Employment 

Docent and Tour Programs Manager (full-time)
Formed in 1968, the Docent Council engages the public with art and the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum. Docents welcome thousands of visitors every year and conduct tour experiences for Pre-K through Grade 12 students, college students, adults, and families relating to all collection areas and exhibitions. Their service and dedication to excellence in teaching allows visitors to experience infinite possibilities for learning, contemplation, and enjoyment of art. Docents are valued as professional educators and are educated and evaluated accordingly. The approximately 100 members of the Docent Council come from all walks of life. Learn more by viewing the Position Description.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide and supervise training program for active Docent Council with approximately 100 volunteers. Coordinate, present and prepare content and teaching resources on the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Work continually with docents to improve touring and teaching skills and cultivate expertise in all collection and audience areas. Coordinate docent appreciation and recognition.
  • Communicate all information impacting touring to docents. Establish and maintain positive, two-way communication with the docents, individually and collectively, to build their connection to the Museum and its educational programs, and to enhance their understanding of Museum educational goals and outcomes.
  • Manage docent-led tour programs in the galleries for preK-12 through university to adult audiences (including public drop-in tours, Austin House visits and curriculum-structured tours). Work with Group Visit Coordinator on tour and docent coordination to insure smooth scheduling and logistics.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of museum education theory and practice as well as art history.
  • Experience developing and implementing training programs.
  • Skilled gallery teacher with excellent public speaking skills. Dedication to interactive and interdisciplinary teaching.
  • Excellent management and interpersonal skills, including tact and diplomacy, with demonstrated ability to lead and coach volunteers.
  • Strong organizational skills. Ability to manage numerous projects simultaneously and adapt to change.
  • Ability to work well in a team, as well as motivate volunteers.
  • Budget management skills.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as program schedule requires.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in art history, museum education, art education or related field.
  • Five years of experience teaching in museums or other informal educational settings.

Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to HR@wadsworthatheneum.org.

Information Desk Attendant (part-time)
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is seeking a part-time Information Desk Attendant. Responsibilities include applying the highest customer-care standards while welcoming and assisting visitors, selling admission tickets and memberships, keeping informed about current and upcoming exhibitions and events, and supports a variety of museum-wide projects. Bachelors’ Degree and/or prior experience working in a similar position along with excellent customer-service skills required. Bilingual candidates (Spanish/English) with knowledge of art history and experience with a Point of Sales system are preferred. Position is Wednesdays through Saturdays.

Interested candidates are encouraged to send their resume by September 24, 2014: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, HR Department, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103, or email HR@wadsworthatheneum.org. No phone calls please.

Development Events Manager (full-time)
The Wadsworth has an immediate opening for a Development Events Manager to join the Institutional Advancement team. Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement, the Development Events Manager’s primary role is to coordinate and execute the Museum’s fundraising events, including the annual Splendor Gala, Member previews, Atheneum Associate and Society of Daniel Wadsworth events, VIP receptions and dinners, small cultivation events, corporate events, Festival of Trees and Traditions, Fine Art and Flowers, and other exhibition and membership special events as needed.

In addition to the management and planning of the museum’s special events program, this position supervises the Development Events Coordinator who assists with event planning and administrative support in addition to overseeing the external event rental program.

Job Requirements:

  • College degree of equivalent knowledge and experience
  • 4+ years of managing a gala with an auction and other special events
  • Prior supervisory experience
  • Microsoft Word and Excel expertise
  • Some evenings and weekend hours will be required

Key Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and the ability to coordinate several projects simultaneously
  • Ability to meet deadline and goals
  • Work effectively with volunteer committees

Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to HR@wadsworthatheneum.org.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

From Our Collection

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Upcoming Events

Sep
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1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
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Thu
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Sep 18 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
6:00 pm Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in …
Sep 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age
Lecture: Costuming Hollywood in its Golden Age: Fit for a Screen: The Costume & Textile Society invites you into the world of Hollywood costume design [...]
Sep
19
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12:00 pm Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock
Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Med…
Sep 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock
Albert Bierstadt, In the Mountains, 1867, oil on canvas Gallery Talk: The Intriguing Medium of Rock: Take a closer look at Carl Andre’s Stone Field [...]
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5