MoMA reaches a broad international and multigenerational audience both on-site and through various digital platforms. Our audiences consistently report that their interest in modern and contemporary art far outweighs their knowledge of the subject. They want to know how art is made, why art is made, and why it matters, both historically and in relation to their lives. We aim to share knowledge in engaging ways—telling stories, asking questions, and offering multiple perspectives—empowering them to form their own interpretations and connections.
We are currently accepting applications for an Associate Educator, Interpretation, Research and Digital Learning to join MoMA’s Education Department. The Interpretation, Research, and Digital Learning (IRDL) team is part of the Education Department, which connects audiences with art and supports MoMA’s evolving relationship with communities and the broader public through learning, interpretation, community engagement, and public programming.
Reporting to Director of IRDL, the Associate Educator plays a vital role at the Museum, developing compelling, inclusive, and accessible content that supports audience learning and engagement with modern and contemporary art, both on site and online.
The ideal candidate is highly collaborative and possesses the interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills to interact easily and professionally with a diverse group of colleagues within the institution and externally. The candidate should also demonstrate a high level of judgment and accountability. Given the high volume of exhibitions and other projects, the Associate Educator must have the ability to make strategic decisions about how to prioritize work and use their organization and communication skills to juggle multiple and competing priorities.
Additional responsibilities include:
● Under the supervision of the Director of IRDL identifies, conceptualizes, and leads interpretation projects for in-gallery and online.
● Collaborates with curators, artists, educators, the Creative Team, and external partners to ensure audiences are centered in the development of compelling and accessible content.
● Writes texts for a range of platforms, including expanded object records and artist biographies for online, magazine articles, didactics, scripts, storyboards, and ephemera.
● Contributes to discussions that formulate the framing and articulation of key ideas, themes, and artistic practices.
● Synthesizes and translates input from internal and external stakeholders as part of the continued refinement of MoMA’s inclusive interpretation practices.
● Reviews labels for exhibitions and collection displays to ensure the accessibility and inclusivity of language and ideas presented, works closely with editors and curators to ensure interpretation planning foregrounds audience needs.
● Develops innovative approaches to digital content and engagement for audiences seeking to learn about modern and contemporary art on moma.org, Coursera, and other platforms.
● Develops content for MoMA Audio and podcast projects, identifying speakers, conducting interviews, developing scripts, publishing content, and promoting listenership.
● Uses audience insights, including quantitative and qualitative feedback, to inform decision making.
● Manages the workflow of individual initiatives and projects, including budget, timelines, rights, launch and promotion.
● Works with the Creative Team to ensure content/product integration and performance across MoMA’s digital platforms.
● Performs any other duties reasonably related to the functions described above.
● Bachelor’s degree in art history, museum studies, museum education or related field, master’s preferred and five or more years progressive related experience working in museums or the cultural sector, or equivalent combination.
● Strong interest in and knowledge of modern and contemporary art.
● Commitment to access, equity, and inclusion in approach to content creation and audience engagement.
● Strong written and verbal skills; demonstrated ability to write and develop content for a wide range of audiences, differentiating for tone, accessibility of language and ideas, and content focus.
● Understanding of how digital platforms are used for learning and audience engagement, and how content needs differ across platforms.
● Experience working professionally and collaboratively as a team, across departments, and with external partners. Ability to build relationships and consensus.
● Strong organizational and project management skills with high attention to detail and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
● Ability to communicate professionally in all formats including writing and presentations.
● Fully vaccinated with a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or the World Health Organization authorized vaccine (or approved for an exemption as a reasonable accommodation due to a qualified disability or sincerely held religious belief or other legal basis).
Preferred skills and experience:
● Knowledge of innovative pedagogical approaches for interpretation in art museums.
● Familiarity and experience with content management systems
● Experience conducting original, independent research
● Ability to storyboard using media assets.
Apply at MoMA jobs. Applicants should submit a resume and a statement of interest.
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