Part-Time Gallery Assistant
STRATEGIC JOB DESCRIPTION
Every employee at the Louisiana Children’s Museum has the same Strategic Job Description. It includes three elements, listed in order of priority.
- Your first priority – Is to achieve the organization’s purpose. In other words, you in particular are responsible for everything.
- Your second priority – Is to help others achieve the organization’s purpose.
- Your third priority – Is to carry out your job function.
The Gallery Assistant facilitates intentional exploration and play with museum visitors, and interacts with caregivers around researched best practices for childhood development. The Gallery Assistant specializes in a specific gallery, and supports the Gallery Manager with programmatic planning and delivery. Using the museum’s Learning Framework to guide his/her work, the Gallery Assistant helps to ensure that all museum visitors – both children and caregivers – maximize their experiences in each exhibit.
- High school diploma required, college degree preferred (special consideration given to applicants with coursework in a related field)
- Passion for and knowledge of content in the gallery
- Experience working with young children, ages 0-8 years old
- Excellent communication skills, and experience working as part of a larger team
- Knowledge of the local educational landscape
- A belief that all children are capable learners, with potential to grow and thrive
- Facilitate purposeful exploration and play in one or more of the following galleries:
- Play With Me – a space designed for infants and toddlers to actively explore their surroundings, meanwhile providing resources for caregivers on childhood development
- Follow That Food – a journey of Louisiana food from the fields and coastal waters, through the port, and into the market, café, and family table
- Dig Into Nature – a discovery of Southeast Louisiana’s natural resources, including plants, animals, and sources of energy
- Make Your Mark – an exploration of New Orleans’ art, architecture, music, history, and cultural heritage
- Studio In The Park – an art and tinker studio where children will engage in the process of creating in a collaborative space, with an emphasis on reusable and natural materials
- Move With The River – an action-packed adventure along the Mississippi River, winding and splashing from the Twin Cities all the way to the Gulf of Mexico
- Facilitate open or guided experiences in affiliated outdoor learning environments, such as the Toddler Landscape, the Edible Garden, or other (varies depending on gallery assignment)
- Support planning and facilitation for annual events, such as festivals or large programs.
- Work with key constituents to maximize the mission-delivery and community engagement, including: Gallery Managers, Gallery Assistants, volunteers, community partners, and other.
- Participate in weekly reflections and planning sessions with the Gallery Manager, as to successful delivery and impacts for young children, knowledge shared with parents, grandparents, and educators
- Support training and coordination of part-time employees, volunteers, and strategic partners who will be working alongside Gallery Managers and Gallery Assistants
- Reports to: Museum Experience Manager
- Supervises: n/a
- Coordinates with: Gallery Assistants across all galleries, Museum Experience Manager and Assistant Manager, volunteers
- Interacts with: Museum Visitors
The Museum will be opening May 22nd for a special event and then will reopen May 29th for regular operating hours. Applicants must be available on these dates as well we be available for training beginning May 10th. Please indicate in your cover letter your availability and desired hours.
Gallery Managers will work 2-5 shifts per week, consistent each week and determined upon hire. Shifts are currently scheduled at the following times, but may change in accordance with visitor traffic:
- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm
- Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
Please submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your cover letter should describe your fit for the position, specific galleries of interest, and why you are interested to work at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Please include candidate’s last name in title of all attachments.
Due to a high volume of applicants, we may not be able to correspond with each individual.