Director of Education and Family Programs

  • 24 Oct 2019 3:10 PM
    Message # 8075769

    TITLE: Director of Education and Family Programs

    Historic Locust Grove, Louisville, KY 

    Full-time salaried position, exempt

    Locust Grove is a 1790s historic property set on 55 acres that was the home of Louisville’s founder Gen. George Rogers Clark. It is a National Historic Landmark and an accredited museum.  The site tells the story of all the people who lived and worked here in the early years of the nation through tours, programs, exhibits, demonstrations, and publications.     

    The Director of Education and Family Programs works under the supervision of the Executive Director of Locust Grove, and has the cooperation of the other staff and the Board of Directors in discharging his/her responsibilities.  


    ·         Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in history, education, or museum studies required, Master’s degree or MAT preferred

    ·         Some public education, teaching, or museum interpretation experience required

    ·         Must have current computer and business skills, excellent time management and organizational skills, and public speaking skills, must be comfortable working with all ages

    ·         Must be able to motivate and direct volunteer staff


    ·         The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, and to talk or hear, and required to stand or walk.  The associate must occasionally lift and/or move 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, and distance vision.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


    This position includes interpretive responsibilities, including training and supervising volunteers. Goals will be set annually and special projects defined.

    ·         Assist with strategic planning and evaluation as a member of the leadership team

    ·         Develop and monitor budgets for all education and family programs

    ·         Evaluate effectiveness of programs and implement improvements

    ·         Develop and maintain collaborations with other organizations in the community

    ·         Assist with fundraising and grant writing for educational programs

    ·         Work with Education Committee and volunteer corps to create, operate, and evaluate programs

    School Programs

    ·         Expand Strategic Plan ideas and themes through all programs, maintaining a spirit of inquiry and fidelity to historical accuracy

    ·         Schedule and confirm school group bookings; supervise all field trips; schedule docents, craft demonstrators, and other volunteer and paid staff to work with school programs

    ·         Recruit teachers and schools to become involved for multiple visits and active learning at LG

    ·         Work with and supervise Education Program Assistant

    ·         Coordinate with Board of Directors’ Education Chairperson/Committee to design new education programs and evaluate and improve existing programs

    ·         Market educational opportunities to schools (with Marketing Coordinator)

    ·         Provide formal and informal Professional Development and teacher training to area schools, public, parochial, and independent

    ·         Provide schools with pre-tour information and support materials

    ·         Work with homeschool groups and families on educational experiences

    Informal Education

    ·         Camps – coordinate camps on site sponsored by other organizations; create new LG camp experiences, develop program curriculum, recruit and train volunteers and paid staff

    ·         Workshops – develop and offer hands-on workshops for children of all ages and family groups based on LG interpretive themes

    ·         Develop programs for specialized audiences including access programs, such as programs for hearing- and vision-impaired, autism spectrum; and tours in languages other than English

    ·         Develop School-Day-Out and Vacation Programs for children

    ·         Supervise and develop published materials – print and other media – for children and families

    ·         Develop other informal learning experiences for children and families, such as afterschool programs and clubs

    ·         Work with scouts, community centers, and other organizations that work with children and youth on programs related to LG interpretive themes

    ·         Supervise and schedule all Cultural Pass programing

    ·         Coordinate family and children’s activities for site-wide events such as Christmastide, Market Fair and Gardeners’ Fair

    Volunteer Program

    ·         Recruit, perform intake interviews, and schedule volunteer staff in conducting daily operational activities; and assist in recruiting for special activities and recurring programs at Locust Grove; transfer information about volunteers as appropriate to Visitor Services staff, Grounds staff, and Program staff  

    ·         Develop job descriptions for volunteer needs

    ·         Maintain up to date records of active volunteer contacts, background check information, and hours worked (will require establishing a new database with volunteer software)

    ·         Develop new corps of volunteers to work in specific areas, such as a grounds corps, junior volunteers, etc.

    ·         Periodically edit and review the Volunteer Manual

    ·         Coordinate activities of the Volunteer Steering Committee to develop and implement ongoing training and professional development programs, including volunteer study trips

    ·         With the committee, manage volunteer recognition and reward system

    Internship Program

    ·         Recruit and interview interns in coordination with other staff. Supervise interns whose duties fall in the education areas.

    SCHEDULED HOURS: A regular work week is 35 hours per week primarily on weekdays; some weekend and occasional evening work required; will usually be scheduled with advance notice. Compensatory time off for work exceeding 35 hours per week.

    Qualifies for full-time employee benefits: health insurance (80%), Simple-IRA retirement plan, two weeks paid vacation, sick leave.

    COMPENSATION: Starting salary for the position is $35,500.  Probationary period of 90 days. Benefits begin after probationary period. Reviews at 6 months and annually thereafter. Subject to terms & conditions in HLG Employee Handbook.

    TO APPLY: send letter of interest and resumé to Carol Ely, Executive Director, at Position open until filled; posted 10/24/19.