Independent Tour Guide: Sonya Clark


The Museum of Arts and Design seeks a creative and engaging independent tour guide to develop and lead private, in-gallery tours of the Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Sonya Clark: We Are Each Other. (on view Mar 23 through Sept 22, 2024). The guide will provide an exclusive opportunity for private groups to explore the exhibition in depth and possibly engage with some of the participatory works on view. The ideal candidate will have experience with teaching and public speaking, a great sense of humor, excellent presentation skills, and will be familiar with Sonya Clark and contemporary Black art.

This is a temporary contract position that pays $150 per tour, dependent on demand for private bookings. The position will support the Museum’s Marketing, Communications, and Group Sales teams and reports to the Manager of Visitor Engagement.

Private tour bookings are determined according to incoming requests, so in this role the guide will be expected to be available at least three days a week. The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) champions contemporary makers across creative fields and presents the work of artists, designers, and artisans who apply the highest level of ingenuity and skill. MAD provides an opportunity for its employees to enrich and develop their love of art, craft and design while contributing their specific skills, expertise, and talents.


  • Develop and lead inquiry-based exhibition tours for diverse audiences.
  • Conduct independent research on the artist and exhibition as well as incorporate Museum’s educational materials into the tour.
  • Communicate with Manager of Visitor Engagement and Group Tours Coordinator regularly to determine availability and confirm dates and times for private tour bookings.
  • Attend all (paid) training sessions provided by the Curatorial department on the exhibition.
  • Submit invoices biweekly in a timely fashion.


  • Strong foundation of best practices for gallery teaching. Ability to commit to at least 3 days per week to be available to lead 30-minute private tours between 10 am and 6 pm. 
  • Interest in and scholarly and/or curatorial knowledge of Sonya Clark’s oeuvre and contemporary Black art.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively with the Visitor Engagement, Marketing & Communications, and Curatorial Department’s staff. 
  • Ability to receive and implement feedback.  
  • Promptly respond to email and phone communication with Manager of Visitor Engagement and Group Tours Coordinator.
  • Ability to adhere to schedules, deadlines, and administrative guidelines.


  • Proven experience in a public-speaking role (educator, tour guide, teacher assistant, etc.) in an art museum or other educational setting.
  • Ability to research, develop, and present an engaging and informative tour experience for a wide range of visitors, with varying degrees of information about the subject matter (novice to knowledgeable).  
  • Currently enrolled in or completed a BA or higher in education, art, art history, museum education, visual arts, or a related field.


Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role. If much of this job posting describes you, then please apply for this role.

MAD provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, alienage or citizenship status, marital status or domestic partner status, genetic information, genetic predisposition or carrier status, gender identity, HIV status, military status and any other category protected by law in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, lay-off and termination, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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