Fellowship for Excellence in Museum Education at the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center

September 6, 2011

POSITION: Fellowship for Excellence in Museum Education at the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center

REPORTS TO: Director of the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center

POSITION LOCATION: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, New York City

ORGANIZATION:

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.  The Museum is riding an exciting wave of success. Attendance is at an all time high and the institution is in the midst of a revitalization of its mission and operations, which centers on the modernization and expansion of its historic building and the reinvigoration of its exhibitions and public programs. The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center serves as the Museum’s Education Department and offers an array of programs for teachers and students in grades K-12.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Fellow will participate in on the job training to learn logistics of working in a museum environment to deliver content, learn tools and techniques for using primary and secondary sources such as artifacts and objects, develop school and out-of-school time programming for children in grades K-12, and utilize inquiry and discussion-based methodologies for teaching in a museum exhibition or when using archival resources. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to observe professional Museum Educators before he or she begins teaching, learn about the school standards and curriculum for all grades that are often used to justify field trips to cultural institutions, create educational materials for permanent and temporary exhibitions, participate in peer evaluation sessions, and after sufficient training, teach on a daily basis. Additionally, the Fellow will learn a variety of content related to New York City, both historical and present day. In addition, the Fellow will assist with special initiatives of the FAO Schwarz Children’s Center’s, such as afterschool programming, New York City History Day, Professional Development for educators, and Saturday Academy. By being involved in these projects, the Fellow will learn about various administrative duties in a non-profit, such as budgeting, outreach, and inter-departmental relationships. The Fellow will also help evaluate our existing programs by developing tools to assess our content and the delivery of that content. He or she may also be asked to research grant opportunities for The Center’s educational initiatives.
This is a year-long Fellowship opportunity.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters in museum studies, education, history, or other related field.
  • Prior experience teaching K-12 students in a classroom or in museums.
  • Interest/knowledge of the New York City history and contemporary issues in urban settings.
  • Ability to communicate well with diverse groups and to assimilate information quickly.
  • Punctuality and dependability.
  • Multiple language fluency a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Knowledge of digital media, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Self-starter, proactive, and the ability to multi-task, work independently, and interact with a wide range of people.
  • Able to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

TIME COMMITMENT: Full-time, Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm with some Saturday morning and after hour responsibilities.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter with salary requirements

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 09/08/2011

HOW TO APPLY: Email fkent@mcny.org