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Museum Curator II (Adult Programs)
The fundamental reason this classification exists is to plan, organize, and direct educational programs for high school through senior citizen audiences at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. The work requires the independent application of basic communication techniques used in mid-size Museum programs. Responsibilities include planning and teaching an advanced placement art history course for high school students and planning and implementing a comprehensive docent program. Essential Functions include: oversees educational programming for high school through senior citizen audiences to include, but are not limited to the Docent Program, the Advanced Placement Art History Program, gallery tours, teacher inservices, outreach programs and programs offered in conjunction with exhibitions or special events; administers the Docent Program; teaches Advanced Placement Art History Program; performs limited administrative duties and referred tasks and operates and maintains audio visual equipment such as slide, film and video projectors, video players, photographic equipment. Reports to the Museum Curator III Curator of Education.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS : The following list was developed through a job analysis; however, it is not exhaustive and other duties may be required and assigned. A person with a disability which is covered by the ADA must be able to perform the essential functions of the job unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions is to be used as a starting point to determine essential functions for a specific position at a specific location at a specific time. The ADA was intended to be applied on a case-by-case basis with the understanding that one position may differ from another similar position. The performance of "non-essential functions" is not optional for employees not covered under the ADA.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Oversees educational programming for high school through senior citizen audiences to include, but are not limited to the Docent Program, the Advanced Placement Art History Program, gallery tours, teacher in-services, outreach programs and programs offered in conjunction with exhibitions or special events using written, verbal and audio-visual tools, following standard museum practices as well as in-house guidelines in order to educate the public about the art in the Museum.
Develops and implements these programs and contacts lecturers and target groups for specified programs via letter, phone calls and in person.
Attends brainstorming and periodic project management team meetings to plan programs for upcoming exhibitions.
Coordinates, writes and delivers interpretive programs such as slide or computer-illustrated lectures, symposia, and printed materials for the galleries in support of Museum collections, exhibitions and special events.
Conducts outreach to high schools and colleges.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Administers the Docent Program using already-established forms of written and verbal forms of communication, following departmental procedures and coordination with co-workers in order to supervise, educate and provide encouragement and guidance to Docents.
Develops and coordinates a year-round education program designed to prepare docents to lead effective, interactive tours of Museum collections and exhibition with a fact-based command of the art and enthusiasm for clearly communicating that knowledge.
Writes and compiles educational resources about Museum collections and exhibitions for the Docents.
Observes Docents at work and provides encouragement and tips for future tours.
Selects and maintains educational resources that Docents, staff and the public may checkout for home study.
Conducts tours of galleries for museum visitors when Docents are unavailable.
Coordinates special events and arranges field trips.
Coordinates efforts to bring guest artists or presenters to the Museum by making phone, written or email contact, making travel arrangements, and establishing an itinerary for each visitors= schedule.
Acts as the leader of Docent council meetings.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Teaches Advanced Placement Art History Program using audio visual equipment, syllabus, textbooks, study guides and other educational resources following standards put forth by The College Entrance Examination Board and Educational Testing Service in order to provide students a year-long college-level art history course that prepares them for a standardized test at the end of the year.
Recruits students from local high schools.
Prepares syllabus for school year.
Makes arrangements for students to purchase textbooks.
Researches and prepare lectures on Art History topics for year.
Prepares study guides, tests, quizzes, and homework assignments, and writing assignments to track students= understanding of the material throughout the year.
Communicates with high school guidance counselors about students= grades, attendance, and conduct.
Prepares students for national exam by the end of April each year.
Coordinates enhancement field trips.
Arranges parent-teacher conferences.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Performs limited administrative duties and referred tasks using a computer and verbal communication following in-house practices in order to meet the overall objectives of the education department.
Attends all Museum and departmental staff meetings.
Prepares annual budget proposals for adult programs and submits to Curator of Education for inclusion into the greater education and Museum annual budgets.
Purchases materials and supplies; completes purchase orders.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Operates and maintains audio visual equipment such as slide, film and video projectors, video players, photographic equipment using manuals and training given by co-workers following written and oral instructions in order to ensure that equipment is available and working properly for Docent Education sessions, special Museum events, and programs held in support of exhibitions and Museum business meetings.
Researches and recommends purchases of audio visual material.
Operates and maintains inventory and maintenance of audio visual equipment and supplies to include, check in/out, proper operation, replacement needs and new equipment needs.
Records programs on audio and/or videotapes, for educational use and Museum records.
Knowledge of art history to include American art history as needed to create appropriate programs and information for education adult audiences about art and exhibitions, teach classes, train docents and inform visitors about museum exhibits and programs.

Knowledge of art-making techniques as needed to teach classes, train docents and inform visitors about museum exhibits and programs, and to create appropriate programs and information for educating adult audiences about art and exhibitions.

Knowledge of Museum principles, methods and practices to include understanding of art museum education history, principles and ethics set forth by the National Art Education Association and the American Association of Museums.

Ability to conduct research of artists= lives, their works and related historical events to include techniques, sources, and influences as needed to communicate to adult audiences in writing and orally the content that lies behind works of art in the Museum.

Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in writing through effective composition, appropriate word choice to include the use of standard English grammar, spelling, punctuation, paragraph and sentence structure/organization, clarity, and logical ordering of information as needed to compose correspondence, prepare syllabi, write and compile educational material about art and artists.

Ability to orally express ideas to include being clear and concise, using tone of voice and vocabulary appropriate to the listener as needed to effectively address and inform adult audiences during tours, lectures, business transactions with lecturers and while presiding over Docent education and council meetings.

Ability to coordinate schedules to include in-house writing and meeting deadlines, special events involving groups, lecturer itineraries, student class sessions, docent education and other activities as needed to make smooth-running programs for all involved.

Ability to recruit, train and supervise the work of a sizeable group (30-70) of volunteers who assist with tours, programs, and other educational activities.

Ability to conduct interviews for radio and television appearances as needed to inform the public about the Museum and the programs and activities available.

Ability to work effectively with adult audiences including the public, docents and co-workers.

Ability to operate a Macintosh computer and applications or ability to learn same.

Ability to operate and maintain various audio-visual systems and equipment such as slide and film projector, video player, photographic equipment or to learn same as needed to use for educational programs, education sessions and museum events and programs.
Graduation from a four-year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree (Master's Degree preferred) in Art History, Museum Studies, Art Education or Fine Arts and two years of experience in professional art museum work, art-related institution, art education field or related area, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to stand and walk for long periods. Ability to carry equipment and supplies. Must be able to work long hours including evenings and weekends.
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