Education and Public Programs Manager
American Swedish Historical Museum
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,
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.
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
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.
Application deadline is October 31, 2013.
To apply: Please send cover letter, salary requirement and resume via email
or mail to
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19145-5901
No phone calls please.