Dia Art Foundation consists of eight permanent sites across the United States and Germany, as well as three changing exhibition spaces in New York State: Dia Chelsea, in New York City; Dia Beacon, in the Hudson Valley; and Dia Bridgehampton, on Long Island. Dia has renovated and expanded its Dia Chelsea site (opened April 2021), has plans to renovate and expand the SoHo sites (opening 2023), and will embark on a major external and internal renovation at Dia Beacon to make accessible the external landscape and improve the internal facility. Founded in 1974, Dia is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Since its inauguration, the organization has undergone several shifts in focus, adding both new artists and sites. Over the last six years, Dia has carefully grown its program, commissions, and collection to reflect a more inclusive and expansive vision for staff, audiences, and the future of the institution.
Dia Beacon seeks Dia Guides to facilitate thematic and inquiry-based tours of the museum for publics of all ages. Tours at Dia Beacon are facilitated by artists and thinkers who are deeply committed to advancing their own practice as educators at Dia. Guides receive support for independent research and participate in a robust internal intellectual community, including ongoing, paid learning opportunities related to exhibition content and pedagogy.
This is a part-time position that is scheduled on an as-needed basis during museum hours of operation. Guides report to the Director of Learning and Engagement and are scheduled by the Group Tours Manager. Tours last approximately one hour.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Design and facilitate engaging, original tours of the collection and special exhibitions at Dia Beacon for K–12 school groups, adult groups, and other public audiences
- Research Dia’s collection, history, and relevant concepts and methodologies in contemporary art
- Actively participate in Dia’s internal learning community and ongoing reflection and evaluation related to the facilitation of tours
- Attend mandatory trainings, including peer-led sessions and curatorial walkthroughs of new exhibitions
- Comply with all museum rules and procedures related to visitor and work safety
- BA in studio art, arts/museum education, or related fields (equivalent experience welcome)
- Experience working with K–12 and/or adult learners in formal or informal learning environments
- Cultural fluency, empathy, collaborative capacity, and commitment to cultural equity and accessibility in practice is essential
- Engaged understanding of and interest in experimental pedagogy and contemporary art
- Must be a creative and critical thinker with the ability to be present, synthesize, and thoughtfully engage across audiences
- Ability to thrive in a self-determinative learning environment
- Fluency in languages other than English preferred; fluency in Spanish strongly desired
- Preference given to candidates consistently available to lead public tours on weekends and/or for K–12 school groups on Mondays and Fridays during the academic school year
- Guides must lead a minimum of ten tours per year
Hudson Valley artists who have interest in engaging with local community-centered organizations and/or are interested in further developing their practice as an educator within an active peer learning community are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please note that to provide a safe workplace free of recognized hazards and to take every possible step to reduce the transmission of COVID among our employees, Dia 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.
Dia Guides are paid at a competitive hourly rate for tour facilitation and required reading/training. Staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations. Offer of employment is contingent on a successful background check.
Qualified candidates are invited to apply by completing the online job application, linked HERE and attaching a resume and letter of interest.
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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