The mission of the Morris Museum is to elevate the cultural consciousness, excite the mind and enhance the quality of life of children and adults in the communities it serves by providing excellence in programming and education in the arts, sciences and humanities.
The Museum, family oriented and community focused, provides unique school offerings, changing exhibitions and distinctive performances to further the understanding and appreciation of the role of arts, sciences and humanities in our diverse communities. It also builds and preserves a permanent collection of art, science and cultural materials and organizes and presents exhibits, educational programs and publications which serve as a significant learning resource for the citizens of the State of New Jersey.
The Morris Museum, located in Morristown New Jersey, is seeking outgoing, creative individuals to join its Education Department to advance public engagement and understanding of the arts and sciences through inquiry-based learning experiences.
This is a part-time, permanent position. Hours are flexible, however, typical working hours are between 9am-2pm. Some evenings and weekends required. This position works closely with all Education Department staff and other staff throughout the Museum.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Teach interdisciplinary education programs to student groups of all needs and abilities, from Pre-K through grade 12, as well as adults and senior citizens;
- Develop and deliver new learning activities (individual and multi-session) that may involve hands-on demonstrations, working with a variety of materials, and scheduling guest speakers or performances;
- Motivate museum visitors to make discoveries and connections to their lives and the world around them;
- Organize approximately 3 Family Festivals per year and other weekend education programming from families;
- Conduct educational programs for children’s parties
- Supervise interns and volunteers who assist at education programs;
- Work successfully and collaboratively with educators, curators, administrators, and other staff on several projects concurrently;
- Develop and produce ongoing information materials, fliers, articles, as needed;
- Assist with developing marketing and assessment materials/activities; and
- Other administrative and educational duties as assigned.
The successful candidate will bring a commitment to conducting creative educational programs with an entrepreneurial spirit. The qualified candidate will have a minimum of 2 years related experience conducting arts education or hands-on science programs for youth, object-based learning, gallery or museum-based teaching.
- Strong knowledge of either art history or the natural sciences is required;
- Outgoing and energetic;
- Passionate about the dynamic role of museums in the community;
- Forward thinking, well organized, creative self-starter;
- Open to collaborating and learning from others;
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail;
- Public presentation and demonstration skills;
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Publisher)
- A BA is required. An M.A. in arts or science, or supervisory experience in either field is preferred.
How to apply
Email a cover letter indicating times and availability, resume, and a list of 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate “Museum Educator” in the subject line. No phone inquiries or mail applications. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. The Morris Museum is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Coordinator of Volunteers and the Intern Program
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Morris Museum. They provide invaluable service, serve as ambassadors for the Museum, and often are among the Museum’s most committed patrons.
The Coordinator of Volunteers and the Intern Program provides vital assistance in recruiting, guiding, assigning and tracking volunteers and interns at the Morris Museum.
Specific duties involve the following:
- Responds to inquiries from persons interested in volunteer opportunities, matching interests, skills, and aptitudes to the needs of various departments;
- Serves as a liaison to the staff in responding to requests for volunteers who may have regular weekly assignments or assist at various events ;
- Recruits and schedules volunteers for events at the Museum (that can involve a range of skills from assisting at special event, ushering at theatre performances to coordinating programs at family festivals);
- Organizes the annual Volunteer Luncheon;
- Coordinates the College Intern Program that involves responding to inquiries about the Internship Program, matching student interests to department needs, conducting orientation, tracking the students during the course of their internship, and providing letters of recommendation.
- Expands the Docent Program. The current docent program consists of docents who provide daily demonstrations in the Guinness Gallery. The Guinness docents will continue to be coordinated by the Guinness staff. However, there is growing interest among Museum Members to be trained as docents for other galleries and exhibitions.
- Coordinates the staffing and training for the Science Discovery Cart.
- Serves on the Museum’s marketing and social media committee.
- Excellent organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and to meet deadlines.
- Must handle multiple tasks with minimal supervision.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills are necessary.
- Excellent computer skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, mail merge, e-mail, Internet and office equipment.
- Positive attitude in a fast-paced environment and commitment to accuracy and detail.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to work with staff, Trustees, donors and the visiting public.
- Ability to handle confidential material and communications.
How to apply
Email a cover letter indicating times and availability, resume, and a list of 3 references to email@example.com. Indicate “Volunteer Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone inquiries or mail applications. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. The Morris Museum is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.