Teaching Artist for Community Programs (Contract)

Job details:
Dallas Museum of Art
Expiring Date: 08 February 2019
Date: 10 December 2018
Sector: Education
Function: Artist, Teacher/Reasearch Fellow
Contract: Full Time
Salary: Salary according to the experience
Place of work: United States (Dallas)
Dallas Museum of Art

Job Description

Teaching Artist for Community Programs (Contract)


To be considered for this position, the applicant must attach a resume/cv and a cover letter to their application. 


DMA Mission: The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive.


The DMA will:

Place art and our diverse communities at the center around which all activities radiate.

Pursue excellence in collecting and programming, present works of art across cultures and time, and be a driving force in contemporary art.

Strengthen our position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.


Scope of Position

As part of the newly launched Community Programs division, Teaching Artists lead programming that that aligns with the Museum’s mission and strategic objectives for residents of all ages throughout the DFW Metroplex. Community Programs help reach underserved groups and areas of the Metroplex through relevant and responsive programming created in collaboration with community members and organizations. Programs range from large community events to smaller multi-session series supporting people of all ages. Most programs take place offsite to increase cultural opportunities in areas of the Metroplex where access is limited.  

Responsibilities include leading multi-session programs, facilitating pop-up art experiences in the community, tabling at festivals and attending scheduled trainings and partner planning meetings under the supervision of the Manager of Community Programs. By facilitating inquiry-based discussions and hands-on projects in both the Museum’s galleries and at partner organizations throughout the Metroplex, Teaching Artists create opportunities for participants to connect with art, ideas, and each other. 

This contract position is currently planned to be a short-term appointment.


 Essential Functions

  • Leads inquiry-based discussions, art-making workshops, and pop-up art experiences in the DMA’s galleries and at partner organizations throughout the Metroplex.
  • Participates in trainings as well as planning meetings with the Manager of Community Programs and partner organizations to articulate and refine goals for the collaboration.  
  • Develops thematic curriculum and resources that integrate the Division’s teaching philosophy and approaches with relevant content for each partner organization, which is reviewed by the Manager of Community Programs.  
  • Gathers and prepares materials to conduct successful programs.
  • Drives the Go van Gogh van to off-site locations (schools, libraries, and other community-based organizations) as needed and chaperones volunteers.
  • Communicates with the Manager of Community Programs to ensure all programs are delivered in a timely fashion and meet expectations.
  • Completes and submits all required paperwork, including program evaluations, attendance lists, and timesheets. 
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This position will require the employee to lift up to 25 lbs, bend, stoop, walk, speak and stand for up to 3 hours in a day.



Education, Experience, and Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in a classroom or museum education setting, including experience working with community outreach, partnership programs, or classroom teachers. 
  • Comfort working with youth, families, and participants of all ages 

Key Qualifications

  • Knowledge of learning styles, educational philosophy, teaching strategies, and multidisciplinary approaches in developing educational programming. 
  • Knowledge of artistic techniques and processes; familiarity with a wide range of artistic mediums and tools.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, take initiative, and problem solve. 
  • Excellent written, organization, interpersonal, and speaking skills. 
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred.
  • A valid driver’s license is required. Must be comfortable driving a minivan on highways in traffic.
  • Ability to provide front-line customer service skills.
  • Excellent written, organization, speaking, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to develop strategic partnerships externally with community organizations and schools, and internally with the Museum’s many departments. 
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and conducts self in professional manner. 
  • Flexible schedule required. Programs are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays in the afternoon and evening and on the weekend. Teaching Artists must be available to work on the weekends or at least two evenings during the week. We anticipate that Teaching Artists would teach between 5-8 hours of programming per month. 



$100/program hour, which is inclusive of time spent on planning and prep.  $25/hour for professional development, training, and partner planning meetings scheduled by the DMA. 


Reports to: Manager of Community Programs

Department: Education 

Classification: Contractor  


The Dallas Museum of Art is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.

Please complete the employment application. Resumes are not accepted in place of an application. Applications may be submitted by email to [email protected], or in person. Interviews at time of submission are not guaranteed unless stated.

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