Artist Educator


  • Casual position
  • Hourly rates: $36.55 (Monday-Saturday); $43.86 (Sunday); $73.10 (Public Holiday)
  • Audience Engagement Division
  • Reports to the Manager, Student & Teacher Engagement
  • Date reviewed December 2019

Overview of the position

The role of Artist Educator is key to the enactment of the MCA’s Creative Learning Manifesto, the ideas and values which inform our practice and the experience of learning programs at the MCA. We believe that artists model the essential ingredients for creative learning – imagination, experimentation, risk-taking, creative and critical thinking, and play. Artists are people who can help us see and think in new ways.

Artist Educators sit within the Student & Teacher Engagement team of the MCA’s Audience Engagement division and report to the Manager, Student & Teacher Engagement.

The practice of Artist Educators is informed by the MCA’s Creative Learning Manifesto and Indigenous Cultural Learning Framework. Artist Educators have a core responsibility for the development and delivery of creative learning programs for students and teachers across our key program areas: Early Learning; Schools; Tertiary; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learning programs; Digital Learning and the Bella Program for audiences with disability or access requirements. Artist Educators also have the opportunity to provide learning experiences across other audience strands within Audience Engagement: Public Programs; Access Programs; Kids & Families and Young Creatives.

General responsibilities include the development and delivery of creative learning programs, incorporating gallery experiences and studio-sessions, in response to the MCA’s Collection and exhibitions program. Opportunities also exist to support the development and delivery of special projects and events, offsite learning programs and learning resources. Artist Educators work collaboratively with each other and with Program Coordinators across Audience Engagement. Opportunity is also provided for Artist Educators to take a leading role in projects across program areas.

Our expectations are that Artist Educators are available to deliver at least four programs a month, with a core responsibility to school programs. We are committed to providing ongoing training and professional development support through curatorial walkthroughs of new exhibitions, research and preparation allowances and regular team training. As Artist Educators maintain a practice outside the MCA, we understand that external projects, residencies and travel opportunities will sometimes require time away.

We are looking for people who have an artistic, creative or cultural practice, who are passionate about contemporary art and ideas, and who have a genuine desire to facilitate rich creative learning experiences for all audiences through a dynamic and meaningful engagement with contemporary art.

Tasks and responsibilities of the position

  • A commitment to demonstrate the values outlined in the MCA’s Indigenous Cultural Learning Framework, Creative Learning Manifesto, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Access, Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
  • A commitment to ensuring that all learning programs create a space of cultural safety for every participant.
  • Work with the Manager, Student & Teacher Engagement and Program Coordinators to develop and deliver creative learning programs for students and teachers aligned with the MCA Collection and exhibitions program, including gallery experiences and studio sessions.
  • Work with Program Coordinators across Audience Engagement to develop, deliver and support creative learning experiences for broad audiences, including Kids & Families, Young Creatives, Access Programs and Public Programs.
  • As required, take a leading role in the development of special programs and projects at the MCA and offsite.
  • As required, support the development of learning resources across audience areas, including physical resources for use in gallery programs and resources for learning online.
  • As required, correspond with teachers and group leaders in the development of tailored learning programs
  • Deliver programs in accordance with the MCA’s Child Safe Policy, with a duty of care to both participants and artworks.
  • Regular attendance at exhibition walkthroughs, Artist Educator meetings and training sessions.
  • Using MCA internal systems to update availability, manage shifts and complete timesheets.

Key selection criteria

Essential criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate they have:

  • a current and valid Working with Children Check (NSW)
  • a demonstrated artistic, creative or cultural practice
  • experience facilitating learning experiences with diverse audiences
  • demonstrated knowledge of and interest in contemporary art, or relevant experience in the cultural sector
  • demonstrated knowledge of and/or awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture
  • ability to develop studio-based learning experiences incorporating a wide range of artmaking media
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills including written communication skills
  • ability to be flexible and respond to new opportunities and changing circumstances as required
  • demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, independently and within deadlines
  • commitment to the Museum’s objectives, including making contemporary art accessible to broad audiences
  • availability to deliver 4 programs a month.

Desirable criteria

It would be good if applicants have:

  • experience facilitating learning experiences with audiences with disability or access requirements
  • knowledge of relevant NSW Syllabus documents or the Australian Curriculum
  • experience creating learning resources for diverse audiences
  • previous experience in a cultural institution
  • experience using technology and creating with digital media.

Person specification

We are looking for people who have an artistic, creative or cultural practice, who are passionate about contemporary art and ideas, and who have a genuine desire to facilitate rich creative learning experiences for all audiences through a dynamic and meaningful engagement with contemporary art.

Artist Educators are committed to the values outlined in the MCA’s Indigenous Cultural Learning Framework, Creative Learning Manifesto, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Access, Diversity and Inclusion Plan.

Artist Educators are also committed to building positive relationships with audiences, partners and colleagues. Collaboration is key to the Artist Educator role, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Artist Educators are self-motivated and able to exercise initiative to respond to challenges and opportunities as they arise within a supportive, team environment.

Terms and conditions of employment

This is a casual position reporting to the Manager, Student and Teacher Engagement. Hours vary depending on weekly business needs. The Museum is open seven days from 10am – 5pm with late nights on Wednesday to 9pm.
Educators must be available to deliver four programs per month, with shifts allocated on an as needs basis. Attendance at curatorial walkthroughs and team training sessions is a requirement of the position. Leave to undertake external projects, residencies and travel can be arranged for a period of up to 3 months. Educators are responsible for maintaining roster availability, shifts and completing timesheets.

Rates:

  • normal working days: $36.55 per hour
  • Sundays: $43.86 per hour
  • public holidays: $73.10 per hour
  • superannuation: 9.50% super payments (in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992).

Successful applicants must be able to attend training sessions on the following dates

  • Wednesday 19 February 2020 & Thursday 20 February 2020
  • Wednesday 26 February 2020 & Friday 28 February 2020

A current Working with Children Check under the NSW Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 is required for this position. The WWCC is a prerequisite for anyone in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and review of findings of workplace misconduct, and it must be verified before employment commences. The preferred applicant is responsible for applying for the check prior to employment. It is an offence under the NSW Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 for a person convicted of a serious sex offence to apply for this position. To apply for the WWCC, please visit http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check.

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