Senior Museum Educator

Come join the team at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West - a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the most frequently visited travel destinations in Arizona!

Sharply focused on ensuring our local, regional, national, and international audiences feel welcome to explore, engage in, understand and financially support the historic spaces of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and Taliesin West, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation inspires people to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connection to nature, the arts and each other. In Wright's own words, our vision is "to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme and meaning to life."

Position Summary:

The Senior Museum Educator is an essential member of the Foundation’s Public Engagement Division, within the Youth and Family Programs Department, and will deliver high-quality educational experiences for k-12 students, campers, teachers, and families. The Senior Museum Educator will assist in designing lessons and content and will primarily be the lead for coordinating and teaching field trips, day camps, virtual education programs, youth and family programs, and homeschool activities, all of which are delivered throughout the calendar year. Many programs have existing curricula; however, the Senior Museum Educator will assist in reviewing and improving existing lessons and developing new programs. All content is connected to the work and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright, and our curriculum includes science, social studies, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) based material. 

A key aspect of this role is serving as program lead for day camp programming. For the 2022-2023 year, these camps will run Monday-Friday, on the following dates: 

December 26-30, 2022

March 13-17, 2022

June 5-July 28 (with a break July 3-7)

The person in this role will also be responsible for program logistics (set-up, clean-up, etc.) as well as managing departmental supplies. The Senior Museum Educator is required to work when programs are being delivered, which includes weekends and evenings.

This is a 40 hour a week position, currently budgeted at $18/hour based on experience. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation offers an excellent work environment, comprehensive benefits package, and a paid time off package. The Foundation pays up to 87% of your monthly health-care premiums and enrolls all regular full-time employees into our life insurance, short-term and long-term disability and long-term care policies at no cost to employees.

The ideal candidate for this role will bring a spirit of innovation and flexibility and possess skills in educational lesson planning, program planning, and teaching. This an exciting opportunity to help grow and shape the Youth & Family Programs department and we seek a candidate with familiarity with museums, informal education, and cultural nonprofit organizations. 

Essential Functions:

* Teach and lead educational programs both online and onsite for k-12 students, families, and k-12 educators.

* Under the direction of the Manager, review and implement lesson plans.

* Coordinate schedules for educational volunteers and provide oversight during programs, in collaboration with the Youth and Family Programs Manager. 

* Maintain inventory of education related materials and supplies; organize and requisition new supplies as needed. 

* Research and develop new educational content as directed by the Youth & Family Programs Manager.

* Communicate clear safety rules and maintain control of the group to ensure guests’ safety and minimize potential damage to our historic property.

* Demonstrate excellent oral communication and presentation skills with a guest-centric focus and effectively present information and respond to questions.

* Demonstrate excellent customer service skills. 

*Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, volunteers, and all members of the general public.

* Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  •  BA in Museum Studies, Education, History, Architecture, Art History, or similar OR equivalent relevant work experience 
  •  One to two years of experience in teaching museum, cultural, or informal educational programs, or equivalent
  •  An eagerness to learn new content relating to history, architecture and STEAM topics, and translate that content for all ages. 
  •  A self-starter, shows attention to detail, and possess excellent organizational skills
  •   Ability to work accurately and efficiently and keep track of numerous projects simultaneously
  •  Demonstrated problem-solving and interpersonal skills including the ability to work and communicate with a diverse audience, including adults, children, staff, the public, and others.
  •  Flexible and solution-oriented, able to adapt quickly and make good decisions in the moment
  •  Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  •  Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstration of accuracy and thoroughness, and the ability to deliver quality work
  •  Experience delivering exceptional customer service to internal and external customers while managing multiple priorities
  •  A key aspect of this role is serving as program lead for day camp programming. (Please see dates above)
  •  Willing and able to work evenings and weekends

Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Experience in museum education program design
  •  Experience with Altru ticketing system
  •  Demonstrative experience in use of technology including audio-visual equipment, PC/Mac equipment (such as iPads) and related software

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

 Physical Demands: While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and consistently talk or hear; and rarely taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

 Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather and desert environmental conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

 OSHA Risk Classification for COVID-19 Exposure: Medium Risk: This position requires frequent/close contact with the public and other co-workers and is therefore determined to fall within the Medium Risk category as defined by OSHA.

This job description does not constitute a contract for employment with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation or any affiliate, either expressed or implied, and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation reserves the right at any time to change, delete, or add to any of the provisions at its sole discretion. Furthermore, the provisions of this job description are designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to serve as guidelines rather than absolute rules, and exceptions.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.