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Artist Educator, Dia Teens, Dia Chelsea

Application deadline: Open until filled

Temporary part-time position based in New York, New York
$32 per hour, September 2024–August 2025, approx. 780 hours

About Dia Art Foundation

Based in New York, Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century, presents long-term, site-specific projects, executes new commissions, and produces scholarly publications related to its exhibitions and collection.

Learning at Dia is founded on the idea that art is an active, self-determined experience. Since their inception in 1993 in New York, learning programs have offered space for the collective curiosity and inquiry of artists, educators, and learners to be in critical exchange at Dia.

For more about Dia’s constellation of sites, exhibitions, and programs of engagement, visit our website.

Position summary

Dia Art Foundation seeks an experienced Artist in the role of Educator to work with high school–aged youth at Dia Chelsea. Dia Teens supports 15 ambitious New York–based participants in developing their creative voice, critical thinking, and personal agency in a self-determinative, experiential environment over time, as teens may participate in the program for one to three years. The Artist Educator will design a new curriculum and facilitate a program that is enacted with and by the teen participants to create an inclusive peer-learning community that is responsive to the intersecting interests, identities, and needs of the cohort. 

This part-time, temporary position is based at Dia Chelsea and takes place September 2024–August 2025. It includes in-person program sessions on Wednesday afternoons during the academic year and a six-week summer program. The Artist Educator, Dia Teens, Dia Chelsea, works in close collaboration with the Learning and Engagement team based in New York and reports to the Curator of Public Engagement.

The successful candidate’s practice engages with experimental pedagogy, community-building, reciprocity, or other related program values, and they are excited to explore questions central to their practice through reciprocal exchange with teens. 

Essential duties and responsibilities

  • Research Dia’s collection, program, history, and relevant concepts and methodologies in contemporary art and experimental pedagogy; conduct additional research as required to support curriculum development and program learning objectives
  • Design and implement an original, flexible, and responsive curriculum with articulated critical questions that drive the arc of learning over time. The curriculum contributes to, supports, challenges, or otherwise broadens participants’ understanding of art-making and art’s impact in the world, and incorporates structures and opportunities for creative and critical choice-making into the design and delivery of program sessions
  • In collaboration with Dia’s Learning and Engagement team, design, attend, and facilitate all on-site and off-site Dia Teens sessions, including Wednesdays, 4–6 pm, during the 2024–25 academic year and a six-week, 24-session summer program in July–August 2025
  • Support youth in developing collaborative hands-on projects based on their individual and collective interests, and support program production or project presentations
  • Establish and maintain a practice of reflection with teens and collaborate with administrative staff to document and track student learning over time
  • Participate in program evaluations and incorporate feedback from teens and colleagues into program design and delivery as appropriate

Other duties and responsibilities

  • Carry out all administrative responsibilities in a timely manner and communicate clearly, promptly, and on an ongoing basis with the Learning and Engagement team during program planning and implementation, including submission of curriculum drafts and lesson plans, materials lists, evaluations, and regular meetings
  • Participate in a practice of reflection independently and with colleagues over the course of employment; support program evaluations as required and incorporate feedback from fellows, program partners, and Dia staff into program design and delivery
  • Attend trainings and meetings as required

Education, certifications, and experience

  • A working artist, cultural producer, or community-centered practitioner; artists working in socially engaged art practices or who have excelled in their field through enterprising or nontraditional pathways are encouraged to apply
  • Applied experience in studio art, arts/museum education, or a related field
  • Experience designing and facilitating student-centered arts learning experiences in out-of-school settings; experience with responsive or emergent curricula desired
  • Experience working directly with high school–aged youth in out-of-school, museum, or community settings, and a demonstrated commitment to centering cultural equity for youth populations with varying backgrounds, life experiences, and learning styles, is required

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Firm understanding of and interest in contemporary art and experimental pedagogy
  • Must be a creative, critical, and flexible thinker who thrives in a responsive, collaborative setting and is strongly committed to youth agency
  • Active listening skills, intellectual curiosity, empathy, high emotional intelligence, and comfort with open-ended or experimental working processes is essential
  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and to efficiently balance and meet short- and long-term deadlines
  • Understanding of and interest in the arts landscape, community-based organizations, and educational resources of New York

This position requires a background check.

Working conditions and physical demands

This is a part-time, fixed-term position based at Dia Chelsea. The Artist Educator, Dia Teens, Dia Chelsea, is engaged from September 2024 to August 2025 with an expected schedule of 780 hours for the duration of the position at the Artist-Educator rate of $32 per hour. Weekly hours will vary, averaging approximately 10–12 hours per week during the academic year and up to 40 hours per week during the summer intensive.

Weekly hours include in-person program facilitation, session preparation and planning, and curriculum design; work and meetings relating to curriculum development may be done remotely.

Please note that to provide a safe workplace free of recognized hazards and to take every possible step to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 among our employees, Dia Art Foundation has a mandatory vaccination requirement for all staff and requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon hire, except for those who obtain an exemption due to a medical condition, a religious belief, or pregnancy.

Artist Educators are paid at a competitive hourly rate. Staff with Dia Art Foundation ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations. As employees, Artist Educators may participate in staff trainings and public programs.

Application process

Qualified applicants may apply for this position by emailing the following materials to learning@diaart.org with “Artist Educator, Dia Teens, Dia Chelsea” as the subject heading:

  1. Cover letter highlighting your experience, pedagogical approach, and interest in the Dia Teens program, as well as questions or ideas related to your individual practice or research that you hope to explore through this opportunity
  2. Resume or CV indicating your experience as a facilitator, in particular as it relates to working with high school–aged youth
  3. Up to three project or curriculum samples (preferably related to out-of-school, museum, or community-based settings)
  4. Artist statement and link to portfolio or website
  5. Optional: please indicate if you would like to also be considered for the Artist Educator, Dia Teens, Dia Beacon position

No phone calls or emails to addresses other than the one specified please.

Deadline: Open until filled

Dia Art Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies. In addition, Dia will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and supports a neurodiverse workplace. Candidates with nontraditional learning or career paths and/or applicants whose qualifications differ from those listed above are encouraged to apply.

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