Lower East Side Tenement Museum Seeks Dialogue Facilitators

The Lower East Side Tenement Museum was founded in 1988 to "promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side." The Museum is seeking part-time facilitators for the "Kitchen Conversations" public dialogue program, a one-hour, facilitated discussion available to visitors after select tours. "Kitchen Conversations" are rare and exciting opportunities for Museum visitors to engage in a dialogue and with visitors from around the world on press immigration-related topics raised by the tours of the museum. Facilitators will use discussion guidelines developed by the Museum to conduct focused discussions with groups of 10-15 visitors at the Museum about their personal experiences, responses to the tour, and perspectives on larger immigration-related issues. Pay is $15 per hour. To apply, please send fax or e-mail cover letter and resumé to Lena Sze, Education Associate for Contemporary Immigrant Perspectives at 212/431-0233 x223 or . Application Deadline is August 26, 2005. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Only selected applicants will be contacted.

For a list of duties and qualifications, click on the link below.

Responsibilities include:

* Engage visitors in dialogue that uses stories from the tour as the starting point for them to share their own related experiences and challenge their assumptions and beliefs about larger immigration issues today;
* Help participants gain new perspectives on contemporary questions by looking at how they were answered in the past, through stories of former residents of 97 Orchard;
* Encourage visitors to develop a heightened awareness of their own involvement with contemporary immigration issues.
* Inspire visitors to become active in learning more about contemporary immigration-related issues.
* Maintaining and setting up dialogue space for discussion
* Tracking visitor's attendance and response to the dialogue
* Working with Museum's Visitor Center staff to announce the program to visitors

Schedule: Tuesday-Sunday afternoon hours. Candidates able to work all or most of these days preferred, though candidates able to work full shifts on at least two afternoons will be considered.

Qualifications include:

ˇ Previous experience facilitating dialogues or mediating discussions
ˇ Experience working with a diverse group of people
ˇ Excellent communication and organizational skills
ˇ Ability to speak comfortably in front of groups
ˇ Be able to work in a team environment as well as independently
ˇ Ability to be articulate, enthusiastic and engaging
ˇ Interest in immigrant history
ˇ Strong awareness and knowledge of contemporary immigration issues
ˇ Willingness to become familiar with the Museum and its public tours
ˇ Ability to work flexible hours

Added by Amy Lang on August 20, 2005