Afterschool Program Educator

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) presents the living history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, education and public programs. MOCA’s Education Department serves over 10,000 children and adults each year through guided tours, teacher workshops, family programs, and afterschool and outreach activities.


MOCA is looking for a part time afterschool program educator to lead an arts and service learning based afterschool program for English Language Learners at a neighborhood middle school. Afterschool programs build critical partnerships between MOCA and the community, and support our mission to empower young people to create a more equitable society.


Dates: Program from Feb through May, curriculum development in Jan

Days: Must be available on Wed & Thurs afternoon from 2:30pm-4:30pm or 3pm-4:30pm

Pay: Prep time and lesson planning $16/hour (approx. 8 hrs/wk), teaching time $20/hour (3-4 hrs/wk)



  • Facilitate structured, 90-120 minute-long afterschool sessions twice a week at a MOCA partner school.
  • Develop a specialized 12-15 week long curriculum for English Language Learners rooted in themes of civic action and community engagement. The curriculum will use storytelling, art making, and service learning to explore core issues that affect students’ communities.
  • Craft hands-on activities which support student development of critical thinking, literacy, communication, and problem solving skills.
  • Plan field trips and collaborations with community stakeholders such as local artists and non-profits.
  • Create a safe platform for students to ask complex questions, voice opinions, and explore creative solutions.
  • Organize a final showcase at MOCA for students to share work with peers, parents, and community members.
  • Where applicable, integrate curricular frameworks including Common Core State Standards, C3 Framework for Social Studies, and NYS Learning Standards for the Arts, ELA, & Social Studies.
  • Complete related administrative tasks, i.e. attendance, prepping supplies, purchasing snacks, etc.


Experience & Skills:

  • Minimum of 2 full years of undergraduate education that would lead to a degree in a related field (Art Education, Museum Education, Museum Studies, American Studies, Ethnic Studies, Asian American Studies, etc.) or equivalent professional experience in a formal or informal learning environment.
  • Ability to engage with diverse audiences including grades 6-8 students with special needs and English Language Learners.
  • Skill in communicating ideas and information using a variety of approaches and media. Experience with art making a plus.
  • Familiarity with classroom management techniques.
  • Knowledge of, or strong interest in, community engagement, outreach and advocacy, and strong desire to help students become effective advocates for their communities.
  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm, patience, and empathy when interacting with students.
  • Ability to demonstrate punctuality, work independently, and adapt to multiple/changing projects and priorities.
  • Bilingual Mandarin and/or Cantonese a big plus!


How to Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, and 1-2 work samples to: Work samples should preferably be lesson plans or curriculum. Digital learning resources, student work, gallery guides, and the like are also accepted. No phone calls, please. Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted.