Website The Frick Pittsburgh
Provides inquiry-based educational experiences in The Frick Art Museum with the goal of engaging visitors with art to foster understanding, reflection and expanded thinking, specifically with the upcoming special exhibition Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt: Forging the Frick Collections in Pittsburgh and New York.
Reports to: Manager of Interpretation & Engagement
Status: Temporary, part-time, non-exempt
Hours: 5 hours per week minimum, Tuesdays through Sundays (between 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) with opportunity for additional hours; weekend work required. Although the position is related to a temporary exhibition (April-July 2024) opportunities for continued employment with the Learning & Visitor Experience department may be available.
Hourly Rate: $13.91/hour
· Must have a commitment to fostering a workplace culture of Equity and Inclusion.
- Facilitate short gallery experiences (20 minutes) for visitors to engage with specific art works in Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt.
- Informally interact with visitors by answering questions, directing visitors, and discussing the exhibition content while stationed in an assigned area of the exhibition.
- Lead full tours of the Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt exhibition as requested by the Manager of Interpretation and Engagement.
- Serve as a well-informed, knowledgeable resource for visitors by understanding the art historical context of the artworks in the exhibition, the collections of which they are a part, and the people who collected them.
- Collaborate with Frick education and curatorial staff, consulting curators and other gallery facilitators to create a framework for in-gallery experiences with visitors.
- Attend mandatory training sessions in March 2024 with Frick education staff, curators, and other gallery facilitators to prepare for the exhibition’s opening in April. Training will include content information, interpretation techniques and topics related to the collections.
- Demonstrate empathy when interacting with visitors and handle any challenges that may arise with empathy and professionalism.
- Work closely with Museum Experience Associates, the safety department and the Manager of Interpretation to provide excellent customer service to all visitors in The Frick Art Museum.
- Serve as an ambassador for The Frick Pittsburgh, promoting the entire site and its programs, including membership.
- Assist with special events, tours and programs relating to Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt, as requested. This includes, but is not limited to, exhibition opening events and special programs for the duration of the exhibition’s run.
- Other duties as assigned by management.
- Opportunities for additional gallery facilitation at The Frick Pittsburgh may be available following the closure of Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt in July 2024.
- Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of inclusion and belonging, anti-racist values and education practices.
- BA in art history, education, museum studies, studio art or a related field OR comparable working experience. Work/volunteer experience should be in education, art history, art education, studio art, museum studies or a related field.
- Experience leading inquiry-based, informal learning experiences in a museum or gallery setting.
- Reliable and punctual, willing to work a flexible schedule including weekends. Candidates should expect to work weekends, some holidays (The Frick Pittsburgh is closed on Juneteenth, July Fourth, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and occasional evenings as needed. Although scheduling is flexible, ideal candidates should be looking for regular work on a weekly basis.
- Passion for the arts with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with staff and visitors of diverse backgrounds. Ability to address sensitive subject matter and potentially challenging interactions with empathy.
- Must have access to a computer to download training materials and to receive work-related communications. Must be responsive via email. Proficiency with Google Drive is a plus.
- Possess a fun, friendly, confident personality. Engaging speakers with strong communication skills, enthusiasm and adaptability are encouraged to apply.
- Must pass Act 33/34 clearance and criminal background checks and FBI clearances.
- Successful candidates must commit to learning a large amount of information in a relatively short time and possess the initiative to complete portions of training on their own.
- Training consists of readings, self-directed learning, and scheduled check-ins with other trainees and interpretive staff
- Trainees will be paid for all in-person training meetings and will be given a set amount of paid self-directed training time between each check-in.
- Candidates that meet all training requirements will be required to lead a sample tour (referred to as a clearing tour) for management and will be evaluated on their skills. Successful candidates will be cleared to begin giving tours and will become official Frick employees.
- Trainees who are unable to complete a clearing tour to the satisfaction of management after two (2) attempts will be dismissed from the educator position and will no longer be employees of The Frick Pittsburgh.
The Frick Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to fostering a workplace culture of accessibility, inclusion, diversity, and racial equality and urges all diverse candidates to apply.
To apply for this job please visit www.thefrickpittsburgh.org.