The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is seeking a dedicated and innovative individual to join our team as a Teacher and Schools Partnership Coordinator.
In this role you will:
- Present and interpret VMFA’s collections through sound scholarship to inform educational programs and services for teachers in Virginia.
- Establish connections between original works of art and art historical topics, placing them in a larger interdisciplinary context for accessibility and relevance to the educational community.
- Utilize technology to effectively reach a wide audience both on campus and throughout Virginia.
- Assist in the planning and development of educational content for students and teachers on VMFA’s educational resource website.
- Build and foster strategic partnerships with schools and educational organizations.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to VMFA Education Department’s core values of Quality, Collaboration, and Community-centered approach.
In support of VMFA’s commitment to increase the acquisition of works of art by African American artists, VMFA’s Teacher and School Partnership Coordinator will also serve as the Educator for African American Art and will develop interdisciplinary educational resources for K-12 students, educators, and families, supporting this area of focus, as well as all audiences as outlined in VMFA’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan.
Additionally, this role will collaborate with team members on the following responsibilities:
- Develops and presents innovative teacher programs on the VMFA campus, virtually, and statewide, aligned with VMFA’s mission, collections, exhibitions, and Virginia Public Schools’ Standards of Learning.
- Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to conceptualize a yearly menu of teacher programs. Ensures workshop topics and content align with school curriculum, emerging pedagogy, and showcase VMFA’s collection, including strategic collection areas.
- Develops and presents topics for teacher workshops on-campus, virtually, and statewide.
- Ensures accuracy of all teacher workshop resources and materials and assists guest presenters in integrating art and art history across multiple disciplines.
- Sets specific requirements and reviews expectations with teacher program presenters/staff, provides administrative support, and oversees one large teacher event annually.
- Evaluates workshops using data to improve content, delivery, and future program marketing.
- Stays updated with teacher programs offered by other organizations for competitive pricing, programming, and marketing ideas.
- Plans, coordinates, and implements summer programs for teachers at VMFA.
- Chairs and manages the VMFA Teacher Advisory Committee, develops meeting agendas, seeks advice and evaluation on educational initiatives, maintains communication, recruits members, and shows appreciation.
- Assists in the development of a yearly plan for online resource production and K-12 tour offerings, focusing on African American art and other audiences outlined in VMFA’s strategic plan.
- Develops online content for teachers, schools, and families, discusses resource needs with the Teacher Advisory Council, and stays current with online resource trends.
- Works with the Marketing team to strategize the distribution of teacher programs, markets programs through various channels, maintains program offerings on the VMFA website, and actively promotes teacher programming to schools, teachers, and educators.
- Builds networks with teachers, schools, and administrators in multiple disciplines, attends conferences as permitted, coordinates accurate registration for teacher programs, manages expenses and budget, and follows procurement policies.
- Effectively supervises volunteers and interns, participates in professional development opportunities, collaborates with Education Programs and Studio Teams for African American Art programs, provides technical assistance to partners, solicits feedback from the Teacher’s Advisory Council, and contributes well-written content for publications and grant reports.
This is a salaried, faculty exempt position that offers Commonwealth of Virginia employee benefits such as 12 paid holidays, health benefits and more. VMFA staff also enjoy museum benefits like free admission to special exhibitions, previews of special exhibitions, employee pricing for select museum programs and classes, and discounts at Amuse Restaurant, Best Café, and VMFA Shop.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- At least four (4) years’ experience in teaching or museum education.
- In-depth knowledge of art, art history, and museum and educational practices and theories.
- Demonstrated experience teaching and developing programs and resources for K-12 audiences and educators, with a focus on African American art and/or African American History.
- Ability to conceptualize, develop, and implement a diverse variety of collection-based educational resources, workshops, lectures, exhibitions, web-based materials, and studio activities for all age groups through research and application of adult and children’s learning theory.
- Ability to establish and cultivate working relationships with schools and other organizations.
- Proficiency in using computer applications for word processing, database creation and management, and Internet research.
- Knowledge of Virginia Standards of Learning.
- Excellent teaching skills.
- Strong organizational skills, including scheduling and coordinating workshops and programs.
- Ability to multitask effectively.
- Experience supervising volunteers and interns.
- Master’s degree preferred in art education, art history, humanities, or a related field.
Selected candidates must pass a criminal history background check.
Selected candidate must have a valid Virginia driver’s license.
Please submit three (3) references. Provide full name, phone number and email address. References may be attached in a separate document in the “other” field in the portal; or they may be included with the resume or cover letter.
Professional references are preferred. Other reference types will also receive consideration. References should be able to attest to your knowledge, skills, and abilities, especially qualifications relevant to the position for which you are applying. Interested individuals must submit an online application. Posting may close after five business days of opening. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before 11:55pm on June 9th.
Apply Here: https://www.jobs.virginia.gov/jobs/teacher-and-schools-partnership-coordinator-richmond-virginia-united-states