Summer Camp Teaching Assistant

Carnegie Museum of Art, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #1091
Monday, February 27, 2023
Carnegie Museum of Art creates experiences that connect people to art, ideas, and one another. We believe creativity is a defining human characteristic to which everyone should have access. CMOA collects, preserves, and presents artworks from around the world to inspire, sustain, and provoke discussion, and to engage and reflect multiple audiences. Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in the United States, collecting the "Old Masters of tomorrow" since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. Our collection of more than 30,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery. Through our programming, exhibitions, and publications, we frequently explore the role of art and artists in confronting key social issues of our time, combining and juxtaposing local and global perspectives.  With our unique history and resources, we strive to become a leader in defining the role of art museums for the 21st century. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The Summer Camp Teaching Assistant work with CMOA teaching artists to encourage creativity, self-expression, and art-making skills in children registered in CMOA summer camp.. Teaching assistants support the work of the lead teaching artist in small and large group activities with students including but not limited to studio art projects, gallery explorations, games and/or stories; assist with preparation and cleanup of materials and studios; participate in recess and lunch supervision; maintain utmost concern for safety and security of participants and of museum collections, exhibitions, and facilities; participate in required trainings and planning activities; represent CMOA with highest standards of professionalism and respect for colleagues, children, and museum patrons.


This position will span beginning of June – end of August, M-F, with hours varying 7:45AM-4:00pm. Ideal candidates are those who will be available for at least 8 full weeks of the summer, including time in August. Those who are available for less than 8 full weeks are still encouraged to apply.



  • Some relevant college coursework in studio art, art education, education, or architecture required (bachelor’s degree highly desirable).
  • Must have a minimum of 6 months of experience working with and supervising children.
  • Experience working with children of diverse ethnicities, abilities, ages, and special needs is highly desirable.
  • Act 33/34 clearances.



  • Proactive in assisting instructors and students, works well with others and is able to take direction from instructors and staff.
  • Strong listening and verbal communication skills, and responsive problem solving. Must thrive in collaborative, team-oriented environment, and enjoy high energy pace.



  • The position requires moving for up to 3-4 hours at a time.
  • Position frequently requires moving quickly in the galleries and studios and carrying/transporting art supplies.



  • Actively assist instructors in delivering lesson plan encouraging children’s creative self-expression during gallery and studio explorations.
  • Assist instructor in preparation and cleanup of camp each day. Help maintain order and cleanliness of studio and other spaces showing respect for materials and for student work and conveying appropriate studio behavior to students.
  • Participate in required trainings, become familiar with relevant collection and exhibitions, and review lesson plan goals and strategies for each week,
  • Help resolve problems that arise throughout the day or week according to museum protocols.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional guidance on essential functions follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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