MOCA Education strives to make education more collaborative, inclusive, and learner-centered; to nurture intellectual growth through experiences with contemporary art; and to increase access to the transformative power of art.
The Senior Educator will work primarily within Contemporary Art Start (CAS), the Museum’s
year-long partnership program for 3rd–12th grade classrooms across Los Angeles County.
Through CAS, MOCA invests in teachers by helping them lead inclusive, student-centered and democratic discussions that build critical thinking skills while encouraging careful looking at, and thoughtful reflection about, the art of our time.
Within this part-time position (12–20 hours per week), the Senior Educator will primarily assist with the development and implementation of discussion-based tours for students and learner-centered professional development training(s) for teachers within CAS. Additionally, they will assist with MOCA family programs, which include online and in-person offerings featuring guided discussions and accessible artmaking activities.
▪ At least one year of experience as a MOCA Educator, or equivalent
▪ Completion of Visual Thinking Strategies Coaching Practicum
▪ Ability to reflect upon and examine their own teaching as well as that of others
▪ Knowledge of and experience in art education, anti-oppressive teaching, and
▪ Experience working collaboratively with diverse team members
▪ General flexible attitude
▪ Willingness to pivot between online and in-person programming
▪ Fluency in Spanish
▪ Bachelor’s or master’s degree in art education, studio art, art history or closely-related
▪ Studio art practice
Staff hours vary according to the academic calendar. Staff hours include up to 14 full days of facilitating professional development for teachers over the summer and four Saturdays each fall and spring; family programs occur on weekends throughout the year.
Essential Functions and Examples of Duties:
● Coach teachers in the use of Visual Thinking Strategies, both at MOCA and in
classrooms across Los Angeles County.
● Help coach MOCA Educators in their use of VTS.
Exemplary Team Membership
● Demonstrate constructive leadership and encourage proactive problem solving among
MOCA Educators; help communicate needs of Educators to management.
● Meet monthly with fellow Senior Educators and management to discuss program needs
and staff morale.
● Engage in professional-development learning opportunities, research opportunities, and
Conducting Student Tours
● Assist with the development and implementation of VTS discussion-based tours for
3rd-12th grade students.
● Use social justice as a lens to examine teaching practices.
Help Implement Education Programming
● Facilitate learner-centered professional development trainings for teachers within CAS.
● Assist with research, development, and implementation of family programs for all ages
and ability levels.
● Co-develop creative curriculum and projects for students, families, and adults.
● Occasionally assist with other large-scale community events as well as the MOCA Teen
Program, working with coworkers as a team.
● Work independently and remotely on a variety of projects related to programs.
● Promote MOCA Education programs to help recruit future participants.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to move around and give hour-long tours around the museum (shifts usually consist of two tours); use hands to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and demonstrate effective communication skills. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. During CAS teacher workshops and family workshops, this employee will assist with setup and cleanup of studio art and other activities, involving duties including but not limited to bending to tape down tarps, lifting and reaching to set up canopies and tables, and carrying other supplies. Accommodations will be made as required.
Pay rate: $25.47/hr
Position Covered by MOCA/AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement: YES
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The Museum of Contemporary Art is an equal opportunity employer. We will extend equal
opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin,
ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including
pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, hairstyle, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local laws. Our policy reflects and affirms the Museum of Contemporary Art’s commitment to the principles of fair employment and the elimination of all discriminatory practices. Details of our equal employment opportunity policies are further explained in Anti-Discrimination & Harassment. Research shows that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that an applicant meets 100% of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if much of this job description describes you, then you are highly encouraged to apply for this role.