Each year, the Center for Architecture Explorations (CAE) partners with the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) to offer summer architecture camps for students 6 - 18 years old. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply to teach architecture camps to youth this summer. Camp concepts include contextual design, structures, geometry, and construction explored through the lens of topics such as outer space, skeletons, and castles. 

Position Description

Summer Camp Instructors will design and lead creative experiences for children enrolled in week-long summer camps and high school workshops capitalizing on the museum and university's resources, such as collections, exhibitions, and digital technology, as catalysts for exploration, experimentation, creativity, and learning according to camp themes. Instructors will produce camp lesson ideas and activities for approval and feedback from museum and university supervisors. Instructors will implement program experience with utmost concern for safety and security of participants, and produce reports or documents as required by supervisor. 

This summer, Summer Camp Instructors can:

  1. Develop teaching skills rooted in scientific research and applicable to college level teaching
  2. Design and fabricate learning tools that add variety and depth to your portfolio
  3. Create ways to teach architecture concepts utilizing the Heinz Architectural Center collection


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Background in architecture or education; both a plus. Applicants with architecture background will be trained in teaching methodologies upon employment. Applicants with education background will be trained in architecture concepts upon employment. Must have relevant experience working with children, preferably project-based teaching experience. Act 33/34 clearances required and can be obtained upon employment. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Awareness and understanding of student-centered, inquiry-based teaching methods,  demonstrated skills at effective, sensitive, and patient classroom/studio management and leadership, strong listening and verbal communication skills, and responsive problem solver. Must thrive in collaborative, team-oriented environment, and enjoy active, high energy pace.

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

Application Process

To apply for the 2018 Summer Camp Instructor position, please email a resume, cover letter, and portfolio (if applicable) to Samantha Weaver, sbweaver@cmu.edu, the Director of the Center for Architecture Explorations, by Tuesday, April 3, 2018. If selected, applicants would be hired by the Carnegie Museum of Art and supervised/supported by Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture outreach staff to assist with the development and delivery of lessons. 

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Carnegie Mellon University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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