Metal Work Studio Programs Teacher

May 18 2023
Honolulu Museum of Art |Honolulu|Temporary, $25.00 / hour
Job Description

Temporary Part-Time positions available for immediate start with potential for Full-Time transition in autumn 2023.


TO BE CONSIDERED: Please attach a cover letter, teaching philosophy, CV, and portfolio of work. These may be attached as PDFs, provided by link, or emailed directly to hr at honolulumuseum dot org.


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Job Title: Metal Work Studio Programs Teacher

Job Status: FLSA Non-Exempt

Work Hours: Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Job Summary: Under the general direction of the Studio Programs Manager, the Metal Studio Programs Teacher co-creates and leads metal work classes, workshops, special events for groups of all ages and abilities at the Art School and the Honolulu Museum of Art. This position is responsible for instruction in HoMA’s dedicated Metals studio at the Art School and utilizes HoMA’s art collection, exhibitions, and lending collection to encourage creative expression and nurture artistic abilities. 


About HoMA, the Honolulu Museum of Art:

Opened in 1927, the Honolulu Museum of Art is a home for art and education created for the benefit of the entire community. Originally established as the Honolulu Academy of Arts, founder Anna Rice Cooke envisioned a museum that would bring people together through the power of art and “the deep intuitions that are common to all.” The museum was conceived of as a place of meaningful exchange and dialogue, celebrating the diverse artistic and cultural traditions of Hawai‘i’s multi-ethnic population. From this founding intention grew the museum of today, with a world-class encyclopedic collection of more than 55,000 works of art, representing a stunning breadth of places and eras, from all corners of the globe and from the ancient past to the present day. Over the decades, the museum has become known for its strong tradition of art classes and community engagement, both inside the walls of the museum and beyond. In 2011 the Honolulu Academy of Arts merged with the dynamic and vibrant Contemporary Museum, reinvigorating the museum’s contemporary holdings and ushering in an opportunity for renewed commitment to the art of our time. The Honolulu Museum of Art was born.


Minimum Qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in Studio Arts, Art Education, or related field and at least 1 year of teaching experience in related field.  
  • Broad knowledge of jewelry and metal work processes, techniques, and skills including hot fabrication, cold fabrication, casting, chasing, engraving, gilding, enameling, as well as stone setting, cutting, and polishing.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to demonstrate, safe handling of equipment. 
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of students and visitors, including the ability to speak to large groups. 
  • Ability to work effectively with staff, volunteers, children, teachers, and members of the public.
  • Highly organized, tactful, and flexible. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in Studio Arts or Art Education and at least 3 years of teaching experience in a related field.  
  • Knowledge of object-based learning in a museum context. 
  • Knowledge of Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) pedagogy and Universal Design for Learning.
  • Experience teaching Pre-K through adult students, as well as programs for English language learners and students with disabilities. 
  • Certification in first aid
  • Experience teaching in a museum environment or at a nonprofit organization with multiple sites and varying degrees of needs.
  • Understanding of the Honolulu Museum of Art’s established identity and dedication to advancing it.
  • Exceptional ability to manage and lead people.
  • Intelligent self-starter who is committed to the museum’s mission.
  • The traits of honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, and perspective; a very strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow-through.

Essential Duties:

  • Works closely with the Studio Programs Manager to develop curriculum and teach the museum’s metal work studio programs for all ages and abilities, which includes Pre-K – 12 and adult studio programs, as well as programs for English language learners and students with disabilities.
  • Integrates HoMA’s collections, the lending collection, and special exhibitions into the metal work syllabus as well as programs for all ages and abilities. 
  • Collaborates with the Studio Programs teaching faculty in designing and executing studio programs.
  • Works with the Studio Programs Assistant Manager and Learning and Engagement Administrative Coordinator to procure supplies and materials needed for individual programs and events. 
  • Maintains and manages an attractive and orderly studio that supports a welcoming and conducive learning environment.
  • Gathers and prepares all supplies necessary for each program and puts all equipment away at program completion. 
  • Regularly attends Studio Programs Teacher meetings and all professional development workshops. 
  • Documents progress of programming via photos, data, and evaluations. 
  • Supervises and leads Teaching Assistants and volunteers. 
  • Full-Time: Collaborates with the Interpretive Resource Manager, Tour Programs Manager and the Education and Community Programs Manager to plan and implement programs such as educator workshops, digital resources,and school field trips. 

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:

The Metal Work Studio Programs Teacher works with minimum supervision. Work will often be performed with short deadlines and situations sensitive to the Museum. Regular office hours are required. Due to the nature of the responsibilities, evening and weekend work is sometimes required, and at times may be on an emergency basis. 

The employee must be able to fulfil all Essential Duties with or without a reasonable accommodation. This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of all activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.


Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity:

HoMA welcomes people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and this is reflected in our diverse community of employees. We encourage applications from candidates across a wide variety of backgrounds, including, but not limited to, people of all races and ethnicities, people with disabilities, women, veterans, and all members of the LGBTQ community.  


Equal Employment Opportunity:

HoMA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. HoMA recruits, hires, trains, promotes, compensates, and administers all personnel actions and benefit programs without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, including pregnancy and gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, reproductive health decisions, marital status, arrest and court record, citizenship, credit history, military and veteran service, victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse victim status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

The statements contained herein describe the scope of the responsibilities and essential functions of this position but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work duties and requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other areas to cover absences or relief to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the workload. 

HoMA maintains a policy of nondiscrimination in all employment practices and decisions, ensuring equal employment opportunities for all qualified individuals. This applies to both HoMA employees and applicants for employment with the Museum. Any form of harassment of any employee because of any protected status is also prohibited.