Museum Guides

Post Date:
April 7, 2022
Application Due:
May 22, 2022

 

Part-time

At the Frick Collection we pride ourselves on promoting an open and welcoming workplace culture that supports diversity and work-life balance. The Frick strives to provide our employees with competitive salaries and exceptional benefits in a beautiful and pleasant work setting while providing an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

The Frick requires all employees be fully vaccinated and to have received booster vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19.

Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection

Part-time employees accrue sick leave up to 56 hours/year in accordance with the New York City Earned Sick Time Act.

Paid Time-Off: Part-time employees receive paid time-off when they are scheduled to work on holidays during which the museum is closed to the public. These include New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. We also provide part-time employees with bereavement and paid parental leave.

Retirement: The Frick supports all employees in planning for retirement by offering participation in a Tax Deferred Savings Plan–403(b) and a defined benefit pension plan.

Wellness Programs at the Frick include an Employee Assistance Plan, a discount on Citi Bike memberships, and a discount on bike helmets.

Meal Discount & Museum Shop: When employees are working onsite, they may access a discount on food pickup or delivery through Seamless/Grubhub. All employees may access a discount on Frick Museum Shop purchases.

Position Summary

Museum Guides will join a small team of part-time educators and full-time Education Department staff at The Frick Collection in leading Private Tours, both online and onsite at Frick Madison (the temporary home of the Frick), as well as public gallery talks, conversations, and Guided School, College, and University Visits. They will specialize in teaching adults, yet may be asked to work with intergenerational groups on occasion. Museum Guides must be skilled and experienced educators who excel both in public speaking and in facilitating conversations about works of art. They will be expected to develop a working knowledge of the Frick’s history as well as a deep understanding of selected works of art in the collection, including European sculpture, European and Asian decorative arts, and the Old Master paintings for which the Frick is best known.

Work Hours and Compensation

  • Lead 45-to-90-minute Education programs, online and in-person, including Private Tours (compensated at $110/hour), as well as public gallery talks, conversations, and Guided School, College, and University Visits (compensated at $100/hour)
  • Attend ongoing 60-minute Museum Guide Training Sessions (compensated at $35/hour)
  • Administrative preparation for online teaching (compensated at $35/hour), including corresponding with Education staff, organizing teaching images, and composing key terms lists to support live captioning (CART)
  • Hours per week cannot exceed 28 hours, and leading visits and tours is based on demand. Museum Guides will teach approximately 3–5 times per month from September to July.

Requirements

A Master’s degree in art history or a related field, or equivalent work experience teaching similar artworks to adult audiences, is strongly recommended. Students currently enrolled in, or who are currently applying to, graduate programs are welcome to apply. Cultural competency, listening skills, and a willingness to initiate discussions of complex topics with a range of audiences—including the contested legacies of the museum’s founder and the Western art historical canon more broadly—are integral to this position.

Although Museum Guide meetings, communications, and the majority of programs are conducted in English, the Frick is seeking an educator with the ability to discuss art historical content fluently in Spanish and/or American Sign Language (ASL) when needed. This position is open to applicants with fluency in other languages, as well. Past experience working with English language learners (ELLs) and people with disabilities is preferred, although additional professional development will also be provided.

Museum Guides must have the ability to work remotely while also attending occasional in-person meetings with museum staff and other Museum Guides. It is required that the Museum Guide be able to teach on Zoom with a reliable high-speed internet connection, or on other similar online meeting platforms when specially requested.

Background

Opened to the public in 1935, The Frick Collection is a world-renowned art museum housed in one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, the former home of industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919). The museum’s holdings consist of more than 1,500 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries. The Frick welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors a year to its tranquil mansion on the Upper East Side, encouraging visitors to look closely at, reflect on, and engage with its esteemed collection.

The Frick Art Reference Library, founded in 1920 by Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick, is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world’s most complete resources for the study of Western art. Our entire staff ensures that the resources of both the museum and the Library are made accessible and inviting to “all persons whomsoever,” in accordance with the wishes of the museum’s founder.

While renovations are undertaken to the newer parts of the mansion at 1 East 70th Street, the Frick has temporarily moved five blocks north to the Marcel Breuer–designed building that was once the home of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

We provide training on best practices for protecting oneself and colleagues during a pandemic while always providing the highest-quality customer service.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted through May 22, 2022. Selected candidates will be contacted for an initial interview, to be conducted via Zoom. All applications must be submitted via e-mail to jobs@frick.org, as follows:

Subject Line: “Museum Guide (Part-Time) 2022”

Please attach a single PDF with all required materials:

  • A resume
  • A cover letter that includes the following:
    • Your reasons for applying to teach at the Frick. ASL- and Spanish-speakers should include a statement describing their comfort level with speaking publicly in these languages.
    • Your preferred dates and hours of availability (to be discussed if selected for an interview)
    • The names, professional affiliations, telephone numbers, and email addresses of two references.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Head of Education and Public Engagement
jobs@frick.org

Frick Madison
30 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

No phone calls please.

Equal Employment Opportunity has been, and will continue to be, a fundamental principle at The Collection, where employment is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, alienage or citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, military status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status or any other protected characteristic as established by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.