Oriental Institute: Museum & Education
About the Department
The Oriental Institute (OI) of the University of Chicago is a leading interdisciplinary research center for the ancient Middle East. Since its founding in 1919 - a time when the Middle East was called the Orient - the work of the OI has assumed an extraordinary array of forms. We conduct definitive fieldwork projects that shape archaeology, and we discover ancient settlements and their landscapes through state-of-the-art satellite and digital imaging methods. Our linguistic research furthers the decipherment of ancient languages, and we produce dictionaries that serve as cultural encyclopedias for understanding ancient civilizations. We record, document, and preserve imperiled cultural heritage. The OI Museum, which opened to the public in 1931, houses the largest collection of artifacts from the ancient Middle East in the United States, with more than 350,000 artifacts excavated primarily by OI archaeologists. The OI Museum collections also include a comprehensive archive that documents our fieldwork and other research. Together, these collections comprise one of the best resources in the world for the ancient Middle East, allowing us to understand, reveal, and protect the past. For over forty years, the Oriental Institute Education Department has designed a variety of initiatives to bring the OI collections to life for youth and family audiences. For children and families, the OI outreach programming is essential for creating an inclusive and engaging environment in the museum and it strives to invest visitors in our collections and the stories they tell - a goal that is particularly vital when involving communities who have cultural connections to our artifacts. For the OI, the Education Department is a public face that brings thousands of visitors into the museum galleries and creates a unique environment to learn about the history of early human civilizations and their impact on our everyday life.
The job performs a range of professional activities and solves straightforward problems in the development and implementation of education outreach programs. The OI Youth & Family Program Coordinator manages the scheduling for all group visits to the museum. Works with faculty and graduate students to create age-appropriate lesson plans that balance public accessibility with a high standard of research-based content. Also includes recruitment, supervision, and training of UChicago student workers about the OI's collection and the archaeology of the Middle East. In addition, the coordinator represents the OI by participating in and establishing collaborative partnerships with national, state, and local organizations as well as important university partnerships with the Smart Museum, Office of Civic Engagement and Alumni relations.
Manage the scheduling, registrations, and financial record-keeping for all tours, field trip programs, virtual field trip programs.
Communicate professionally with participants before, during and after programs to provide excellent customer service.
Recruit, train, and supervise student workers who run field trip programs and family programs.
Manage and maintain department program and gallery assets.
Evaluate programs and assets and adjust them as necessary to meet clear educational goals.
Develop, market, and implement large attendance events and monthly family programs (such as Mummies Night, Nowruz, and Ancient Game Day) for a range of audiences with special consideration for including under served communities.
Form partnerships with organizations and groups that have a natural affinity to OI collections.
Represent the OI by participating in and establishing collaborative partnerships with national, state, and local organizations as well as important university partnerships with the Amplify Collective partnership organized by UChicago Arts, UChicago Laboratory Schools, UChicago Charter School, Smart Museum of Art, Court Theatre, Office of Civic Engagement and Alumni Relations.
Under the direction of senior leadership, develops programs and relationships to advance program initiatives.
Uses knowledge of the divisional vision and values to assess, evaluate, and recommends opportunities for collaboration with partners.
Prepares program communications, including creating and coordinating dissemination of program materials.
May assist with fundraising efforts, including writing grant proposals.
Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
Comfortable working independently and taking initiative.
Demonstrated ability developing and leading programs for youth utilizing informal education principles and best practices.
Experience working with culturally, linguistically and developmentally diverse learners.
Strong marketing communication and social media experience.
Triages emails and telephone calls for action.
Demonstrated project management skills.
Background working well both independently and as part of a team.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and to navigate shifting and competing priorities with patience ad diplomacy.
Cultural competence: celebrate diversity and inclusion.
Excellent interpersonal skills, oral and written communication skills.
Strong analytical, organizational and problem-solving skills.
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.
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