Per Diem Artist Educator

Artist Educators work across pre-K through 12th grade school and community partnerships, family and educator programs, and public programs. 

Artist Educators will facilitate meaningful experiences through inquiry-based discussions and art-making projects based on the Studio Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection. Educators will facilitate programs at partner organizations including schools, libraries, public parks, and community centers in Harlem and throughout New York City.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with Education Department, classroom teachers, art therapists, and partner organizations, plan and facilitate program sessions and workshops, including attending planning and assessment meetings
  • Participate in trainings and professional development sessions in conjunction with exhibitions and programs
  • Facilitate pre- and post-partnership evaluations
  • Assist with program documentation
  • Assist with installation and opening events for any partnership exhibitions or culminating events
  • Maintain regular flow of information from partnerships to the Museum’s School & Community Partnerships Manager and Associate Director of Education in regards to partnership activities and progress
  • Develop and lead tours and art-making workshops for school, family, and adult groups
  • In partnership with Education Department, facilitate professional development workshops for educators, including classroom teachers and community arts and cultural workers
  • Foster relationships with staff in partner schools and community-based organizations in an effort to continually build connections with the Museum’s program and resources
  • Lead group tours of exhibitions and artist projects, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned



To be successful in this role, the team member must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in studio art, art history, cultural studies, art education, social work, art therapy, or related field
  • At least two years of relevant experience in arts and museum education, with responsibilities in planning, development, and implementation of educational programs
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and artists of African descent
  • Strong understanding of inquiry-based teaching practices and the creative process
  • Demonstrated ability in the successful development and maintenance of projects in programs and partnerships
  • Experience working with school, family, and adult audiences
  • Commitment to one’s creative practice
  • Excellent time management and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work with close attention to detail and to maintain confidentiality
  • Excellent communication, organization, and administrative skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work professionally and tactfully, while representing the Museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism
  • Adherence to Museum policies and support of Education Department decisions in a positive, professional manner


Core Values:

  • Commitment (Core Value) – Commitment to the mission and values of The Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Collaboration (Core Value) – Works well with others at all levels of the organization, as well as with key external stakeholders 
  • Initiative (Core Value) — Takes self-directed, appropriate action to influence outcomes and/or drive progress and positive change


Key Stakeholders:

Internal (excluding direct chain of command):

  • School and Community Partnerships Manager
  • Director, Public Programs and Community Engagement
  • Visitor Services and Security Staff



  • NYC DOE teachers and school administrators
  • Community partners


Travel Requirements:    ☒ Yes   ☐ No

Percent travel required: 50%

Physical Demands: ☒ Yes   ☐ No

  • Position work schedule may include evening or weekend hours to lead and participate in Museum programs, and meeting job goals and deadlines
  • The position requires primarily local travel in and around Harlem and the five boroughs of New York City
  • Partnership and program sessions take place in indoor and outdoor spaces, requiring walking and travel by mass transit
  • Position requires color vision and the ability to adjust focus, regular review, and discussion of images
  • Regular packing, lifting, and carrying program supplies up to fifteen pounds



The Artist Educator role is a per diem role, whose work hours may vary from week to week depending on the employer's need of work. A per diem is paid at $125 per hour. The Artist Educator is not part of the regular Museum staff and will not be eligible for employee benefits. 



Please send your resume and cover letter to Be sure to include "Artist Educator" in the subject line. No phone calls or faxes.

The Studio Museum in Harlem is an equal opportunity employer and considers all candidates for employment regardless of race, color, sex, age, gender identification, national origin, creed, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation. We celebrate our inclusive work environment and encourage folks of all backgrounds and perspectives to apply. At the Studio Museum, we are committed to having an inclusive and transparent environment where every voice is heard and acknowledged. We embrace our differences, and know that our diverse team is a strength that drives our success.


The Studio Museum is requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination for employment. In order to be eligible, participants must show proof of vaccination and a form of personal ID.