Director Of Education
The Sixth Floor Museum At Dealey Plaza
Dallas , TX 75202
Posted 7 days ago
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The Director of Education is a senior member of the Museums leadership team responsible for building and shaping a new education department geared for 21st-century students, educators and general audiences. The Director provides creative vision, strategic direction, and leadership to educational staff, incorporating the Museums mission, vision in fulfillment of institutional goals. This critical position helps lead, design and develop, coordinate, and implement a range of dynamic and relevant educational programs geared for a range of different types of audience engagement which interface with featured exhibits and other institutional and community projects and interpretive initiatives. The role of the Director of Education is to build and expand the role of the Museums educational programing on local, regional and global levels, developing and sustaining strong community collaborations, and forging relevant program partnerships. The Director of Education is also effective team builder across all facets of the museums operations.
Essential Responsibilities: Research, develop, and implement creative, dynamic, and engaging programs that resonate with new and existing audiences; including K-12, teachers/educators, students, youth, adults, seniors and general audiences while incorporating formal and informal learning goals. Create educational materials (study guides, student and teacher resources, curriculum materials, lesson plans, etc.), and determine the best medium to deliver promotional content for programs in collaboration with Teacher Advisors. Track, evaluate, and manage surveys and audience data for student and teacher engagement, program implementation, and advance program development. Utilize survey evaluation instruments to assess programming effectiveness and the appropriate use of Museum resources. Work collaboratively with museum staff to support the Museums mission, initiatives, and goals. Lead targeted promotions for Museum educational programs such as digital communications, web resources, special mailings, etc. Lead educational programs and curricula development on projects teams focused around exhibits, collections, and special initiatives. Supervise and manage the Education & Public Programs staff, volunteers and contractors to inspire high-quality K-12 and public programming. Work with the Development department to create proposals and reports related to program-related grants. Research and implement outreach strategies to extend the role of distance learning initiatives and partnerships. Develop departmental and divisional budgets with consideration for specific project and program budgets. Manage the Teacher Advisory Committee and Youth Advisory Committee to shape robust educational program planning. Serve as a leader in the educational and outreach community by participating on local and regional committees, presenting on panels and representing the Museum in a professional way in the community. Liaise with Principals, Administrators, Department Heads and Educators to build/maintain relationships and promote the use of the teaching collections and Museum resources. Manage all aspects of programs, including setup, recording, promotion and staffing. Create departmental goals and initiatives for self and staff that support the mission of the Museum. Serve as liaison with partner institutions; maintain contacts and articulate partnership arrangements to other staff. Participate and attend professional conferences and presentations within the Museum field and related disciplines on a local, regional, and national level. Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Graduate Degree, required. Minimum of 5 years experience in education, public program development, marketing and communications, community outreach, project management, grant project management; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience working with a wide-range of audiences including teachers and educators, students K-12, youth, adults, and seniors. Knowledge of standard educational theory and practice, museum educational practices, and informal learning. Proven ability to attract and sustain community partners and motivate volunteers. Demonstrated excellence in crafting and communicating an overarching strategic vision for educational programming that integrates with overall Museum strategies. Ability to analyze and evaluate statistics, constituents and gear marketing and promotional outreach effectively. Ability to manage large work-load, with attention to setting priorities, task planning, and meeting deadlines. Strong interpersonal skills with an ability to succeed through positive influence and persuasion. Excellent writing, presentation and communication skills. Leadership ability, discretion and superb judgment. Prior managerial and supervisory experience. Previous museum experience in digital education and museum outreach, teaching, or docent program management desirable Knowledge of current museum education standards and best practices required. Ability to effectively plan curricula and run educational programs. Advanced skills in managing, developing and maintaining digital media products; excellent writing and editing content skills for all social media platforms.
The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza offers very competitive benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401-K with match. In addition, the Museum offers very competitive vacation and sick time accrual, holiday pay and personal days off.