Out-of-School-Time (OST) Educator

 Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is an educational and cultural institution that preserves and presents the living history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. Through exhibitions, educational services and public programs, MOCA hopes to increase the visibility of the myriad of voices and identities that make up Chinese American history, while increasing local and global dialogue. By understanding and documenting the past and present, we strive to equip and empower participants to shape a more equitable society.

Position Description:
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 for a range of audiences. We are currently seeking a dynamic Out-of-School-Time (OST) educator to lead an arts and service learning based afterschool program at a neighborhood middle school OST programs build critical partnerships between MOCA and the community, and support our mission to empower young people to create a more equitable society.


Become a MOCA Educator and join a cohort of passionate, creative, and impactful educators! Have the opportunity to develop and facilitate curriculum-based programs grounded in anti-bias education, critical thinking, inquiry-based dialogue, and active investigation.


Dates: Program from Feb-June, curriculum development from Dec-Jan
Pay: Prep time and lesson planning $15/hour, teaching time $20/hour and MOCA Educator Perks!



  • Facilitate structured, 90-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 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.

Qualifications Required:


  • 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 artmaking 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: education@mocanyc.org. Work samples preferably lesson plans or curriculum. Digital learning resources, student work, gallery guides, and the like also accepted. Thank you- we look forward to reviewing your application!

MOCA is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status. disability or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws, in the administration of its employment policy.