COORDINATOR OF MUSEUM EDUCATION AND EVENTS
First Amendment Museum (Augusta, Maine)
20-35 hours per week (negotiable), competitive compensation
The Coordinator of Museum Education and Events is charged with planning, coordinating, and leading the museum’s the wide-ranging program of special events for audiences of all ages. Key responsibilities include the following.
- · Develops, implements, coordinates the museum’s community programs
- · Establishes assessment tools to evaluate programs
- · Oversees all aspects of visitor services, from coordinating tour requests to reviewing informational materials
- · Serves as the museum's point person for accessibility and inclusion.
- · Recruits, trains, and supervises interns and volunteers
- · Cultivates relationships with local educators, organizations, andmuseum peers
- · Pitches in to help with other projects as needed
At present, the museum’s opening hours are limited, and events are paced at approximately two per month. Over time, as the museum transitions from its current start-up phase, this position will likewise evolve. Additional future responsibilities may include the following.
- · Works with exhibition designers to assess and refine the exhibit prototypes
- · Oversees the creation, implementation, and evaluation of online learning activities, including First Amendment curriculum units
- · Develops and coordinates teacher professional development workshops.
- · Trains and manages the volunteer docents
- · Develops, coordinates, and assesses the K-12 school visit program
- · Participates in grant writing and fundraising activities as needed
The position will report initially to Genie Gannett, the First Amendment Museum’s Co-founder and President of its committed Board of Directors. When the museum’s CEO is hired, reporting will be to the CEO. The successful candidate will join a friendly, hardworking team that is expected to grow in the months ahead and whose members currently include the museum assistant and several consultants (including architects, exhibit designers, and marketing professionals).
- · Bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in a relevant field such as Education or Museum Education and/or equivalent relevant work experience
- · A passion for the mission of the First Amendment Museum
- · Experience teaching people of various areas and backgrounds
- · Experience planning and coordinating events (including equipment, venues, vendors, etc.)
- · The ability to develop and manage project budgets
- · Experience working in a museum education department preferred but not required
- · Experience coordinating student interns and/or volunteers
- · Proficiency with computers, including Microsoft Office, email, and the web (social media and website management skills would be considered a plus
- · A warm, open-minded, adaptable, collaborative temperament
- · Able to manage multiple projects simultaneously and well
- · Willing and able to work occasional evening and weekend events as needed
The First Amendment Museum values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.
ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT MUSEUM
The First Amendment Museum is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit 501(c) 3 concept museum that has been established in Augusta, Maine, with the purpose of examining the history and promoting the practice and understanding of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by developing a landmark museum with innovative exhibits and engaging programming. The organization seeks to engage the citizens of our state and nation through programs and a national partnership network that will engage new generations of Americans and others with the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment.
At the heart of this effort is the need to examine the First Amendment in a historical and contemporary, nonpartisan perspective. As the First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise hereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Amazingly, studies have found that increasingly, fewer and fewer Americans can name the five rights protected by the First Amendment and a recent 2018 poll found that 40 percent of Americans could not name even one of the five rights. The inspiration for this organization is the need to change this trend, with the mission of inspiring all Americans to live and love their First Amendment freedoms.
To learn more, please visit firstamendmentmuseum.org.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a resume, the names and contact information of two professional references, and a brief cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.