The Education Fellowship at the Fitchburg Art Museum (FAM) is designed to launch emerging art museum educators into substantial museum careers by providing a 12-month, full-time, immersive professional experience in the Education Department of a regional, community-focused art museum. The position begins September 1, 2020.
The Fitchburg Art Museum is the leading cultural institution in North Central, Massachusetts.
FAM was founded in 1925, and its four-building complex, with over 20,000 square feet of exhibition space, features exhibitions from its art historical collections of over 4,000 objects, as well as special loan exhibitions focused on New England contemporary art. Collection strengths include American Art, photography, and African Art. Area schools, community groups, and artist organizations organize shows for FAM’s Community Gallery, and the Museum maintains active educational partnerships with public and private schools, and Fitchburg State University. FAM also participates in efforts to stimulate the local creative economy. FAM is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The FAM Education Fellowship is a 12-month, 40-hour per week appointment for a recent M.A. in museum or art education. The FAM Education Fellow will participate in the full range of art museum educational activities, with primary responsibilities for overseeing FAM’s Community Gallery, organizing art classes and public events, researching and writing educational materials, supporting new programs, and generally assisting the Director of Education and Director of Docents as needed. The Fellow will work with a wide range of audiences, and engage in writing, public speaking, research, and planning. As the fellowship progresses, the Fellow will have increasing responsibilities and autonomy.
The Education Fellow works directly under Director of Education Laura Howick, and collaborates with the Director of Docents and other members of the FAM team as needed. FAM has a collaborative, convivial, and creative workplace culture.
The Fitchburg Art Museum is committed to the future career aspirations of each Fellow.
FAM staff will actively participate in job searches for Fellows with direct advocacy, references, and professional networks.
The FAM Education Fellow will be paid a stipend of $30,000, with additional benefits of health insurance and two weeks paid vacation.
Qualifications: Candidates must have completed graduate studies in museum or art education, and have experience working in art museum education (such as recent internships). Excellent writing, communication, and organization skills. Abilities to multi-task, follow up on details, and work as part of a team. Commitment to working for, by, and with the community. Basic knowledge of art history. Teaching experience is preferred. Studio art, graphic design, and/or Spanish language skills a plus. The Fellow must be able to work at least one weekend day and one evening a month during the school year. A car is necessary for commuting.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV, three writing samples (1-5 pages each), and the names and contact information for three references by email to Director of Education Laura Howick (firstname.lastname@example.org), and put “Education Fellowship” in the subject line. Deadline for submissions is April 17, 2020.
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