Public Program Specialist

Responsible for the development and presentation of public programs including but not limited to adult and family programs, classes, presentations, gallery programs, museum tours, and camps. Responsible for tracking inventory of program supplies, maintaining related equipment, and preparing, presenting, and maintaining program budget. Programming also includes educator-led programs, outreach, after-school programs, and assisting with teacher professional development workshops. The Public Program Specialist will develop and deliver programming/curriculum consistent with the mission and vision of the Museum, interpretive goals, and that meets state and national standards.

Duties include:

  • Developing, scheduling, and conducting as presenter or obtaining instructors/presenters for the following:

1. Family Public Programs such as family drop-in programs, special family events and exhibition workshops for museum visitors of all ages during scheduled or unscheduled events, on and off-site, primarily based on the exhibits, collections and mission of the Berkshire Museum. Includes family days, gallery programs, exhibitions guides, etc.

2. Adult Public Programs such as gallery programs, tours, presentations, performances and or workshops for museum visitors during scheduled or unscheduled events, on and off-site, with a focus on the exhibitions, collections and mission of the Berkshire Museum.

3. Vacation and Summer Camps

  • Facilitate educational programming for visiting school groups, focusing on the exhibits, collections and mission of the Berkshire Museum following department models and compatible with relevant curriculum standards.
  • Assist in educational programming for a variety of on-site and off-site programs including, but not limited to classes and after-school programs for students and adults that relate to the exhibits, collections and mission of the Berkshire Museum.
  • Assist in workshops and programs for professional development of pre- and in-service teachers.
  • Assist the department head in the preparation of printed material including programs, brochures, and calendars.
  • Assist the department head in preparation of written material for grant proposals.
  • Assist with the assessment and evaluation of programs.
  • Maintain records of inventory needs, and equipment maintenance and submit procurement orders or concerns to the department head.
  • Prepare and present annual budgetary goals and objectives for pertinent portions of department budget.
  • Assist in piloting and testing new educational curricular materials.
  • Maintain organization and safe environment of office, and throughout Museum and all educational facilities.
  • Regularly participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Regularly participate in all departmental and all-staff meetings, keeping informed of changes in operations, exhibitions, finances, development. Be prepared to give oral reports and departmental updates.
  • Serve on institutional committees and participate in other culturally related community organizations as appropriate and needed.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Education and Public Programs

Coordinate program plans with communications and development teams to ensure effective planning for marketing and fundraising
This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Director of Education and Public Programs. The Public Program Specialist interacts with fellow education and public program team members, and members of the collection & exhibition, communications, development teams, as well as audiences of all ages.

· Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in natural science, art, or art history, museum studies, the humanities, archeology, or arts education. Post-graduate work/Master’s degree in any of the above a plus

  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills Ability to work effectively under minimal supervision and in a team oriented environment
  • Must communicate professionally with administrators, educators, and the general public
  • Sense of humor and total enjoyment of work is an absolute must
  • Experience working as an educator (formally or informally) with school age students, and/or the general public, in a museum or science center or other public program setting
  • Broad-based experience working with children and adults in educational environment.
  • Experience developing public programs and/or with natural science education preferred.
  • Proficient computer skills with a strong knowledge of current MS Office applications
  • Proficient in use of social media
  • Proficient in use of contemporary technology in an educational setting.
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite preferred

Equipment, Skills and Other Requirements:


· Able to work and/or type at a desk, climb stairs and lift up to 30 lbs.

· Ability to work a flexible schedule as needed including evenings, weekends, holidays and occasional evenings.

· Hold a current Massachusetts driver’s license, personal automobile insurance and a safe driving record.

· Use personal vehicle for transportation off-site (and keep mileage record to be reimbursed by Berkshire Museum)

How To Apply:
Candidates should submit a letter of interest plus resume via email with Subject: Public Program Specialist to The position is open until filled and the Museum is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
Apply by:
April 02, 2016
Commensurate with experience