Museum Experience Educator | Victoria, TX
Museum of the Coastal Bend
JOB TITLE: Museum Experience Educator
Salary: $16.71 - $18.55 Hourly
Organizational Unit: Administration
Reports to: Director of the Museum of the Coastal Bend
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Semi-Monthly
Pay Grade: S6
JOB SUMMARY: The MUSEUM EXPERIENCE EDUCATOR is responsible for providing meaningful educational experiences to diverse audiences onsite, online and in the larger community. Works directly with the Museum director and other senior leaders to define the museum’s strategies for learning, programming, and engagement.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
- In alignment with the Museum’s mission, creates, develops, implements and evaluates education, outreach, and public programming for a wide range of museum visitors onsite, online and in the larger community.
- Responsible for the creation and implementation of a formal education program which will complement school curriculum, support state educational standards, engage students, and fulfill teacher needs.
- Manages school field trips to the Museum, assists teachers/school groups in planning visits, coordinates reservations, provides tour materials, and follows up with teachers before and after group visits.
- Actively manages education and engagement activity volunteers, including recruitment, training, scheduling, and communicating.
- Develops, organizes, implements, and evaluates innovative public programs, group tours, and experiences (such as lectures, general admission activities, children’s camps, workshops, special events, etc.) for children and adults that encourage and support the engagement of diverse audiences creatively and effectively.
- Works with exhibit designer(s) to develop interactive components for permanent and temporary exhibits.
- Actively and strategically develops relationships with curriculum coordinators, teachers, community groups and individuals, and external and internal customers towards the purpose of Museum promotion.
- Formulate evaluation methods and data collection to assess education, outreach, and public programming.
- In partnership with the VC Development team, initiates, plans, and manages grants that support education and engagement efforts; assists in the cultivation of donors and general fundraising activities.
- Represents the museum in professional, academic and social forums.
- Participates in staff, board, and committee meetings to report, develop, implement, and evaluate educational and public programming; prepares monthly, annual, and other periodic reports analyzing and summarizing program attendance, successes, challenges and other relevant information.
- Works with appropriate museum and college staff to market programs; develops articles and relevant information for newsletters, website and other media outlets.
- Assists as needed with daily museum operations including staff supervision; opening and closing the museum and museum store; coordination of facilities and staffing needs for tours, meetings, and special events; membership communication; and promotions.
- Participates in the museum’s programmatic and intellectual life.
- Performs some overnight travel, weekend and evening duties as required.
- Performs other duties as required.
- Bachelor’s degree in Education, History, Archaeology, Museum Studies, or related field from an accredited college or university;
- Minimum of two years relevant experience in interpretation, public programming, or education at a museum, historical site, zoo, aquarium, archive, or other institution of informal learning.
- Requires excellent organizational, interpersonal, public speaking, and critical thinking skills.
- Successful candidates will demonstrate a deep understanding of how to engage cross- generational, diverse, and differently-abled audiences, with a welcoming and accessible approach.
- Knowledge of curriculum standards, learning and teaching strategies, visitor engagement, interpretive techniques, curatorial practices, museum ethics and principles;
- Ability to work collaboratively and organize groups such as committees and teams;
- Excellent organizational, interpersonal and critical thinking skills, as well as demonstrated verbal and written communication skills;
- Basic computer skills, proficiency with MS Office Suite and database systems, and willingness to learn advanced computer skills.
- Must possess a valid drivers’ license.
- Must be energetic, curious, excited to share amazing things with the public, interested in innovation, and equally willing to work autonomously or as a team.
- Must be comfortable in front of school tours, public events, and audiences of all sizes both formal and informal.
- Discretionary judgment regarding confidential information.
- Demonstrated high level of initiative, persistence in completing assignments, and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Ability to accomplish basic business tasks, meet deadlines, and ability to learn and interpret policies and procedures.
- Ability to interact with diverse groups.
- Some overnight travel, weekend and evening duties as required and ability to maintain a flexible schedule.
- Graduate degree in a related field and additional experience in a variety of cultural institutions and/or formal education setting.
- Knowledge of STEM topics and education.
- Experience managing volunteers.
ESSENTIAL PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle controls, key pads, etc. Will be required to sit and reach with hands and arms as well as, sit, stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds while handling and loading artifacts, boxes, crates and educational display components. Specific vision abilities required include close vision, some color vision, and the ability to adjust focus from documents to computer screen. Hearing of light to moderate sound is required by this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Must be able to work outdoors for extended periods, must be able to remain on feet during tours and programs.
This position is expected to work a flexible 40-hour week, year-round, to encompass the museum’s public visiting hours (Tuesday – Saturday, 10a-4p), lectures, and events. Lunch breaks are not included in the 40 hours. “Weekend” for museum staff is defined as Sunday/Monday. If required to attend business activities on either of these days, employee is expected to flex hours with another standard workday during the same work week. This position receives the following holidays at 8 holiday hours/day: Good Friday, Saturday of Easter weekend; Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend; Winter Break (80 hours total – 2 consecutive weeks ending the first business day after New Year’s Day). Vacation and sick time is accumulated and used as per standard Victoria College policies. Overtime must be submitted in advance of completion and approved by supervisor.
APPLIC ATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
2200 E. Red River
Victoria, TX 77901