Assistant to the Education Curator & Volunteer Manager - Tri-Cities Historical Museum (7/3/2020)

Department:      Education                                                           
Classification:   Part Time, 20 hrs/week
Reports to:         Education Curator                                           
Status:                 Non-Exempt
Pay:                      $15.00 per hour                                                               
Eligible for Benefits:       No


The Assistant to the Education Curator and Volunteer Manager will assist with designing, developing, implementing, promoting, and evaluating PreK-12 and adult education programs and activities at the Museum and in the classrooms throughout the Tri-Cities.


A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in history, education, museum studies or a related discipline preferred, teaching experience is helpful. Knowledge of museum and general educational programs for children, adults and families preferred.  Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Good communication abilities including written, verbal and presentation skills. Must have a form of reliable transportation to and from outreach programming.  An emphasis will be placed on collaboration, communication and teamwork.

Duties and Responsibilities with time allocation percentage

Educational Programming 90%

·         Work with staff, volunteers and other partners to deliver high quality and dynamic educational programming.
·         Assist in developing and implementing educational programming for visitors, families and special interest groups.
·         Conduct outreach visits to schools and community groups.
·         Coordinate and/or lead school tours, adult tours and community outreach programs.
·         Assist with the preparation of promotional materials for museum educational programs.
·         Assist in collecting, analyzing and applying feedback on educational activities provided.
·         Assist with developing a strong secondary collection for the purposes of “hands on” and other interactive exhibits.
·         Coordinate with area schools to establish, enhance and maintain integrated curriculums.
·         Assist in developing off-site and on-site educational resources for schools.
·         Engage schools and teachers to promote the use of the Education department collections to enhance curriculums.
·         Assist in maintaining attendance figures for education tours and programs.
·         Must be comfortable speaking in public settings to large numbers of people.

    General Administration 10%

    • Work under the general supervision of the Education Curator and Volunteer Manager to establish education programs, direction and priorities.
    • Assist exhibit and collection departments where necessary, training education docents and interpreters regarding the key content of museum exhibits.
    • Assist in creating strategies to engage the public and various groups with the educational mission of the museum and effective interaction with the community.
    • Represent and promote the museum in the furthering of productive community partnerships.
    • May be asked to write quarterly articles for museum newsletter, the River Winds and Grand River Packet.
    • Contribute content to the museums social media accounts.
    • Maintain the museum community calendar of events.
    • Other duties as assigned by the Education Curator and Volunteer Manager.

    Job Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Ability to demonstrate and effectively communicate a comprehensive understanding of the
    • Museum’s mission and value proposition as it relates to our current Strategic Plan.
    • Outstanding written and verbal communication, with a proven ability to communicate effectively in public speaking and in interaction with key partners and professional affiliates.
    • Ability to adhere to the highest ethical standards.
    • Outgoing and optimistic, with exceptional customer service skills and the ability to work with a diverse public and a diverse workforce.
    • Creative, collaborative, and strategic, with analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines, including the ability to prioritize and organize work effectively.
    • Must be a self-starter and be comfortable working independently.
    • Knowledge of museum programs and practices.
    • Demonstrated computer proficiency, including an excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
    • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and evenings as necessary.

    Please send resume, cover letter and 3 references to Erin Pilarski, 200 Washington Avenue, Grand Haven, MI 49417 or email to no later than July 3, 2020.

    Posted on 6/22/2020


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