The National WWII Museum seeks an experienced and energetic professional to lead our Education Department. The Director of Education is responsible for providing creative and strategic leadership to oversee all aspects of the museum’s K-12 student and teacher programs, public programs, and interpretative functions. This ever-growing portfolio of programs includes, but is not limited to, the development and implementation of curricula, teacher professional development, student field trips, STEM initiatives, student competitions, commemorative events, public programs, youth summer camps, and volunteer docent training. The Director ensures seamless execution of these programs through effective operational planning, budgeting, staff supervision and training, program delivery, and follow-up evaluation. The Director works collaboratively with departments across the Museum to generate concepts, content, and funding that will make programs most successful and expand the reach and reputation of The National WWII Museum. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Education & Access, the Director of Education oversees a staff of 8, as well as interns and volunteers.
Ranked the #2 museum in the world by TripAdvisor and visited by 700,000+ individuals annually, The National WWII Museum is a vibrant, national history museum with excellent facilities and staff and ambitious plans for growth. The Museum is currently in the midst of a capital expansion project that will quadruple the size of the original Museum facility, add exciting new programs and permanent exhibits, and double on-site collections storage. In addition, the Museum has undertaken an ambitious multi-year digitization project to make our collections accessible to audiences worldwide through our Digital Collections website – www.ww2online.org – and launched the WWII Media & Education Center, which will serve as the epicenter of the Museum’s digital content production and broadcasting. The Director of Education will provide valuable insight and leadership to this institutional growth and help position the Museum as the leading resource on the history, values, and lasting significance of World War II.
Specific job responsibilities include:
· Hire, train and supervise education staff, interns, and volunteers.
· Oversee development, implementation and continuous monitoring of the department budget.
· Work closely with other departments to plan, promote, and execute Museum programs that will complement exhibits and collections and serve diverse audiences.
· Serve on interdepartmental projects, such as capital exhibits, strategic planning taskforces, and distance learning initiatives of the WWII Media & Education Center, as advisor on K-12 and education-related matters.
· Propose new program initiatives that align with the Museum’s strategic plan and position it at the forefront of the museum education field.
· Ensure program effectiveness and content quality through monitoring, evaluation, and feedback.
· Collaborate with Institutional Advancement to identify program funding needs, prepare proposals and progress reports, and develop effective relationships with stakeholders that clearly communicate program outcomes.
· Expand the museum's professional connections and visibility on a local, regional, and national level.
· Serve as an institutional liaison to a diverse network of stakeholders including schools, colleges / universities, museums, and other supporters of education.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:
Interested candidates should apply online at http://www.nationalww2museum.org/employment/ or by mail to 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.
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