Education Coordinator, Coos Historical & Maritime Museum
The Coos Historical & Maritime Museum (CHMM) is seeking an energetic Education Coordinator to lead the museum's educational programs and initiatives and advise our exhibit development team. This position provides leadership and vision to create and implement engaging educational offerings that include school programs -- and, as time allows, public programs, special events, and interpretive tours of the museum -- as CHMM moves from its old space to its new location on the waterfront in downtown Coos Bay. The Education Coordinator reports to the museum's Executive Director and will work collaboratively both within the institution and with external partners.
This Coordinator is responsible for directing and overseeing all aspects of CHMM's educational programming activities, to include innovative experiences for public school students -- and, again, as time allows, museum visitors of all ages. Educational programming will include communication of regional history through the use of engaging educational techniques and materials, while maintaining and strengthening community and outreach relationships.
Plan, direct, and implement engaging educational experiences for new and existing audiences that produce measurable results and visibility for the organization. We have a successful program already, with much for the successful candidate to learn from after hire. However, the program will face many changes as we move to a new facility and a new mode of operation.
Develop and implement a tour schedule for spring field trips and a new summer program beginning this summer (2014).
Schedule, direct, and supervise volunteer educators.
Work with various partners, including the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw, to deliver educational programs.
Lead effort to establish measurable objectives and evaluation procedures to assess the effectiveness of educational content and interpretive techniques.
Advise CHMM's exhibit development effort and update long-range education goals as appropriate.
Provide strategic and creative direction, content/program development, and review to ensure that all students and other learners have a high-quality educational experience and that all content provided by staff or volunteers is vetted for authenticity and accuracy.
Manage the education budget; recommend budget requests and track expenditures to ensure efficiency, strategic alignment, budgetary compliance and that programming is in support of CHMM's strategic objectives.
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological or Natural Sciences, Natural Resources, Education, or a closely related field.
Ability to work a flexible schedule, including at least some evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Demonstrated leadership, problem solving, planning, and project-management skills.
Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, effectively, accurately and diplomatically both orally and in writing.
Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to prioritize tasks and to multi-task in a dynamic and sometimes-demanding daily environment.
Ability to walk up and down stairs, lift and carry up to 30 lbs., and stand/walk for long periods of time.
Experience with interpretive methods and techniques; knowledge of informal learning techniques and museum best-practices.
Experience in volunteer supervision and knowledge of management techniques.
Direct experience in a setting that promotes informal educational experiences: a museum, nature preserve, or similar effort.
YOU SHOULD KNOW:
HOURS: This position may offer flexible time, and for the right candidate may not require a full-time commitment. This will be negotiated at hire. However, it will require no less than 70 percent time, or an average of 28 hours per week. The number of hours required in a week will vary widely throughout the year. At certain times of the year, the position will offer a flexible schedule.
PAY: The position is budgeted at $23,520 per year. The position is fully funded for one year. Like all positions at CHMM, funding can determine hours and pay-rates year to year. However, education is a high priority for the museum's Board of Trustees, and we fully expect this position to continue.
START DATE: On or about May 15, 2014.
DEADLINE FOR APPLYING: April 22, 2014.
HOW TO APPLY: No calls. Mail or email resume or curriculum vitae along with cover letter.
(if emailing, cover letter and resume should be Microsoft Word files added as attachments to the email)
Coos Historical & Maritime Museum
1220 Sherman Avenue
North Bend, OR 97459
attn: Education Coordinator position
ABOUT CHMM: The museum is the public facility for the Coos County Historical Society, founded in 1891. We are a private, not-for-profit organization supported by memberships, donations, admission fees, bookstore income, and grants. We presently operate a 1957 museum in North Bend, and will open a new multi-million-dollar facility on the waterfront in downtown Coos Bay around December 1, 2014.
The new facility is a cultural gathering place that encourages awareness and appreciation of the intriguing history of the southern Oregon coast. We enhance community awareness of local history as a key to modern times, with school programs, lectures, and partnerships with other community groups. The facility will offer continually created exhibits featuring our extensive collections of images, artifacts, and archival materials in illuminating regional history. It will also be a hub for public and private events.