Education and Program Coordinator (EPC)

Posted: March 21st, 2019

Summary:
 The National Museum of Industrial History seeks an energetic professional to lead its Educational Program during a time of opportunity, growth and many exciting museum-wide projects.  The primary objective of the Education and Program Coordinator will be to provide meaningful, educational opportunities that help the public explore and learn together during regular visitation, special programs, and public and private tours.

The EPC conceives, develops, and implements a diverse portfolio of programming which includes school programs that connect with the PA Core Curriculum Standards for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) and Social Studies as well as collaborates on adult and community programming (lectures, classes, specialty tours and partnership programs with other area non-profit organizations).

The EPC will cultivate strategic partnerships with educational and non-profit communities and build a network of regional educators to increase our visibility and school tour frequency.  The EPC interfaces with the Coordinator of Visitor Experiences to maintain a strong connection between docents and school tours and will be a valued part of a team working collaboratively to build positive relationships with our community partners.

The EPC will assist in hiring, training, and supervising approximately 5-10 volunteer education docents.

Reports to: President & CEO

Key responsibilities:
• Represents the Museum to school districts and curriculum specialists in the area
• Creates and maintains partnerships with school districts and educators
• Develops and implements program content and ensures its educational and curricular connections to the museum’s collections and exhibitions
• Secures, trains and schedules education docents for school tours
• Liaises between education docents, docent programming and the needs of our school tour audience
• Continuously develops knowledge about Industrial history
• Works with the marketing department on program publicity, the development of all printed and online education materials, including brochures, guides, worksheets, and flyers
• Creates and updates resource materials for school use, both in print and on the NMIH website
• Develops and implements program evaluation tools to measure and interpret outcomes, program goals and objectives
• Plays key role in development and fundraising for educational programs, working with the Director of Development on drafting narratives and program budgets for grant proposals
• Builds and maintains mutually beneficial relationships with other community organizations, as well as the local education community
• Collaborates with Museum curatorial staff to implement programming that relates to NMIH’s changing exhibits
• Represents NMIH to the public, members, and other stakeholders at community events, exhibition openings and other events
• Attends staff meetings and other internal and external meetings as needed

Qualifications and Skills Preferred:

• M.A. in Education, Museum Studies, History, or related field preferred
• Minimum two years of experience working with teachers and schools
• Evidence of managing, designing and implementing education programs, preferably in a museum setting
• Proven experience in supervisory and project management
• Knowledge of contemporary educational methods and philosophies, especially for informal learning environments
• Ability to speak in front of groups and represent the Museum professionally
• Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills
• Strong planning, organizational and problem-solving skills
• Strong knowledge and/or interest in industrial history
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Detail-oriented
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 required
• Knowledge of Blackbaud Altru or other museum-related software preferred
• Ability to work a flexible schedule, including some weekends and/or evenings as necessary

Rate of pay:  This position is a full-time role with an expectation between 40 hours per week.  Pay commensurate with experience. This role is eligible for full benefits.

Interested candidates should email resumes and cover letters to info@nmih.org.