Summer Camp Instructor

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #771
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences. Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The CMP COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Policy requires that all employees provide proof of COVID vaccination or if not fully vaccinated, must provide proof of negative COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis.

Summer Camp Instructors at the Carnegie Museum of Art design and lead creative experiences for children enrolled in week-long summer camps and high school workshops. Using CMOA education department philosophy and working within museum protocols, Summer Camp Instructors capitalize on museum collections and exhibitions as catalysts for exploration, experimentation, creativity, and learning according to camp themes. Summer Camp Instructors produce camp lesson ideas and activities for approval and feedback from their supervisor according to schedules and approved formats; they implement camp experiences with utmost concern for safety and security of participants and of museum collections, exhibitions, and facilities. Instructors participate in required trainings and planning activities, produce follow-up reports or documents as required by supervisor, and represent CMOA with highest standards of professionalism and respect for colleagues, children, and museum patrons. This is a temporary position.

Education and Experience:

  • BA in studio art, art education, education, or architecture and one year of relevant experience teaching art and/or architecture to children; or 2 years of past summer camp teaching experience; 
  • Object-based teaching experience preferred.
  • Experience working with children of diverse ethnicities, abilities, ages, and special needs is required.
  • Act 33/34 clearances.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Awareness and understanding of student-centered, inquiry-based teaching methods required.
  • Familiarity with museum-based programming strongly preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and listening).
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong classroom/studio management/leadership skills.
  • Strong time management skills while maintaining a cooperative and congenial demeanor.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team with consistently high performance. 


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to work in both a sedentary position, as well as moving about, rapidly and with urgency, throughout the museum galleries and studios for up to 3-4 hours at a time.  Must be able to carry up to 25 pounds of art supplies.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Teach assigned summer camps according to an agreed upon lesson plan, with developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and in accordance with the museum’s student-centered, imaginative, play, and inquiry-based philosophy. Maintain order and cleanliness of studio and other spaces, showing respect for materials and for student work and conveying appropriate studio behavior to students. Conduct student sign-in and sign-out each day providing information to parents as needed. Manage problems that arise throughout the day or week according to museum protocols.
  • Supervise and mentor teaching assistants before and during class, creating an inspiring and collaborative environment.
  • Work with supervisor to develop curriculum ideas and submit lesson plans according to recommended format while meeting deadlines and requirements; submit material request in a timely fashion according to departmental procedures; produce required follow up reports, evaluations, and documentation related to camp activity.
  • Participate in required staff trainings, preparation, and planning for specific assigned camps including developing appropriate knowledge and understanding of museum artwork relevant to camp topic. Participate in camp debriefs. Complete time card in timely and accurate fashion.
  • Collaborate with fellow teaching artists to instruct summer camps, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional guidance on essential functions follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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