Manager of School and Farm Programs

Purpose of Job: Manager of School and Farm Programs works to create and
manage a program of agriculturally based interpretive activities that will drive the content and character of school and family programs at The Farmers’ Museum. The position brings new life to interpretive offerings throughout the grounds of the museum and reflects the expansion of the institution’s desire to interpret farming and its importance over time.

Job Responsibilities:
● Work as a key team member of the education staff to deliver on-site programs to school groups.
● Reinvigorate school programs through the creation of programming that
reflects the institution’s move towards more science-based programming.
● Develop family programming for special events that engage audiences with
hands-on agricultural interpretive experience that demonstrates the crucial
nature of farming, and incorporates the ideas of change over time.
● Coordinate Fenimore Art Museum school groups and onsite school activities.
● Develop a working relationship with local schools to provide a program of
regular outreach, and collaborate on at least two off-site projects a year.
● Oversee the implementation of Head Start Outreach in the winter months.
● Prepare and manage program area budgets.
● Work with Volunteer Coordinator to develop a vibrant volunteer program.
● Create up-to-date reports focusing on attendance trends, visitor comments and needs, and proposing actions where needed.
● Maintain high standards of professionalism and conduct oneself in a manner
which shall at all times enhance the prestige and credibility of the organizations.
● Supervise museum teacher staff and volunteers.
● Other duties as needed or assigned

● The candidate will possess a strong content knowledge in the
science and history behind agriculture, and be adept at developing visitor
experiences that reflect this.

● An understanding of emerging social and economic trends related to food production and consumption.
● Bachelors degree required, masters preferred
● Strong working knowledge of technology for productivity and production
● Have an open and collaborative management style
● Demonstrate a success in outreach and program growth
● Strong written and verbal communication skills
● Have a demonstrated understanding of museum audiences and their needs, including K-12 audiences and general visitors.
● Dedicated to the field of museum and agricultural education with demonstrated experience of leading formal and informal educational activities.

To apply, send cover letter, resume and contact information for three
references to Human Resources at The Farmers’ Museum or email d.buddle[at]nysha[dot]org.

Interested parties are encouraged to download the application form<>and mail it to Human Resources:

The Farmers’ Museum
PO Box 30
Cooperstown NY 13326

The New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum are
private, non-profit institutions with an art museum, living history museum,
research library, special exhibitions, publications, and statewide education programs.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The New York State Historical Association and The Farmers’ Museum are Equal Opportunity Employers.