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Position: Learning Officer (Schools, Teachers, and Youth), Part-time
Start Date: March 2015
The Sursock Museum’s learning program aims to develop the Museum as a site of learning, exploration, and experimentation.
As Learning Officer (Schools, Teachers, and Youth), the candidate will provide a creative and strategic vision for the development and implementation of innovative learning programs, events, and activities that increase public visibility and attendance, provide reasons for multiple visits, and enhance visitor satisfaction with the Museum experience.
Using new and existing exhibitions and collection displays, she/he will generate innovative learning projects to engage and inspire audiences. The Learning Officer will organize one off events as well as plan longer-term projects and commissions – from artist led workshops and teacher training sessions, to working with musicians, performers, and designers to explore the exhibitions and collection.
The candidate will work with the Head of Programs and Exhibitions to develop the learning strategy and evaluate its implementation. Her/his role will focus on the development and implementation of a learning program targeted at school-age learners, including a teacher-training program. The role also encompasses the development of a program for youth outside the curriculum-based program of schools.
As such, she/he will develop a youth council with young people aged 15-24, in line with many international museums and galleries. The aim of this will be to deepen engagement with the arts, as well as support the professional development of young people.
This role is part-time, 20 hours a week.
Main duties and responsibilities
– Lead the management, planning, delivery, monitoring, and evaluation of a high quality and innovative learning program.
– With the Communication Officer, contribute to the development of marketing and publicity strategies for the engagement of schools, teachers, and youth, and to maximize audience attendance.
– Develop and maintain a network of relationships with local artists and cultural producers.
– Develop and maintain good links with a wide network of public and private schools in Beirut and nationally.
– Cultivate relationships with cultural organizations for the purpose of partnerships, joint programs, marketing assistance, and knowledge exchange. – Lead outreach efforts to school district leadership and educators to insure awareness of and participation in the Museum’s learning program.
– Develop and manage content for school tours and educator programs.
– Develop interpretive materials and educator guides for the permanent collection and special exhibitions.
– Lead tours and special activities on the collection and special exhibitions.
– Develop in-gallery and online resources for schools, young people, and educators, working with artists where appropriate.
– Develop and run professional development events for educators. – Train volunteer docents on themes related to permanent and special exhibitions.
– Demonstrable experience planning and delivering a learning program in a museum or gallery.
– Demonstrable experience producing resources for a range of audiences, including teacher packs and family resources.
– Demonstrable experience working with artists and partners in planning and producing learning programs.
– Demonstrable experience working with a range of audiences, including with children and youth.
– Broad knowledge of modern and contemporary international art.
– Good knowledge of regional modern and contemporary art.
– Fluency in written and spoken Arabic.
– Good communication in spoken and written English, and working knowledge of French.
– Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
– Postgraduate degree in a relevant arts and humanities field.
She/he should have a strategic vision for museum education and a strong grounding in education theory and practice, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication skills, in both Arabic and English.
Applicants should send their CV and motivation letter to: