Special Education and Access Coordinator

Position Description:
The New York Transit Museum is committed to offering accessible programs for a large and diverse audience of people with disabilities. The Museum is seeking an experienced professional to develop, implement, and evaluate a broad range of programs for youth and adult visitors with special needs including programs and resources for people with developmental, learning, physical or emotional disabilities. This position also coordinates outreach and oversees administration and management of all access programs. In addition, the Special Education and Access Coordinator plays a leading role in enhancing the Museum’s overall ability to serve audiences with special needs through conducting staff training and developing specialized resources to enhance the visitor experience. This position is a unique opportunity for an experienced, creative, self-motivated professional who is passionate about working with people with disabilities in the Transit Museum’s fun and unique setting.

The Transit Museum, located in a decommissioned subway station on the corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street in Downtown Brooklyn, is the largest museum of public transportation in the United States. The Museum’s interactive exhibits and vintage subway trains are a draw for visitors with disabilities, particularly for children and adults on the autism spectrum. The Museum’s programs for children with autism were recognized by the White House and the American Alliance of Museums in 2016, making it one of the nation’s leaders in autism programming.

Responsibilities:
• Through staff training, modeling teaching techniques, close program management, and resource development, ensure that all programs offered to special education groups meet the highest standards of accessibility and inclusivity.
• Develop new programs with a focus on opportunities for teens, families, and adults.
• Manage the successful continuation of programs like Special Day for Special Kids, Ready to Ride, and Studio Underground.
• Develop and conduct regular sensitivity and disability training for Transit Museum staff from all departments.
• Contact teachers and group leaders in advance of their visit to obtain information about their group’s learning needs, and communicate those needs effectively to museum educators.
• Maintain existing and develop new resources like social narratives, assisted listening devices, specialized exhibit guides, and online resources for visitors with disabilities.
• Manage all aspects of Subway Sleuths, the Museum’s award-winning program for 2nd through 5th graders on the autism spectrum. Responsibilities include marketing, hiring expert facilitators, communicating with parents, selecting participants, general administration, curriculum development, and co-facilitating one Subway Sleuths group Wednesday afternoons.
• Collaborate with the Facilities and Exhibits departments on exhibits and the visitor experience to ensure the entire Museum is accessible to the broadest possible audience.
• Work closely with Development Department to create grant proposals and meet with funders.
• Develop and maintain strong relationships with service and community organizations.
• Stay current on issues and best practices within the disability and museum access community.
• Represent the Transit Museum at professional workshops, community events and conferences.

Qualifications:

• Master’s Degree in education preferred.
• Degree or certification in special education required, or 2 to 3 years teaching special education in a formal or informal educational setting.
• A minimum of two years of program and resource management experience required.
• Program evaluation experience a plus.
• Strong knowledge of theories and best practices for teaching people with a wide range of disabilities.
• Demonstrated experience working with people with autism spectrum disorder required.
• Ability to work collaboratively across multiple teams.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Significant knowledge of and contacts within the disability and special education community a plus.
• Marketing and outreach experience a plus.
• Experience working in a museum or cultural setting a plus.
• Enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and ability to work in a fast-paced, collegial environment.
• Evident personal dedication to making experiences accessible to the broadest possible audiences.

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Website: http://nytransitmuseum.org

Job Date: 2017-06-12


Other Details

Please send letter of interest specific to this job posting and resume by June 26th to:

Elyse Newman, Education Manager
In the subject line please write “Special Education and Access Coordinator”
No phone calls please.