Summary: The Education Programs Manager researches, develops, 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 Manager include on-site, in-classroom, and virtual programs for students; teacher professional development including annual Teachers Institutes; digital educator resources; Teacher Advisory Council; and family programs and resources, both on-site and digital. 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 Manager will be an active member of the Division of Learning Initiatives (Education, Collections, and Exhibitions), 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.
Duties and Responsibilities:
* Creates, coordinates, and presents informal learning programs and experiences: Researches, develops, schedules, and implements programs that support the organization’s mission and interpretive goals; Manages required supplies, budgets, and timelines; Coordinates additional staff to present program as needed; Coordinates related promotional and evaluation efforts.
* Leads development and implementation of offerings for youth and educator audiences (defined as children of all ages, intergenerational groups of adults and children, and educators): Researches needs, interests, and motivations of audience; Develops visitor-centered goals for the audience and programs/initiatives to achieve the goals; Builds relationships with related organizations. Core projects include student field trip programs (at Museum, off-site, in classrooms, and virtual), educator
professional development, teachers institutes, digital resources for classroom use, Teacher Advisory Council, and family programs and resources.
* Maintains accurate program records and supplies: Tracking program attendance, collaborators and stakeholders, supply levels, budget, evaluations, and (as needed) participant lists; Create and maintain documentation of program process and evolution; 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.
* 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 able, represents museum to professional organizations at conferences and in publications.
* Contributes to larger Museum audience research initiatives, including designing, implementing, analyzing, and summarizing tools and data.
* Works with the ACWM Foundation to identify and secure funding for projects, including collaborating on grants, giving solicitations, and developing associated fundraising materials.
* Contributes to planning teams and committees as needed, especially institutional committees for interpretation, exhibits, and core documents/policies that impact interpretive projects.
* Selects and supervises interns and volunteers as appropriate.
* Coordinates with and serves as museum liaison for community partners and contractors on projects.
* Participates regularly in department/division meetings and staff meetings. Supports other division and Museum activities as needed, including support for staff and volunteer trainings and board committee 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.
* Two years experience presenting programs at a museum or historic site setting, or three years of classroom teaching experience.
* Superior verbal and written communication skills.
* Demonstrated experience teaching in a formal or informal learning environment or format.
* 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 experience working with multiple stakeholders and/or partners on a project.
* 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.
* 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 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.
* Demonstrated experience in delivering (or teaching) engaging, interactive programs.
* Demonstrated experience teaching and/or facilitating conversations about challenging or controversial topics.
* Extensive knowledge of nineteenth-century American social and Civil War history developed through formal education, professional experience, or personal study.
* Demonstrated experience incorporating visitor/audience research into projects, especially for a wide variety of audiences.
* Experience with historical research.
* Experience managing and organizing a reservation process.
Reports to: Director of Education
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