Museum of Contemporary Art,

Senior Educator

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Established in 1979, we are the only artist-founded museum in Los Angeles. We are dedicated to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We house one of the most compelling collections of contemporary art in the world, comprising of nearly 8,000 objects, and have a diverse history of ground-breaking, historically-significant exhibitions.

About this job

MOCA Education strives to make education more collaborative, inclusive, and learner-centered; to nurture intellectual growth through experiences with contemporary art; and to increase access to the transformative power of art.

The Senior Educator will work primarily within Contemporary Art Start (CAS), the Museum’s

year-long partnership program for 3rd–12th grade classrooms across Los Angeles County.

Through CAS, MOCA invests in teachers by helping them lead inclusive, student-centered and

democratic discussions that build critical thinking skills while encouraging careful looking at, and thoughtful reflection about, the art of our time.

Within this part-time position (12–20 hours per week), the Senior Educator will primarily assist with the development and implementation of discussion-based tours for students and

learner-centered professional development training(s) for teachers within CAS. Additionally, they will assist with MOCA family programs, which include online and in-person offerings featuring guided discussions and accessible artmaking activities.

Roles & responsibilities

VTS Coaching

● Coach teachers in the use of Visual Thinking Strategies, both at MOCA and in

classrooms across Los Angeles County.

● Help coach MOCA Educators in their use of VTS.

Exemplary Team Membership

● Demonstrate constructive leadership and encourage proactive problem solving among

MOCA Educators; help communicate needs of Educators to management.

● Meet monthly with fellow Senior Educators and management to discuss program needs

and staff morale.

● Engage in professional-development learning opportunities, research opportunities, and


Conducting Student Tours

● Assist with the development and implementation of VTS discussion-based tours for

3rd-12th grade students.

● Use social justice as a lens to examine teaching practices.

Help Implement Education Programming

● Facilitate learner-centered professional development trainings for teachers within CAS.

● Assist with research, development, and implementation of family programs for all ages

and ability levels.

● Co-develop creative curriculum and projects for students, families, and adults.

● Occasionally assist with other large-scale community events as well as the MOCA Teen

Program, working with coworkers as a team.

● Work independently and remotely on a variety of projects related to programs.

● Promote MOCA Education programs to help recruit future participants.



▪ At least one year of experience as a MOCA Educator, or equivalent

▪ Completion of Visual Thinking Strategies Coaching Practicum

▪ Ability to reflect upon and examine their own teaching as well as that of others

▪ Knowledge of and experience in art education, anti-oppressive teaching, and

contemporary art

▪ Experience working collaboratively with diverse team members

▪ General flexible attitude

▪ Willingness to pivot between online and in-person programming

▪ Solution-oriented

Preferred qualifications:

▪ Fluency in Spanish

▪ Bachelor’s or master’s degree in art education, studio art, art history or closely-related


▪ Studio art practice

To apply

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