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Community Educator, Hartford [Connecticut Landmarks]

Posted by Amanda Gustin on May 23, 1971 in job announcements |

Job Description
Connecticut Landmarks

Revised May 2011

JOB TITLE:              Community Educator, Hartford

DEPARTMENT: Education

REPORTS TO: Education & Historic Sites Manager

STATUS: Part-time

OVERVIEW: Connecticut Landmarks is seeking a part-time Community Educator for the greater Hartford area (25 hours/week). The Community Educator will be responsible for developing and implementing audience engagement initiatives, community partnerships and community-based programming for the Butler-McCook House & Garden and the greater Hartford community. The Community Educator will report to the Education & Historic Sites Manager.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Under the direction of the Director of Programs & Collections, work closely with the Education & Historic Sites Manager to build on CTL’s rebranding, audience research (Reach Advisors) and strategic planning process work to develop and implement an interpretive plan for the Hartford Campus.

The interpretive plan will address, but not necessarily be limited to:

o   A mission statement

o   Historical and architectural significance

o   Core themes, topics and stories including the recently discovered, nationally significant Civil War collection

o   Existing and potential audiences

o   Best interpretive strategies for engagement with existing and potential audiences

o   Potential partners and collaborators in the delivery of programs and services

o   Opportunities for increasing the earned revenue potential of the property

o   Appropriate, regular, and predictable schedule of operation as well as any other factors unique to the particular property

Implementation of the Interpretive Plan will include but not necessarily be limited to:

  • Work with Hartford nonprofit organizations, community and business groups, businesses, neighborhood associations and the City of Hartford to develop and implement a shared vision for the Education and Community Center at the Butler-McCook/Hartford Campus.
  • Initiate, strengthen and enhance collaborative relationships and strategic alliances that bring greater attention to and use of CTL’s Hartford campus including schools and school systems, GHCBV, local businesses, West Hartford Garden Club, current and future collaborators, community organizations, current and potential donors, etc.
  • Create, implement and oversee new and existing CTL community-based programming on and off of the Hartford Campus.
  • Reinvigorate and oversee the Youth Employment Program.
  • Expand the exhibition schedule and gallery revenue generation at the Butler-McCook House & Garden. Engage, recruit, schedule and promote the work of new artists.
  • Expand the profile, diversity, participation and revenue potential of the Butler-McCook concert schedule. Engage, recruit, schedule and promote musicians.
  • Represent CTL at neighborhood and business association meetings -  SODO, CSS/CON, local merchants’ groups, GHCVB Hospitality.
  • Ensure compliance with planning, reporting and programmatic commitments made to funders.
  • Ensure that volunteer appreciation activities are planned and successfully carried out.
  • Perform other duties as needed and/or as directed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum of 3–5 years experience in museum education, public programming and/or community organizing and outreach required.
  • Energetic, collaborative leadership style that encourages broad community engagement; well developed diplomacy, supervisory, managerial, communication, planning and coordinating skills; a hands-on, can-do, cooperative, glass-is-almost-full attitude; and a demonstrated audience-driven philosophy essential.
  • Self starter with demonstrated ability to prioritize and to handle multiple concurrent priorities under pressure with grace necessary.
  • Commitment to increasing site revenue through enhanced gift shop sales, program and admissions revenue, rental fees and membership sales and demonstrated ability to utilize data and budgets to manage programs to achieve revenue goals required.
  • Proven ability to build collaborative relationships within the Museum as well as within its broad-based constituencies and a proven track record in developing, creating and leading community-focused programs essential.
  • Proven understanding and successful application of learning theory and multiple intelligences; event planning and management experience; and demonstrated experience with web-based communication and the use of social media for program and site marketing, desired.
  • Proven experience with qualitative and quantitative program evaluation necessary.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish
  • BA required; MA or nonprofit MBA, preferred

PROJECTS TO BE DEVELOPED & IMPLEMENTED IN FY12 INCLUDE:

  • July Garden Party, Benefit Concert & Silent Auction
  • FY12 Youth Employment Program – recruitment & management
  • Interpretive Plan
  • Butler-McCook & downtown Hartford walking SCVNGR cell phone tours

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