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Spanish/English Bi-Lingual CEF Program Assistant 20 hrs/wk

The Barnes Foundation

The Community Engagement & Family Program Assistant is a 20hr/week part-time position, working during the Monday-Friday work week, with evening and weekend community events typically 1-2 times per month. This position supports the development and facilitation of learning opportunities, deep engagement, and expanded access to learning experiences at the Barnes Foundation for diverse multi-generational audiences—primarily serving Philadelphia communities and populations that are under-represented and underserved.  Under the supervision of the Director of Community Engagement & Family Programs, the Assistant is part of a CEF team that generates meaningful interactions through informal workshops and classes; community-based events; family skills building; and Barnes gallery visits.  Our goal is to make the Barnes resources and collection relevant and personally meaningful. This position helps to implement programming off-site within Philadelphia communities (primarily West Philadelphia and South Philadelphia), on-site at the Barnes on the Parkway, and in virtual format. Qualified candidates should be able to deliver art-making lessons and art gallery tours in English and Spanish, once given training about the art collection.

Function may include direct instruction, occasional tours and relationship-building, recruitment/training of volunteers, special projects, admin/logistical support, and others to be defined. The Assistant collaborates inter-departmentally including Education, Guest Protection, Facilities, Curatorial, Marketing, Events, and Conservation.

Established as an educational institution, the Barnes Foundation carries out its mission by promoting appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.

Celebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation’s art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more.

The Foundation engages diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.


Job Specific Competencies:


  • Support CEF Puentes a las Artes Project with project leadership team—front-facing work with early learners, parents and caregivers.  Participate in hands-on and virtual workshops and assist in leading family tours to integrate family arts and literacy development, and language inclusion goals
  • Assist in the development and implementation of Barnes family-based activities/initiatives including, but not limited to PECO Free First Sundays, Toddler Times, Family Art Labs, Summer Imaginariums, Barnes at Home Art Activity Sheets, and Virtual CEF presentations with CEF Sr. Program Coordinator—front-facing with parents and caregivers, children and youth at the Barnes and in community-based sites, and on virtual platforms as needed.
  • Assist in art supply purchases, prep of program materials, and upkeep of storage areas.

Data Collection and Reporting

  • Support CEF and Barnes reporting systems through data-collection, data entry and reports, and archival documentation using DAMS.
  • Assist in conducting surveys and facilitating focus groups.

Volunteer Recruitment and Training

  • Provide administrative support and coordination of CEF volunteers/interns.

Department and Administrative

  • Contribute to CEF team and program development and engage in the overall success of AED (Audience Engagement Division) in making the Barnes a welcoming experience, inclusive of all audiences.
  • Use in-house systems to schedule facilities, book reservations, and internal staffing.
  • Support content and communication for e-news, web, social media, and print.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • BA in Education, Art History, Art Education, Studio Art, or related field preferred, or four-years related experience in art education, early-childhood education or out-of-school/popular education.
  • Administrative and teaching experience in community youth and family settings in museums, community-based agencies or schools.  Background in visual arts and/or a multi-disciplinary arts practice preferred.
  • Fluency in Spanish is required.
  • Enthusiasm, willingness and interest to use and learn multiple technologies, social media platforms and creative media.
  • Experience or familiarity with using digital media for remote presentations and learning, as example, recordings on YouTube, editing using IMovie, Podcasts, and Zoom/MS Teams conferencing technologies.
  • Ability to work across diverse groups.
  • Strong interest in community partnerships and arts as a pathway for equity and social justice.
  • Successful clearance of background criminal check and fingerprinting.
  • Ability to multi-task across multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills to coordinate with internal departments as well as with community partners and more.

Competitive Benefits Include: Parking and transit flexible spending accounts; 403(b) with matching contributions; Employee Assistance Program; as well as paid sick time.

Please include a cover letter and an updated resume with your application, along with salary expectations.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we’re committed to diversity and equal opportunity in our recruitment and hiring. Qualified candidates of all backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply for this position. Employees have rights under other laws including, but not limited to, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Employee Polygraph Protection Act. We participate in E-Verify.