Status: Full-Time, Temporary (through June 2021)
Reports to: Education Programs Manager
Summary: The Education Programs Coordinator develops, coordinates, schedules, and implements engaging interpretive programs for youth, family, and educator audiences across the Museum’s platforms and locations. Core projects and responsibilities of the Education Programs Coordinator include on-site, in-classroom, and virtual programs for students; digital educator resources; and family programs and resources, both on-site and digital. With the Education Programs Manager, the position will also support educator professional development projects. The position will also work on projects with other members of the division, as well as museum staff and community partners from outside the team.
The Education Programs Coordinator will be an active member of the Ayers Center for Civil War & Emancipation Studies (Education, 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 both emotionally and intellectually explore the causes, course, and legacies of the American Civil War era. 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 Stephanie Arduini at [email protected].
Applications close on August 14, 2020 at 11:59pm 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; Leads and coordinates scheduling process for student, educator, and youth programs; Manages and coordinates required supplies and timelines; Coordinates additional staff to present program as needed; 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, teachers institutes, and Teacher Advisory Council.
● 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. Facilitates educational and/or interpretive programs about potentially controversial or challenging topics.
● Books and schedules all youth, student, and educator group programs, including field trips, outreach programs, and educator professional development at all three locations. Staffs programs, especially those based in the Richmond region, and collaborates with appropriate internal staff to implement programs.
● 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 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 core documents/policies that impact interpretive projects.
● Participates regularly in department/division meetings and staff meetings.
● Supports the overall visitor experience of the ACWM by providing exceptional customer service.
● Other duties or projects as assigned.
● 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.
● 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.
● Knowledge of nineteenth-century American social and Civil War history developed through formal education, professional experience, or personal study.
● Experience with historical research.
● Experience managing and organizing a reservation process.