The Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) is looking to employ an Education Officer to engage with and implement educational programmes for schools, institutions, community organisations and members of the public, including local and international visitors. The Javett-UP is due to open its doors in September 2019.
Reports to: The Director of the Javett-UP
Job overview: The successful candidate will initiate and deliver a range of high-quality and dynamic programmes of learning and participation in line with the school visual arts curriculum and the Javett-UP’s exhibitions programme, with a focus on instilling an appreciation of art in first-time and return visitors.
Ensuring that the Javett-UP exhibitions programme acts as a learning resource for all ages and communities by developing educational activities for learners visiting the Javett-UP in response to particular themes, exhibitions and the school curriculum.
Developing, delivering, evaluating and reporting on programmes and events that are designed to engage individuals and groups who may or may not be familiar with the gallery environment.
Establishing relationships and liaising with educational institutions to promote educational programmes.
Delivering talks, workshops and activities in partnership with other institutions and community centres.
Engaging with the public in line with the ethos of the institution.
Working closely with the Javett-UP’s curatorial team, marketing staff and art committee.
Managing the Javett-UP tour guides.
A Bachelor’s degree, with a diploma in education or a teacher’s diploma with a specialisation in fine art or one of the following:
- History of art
- Fine art
- Archive and museum studies
- Community education
- Cultural studies
- At least five years’ experience in education or public programmes
- Computer literacy
- Experience in managing budgets
- Valid driver’s licence
- Valid work permit (in the case of non-South African citizens)
- The ability to work after hours and on weekends when required
- Availability to commence work full-time as soon as possible.
The ideal candidate will:
- Be enthusiastic and interested in the arts and culture sector
- Have good communication skills, both written and verbal
- Be confident dealing with the public and addressing groups of people (experience gained as a teacher, or a community or youth worker, would be beneficial)
- Possess the teaching skills needed to plan and deliver educational activities in an engaging manner
- Demonstrate imagination and creativity when it comes to designing participatory activities and learning resources
- Display a strong commitment to working with diverse groups such as adults, families, young people (including groups of learners) and special-needs groups
- Have the ability to manage volunteers, budgets and resources
- Be able to work well as part of a team
- Possess self-motivation and the ability to work independently
- Have good organisational and administration skills
- Possess a knowledge of, and sensitivity to, cultural and disability issues