Teaching Assistant

May 26 2023
Honolulu Museum of Art |Honolulu|Part Time, $15.00 / hour
Job Description

TO BE CONSIDERED APPLY DIRECLTY AT https://honolulumuse​um.org/employment/

Employment Status: Part-Time

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Pay Range: $15.45 per hour

Work Hours:

  • Classes run on Thursdays and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • 5 – 10 hours per week

Job Summary:

Under the general direction of the Studio Programs Assistant Manager, the Teaching Assistant (TA) works under the mentorship of a Studio Programs Teacher to facilitate art instruction that fosters creative expression and nurtures artistic abilities. The TA supports the Studio Programs Teacher with daily classroom management and works with students of all ages at the Honolulu Museum of Art School, museum galleries, and courtyards.

As part of the TA’s growth and development, they may be presented with opportunities to lead classes as a substitute teacher in an array of visual art disciplines.


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.

Education has been an integral part of HoMA since its founding, and the Learning & Engagement department supports the Museum vision by advancing knowledge and fostering a thirst for creative thought, agency, and artistic excellence. Programs, which range from classes and lectures to tours and workshops, are designed to inspire and spark wonder in people of all ages and skill levels. Through Learning & Engagement initiatives, HoMA strives to instill a love and appreciation for art in children at an early age, promote a culture of lifelong learning, and foster artistic excellence and support a healthy arts ecosystem in Hawaiʻi.

As HoMA approaches its centennial in 2027, it is poised to embark on a new chapter guided by a renewed vision and Strategic Plan that focuses on HoMA’s core purpose: to be a home for art and education that exists for the benefit of the entire community, presented in a setting that prioritizes beauty, harmony, and promotes learning, self-awareness and connection. With acknowledgment of HoMA’s history and purpose at the forefront, the Strategic Plan charts a course for HoMA’s next chapter in a rapidly changing world. It will transform HoMA into a relevant and sustainable 21st century museum where people of all ages and from all walks of life will be invited in and reinforce HoMA’s ability to bring the art of the world to Hawaiʻi and the art of Hawaiʻi to the world.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree or currently enrolled in a Bachelors in Art Education or related field.
  • Has completed ungraduated coursework in fine arts, arts education and related fields.
  • Must have one year of experience in education and enjoy working with students aged pre-K through 12th grade as well as adults.
  • Must have a passion for art and its ability to enhance the lives of students.
  • Has the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse population of students and visitors.
  • Can promote and support positive personal interaction with students, teachers, and administrative staff.
  • 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:
  • Has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art and Design or an Education Degree.
  • Experience in a museum environment or nonprofit organization with multiple sites and varying degrees of need.
  • Knowledge and skill in a variety of art media, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, fiber arts, and/or metal work.
  • Experience with classroom management and working collaboratively to maintain a well-organized and productive environment.
  • Experience working with diverse learners, including English language learners and students with physical and cognitive disabilities.
  • Can take direction or personal initiative on tasks when appropriate.
  • Understanding of Honolulu Museum of Art’s established identity and dedication to advancing it.

Essential Duties:

  • Assists in the management and maintenance of a clean and orderly classroom.
  • Prepares supplies for daily lessons.
  • Organizes and returns supplies to their proper storage locations.
  • Assists in implementing the Studio Program Teacher’s lesson plans and maintaining daily classroom schedules.
  • Interacts with students to: keep them on task; help answer questions; assist with assignments or difficult concepts; and address small behavioral issues.
  • Supervises students and always monitors their safety and well-being.
  • Supports students’ social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development.
  • Uses a variety of instructional and assessment strategies, as directed by the Studio Programs Teacher, to meet individual student needs.
  • Maintains communication with the Studio Programs Teacher regarding the progress of students.
  • Upon Request substitutes for absent Studio Programs Teachers, leading students of all ages and facilitating lesson objectives in a variety of art making disciplines.
Working Conditions and Atmosphere:
The Teaching Assistant 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.