The Tang Guides program introduces students to the Tang and the museum world, trains them how to be gallery ambassadors and tour guides, trains them how to talk about art, and gives them valuable real-world experiences interacting with visitors. Tang Guides are an integral part of our front-line visitor services team, ensuring positive experiences for all visitors. Responsibilities will include:
Serving as roaming docents in the galleries: Tang Guides provide visitors with additional information about the Tang and specific exhibitions as they roam the galleries
Providing security in the exhibitions: Tang Guides maintain the safety of the artwork on display and ensure visitors follow both museum and exhibition requirements
Staffing the museumâ™s Visitor Services Desk: Tang Guides answer the main museum phone line, check in visitors to the museum, and perform other administrative tasks as assigned
Offering tours as requested: Tang Guides lead tours of the museum to individuals and groups who request them
Attending regular training workshops and tours, both in-person and via Zoom
The individuals filling these positions must be available to work evenings and weekends with regularity. They will receive substantive paid on-the-job training, which will cover proper museum protocols/procedures, information on how to lead museum tours, and instruction on ways to connect with visitors. Tang Guides will also have opportunities to interact with curators and artists to gain greater insight into Tang exhibitions.
This position requires a mature, reliable individual with excellent interpersonal skills. Knowledge and appreciation of art/art history, especially contemporary art, is helpful. This position requires long periods of standing and availability on evenings and weekends.
Position hours: up to 15 hours per week for 10 weeks
Deadline to submit applications is 4/17/23.
Required documents needed to apply:
List of Three References
Pay Rate: $14.20/hr
In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.
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Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.
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