.



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