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Director of Education / Cragfont, Wynnewood and Hawthorn Hill

09/10/2019 8:54 AM | Tennessee Association Of Museums (Administrator)

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION FOR CRAGFONT, WYNNEWOOD, AND HAWTHORN HILL

Cragfont, Wynnewood, and Hawthorn Hill seeks an experience, creative, and innovative history museum professional to lead its public-facing education and interpretive programs. The Director of Education develops and maintains quality education programming to increase revenue and to help the site's to fulfill their mission.

This is a full-time, salaried position that reports directly to the Executive Director. The position plans, coordinates, and facilitates all educational and family programming at Cragfont, Wynnewood, and Hawthorn Hill; manages staff and volunteers; and develops and coordinates partnerships.

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Director of Education develops and implements the all educational programming efforts at Cragfont, Wynnewood, and Hawthorn Hill. S/he is also responsible for volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition; assists in daily operations including visitor services, tours, and gift shop management; responds to visitor inquiries; writes grants, press releases, reports, and promotional pieces; assists the Executive Director to comply with established museum best practices and standards; and fulfills other duties and responsibilities as needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

Education Programs

  • Schedule, coordinate, and lead all group and school tours.
  • Develop, implement, and update structured educational programming materials for schools.
  • Develop educational workshops and programming for youth, adults, and families.
  • Serve as spokesperson, representing sites to educators (e.g., conducting focus groups, marketing education programming, etc.)
  • Manage all visitor-focused activities at Cragfont, Wynnewood, and Hawthorn Hill.
  • Develop new and engaging field trips, interpretive activities, and youth and family education programs.

Outreach

  • Assist with museum tours.
  • Present lectures/programs to service organization, schools, and other interested parties when requested.
  • Respond to information and research requests using existing and new research resources.
  • Contribute to site-related communications as needed.

Volunteer Management

  • Coordinate and recruit volunteers for special projects, special events, and regular volunteer hours.
  • Train volunteers to provide visitor services (including gift shop), interpretation (including group tours and small group interaction), and educational programs.
  • Identify individualized projects suitable for each volunteers’ skills and interests.
  • Develop and coordinate volunteer recognition program.
  • Develop, review, and evaluate a volunteer manual and application form.

Administration

  • Work with Executive Director or designee on redo of permanent exhibitions and site interpretation.
  • Represents the sites at community-based meetings, as needed.
  • Assist Executive Director with regular and special projects.

Development/Finance

  • Identify likely grantmakers for educational programming and apply for appropriate funding as needed.

Curatorial

  • Assist in the acquisition, preservation, conservation, and interpretation of site-related collections, including buildings.
  • Work with Executive Director or designee on redo of permanent exhibitions and site interpretation.

Stewardship

  • Act as “guardian” for the sites' collection and facilities, which are held in Public Trust.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Tour guides (paid and unpaid)
  • Volunteer corps
  • Site caretakers
  • Contractors

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Interest in and knowledge of Middle Tennessee history.
  • Basic knowledge of learning styles and developmental stages for a wide variety of age groups.
  • Able to execute engaging programs for children of all ages, as well as adults
  • Creativity, flexibility, and organizational skills (including scheduling, bookkeeping, multitasking, and excellent communication skills).

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Patience and endurance to sit behind a desk, as well as to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Professional and courteous manner when dealing with internal and external customers and stakeholders, including, but not limited to visitors, volunteers, and co-workers.
  • Transportation to and from work, during scheduled working hours.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor's degree in history, education, museum studies, or similar field or four year's work experience commensurate with these studies.
  • Five years of history museum experience required; management experience preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Administrative office environment.
  • Outdoor environment, encompassing landscape, open-air classroom, and demonstration spaces.
  • Historic houses.
  • Must be able to conduct programming in range of environments including heat and cold.

SALARY RANGE:

The position pays between $32,000 and $40,000 per year.

TO APPLY:

Send resume with cover letter explaining your qualifications for this position to EdDirectorWynnewoodCragfont@gmail.com by October 11.


PO Box 330984   Nashville, TN 37203   (615) 495-3354   tnmuseums@gmail.com

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