Dia Guide, Dia Beacon

Application deadline: February 23, 2020

Part-time position based in Beacon, New York

Dia Beacon in Beacon, New York, seeks Dia Guides to facilitate in-gallery engagement through leading thematic and inquiry-based tours of the museum for diverse audiences. Dia Beacon houses Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present. The museum, which occupies a former Nabisco box-printing factory, features installations of works by some of the most significant artists of the last half century, as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and educational and public programs. 

Tours at Dia Beacon are facilitated by artists in the role of educator; successful candidates will be deeply committed to advancing their own practices as educators at Dia and will value engaging with a robust intellectual community and public audiences of all ages. Guides are supported in independent research and are provided with ongoing training and learning opportunities related to exhibition content and pedagogy.   

This is a part-time, temporary position that is scheduled on an as-needed basis during museum hours of operation. Guides report to the Director of Education 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/or the public
  • Research Dia’s collection, history, and relevant concepts and methodologies in contemporary art; conduct additional research as required
  • Articulate a line of critical inquiry that supports reciprocal learning and shared discovery in-gallery
  • Actively participate in Dia’s internal learning community comprised of artists and thinkers from a variety of disciplines
  • Participate in ongoing reflection and evaluation related to the facilitation of tours
  • Attend mandatory trainings, including peer-led sessions related to pedagogy and curatorial walkthroughs in support of new exhibition content
  • Comply with all museum rules and procedures related to visitor and work safety


  • BA in studio art, arts/museum education, or related fields
  • Experience working with K–12 and/or adult learners in formal or informal educational capacities
  • 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 with wide-ranging audiences
  • Active listening skills, intellectual curiosity, empathy, high emotional intelligence, and comfort with open-ended and responsive working processes is essential
  • Ability to thrive in a self-determinative learning environment while benefiting from and contributing to a sustained community of peer support is essential
  • Understanding of and practice in facilitating inclusive, accessible tours strongly desired
  • Fluency in languages other than English (Spanish, Mandarin, German, French) strongly desired
  • Preference given to candidates consistently available to lead public tours on weekends and/or for K–12 school groups on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the academic school year
  • Guides must be available to lead a minimum of ten tours per year

Local artists interested in developing their practice as an arts/museum educator within an active learning community strongly encouraged to apply.

Dia Guides are paid at a competitive hourly rate for tour facilitation and required reading and training. Employees have the opportunity to learn about Dia’s collection and sites through presentations by artists, curators, educators, and writers. Staff ID badges gain reduced or free admission to most American museums and arts organizations.

Qualified applicants may apply for this position by emailing the following materials to beaconprogram@diaart.org with “Dia Guide” as the subject heading:

  1. Cover letter concisely addressing:
    a. Your interest in Dia’s program of learning and your approach to facilitating engagement with contemporary art
    b. Questions or ideas related to your individual practice/research that you would like to explore as an educator at Dia
    c. How your interests could be advanced through access to Dia, its collection, and the thinking, practices, and processes of a community of contemporary artists and educators
  2. Professional resume indicating relevant experience as an educator
  3. Artist statement and link to portfolio as appropriate

No phone calls or emails to addresses other than the one specified. Offer of employment is contingent on a successful background check.

Deadline: February 23, 2020, however, candidates are encouraged to apply in advance of the deadline.

Dia Art Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.