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Museum Educator, per diem

Fairfield University
Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 6, 2024

Job Details

Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

The Fairfield University Art Museum seeks a per-diem educator to assist the Curator of Education with the design and implementation of K-12 field trips. The Museum has an established relationship with six Turnaround Arts schools in Bridgeport, CT working primarily with 5th- and 6th-grade students to ensure that they have the opportunity to visit the Museum for half-day arts education programs designed together with classroom teachers to complement and support the curriculum in English Language Arts/Literacy, Social Studies, and Arts.

Additional duties include designing and implementing the once monthly Family Day program (September – June) and twice per semester evening Art Workshops (Drawing Parties, Craft Collectives, De-Stress with Art) for university and community audiences. Additional duties may involve creating in gallery art activities to complement exhibitions and annually creating coloring book pages from works in the Museum’s permanent collection.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a passion for art and education, the ability to work collaboratively, and excellent communication skills with both children and adults. The position is on an as-needed basis during the academic year, averaging 10 hours per week. Priority will be given to those who can work mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays once per month, and occasional evenings, and can be available more than two days a week.

The Fairfield University Art Museum encompasses galleries for the permanent collection and rotating exhibitions in Bellarmine Hall, and the Walsh Gallery for larger special exhibitions in the Quick Center for the Arts. The small but choice permanent collection features European and American paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs — including a core group of 10 Italian Renaissance and Baroque paintings from the Samuel H. Kress Collection — as well as a group of Asian, African, and Pre-Columbian objects. This is augmented by antiquities and medieval works on long-term loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Worcester Art Museum, and the American Numismatic Society, as well as Asian art on loan from the Columbia University Collection and European paintings and objects borrowed from private collections.

  • Attend curator and educator-led trainings throughout the year

  • Work with Curator of Education and Turnaround Arts teachers to design field trip activities

  • Implement the Field Trips by engaging students in discussion, inquiry, and hands-on activities for groups in grades K - 12

  • Set up before and clean up after field trips

  • Work with staff to re-order supplies and materials, address concerns about programs, and evaluate certain program aspects (as needed).

  • BA, BFA, or BS required (art history, education, history, museum studies, or studio art preferred), MA in Art Education preferred.

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for working with K-12 students

  • Creativity and imagination

  • Previous teaching experience preferred

  • Spanish language skills preferred

This position is based at Fairfield University’s Fairfield, CT campus and is not eligible for immigration assistance.


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Fairfield Univesity

Our scenic, 200-acre campus is situated on the Connecticut coastline, just 60-minutes away from the heart of Manhattan and less than a mile from the beaches of Long Island Sound. But it’s more than just our surroundings that make our campus unique — it’s our commitment to each and every student’s personal and professional growth and their journey to becoming individuals of purpose.

For more than 80 years, Fairfield University has been graduating adept, accomplished, and socially responsible leaders in an academic community where the learning goes deeper, the friendships are more meaningful, and the experiences stay with you long after graduation. As a values-based, student-centric, outcomes-focused Jesuit Catholic University, we are committed to educating the whole person — mind, body, and spirit — and providing students with experiential learning and professional development opportunities that give them a competitive edge in today’s job market. At Fairfield, the future is filled with opportunities as limitless as your potential, and they all begin with you.

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