The American Swedish Historical Museum (ASHM) was founded in 1926 to preserve and present Swedish and Swedish-American history and culture to a broad audience. The museum is built on land that was part of the colony that Sweden had in America from 1638-1655.  It is both a museum with a remarkable collection and a community of people who are interested in the culture of Sweden and Swedish-America. Events and programs are a central reason that people become involved in and stayed involved in the ASHM. It offers programming and exhibitions covering a diverse array of topics from the Vikings, colonial history, Swedish literature, scientific achievements to modern art and environmental sustainability. We are an active institution that helps to keep Swedish culture alive in this region through music, food, and language.


Position Description:

The Education and Public Programs Manager is responsible for a variety of public programs including programs for school children, families, and the museum’s busy schedule of cultural and holiday events. The educator is part of a 5 person full-time staff team and has the opportunity to work on a diverse array of programming and projects. We are looking for a self-motivated, creative, dynamic person who is at ease working with audiences ranging from pre-schoolers to board members.


Duties include:

School program development, scheduling and implementation for both on-site and outreach programs.
Event management, including logistical planning, supply purchasing, food preparation, budget management and evaluation
Managing volunteers and interns to assist in implementing all programs and events
Family program development, including hands-on components to exhibitions


The Education and Public Programs Manager reports to the Executive Director.  Regular work schedule is M-F 8:30-4:00.  The museums regular schedule of events and activities also requires regular evening and weekend work. This position also requires frequent city-wide and regional travel.




Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field such as museum studies, history, education, or business is required. Master’s Degree in a related field is preferred. The position requires successful completion of Philadelphia food safety certification.



Minimum: Must be creative and have the ability to design innovative mission-related programs and events for diverse audiences. Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and reflect a polished, professional demeanor in a variety of situations. Must have demonstrated ability to manage large events. Understanding of best practices in museum education, ability to prioritize projects, ability to supervise staff and volunteers, strong skills with Microsoft Office suite, valid driver’s license, must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.

Preferred:  Familiarity with Swedish history and culture. Proficiency in Swedish language. Professional food service experience.


Minimum Experience: 5 years experience in planning and presenting educational programs and/or events, preferably in a museum setting. Demonstrated abilities in volunteer management. Completion of a Master’s Degree can be substituted for 2 years of experience.


Salary and Benefits: The ASHM is an equal opportunity employer. We offer a competitive salary as well as medical and dental insurance and a 403b plan.

To Apply

Application deadline is October 31, 2013.


To apply: Please send cover letter, salary requirement and resume via email to


or mail to

Tracey Beck

Executive Director

American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19145-5901


No phone calls please.

Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree