Job Description

Job Title: Education and Public Programs Assistant

Hours: (part-time hourly position, 21hrs/week)

Location: American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum, Richardson Hall

431 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Division/Department: APS Museum

Reports to (Title of Position): Associate Curator of Museum Education


Job Summary

The Education Assistant works in close collaboration with the Associate Curator of Museum Education to implement public and education programs, coordinate the Museum Guide Program, and recruit and schedule volunteers. This is an entry level position.


Profile for Education Assistant:

A detail-oriented and conscientious person with excellent organizational, multitasking and communication skills. Previous experience with event planning and an equally strong interest in assisting with the development of creative educational programs and activities for students and young children. A friendly, sociable person who can easily engage with people of diverse ages and backgrounds.


Job Duties:

Public Programs and Education

• Assist the Associate Curator of Education with the implementation of public and education programs (including teacher and student workshops, school group tours)

• Assist in creating education materials

• Assist with social media to publicize events and programs

• Assist with museum guide program

o Create guide schedule, manage and submit timesheets for payroll

o Assist with donations and book sales

o Schedule time in gallery, learn exhibition material in order to substitute as guide or weekend manager

• Maintain exhibition and program attendance log/data sheet.


Volunteer Program

• Recruit and schedule volunteers for event staffing and assistance, coordinate a corps of 20 volunteers

• Organize volunteers to distribute flyers on First Fridays and before/during selected museum events, and serve as point-person for volunteers during events

• Maintain and update a volunteer calendar in a timely manner

• Help plan volunteer recognition


Other Job Requirements:

• BA in a humanities field/education

• Self-motivated, organized, and reliable

• Able to work both independently and collaboratively

• Strong administrative and organizational skills, including basic accounting skills (to keep track of donations and book sales)

• Creativity in developing educational programs and projects for students and children

• Sociable personality; easily engage with people of diverse ages and backgrounds

• Strong writing and verbal communication skills

• Knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator a plus


Special Information

Must be available to work occasional evening and weekend hours.


The American Philosophical Society reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time. We are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment on any basis including race, creed, color, age, sex, religion or national origin.


Application Submission:

Please submit a cover letter and résumé by Friday, January 4, 2013 to with the following subject heading: “Education and Public Programs Assistant Application.”