The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.


The EMK Institute offers a new model for education and outreach that invites the American public to participate in the discourse on the challenges facing the nation. Toward that end, the EMK Institute is a portal into the legislative process and a training ground for the decision-makers of the future.


This Role:

The Exhibit Interpretation Lead is responsible for overseeing the exhibit interpretation program at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, managing its paid and unpaid staff, and collaboratively creating an engaging, accurate, and entertaining visitor experience that works in concert with the Institute’s exhibits, programs, and special events.  This position manages the scheduling of paid positions, the ongoing educational enrichment and education of paid and unpaid staff, coordinates research projects staff may undertake, and works to make the Institute both an engaging destination for visitors and a nurturing and fulfilling workplace for staff and volunteers. This role will also work collaboratively with the Exhibit Manager and Coordinator on developing future visitor experiences.


This position will work in close collaboration with several staff members in the management and oversight of the paid and unpaid interpretive staff:

  • Operations Staffing Manager and Senate Immersion Module (SIM) Manager: this position will work closely with these staff to develop a streamlined way to organize and manage staff, interns, and volunteers;
  • Exhibits Manager: reporting to the Exhibits Manager, this position will work to develop engaging interpretations on current and future exhibit content relevant to all EMK Institute audiences;
  • Education Manager: the Exhibit Interpretation Lead will work with the Education Manager on creating the Senator-In-Training program for grade 4 – 8 students and educators, as well as with the full Programming department on family-oriented offerings;
  • Visitor Services Manager: this position will work closely with the Visitor Services Manager on optimizing daily staffing and flow to provide the best visitor experience possible.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manages the development and implementation of the Institute’s Exhibit Interpretation program, refining content and training programs in coordination with Programming Department managers responsible for exhibits and programs.
  • Works with Operations Staffing Manager and Programming department colleagues to develop the scheduling process for all paid and unpaid floor staff; collaboration will be necessary for a clear and integrated process and implementation / management plan;
  • Manages the ongoing learning and and assessment of the Institute’s paid and unpaid interpretive staff, including volunteers, interns, and interpreters with the main goal to build and update the Exhibit Interpretation program;
  • Works closely with the Operations Staffing Manager to create the educational component to the volunteer enrichment program and other means to maintain a happy pool of volunteers as well as create incentives for volunteer recruitment;
  • Works closely with Exhibits staff to oversee refinement and distribution of volunteer educational materials, and schedule and implement educational trainings of all interpretive staff;
  • Works with department staff on helping develop engaging and fun family programming.


Please email résumé and cover letter to, “Exhibit Interpretation Lead” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls.


The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for The United States Senate is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.



Qualifications, Requirements and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, history, political science, or related field required.
  • Experience in an educational or museum environment with supervisory and training experience required.
  • Proven ability to create and implement successful training programs, especially focusing on fostering an environment for growth of both paid and unpaid staff.

•     Experience in developing and implementing informal education program evaluation methods, and integrating outcomes into future planning.

  • Enthusiasm for working in a creative, team-based work environment essential.
  • Weekend and evening working hours will be required.


How To Apply:

Please email résumé and cover letter to, “Exhibit Interpretation Lead” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls.


Apply by:
May 29, 2015