The Dalton School, a K-12 independent, coeducational school located in Manhattan, is consistently recognized as one of the top independent day schools in the nation. It has a total enrollment of about 1,300 students and a faculty and staff of approximately 350.
We are seeking a part-time (up to 16 hours/week) Museum Coordinator for grades K-12 to provide the leadership and organization necessary to ensure that the Museum Program is an integral part of the instructional program of the school.
As one of two staff members in the Museum Program, the other being an art historian, the coordinator in this position will collaborate closely on all aspects of managing the museum program described below. Under the leadership of the Director of Libraries, our team also includes two lower school librarians, two middle school librarians, a technical administrator, and school archivist.
Description of the Museum Program:
The Museum Program supports Dalton’s mission to promote interactive teaching and learning through “inquiry, direct experience and collaboration.”. The program integrates over 200 museum and related classroom visits into the academic sequence each year, thanks to long-standing relationships with a wide range of cultural institutions in and around the New York area. Close collaboration with classroom teachers, as well as other specialists inside and outside the school ensures that the museum program aligns with the goals, grade level, and timing of the curriculum. The sequential nature of the program, together with in-house expertise, provides multiple opportunities to reinforce age-appropriate observational and inferential skills from kindergarten through high school.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Work with classroom teachers and other in-house specialists to understand the content, goals, and timing of the curriculum.
Inform teachers about forthcoming museum exhibits and teacher workshops relevant to curriculum.
Manage booking trips to local museums/institutions including securing tickets and scheduling buses.
Cultivate relationships with local artists, curators and academics to help develop workshops to be delivered to Dalton students.
Build and maintain formal relationships with art and archaeology museums in New York and Philadelphia, especially The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, The Morgan Library, The Guggenheim Museum, The Frick Collection, and The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology.
Arrange student internships and senior initiatives at local museums, as needed.
Promote the efforts of the Museum Program through internal communications and a public page on the Dalton website.
Experience in a school setting.
Knowledge of NYC museums and cultural institutions.
Ability to work collaboratively with faculty to learn curriculum.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
Passion for working with educators and children.
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward the equity and diversity of our community in our admissions, programs, and hiring. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, physical disability or sexual orientation in administration of our educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics and other school-administered programs.
We appreciate your interest in employment at The Dalton School. We would like to note that the School has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, which requires all faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination.
The Dalton School is an independent, co-educational day school (K-12), founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst. Parkhurst’s visionary Dalton Plan remains the keystone of the school’s progressive educational philosophy and is now the model for over 200 Dalton schools in other parts of the world.
The Dalton School is the innovative leader in developing creative problem solvers who identify issues, grapple with possibilities, and design solutions to global challenges from multiple perspectives.
Dalton is recognized for its rigorous, innovative educational curriculum and offers its 1,300 students a breadth of stimulating and challenging programs taught by our dedicated faculty. Our high academic standards are complemented by an exemplary performing and fine arts curriculum – taught by faculty who are professionals in their fields – and a full range of athletic teams and extra-curricular activities.
The Dalton School actively seeks to forward diversity through its programs and hiring.