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Museum Educator
Museum Educator
Art Institute of Chicago
Post Date: 17 Sep 2021



The Art Institute of Chicago shares its singular collections with our city and the world. We collect, care for, and interpret works of art across time, cultures, geographies, and identities, centering the vision of artists and makers. We recognize that all art is made in a particular context, demanding continual, dynamic reconsideration in the present. We are a place of gathering; we foster the exchange of ideas and inspire an expansive, inclusive understanding of human creativity.  

Position Summary

The Learning and Public Engagement (LPE) department develops culturally responsive content, designs anti-racist pedagogy, collaborates with artists and community members, and facilitates experiences involving the museum’s collections and exhibitions in order to:

  • Champion the role of art and culture in people’s lives
  • Promote access and equitable participation in art and the museum
  • Foster critical and creative thinking 
  • Strengthen the fabric of communities and the life of our city 

As a result, museum visitors and participants of varied ages, backgrounds, and abilities engage with each other and with works of art from across time, cultures, geographies, and identities, making the museum a place for learning, insight, inspiration, and community. They leave museum experiences feeling more connected and with greater confidence in their capacity to imagine, create, and make sense of art and their world.

The Learning and Public Engagement department is organized into three areas: Innovation & Creativity, Students & Educators, and Youth & Families. Committed to advancing systemic change, LPE is building a vision and framework for anti-racist work across the department.

Within this context, the division of Students and Educators provides diverse and dynamic learning opportunities and resources for K-12 students and teachers, with an emphasis on Chicago schools. Learners engage with works of art from across time and cultures through processes of shared inquiry, deepening their sense of self, connecting with others, and building on their capacity to imagine, create, and thrive in a complex world.

The Museum Educator is a contract educator role within the Students and Educators area of Learning and Public Engagement from October 2021-June 2022. The Museum Educator will facilitate and support virtual student experiences for students grade 3-12 and in-museum experiences for students grade 1-12. These experiences will utilizie inquiry-based, student-centered, and anti-racist strategies to engage students with the museum’s collection. As part of this work, contract educators will work collaboratively with staff and provide limited administrative support around the production and facilitation of assigned student experiences.

What you will do:

  • Facilitate and virtual support student experiences for grade 3-12 students and in-museum experiences for grade 1-12 students that align with the museum’s pedagogical framework through the strategies of student-centered, inquiry-based, and anti-racist museum teaching.
  • Communicate directly with teachers of assigned programs in order to develop tours that best meet the needs of their classroom goals and strategies.
  • Collaborate with and have professional interactions with fellow educators and department staff.
  • Support the development of materials and strategies that enable accessible, multi-modal, and anti-racist student experiences.
  • Support program evaluation and data collection through collaboration with staff. Participate in professional assessment and bi-weekly reflection sessions.
  • Supports the museum in its commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable institution; treats colleagues and visitors fairly and respectfully, recognizing the value that diverse backgrounds and perspectives bring to our organization.


What you will bring:

  • Insightful, equity-focused, and committed to cultivating culturally responsive, human-centered learning experiences that benefit the diverse abilities and backgrounds of participants and audiences.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working with K-12 audiences (students and/or teachers), adult professional development, and/or in museums or informal education settings.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working directly with people who identify as ALAANA*, LGBTQIA+**, first-generation immigrants, and people with diverse abilities, with the ability to work closely with people from various artistic, cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds.
  • Previous experience teaching with works of art and general knowledge of art history and various making techniques.
  • Previous experience facilitating anti-racist, culturally responsive, inclusive, and accessible programs for access audiences.
  • Strong verbal communication and writing skills with the ability to adjust communication styles to accommodate audiences of diverse backgrounds and abilities.                  
  • Exceptional email communication, written, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Command of Google suite including Gmail, Google Meets, Google Sheets and Documents, and Google Calendar; Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to complete background check and fingerprinting at a Chicago-based, Chicago Public School approved facility.
  • Previous experience leading virtual learning experiences for K-12 audiences is strongly preferred.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish is strongly preferred.
  • Prior demonstrated experience engaging and supporting students of diverse abilities is strongly preferred. This includes facilitating experiences for students who are blind or have low vision, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and/or students with sensory processing disorders.
  • Technical Requirements:
    • A desktop or laptop computer that is able to support software updates and has been updated recently.
    • Sufficient bandwidth/ internet connectivity available to sustain a consistent connection.
    • Quiet space to conduct virtual experiences, with limited background distraction.

Required Availability:

  • Must be available to consistently lead programs 3 or more weekdays a week, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm from November 1, 2021– June 14, 2022.
    • We are developing a flexible schedule in line with CPS programmatic needs, and currently expect to offer Virtual Student Experiences from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Mondays-Wednesdays throughout the school year; in-museum self-guided programs from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Thursdays and Fridays in the fall; and both self-guided and guided in-museum tours in the winter and spring. It may be that virtual and in-museum programs offered by day shift, however educators’ commitment to days and times will be honored.
    • Our preference is for educators who are able to commit to both virtual and in-person teaching.
  • An educator can expect to have 2-5 programs per week, dependent on student group scheduling.
  • Must be available to attend fall training Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, 9:30-12:30 am, from October 5-21, 2021. Must be available to attend winter training Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, 2-5 pm from January 11-27, 2022. Educators should expect additional time for readings up to 2 hours per training day.
  • Must be available to attend bi-weekly reflection sessions that provide ongoing training, programmatic reflection, and team check-ins on Wednesdays, 2-3 pm, October 27, 2021 – June 8, 2022; Friday June, 17, 2022


  • $25 an hour for training and bi-weekly reflection sessions
  • Virtual Student Experiences: $100 per 60 minute program lead facilitation and associated program administration; $50 per 60 minute program support. Additional $25 per program that requires Spanish language preparation and/or accessible planning.
  • In-Museum Student Experiences: $100 per 60 minute program facilitation. Additional $25 per program that requires Spanish language preparation and/or accessible planning.


  • Please submit a cover letter and resume addressing qualification requirements to [email protected] with the subject line “Contractual Museum Educator.” Please also include preferred weekly availability for the period of November 1, 2021 – June 14, 2022.
  • In your application, please note if you are available for both in-person and virtual teaching or have a preference for in-person or virtual.

This position will remain open until filled with priority given to materials received by September 3, 2021.


Chicago, US

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