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2017–18 Harvard Art Museums Student Guide Application
$15.50/hr. (work-study students encouraged to apply)
Approx. 10 hours/week for the academic year: includes training, research, and tours for public audiences at regularly scheduled times
Open to Harvard sophomores and juniors
Application deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Note: Please read the position descriptions carefully for the Student Guide program Job ID #12433) and the Student Board (Job ID #12391) and apply to one program that best suits your interests and abilities.

Position Description
The Harvard Art Museums are now accepting applications from current Harvard sophomores and juniors for our Student Guide program. Participants come from a wide range of backgrounds, including art history, visual and environmental studies, the sciences, history, and literature. Student Guides will offer tours of the museums for university and community audiences.

Training
Student Guides will first participate in a rigorous training program led by David Odo, the Harvard Art Museums’ director of student programs, to gain knowledge of the collections and to develop skills in critical thinking, visual analysis, public speaking, and leadership. Training will draw on scholarship and practice from multiple fields of knowledge, including curatorial practice, artistic practice, art history, conservation science, and social sciences. Students from all concentrations are encouraged to apply.

Student Guide training sessions will be held on Thursdays from 3 to 5pm, starting October 5, 2017, at the Harvard Art Museums during the academic year.

Tours
Upon successful completion of training, Student Guides will offer regularly scheduled tours of the Harvard Art Museums for a variety of Harvard and public audiences during the academic year.

Qualifications
— No art history, fine arts, or museum experience is necessary, but enthusiasm and excitement about the Harvard Art Museums are required.
— Excellent research skills and the ability to work independently.
— Comfort with public speaking; prior teaching/tutoring experience preferred.
— Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
— Professional, welcoming, and engaging demeanor.
— Must be available to attend mandatory training sessions on Thursdays from 3 to 5pm during the academic year.

To Apply
Please submit the following documents:

1. Cover letter and résumé: submit a cover letter (maximum one page) that discusses your interest in the position and a résumé that clearly indicates your graduation year, concentration, education, work/volunteer experience, and Harvard email address. Please also include in your résumé the names and email addresses of two professional, extracurricular, or academic references, at least one of whom must be a Harvard faculty (including TF) or staff member. Note: provide contact information only, not letters of recommendation.

2. Short response: select any work of art on view at the Harvard Art Museums. Spend at least 30 minutes looking closely at it and write a brief response (no more than 500 words). Your response should include the title and artist/maker (where known) and a description of the work. For the purposes of this response, do not conduct research using secondary sources; your response should include only your own description of and reaction to the object, what questions it provokes for you, and what possible themes/ideas you would want to develop were you to create a tour using the object.

Apply by submitting all of the above materials online through the Student Employment Office (Job ID #12433) by 11:59pm on September 10, 2017. Applications will not be considered complete unless a cover letter, résumé, and short response have been received. Please note that applications will not be accepted via email.

Please contact Correna Cohen, Curatorial Fellow in the Division of Academic and Public Programs, with any questions: correna_cohen@harvard.edu or 617-496-1017.

Sign up for our student-only email list to learn about upcoming student events and opportunities, and to receive the Harvard Art Museums monthly email newsletter.

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2017–18 Harvard Art Museums Student Board Application
6–8 hours/month during the academic year
Open to Harvard sophomores and juniors
No art history experience required. All concentrations are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 11:59pm on Sunday, September 10, 2017

Note: Please read the position descriptions carefully for the Student Board (SEO JOB ID# 12391 and the Student Guide program (SEO JOB ID# 12433) and apply to the one program that best suits your skills and interests.

Position Description
The Harvard Art Museums are now accepting applications from current Harvard sophomores and juniors to serve on the Harvard Art Museums Student Board during the 2017–18 academic year. Board members come from a wide range of backgrounds and concentrations, including art history, visual and environmental studies, the sciences, history, literature, and more.

The Student Board meets twice a month on Tuesdays from 4 to 5:30pm under the direction of Erin Northington, Manager of Student Engagement Programs. You must be available at this time to be considered for this position. The Student Board does not meet during reading and finals periods.

The Student Board works to deepen and sustain involvement of Harvard students of all backgrounds with the museums, and helps to share our resources, spaces, programs, and student opportunities on campus. Board members serve as ambassadors on campus, advise museums staff, and see firsthand the inner workings of a university art museum.

Student Board Responsibilities
— advise on aspects of student life at Harvard and share their perspective as students;
— promote Harvard Art Museums events to the student community;
— in partnership with the Division of Academic and Public Programs and the Student Guide program, design and host small House-based events to engage peers with the museums;
— emcee and co-host our public programs; and
— act as a liaison between students and the Harvard Art Museums, and serve as leaders in the Harvard Art Museums student community.

This is an unpaid, volunteer opportunity for approximately 6–8 hours/month during the academic year. Board members are expected to participate fully in board meetings, attend occasional evening events at the Harvard Art Museums as required (approximately two per semester), and to be an active, informed, and visible representative of the museums in their House.

Qualifications
— No art history background is necessary, but enthusiasm and excitement about the Harvard Art Museums are a must. Students from all concentrations are strongly encouraged to apply!
— Interest in being a visible part of your House and involved in campus life. Comfort with public speaking.
— Proactive, reliable, flexible, and creative. Warm and welcoming demeanor.
— Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
— Willingness to represent the Harvard Art Museums with professionalism at all times.
— Availability to attend mandatory Student Board meetings twice a month on Tuesday afternoons from 4 to 5:30pm, and to respond in a timely manner to communications from museums staff.
— Preferred: Interest in social media.

To Apply
Please submit the following documents:

1. Short response: in no more than 500 words, please share 1) Why you would like to be a member of the Student Board; and 2) What you will uniquely bring to the group

2. Résumé: please make sure that your résumé includes your graduation year, House affiliation, concentration (or academic interests, if you’re undeclared), and best contact information.

Apply by submitting the above materials online through the Student Employment Office (JOB ID# 12391) by 11:59pm on September 10, 2017. Applications will not be considered complete until a short response and résumé have been received. Please note that applications will not be accepted via email.

Please contact Erin Northington, Manager of Student Engagement Programs, with questions at erin_northington@harvard.edu.

Sign up for our student-only email list to learn about upcoming student events and opportunities, and to receive the Harvard Art Museums monthly email newsletter.

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Graduate Student Teacher (GST) Program, 2017–18
Division of Academic and Public Programs, Harvard Art Museums
Paid position, open to all Harvard Graduate School of Education students
Work-study eligible

The Harvard Art Museums seek up to eight Graduate Student Teachers for a yearlong high school partnership program. Open to all Harvard Graduate School of Education students interested in teaching with visual art at the high school level, this program is offered by the Harvard Art Museums’ Division of Academic and Public Programs (DAPP) in collaboration with Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS), the public high school in Cambridge. This is a yearlong, mentored teaching position that focuses on exploring different approaches to gallery teaching, building multivisit classroom partnerships, and using visual art as a tool for teaching multiple academic subjects.

Program components
— Graduate Student Teachers will work collaboratively to develop and lead interactive gallery lessons for CRLS students that promote close observation, critical thinking, and deep engagement with the museums’ renowned collections.
— Graduate Student Teachers will partner closely with individual CRLS classes and teachers, creating semester-long multivisit partnerships that build museum literacy for students and that link the museums’ collections to course curricula in subjects ranging from studio art to world and American history.
— Training will draw on scholarship from a variety of fields, as Graduate Student Teachers learn from educators, curators, conservators, Harvard faculty, and each other during behind-the-scenes tours, workshops, and weekly training sessions.
— Program participants will gain valuable teaching, research, and program evaluation skills; develop a broad knowledge of art and object-based teaching; and acquire valuable experience working in and developing multivisit museum/classroom partnerships.
— Graduate Student Teachers will develop a portfolio of lesson plans and will have the opportunity to apply pedagogical techniques and approaches learned in the classroom at HGSE to the museum setting.

Compensation
$18.15/hr.
This position is work-study eligible.

Time Commitment
September 6, 2017–May 12, 2018; 6–8 hours per week (during the semester)
Participants must commit to the program for the entire academic year and be available for training sessions at the Harvard Art Museums every Wednesday from 3 to 5pm. Participants will work with one or two CRLS classes per semester, teaching approximately one lesson every two weeks. This scheduling is flexible, but participants must have at least one to two hours of morning availability any time during the week. Extra hours may include additional teaching, research, evaluation, reflection, and field trips.
 
Position Requirements
Educators of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Experience teaching at the high school level in the classroom, in museums, or in other art-related programs, or related teaching experience with high school students, is strongly preferred but not required. No previous background in art history is necessary, but an interest in exploring teaching with visual art is required. Students have the option of enrolling in S-997: Field Experience Program for course credit (in addition to the program stipend) in the Fall 2017 semester.

Students must commit to the internship for the full 2017-2018 academic year.
 
How to Apply
Applications, including a cover letter and résumé, must be submitted via HIRED job ID # 38257.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until August 29. Qualified applicants will be contacted for phone or in-person interviews. Hiring decisions will be made on a rolling basis and completed by early September.
 
Contact Correna Cohen, Curatorial Fellow in DAPP, with any questions: correna_cohen@harvard.edu or 617-496-1017.
 
This position requires the following pre-employment screenings: Identity and Criminal.