Community Docent Volunteer Application


The Contemporary Jewish Museum is a lively and welcoming cultural center that brings together people, art, and ideas to celebrate the Jewish experience. Education, dialogue, and the sharing of multiple perspectives are central to the mission of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Community Docents help facilitate the experiences that position the Museum as a welcoming space and further the mission of discussion and perspective-sharing.

Essential Responsibilities:

Upon successful completion of the initial training, Community Docents give public tours of the Museum's architecture. Following the successful completion of the architecture training, Community Docents will be asked to train and give public tours of selected exhibitions. On occasion, Community Docents will be stationed throughout the Museum to welcome visitors, answer questions, provide information, and engage visitors in both scheduled and impromptu conversations about topics explored in the exhibitions, artwork, architecture, and programming. Community Docents are responsible for learning about the Museum's history, architecture, and exhibitions through training sessions and independent readings.

Required: Participation in all weekly training sessions* plus the ability to make a one-year commitment of at least one tour per week.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ability to facilitate dialogue among people of different backgrounds, ages, and perspectives
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
  • An open mind and genuine interest in the opinions and experiences of others
  • Knowledge of and interest in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Knowledge of and interest in Jewish culture, history, and/or tradition preferred
  • Experience working or volunteering in an art, cultural, or educational setting
  • Some teaching or educational experience
  • Some experience facilitating conversations and diverse opinions
  • Experience giving interactive, discussion-based museum tours preferred

Physical Demands:

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time


Community Docents are volunteers. All Community Docents will receive complimentary admission to the Museum, free or discounted tickets to lectures and events, as well as discounts in the Museum café and retail store.

To apply, please fill out the application below, or download our application and mail or fax to the Museum.

We will contact all qualified candidates for interviews. No phone calls please.
The next Docent training module will begin in January 2013. Trainings will be held on the following Wednesday mornings:  
Jan 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27.  Mar 5, 12, 19


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