Chief Educator, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of America’s leading historic,
cultural and educational institutions. Opened in 1982, the Museum, anchored
aboard the former USS Intrepid, a national historic landmark, has welcomed
more than 10 million visitors and currently welcomes almost one million
visitors annually. The Museum’s mission is “to honor our heroes, educate
the public and inspire our youth.” The Museum pursues this mission through
a dynamic and enriching exhibition environment recounting human stories
behind the machinery on display in relation to the service era of the
Intrepid: in World War II, the Cold War, NASA recovery missions and three
tours in Vietnam. In connection thereto, the Museum delivers a broad range
of credible, innovative, and engaging educational programs supplementing
classroom learning in history, science, and leadership as well as extensive
public and proprietary programs honoring those who serve our country — all
to inspire our youth.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum seeks a Chief Educator. The Chief
Educator plays a critical role in the continuing growth and development of
the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. As a member of senior management the
Chief Educator, working in conjunction with the Chief Curator, is
responsible for the strategic visions and implementation of all education
programs at the Museum. He or she will continually analyze existing
programs and develop new educational programs in order to engage all Museum
visitors and advance the mission of the Museum. He or she will be charged
to seek and build strategic partnerships to support education program and
initiatives; permanent and temporary exhibits; and the Museum’s extensive
public programs and tours. In order to build external support and secure
resources for the Education Department’s programs and initiatives, The
Chief Educator must work closely with the Institutional Advancement and
Business Development Departments to secure grants and partnerships.
The Chief Educator should have expertise or awareness of one or more of the
following areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) studies
or related education, twentieth-century American history in addition to
leadership development; and should have direct knowledge and experience
overseeing an established museum education department. The Chief Educator
will be expected to assess the Museum’s current programming and develop a
5-10 year strategic plan for Intrepid’s Education Department. He or she
must be able to collaborate and work effectively with all departments and
levels within the Museum, especially the Chief Curator, who represents the
exhibits team and the Assistant Vice President for Education who represents
the education team, in order to develop a long range vision and direction
for the Museum’s educational programming.
He or she must be an effective manager and team member who can work in a
dynamic and collaborative environment. As a senior team member, he or she
must understand how each area of the Museum interrelates with the other
areas and the importance of this collaboration to the overall success of
the Museum. Additionally, he or she must know how to manage budgets, be
conversant with current technologies, be comfortable in public
presentations, and serve as a spokesperson for the Museum. The Chief
Educator must cultivate external relationships; work with constituents to
ensure we remain unique but relevant, advancing goals of NYC DOE and other
The essential duties include but are not limited to:
* Analyze and evaluate existing education programs for suitability and
consistency with the Museum’s mission and the mission of the Michael Tyler
Fisher Center for Education.
* Identify programs and events designed to elevate visibility of Intrepid’s
education programs and obtain grant funding.
* Create a five to ten year strategic plan that outlines the steps needed
to take the museum to the next level of its institutional growth in terms
of audience expansion, curricula development and funding for educational
program and related activities.
* Work closely with the Education Department’s Assistant Vice President and
team of educators to continually review relevance of existing programs and
to strategically grow and enhance the quality and scope of education
* Collaborate with SVP of Advancement Department and SVP of Business
Department and their respective teams to secure grants and other sources of
funds for continuation and expansion of educational mission and programs.
* Facilitate and spearhead partnerships and collaborations with other
educational and cultural organizations, and other critical constituents
locally and regionally.
* Maintain and expand current relationship between Intrepid Museum and the
New York Board of Education as well as City, State and Federal political
leaders in the field of education.
* Ensure Education Department is complying with best practices and staying
abreast of new trends.
* Must have experience taking new education initiatives from planning stage
through implementation to build a solid platform for continuous growth of
* Continuous review of business, practical and socially responsible case
for how a dedicated education facility adds unique value to New York City’s
* Perform special projects as assigned by the President.
The ideal candidate will possess Master’s Degree (M.A. or M.S.) or
equivalent graduate degree; and ten years related experience and/or
training; or equivalent combination of museum-related education experience.
Ability to read, analyze, and interprets the most complex documents. This
person should have strong existing relationships and contacts in the
education field, preferably with some knowledge or familiarity with the New
York City Department of Education. They should also have strong existing
relationships with museums and cultural institutions and organizations, and
the government, foundation, and private funding sources that support
museums. The candidate will have the ability to respond effectively to the
most sensitive inquiries or complaints; ability to write speeches and
articles using original or innovative techniques or style. The ideal
candidate will be able to make effective and persuasive speeches and
presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public
groups, and/or boards of directors, as well as able to communicate and
present as needed to the Museum Trustees and other elected City, State and
For consideration e-mail resume with salary requirements to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the title of the position you
are interested in and your salary requirements. ONLY those candidates
presenting salary history will be contacted.
NO PHONE CALLS.
Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an equal opportunity employer.