Metal Works Studio Programs Teacher

Jun 26 2024
Honolulu Museum of Art |Honolulu|Full Time, $25.00 / hour
Job Description



*Please submit a cover letter, teaching philosophy, and portfolio of work along with your application. 

Job Title: Metal Work Studio Programs Teacher

Department: Art School

Employment Status: Regular Part-Time, Non-Exempt

Supervisor: Studio Programs Manager


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 and drop-in activities 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.


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. 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.

To learn more about HoMA, please visit our website.


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 and stone cutting/polishing.
  • Knowledge of and be able to demonstrate safe handling of equipment.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of students, 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.
  • Honesty, integrity, enthusiasm, perspective, and a strong work ethic supported by commitment and follow-through.
  • Ability to work within and support a diverse community of visitors, artists, and employees.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Studio Arts or Art Education and at least 3 years of teaching experience in 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 – 12 and adult students, including programs for English language learners and students with disabilities.
  • Certification in first aid.
  • Understanding of Honolulu Museum of Art’s established identity and dedication to advancing it.

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.
  • 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.
  • Works with the Studio Programs Assistant Manager and Learning and Engagement Administrative Coordinator to procure supplies and materials needed for individual programs and events.
  • Collaborates with part-time Studio Programs Teachers and Studio Programs Manager to determine the studio's supply and equipment needs.
  • Collaborates and works closely with part time Studio Programs Teachers to maintain and manage 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 program/department meetings and all professional development workshops.
  • Documents progress of programming via photos, data, and evaluations.
  • Supervises and leads Teaching Assistants and volunteers.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion through respectful communication and cooperation with others at all times, continuous training and modeling inclusive behaviors.
  • In partnership with HR, supports the leadership team in ensuring equitable experiences, strengthening inclusion acumen, and promoting a culture of inclusivity and belonging that embraces the contributions of all staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Honolulu Museum of Art is committed to practicing salary transparency. The salary for this position is $25.00 per hour. Please note that the pay range information is a general guideline only. Many factors are taken into consideration when setting pay, including education, experience, the external labor market, and internal equity. This opportunity includes a generous benefits package, including but not limited to:

  • Fully covered medical, dental, and vision insurance for employee
  • 12 paid holidays
  • 15 days of vacation accrual in 1st year, increasing to 20 days in 2nd year
  • 15 days of annual sick leave
  • Group retirement plans with employer matching after 2nd year
  • Shop, Museum Café, and Art School discounts
  • Onsite parking provided

Working Conditions and Atmosphere:

Regular Part-Time teachers are expected to work approximately 25 – 28 hours per week. The Art School is open Wednesday through Sunday, with morning and evening classes. Ability to operate general office equipment including computer, copier, printers, fax machine, etc. Ability to lift, carry, push, pull, up to 25 lbs. of general office material or equipment.

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.