Educational Coordinator, Medomak Arts Summer Institute (100 hours, July 2015)

The Medomak Arts Project (MAP) seeks an educational coordinator for our Medomak Arts Summer Institute (MASI) in Waldoboro, ME.

The Medomak Arts Project supports the arts and artists in the Medomak region of Midcoast Maine. For one week in July (7/15-7/22) MAP hosts young aspiring artists and environmentalists who will work with local artisans, art instructors, and environmental scientists to produce a natural and cultural immersion experience. Students between the ages of 13-17 will learn about different artistic techniques—from metalworking, painting and collage, to printmaking and photography—as well as become familiar with issues concerning environmental sustainability in the Maine midcoast region and beyond. Students will work one-on-one with local artist mentors to produce a final creative work. Additionally, students familiarize themselves with exhibition methods leading up to a final show of their project in downtown Waldoboro during MAP’s "Paint the Town" festival. Post-institute guidance will also be available for those students developing their art portfolios. MASI is highly selective, but non-competitive, and will accept 10-12 students in its 2015 season.

The education coordinator will be responsible for communicating with students before and after the summer institute, coordinating the institute’s schedule with MASI staff, and supervising all face-to-face interactions with students throughout the week of intensive instruction. Field trips are planned throughout the Medomak watershed and Muscongus Bay. The education coordinator will lead these field trips as well as an overnight campout on the evening of Thursday, July 16 in Bristol, ME.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience with arts instruction, especially with the MASI age group (13-17). Experience with residential camps and/or day camps is a plus. An educational background in the fine arts, art education, environmental studies/sciences, or related fields is preferred. Please send a letter of application and resume with contact information for at least three references to Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until March 15. For more information (especially pay range) or questions contact Scott Byrd at medomakarts [at] or 207.480.0766.

Position Overview:

  • Help facilitate the artistic and learning objectives of the institute with the assistance of MASI’s co-directors, artist mentors, and educational consultants.
  • Coordinate all face-to-face instruction and interactions with students, staff, speakers, and artist mentors.
  • Communicate with students before and after the summer institute, including coordinating materials lists for each student with MASI staff before the institute begins and administering assessment protocols post-institute.
  • Lead student field trips, including those that may involve hiking, kayaking, and canoeing.
  • Provide instructional support to students and artist mentors.
  • Supervise MASI schedule and transportation for field trips.
  • Attend training and preparatory meetings pre-institute (most likely the Monday and Tuesday before MASI begins).

Other Skills/Abilities:

  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills
  • Problem solver/solution oriented
  • Able to interact with students and staff in a professional manner
  • Able to be firm and direct when dealing with students