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Part-time Educator - Tenement Museum

Part-time Educator - Tenement Museum

The Museum is currently seeking dynamic storytellers from all backgrounds and abilities to join our Part-time Educator community. Because the museum is accessible via guided tour only, educators are the face of the museum and interact with thousands of visitors from across generations and the globe.  

 Position Description:  

As a Part-time Educator you will lead public tours and school group programs for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in 97 and 103 Orchard Street, the Museum’s historic tenement buildings. You are an enthusiastic and engaging storyteller who is interested in the history of immigration and migration, as well as contemporary issues related to immigration. You are committed to visitor engagement, flexible and creative in adjusting your tour to meet the needs of visitors, are interested in working with children and teens, and devoted to the museum’s mission. You are looking for a position that is permanent part-time work.  

Starting pay rate for Part-time Educators is $18.00 per hour. Benefits include paid time off commensurate with hours worked, pre-tax transit passes, and matched contributions to the Museum’s pension plan. This is a unionized, non-exempt position.  

As an Educator you will:   

  • Provide a best-in-class museum experience for all visitors and exhibit a genuine desire to work in a front-facing education role

  • Utilize onsite time wisely studying text-based tour materials in preparation for paid training sessions

  • Commit to learning multiple programs in a short period of time

  • Maintain open and professional communication with managers

  • Attend mandatory meetings

  • Support tour logistics and provide additional support for visitors

  • Perform occasional administrative tasks as assigned

  

Qualifications:   

  • Candidates must be available to work a set schedule of two weekdays and one weekend day per week.

  • Applicants should also expect to work holiday hours as needed (the museum is closed only on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day).

  • The Tenement Museum is devoted to training and development and all new educators are required to attend a mandatory four-day onboarding program. The mandatory orientation days are September 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th. Please ensure that you are available for these days before you submit your resume and cover letter.

  • Applicants must feel confident ascending/descending multiple flights of stairs daily. As 97 Orchard Street is a historic space with minimal climate control, applicants must be prepared to work in all weather conditions and feel comfortable standing for long periods of time.

  • Applicants fluent in English and one or more of the following languages are strongly encouraged to apply: Cantonese, Fujianese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Individuals with experience in museum or K-12 education, or with ELL teaching experience are encouraged to apply and will be given preference.

  • Applicants with at least a high school diploma, a GED, or relevant experience are preferred.

  • Application period will end August 2nd.

Founded in 1988, the Tenement Museum tells the uniquely American stories of immigrants, migrants, and refugees in the ongoing creation of our nation. We are widely recognized as a model for narrative history, storytelling, and visitor engagement. The museum is housed in two historic buildings located on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Guided by an educator, visitors can hear the site-specific stories of the former tenants of our buildings or explore the neighborhood through walking tours.  

How to Apply:  

Please submit your resume and cover letter via our career portal.    

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (the “Tenement Museum”), where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, gender, age, national origin, disability, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or civil partnership/union status, alienage or citizenship status, creed, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.  

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