Part Time Educator - CAS and Sunday Studios

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Los Angeles, cA


This part-time position entails working for two programs within MOCA’s Education Department: Contemporary Art Start (CAS), MOCA’s year-long program featuring professional development for 3rd-12th grade teachers and museum visits for students; and Sunday Studio, MOCA’s semi-annual drop-in program for visitors of all ages, featuring gallery tours and studio projects.


  • Commitment to progressive youth art education
  • Personal studio art practice
  • Strong knowledge of contemporary art
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in art education, studio art, or closely-related field
  • Excellent teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills
  • Fluency in Spanish preferred

 Essential Functions:

Contemporary Art Start

Working under the supervision of the Associate Director of Education, School & Teacher Programs, along with approximately six other Educators, the Contemporary Art Start/Sunday Studio Educator will assist with the development and implementation of interactive, discussion-based tours for students using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), and professional development workshops for teachers. Upon demonstration of expertise using VTS with students, the Educator will receive further training in order to provide VTS coaching to CAS teacher-participants. 

The Educator, Contemporary Art Start and Sunday Studio programs, is required to work and attend the following (see annual schedule further below):

  • The Rebecca Smith Summer Institutes (two, week-long workshops) for first-year CAS participant teachers, which take place between June and August.
  • Four Reboot Workshops for CAS participant teachers in late July/early August
  • Pre-Visit workshops for CAS participant teachers, which take place on four Saturdays in the fall (September/October) and four Saturdays in the spring (February). 
  • Standard shifts for CAS student tours, which are 3.25 hours per day (midday), three days per week (Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays) in the fall (October-January) and again in the spring (February-May).
  • Weekly meetings (approximately three hours) for tour debrief, program planning, and professional development
  • Student Art Connection: the annual culmination and celebration of Contemporary Art Start for participating teachers, students, and schools; CAS-Sunday Studio Educators individually and collaboratively develop scripts and projects for nominated students to facilitate discussions and activities during Student Art Connection, and train students two weeks prior to the event.
  • Additional work hours as needed for research, tour and workshop planning, special projects, and non-CAS student tours throughout the year.

 Sunday Studio

The Educator will assist in the development and implementation of studio art projects and exhibition tours for multi-age audiences, assist with workshop setup and breakdown, and assist visitors in the development and completion of their projects. Sunday Studio programs are semi-annual and take place in approximately November and March each year. Program shifts last approximately six hours; program planning takes place during Educators’ weekly Contemporary Art Start-Sunday Studio meetings. Additional prep and planning time may be assigned.

Basic schedule for the year:

Please note that hours and schedule vary by season.


CAS/Sunday Studio: Weekly meetings/trainings

Wednesdays, 2:30-5:30pm

Schedule varies occasionally in preparation for large programs and during holidays


Exhibition walkthroughs with curators

Approximately 2 x per year


Time for exhibition-specific and theoretical readings that are discussed at weekly trainings

Varies: usually off-site and independent.


Various, specifically-assigned jobs to help with event preparation or curriculum development 



CAS: Rebecca Smith Summer Institute for 3rd-5th Grade Classrooms (for approximately 20 new Contemporary Art Start teachers)

4 or 5 weekdays

Late June


CAS: Rebecca Smith Summer Institute for Secondary Interdisciplinary Teams (for approximately 20 new CAS teachers)

5 weekdays



CAS: One-day Reboot Workshops (for approx. 60 returning CAS teachers over 4 days)

4 weekdays

Late July/early August


CAS: One-day Pre-Visit Workshops (for all CAS teachers over 4 days)

Four Saturdays



CAS: Student tours

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays


Late September*-mid/late-January


Sunday Studio #1 of 2

Sunday, November 13, 2016


CAS: One-day Pre-Visit Workshops (for all CAS teachers over 4 days)

Four Saturdays



CAS: Student tours

Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays


Late February*-early June


Sunday Studio #2 of 2

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Student Art Connection

Sunday, June 4, 2017

 *Dates vary slightly according to exhibition schedules

 Physical Demands:               

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, stand and sit for hour-long tours (shifts usually consist of two tours); use hands to operate, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; and demonstrate effective communication skills. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. During seasonal CAS teacher workshops and monthly Sunday Studio workshops, this employee will assist with setup and cleanup of studio art and other activities, involving duties including but not limited to bending to tape down tarps, lifting and reaching to set up canopies and tables, and carrying other supplies. 

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position; they do not purport to describe all functions of the position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions of the position may change or be changed from time to time as necessary.


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