Family Programs 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 seeking a part time Family Programs Educator to lead and develop MOCA’s signature family programs, MOCAKIDS Storytime (currently MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home) and MOCACREATE (currently MOCACREATE at Home) for youth ages 2-12 and their families. You will engage early learners through art, stories, and activities rooted in the Chinese American experience and MOCA’s rotating exhibitions. In addition to overseeing these programs, you will lead customized experiences, staff quarterly Family Festivals, and assist with other family programs and guided tours, as needed.

You will be expected to work on Thursday afternoons and another mutually agreed upon day, totaling 8.5 hours a week, with the opportunity to take on extra hours. You will be paid $20/hour for the first 3 months.  Following a successful evaluation at 3 months, you will be paid $21/hour.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Lead bilingual MOCAKIDS: Storytime program in English and Mandarin twice-a-month–on 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 4 PM for children ages 2-6 and their care partners. Currently, this entails leading MOCAKIDS Storytime virtually on Zoom and Facebook Live.
  • Lead MOCACREATE drop-in art making twice a month for an intergenerational audience, including children ages 2-12 and their grown-ups. Currently, this entails filming asynchronous MOCACREATE at Home arts & crafts videos for publication on MOCA’s website and social media platforms.
  • Choose themes, art projects, and stories for MOCAKIDS: Storytime and MOCACREATE.
  • Plan logistics for programs; coordinate and monitor supplies.
  • Write program copy for website and printed collateral.
  • Assist with marketing campaigns, targeted outreach, and in building sustained community partnerships to grow our family programs audience.
  • Develop additional family programming as audience numbers and needs increase.
  • Document projects and maintain records.
  • Assist with the Museum’s quarterly Family Festivals and Vacation Week programs, as needed.
  • Facilitate in-person or virtual customized experiences, including inquiry-based conversations and related hands-on activities, in the Museum’s galleries for kids ages 2-12 and off-site, as needed.
  • Conduct in-person or virtual guided gallery and walking tours for K-12, college, and adult audiences, as needed.
  • Participate in bi-monthly educator gatherings.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Regular Thursday afternoon availability, along with availability on another mutually agreed upon day.
  • Two years’ experience working with children ages 2-12, especially in storytelling or artmaking programs or in other informal learning environments.
  • Proficiency in facilitating Zoom meetings and webinars.
  • Strong interest in museum education.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • BA in Education, Art Education, Museum Studies, or related field. Background in Asian American Studies, American History, or Chinese culture.
  • Prior museum teaching experience.
  • Experience interacting with diverse groups.
  • Experience working with groups with special needs.
  • Excellent verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Bilingual or some ability in Mandarin.  Secondarily, Cantonese, Fujianese, and/or Toisanese may be useful.

Please apply via MOCA’s hiring portal here. Applications will be accepted from November 8 – November 24, 2021.

The Museum of Chinese in the Americas is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Candidates who advance to second and third round interviews will be compensated for their time with a small stipend.