Reports to: Education Programs Manager
The Education Specialist develops, coordinates, and implements engaging interpretive programs for youth, family, and educator audiences across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Core projects and responsibilities include on-site, in-classroom, and virtual programs for students; and family programs and resources, both on-site and digital. Some overnight travel may be required.
With the Education Programs Manager, the position will support educator professional development projects. The Education Specialist will also support the Director of Programs by helping to facilitate public programs and outreach.
The Education Specialist will be an active member of the Ayers Center for Civil War & Emancipation Studies (Education, Programs, Collections, and Exhibitions division), which creates on- and off-site interpretive offerings that are strategic, engaging, accurate, relevant, and audience-centered. Through these offerings, visitors explore the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War and its legacies. Such offerings support the mission of the American Civil War Museum (ACWM); enhance relationships between the museum, its audiences, and its partners; and support the desired impact of the museum’s larger interpretive plan and strategic plan.
The American Civil War Museum offers an excellent benefits package and generous personal time off. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Candidates who bring diverse experiences, perspectives, and talents to the work are especially encouraged to apply. We believe that an inclusive culture among our staff is critical to implementing our mission to understand the Civil War era’s history and impact in our lives today.
To Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to Ana Edwards [email protected], Applications close on September 30 at 11:59 pm ET.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Creates, coordinates, and presents informal learning programs and experiences: Researches, develops, and implements programs that support the organization’s mission and interpretive goals. Implements related promotional and evaluation efforts.
- Develops and implements visitor-centered offerings for youth and educator audiences (defined as children of all ages, intergenerational groups of adults and children, and educators): Understands needs, interests, and motivations of audience; Builds relationships with related organizations. Core projects include student field trip programs (at Museum, off-site, in classrooms, and virtual), digital resources for classroom use, and family programs and resources. Also supports educator professional development and teachers institutes and assists with Teacher Advisory Council meetings.
- Establishes and maintains relationships with schools, school groups, and youth centered services.
- Maintains accurate program records and supplies: Tracking program attendance, collaborators and stakeholders, supply levels, and (as needed) participant lists; Create and maintain documentation of program process; Provide regular reports for division and institution for each project.
- Delivers programs using a wide variety of techniques tailored to each audience’s age, background, interests, and needs. Although the primary focus is students and teachers, other audiences may be senior adults and the general public.
- Facilitates educational and/or interpretive programs about potentially controversial or challenging topics.
- Maintains established relationships with 132 Virginia School Divisions for implementation of the free student admission program.
- Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders in a professional and courteous manner, including colleagues in other departments and collaborators in the community.
- Maintains current knowledge of best and next practices, trends, and scholarship in museum education, informal learning, and history of the Civil War era and its legacies. As needed, represents the museum to professional organizations at conferences and in publications.
- Contributes to larger Museum audience research initiatives, including implementing and summarizing tools and data.
- Contributes to planning teams and committees as needed, especially institutional committees for interpretation, exhibits, and programs.
- Participates regularly in department/division meetings and staff meetings.
- Supports the overall visitor experience of the ACWM by providing exceptional customer service.
- As other long term programs or initiatives arise, the duties and responsibilities listed above may increase. Any such additions will be prefaced by conversations regarding expectations and outcomes.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in History, Education, Museum Studies, or related field.
- One year experience presenting programs at a museum or historic site setting, or one years of classroom teaching experience, or equivalent experience, ideally using hands-on activities and rich questioning/inquiry strategies.
- Superior verbal and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated experience teaching in a formal or informal learning environment or format.
- Ability to coordinate multiple projects with concurrent deadlines and budgets.
- Ability to teach and/or facilitate conversations about challenging or controversial topics with a variety of audiences.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
- Ability to create creative and strategic projects.
- Detail-oriented, with excellent organizational and customer service skills.
- Ability to travel within Virginia up for day and overnight trips as needed, as much as once/week during peak seasons.
- Competence with Microsoft Office suite and Google Docs suite.
- Work a flexible schedule, including some weekends and evenings.
- Ability to lift up to 40 lbs. on a regular basis with or without reasonable accommodations.
- Demonstrated experience teaching in K-12 setting, including experience with standards, trends, needs, and challenges facing students, parents, educators, and administrators.
- Knowledge of nineteenth-century American social and Civil War history developed through formal education, professional experience, or personal study.
- Demonstrated experience creating engaging educational experiences for a wide variety of audiences in an informal environment, especially using hands-on activities and rich questioning/inquiry strategies.
- Demonstrated knowledge of Virginia standards of Learning and Common Core standards.
- Demonstrated experience researching, developing, and implementing educational programs and/or lesson plans.
- Demonstrated experience fostering successful community collaborations on a project, and working with multiple stakeholders and/or partners on a project.
- Demonstrated experience in delivering (or teaching) engaging, interactive programs.
- Demonstrated experience teaching and/or facilitating conversations about challenging or controversial topics.
- Experience with historical research.
- Experience managing and organizing a reservation process.