Director of Education [The Maritime Museum at Norwalk]

Director of Education, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium is the second-largest cultural institution in Connecticut.   At a time of institutional renewal, the Aquarium seeks a senior executive to strengthen and grow an already distinguished science education program for students and visitors.  Reporting to the Aquarium President, the Director supervises a department of 4 full-time and 30 part-time marine science and environmental educators  who provide a wide spectrum of programs, including guided aquarium tours, inquiry-based classes and outreach programs, field experiences,  and in-depth, multi-year school partnerships.  Qualifications include a Ph.D. in relevant field, 10 years progressive experience in an informal education setting and demonstrated management, program-building and fundraising skills.  Multi -cultural and multilingual experience a plus. Competitive salary and superior benefits package. For full position description, visit www.maritimeaquarium.org.

Please send cover letter and resume to Jennifer Herring. President and CEO at jherring@maritimeaquarium.org

Closes July 31, 2011.

Education Coordinator [The American Antiquarian Society]

Education Coordinator

Job Description

The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), an independent research library founded in 1812, seeks an Education Coordinator. This is a full-time, grant funded, one-year position whose principal function is to coordinate a program for teacher development entitled Securing the Blessings of Liberty. This project funded by the Federal Department of Education under the auspices of the Teaching American History program provides comprehensive professional development for all fifth grade, special needs and high school instructors of United States History in the Worcester Public School System. Old Sturbridge Village, and Worcester State College are also collaborating partners in the Securing the Blessings of Liberty program. The Education Coordinator will be responsible for the promotion and administration of all aspects of this project as well as supporting the advancement and administration of the Society’s K-12 initiatives generally.

Specific duties will include:

Work collaboratively with historians and institutional partners to develop workshops, institutes, and graduate level classes
Interface with teachers, administrators, and other staff in the Worcester Public Schools
Schedule and run all meetings of the collaborating partners
Develop and maintain computerized data bases of educators and other stakeholders in the project
Schedule all programs associated with this project
Coordinate all logistical details of all events associated with the project
Coordinate all registration for individual classes, workshops, and lectures
Actively promote the project both within the collaborating partners and in the wider world of history education
Create reports to the Federal Department of Education
Interface with other TAH projects regionally and nationally
Other duties as assigned

Candidates should possess excellent organizational and communications skills, superb computer
literacy, proficiency with Microsoft Office products, and the ability to work with a diverse
range of people. A Bachelor’s degree in American History, American Studies or related field
is required a Master’s degree is preferred. The incumbent reports to the Director of Outreach.
Salary range is $35,000 – 38,000 with comprehensive benefits package. Anticipated beginning
date is September 1, 2011.

Minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Email a letter of application explaining
background and interest and resume including three references to Director of Human Resources
at cmackey@mwa.org

AA/EOE
June 10, 2011

Manager of Tours and Visitor Learning [Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum]

Title: Manager of Tours and Visitor Learning

Programs Department: Education

Reports to: Director of Visitor Learning

Type of position: Full time, Monday-Friday 9-5 (with occasional evenings and weekend days)

Position Summary
The Manager of Tours and Visitor Learning Program sat the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum links the museum with the public by overseeing all aspects of public and private group tours for school children, college students, and adults. S/he also manages the Museums volunteers, including recruitment and training, and works closely with the Director of Visitor Learning on the administration of the museum’s Museum Teacher program.

Responsibilities
Schedule all adult, college, school groups and free public tours Communicate Gardner Museum tour policies clearly using a variety of media (telephone, written materials, web, in person greeting of groups)

Process financial transactions for Tour and Visitor Learning programs

Manage recruitment, training, scheduling and ongoing professional development of the Museums 100+ volunteers as well as provide general oversight of Information Desk policies and procedures

Generate and analyze monthly statistics and maintain a database of all current and prospective volunteers and Museum Teachers

Work closely with the Director of Visitor Learning on recruitment, training and ongoing communication with the Museums 40+ Museum Teachers

Oversee recruitment and management of college interns to assist Tour and Visitor Learning programs on an as-needed basis

Initiate new ideas for marketing tours and develop innovative Visitor Learning Programs on an as-needed basis

Develop and lead all visitor learning programs, including tours and talks

Coordinate important department-wide activities and take the lead in team-building with other Museum departments (for example, Visitor Services, Security, Public Relations & Marketing).

Assist the education department with administrative tasks, as required

Qualifications
The ideal candidate should have:
Previous experience (at least 2 years) coordinating a tour/visitor services program
Creative ideas for marketing tours and developing innovative visitor learning programs
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
Strong problem-solving skills that balance the needs of tour groups with the Gardner Museums unique environment
Excellent organizational skills with attention to detail and ability to follow-up
Familiarity with accounting and financial record-keeping procedures; proficient in Word, File Maker Pro and Excel
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Bachelors degree and strong interest in art and in museum teaching

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages minority candidates to apply.

To apply for a position, please send your cover letter and resume to hr@isgm.org

Applications not submitted via e-mail can be mailed to:
Human Resources Department Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum280 The Fenway Boston MA 02115. We receive many resumes and kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

Museum Educator and Reservations Manager [Bruce Museum]

Museum Educator and Reservations Manager, Full-time
Bruce Museum
Greenwich, Connecticut

The Bruce Museum promotes the appreciation and understanding of arts and sciences to enrich the lives of all people. An art and science museum located in Greenwich, Connecticut, 40 miles east of New York City just off I-95 and steps from Metro North’s Greenwich train station.

The Bruce Museum seeks an energetic educator for an active education department who will also manage the department’s program reservations. The Museum Educator is primarily responsible for teaching inquiry-based, art and science school programs for both museum-based and outreach/Brucemobile programs. This encompasses ability to teach all programs as well as develop new programs with assistance of Museum Education Department staff. Additional responsibilities include maintenance of teaching materials and responsibility for the use of the Museum’s two Brucemobile vehicles (currently Toyota Highlander SUVs). Additionally, the Reservations Manager portion of this position is responsible for the logistical coordination of the Museum’s tours, school, outreach, and after school programs including the booking of reservations, sending of confirmations and billing for programs provided by the Bruce Museum Education Department.

Teaching experience, and a Bachelor’s degree in education, science, art, museum studies or related field, is required. Valid driver’s license, unattended mobility in object handling, and the ability to drive the museum vehicles and visit facilities unequipped to accommodate the physically challenged are necessary.

The Bruce Museum is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary in low to – mid 30Ks, and benefits. Anticipated start date as soon as possible.

Send letter and resume to: Rgarr@brucemuseum.org.
Or mail to:
Director of Education
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 06830-7100.

Visit our website: www.brucemuseum.org

Assistant Curator of Education for Visitor Engagement [Birmingham Museum of Art]

*Birmingham Museum of Art*

JOB TITLE: Assistant Curator of Education for Visitor Engagement

REPORTS TO: Curator of Education

JOB PURPOSE:
This position is responsible for helping create a museum environment where visitor learning can reach full potential on guided tours and self-directed visits. Manage all aspects of docent program to ensure that docents are prepared and capable of providing meaningful and engaging conversation-base experiences with Museum visitors. Coordinate gallery interpretation efforts to ensure that visitors have access to original, inspired, personally relevant, and participatory experiences with works of art in the Museum.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Docent Program  Approximately 50% of time and responsibilities
[*]Work with Curator of Education to define docent role and develop strategic plan and vision for docent program, including clear expectations, objectives and goals
[*]Develop a two-tier docent training program designed to meet the needs of touring docents and new docents-in-training
[*]Ensure that docent training adequately prepares docents to provide meaningful and engaging conversation-based experiences with works of art for museum visitors; analyze and evaluate efficacy of the docent training program; adjust training content and approach per docent/museum needs
[*]Teach docent training on art history, the collection, dialogical techniques
[*]Collaborate with Education Department team members to develop new and evaluate/update existing tours for students and adults
[*]Observe and evaluate docent performance and provide appropriate feedback
[*]Oversee docent committees and ensure that committees are aligned with the Museums mission and goals
[*]Write, prepare, or obtain docent guides and handouts
[*]Produce timely correspondence to keep docents abreast of updates, changes, and relevant information
[*]Recruit, interview and select new docents as needed

Gallery Interpretation  Approximately 50% of time and responsibilities
[*]Work with Curator of Education and Collection Curators to define and develop strategic plan and vision for gallery interpretation, including clear expectations, objectives and goals
[*]Oversee and coordinate gallery interpretation efforts as relates to: docents, didactics for galleries and educational spaces, acoustic guides, written materials, etc.
[*]Write and produce gallery guides for adults and children
[*]Develop and implement engaging interpretive stations in Museum galleries, temporary exhibitions and education areas
[*]Develop content for Museum website as needed to enhance visitor engagement with the Museum and its collections and exhibitions

General
[*]Research current practices in docent education and interpretation, Museum Collections and exhibitions, and visitor experiences/motivations/learning styles
[*]Actively participate as a member of the Museums interdepartmental Visitor Service Team

The above statements of this job description describe the general duties and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They do not claim to describe all of the functions of this position.

Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions may change or be changed from time to time.

REQUIREMENTS:
This job requires a collaborative spirit and the ability to express ideas clearly and concisely in writing and public speaking. Candidates should be capable of adapting educational material for people with different learning styles and needs. Experience working with art museum docents
required.

Masters degree in art education, art history, museum education or equivalent required; minimum three years professional experience in art museum education or related teaching experience required.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM:
The Birmingham Museum of Art houses a diverse collection of more than 25,000 paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and decorative arts from ancient to modern times. The collection features extensive holdings of Asian, European, African, Native American, and Pre-Columbian art. Excellent benefits are offered to the Museum’s seventy full time employees.

TO APPLY:
Send resume and cover letter to Samantha Kelly, Curator of Education, Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35203, skelly[at]artsbma[dot]org