Director of Education at Penobscot Marine Museum

15 Jan 2013 2:55 PM | Anonymous member

Penobscot Marine Museum Education Director

Due to a retirement, the Penobscot Marine Museum is seeking a Director of Education with proven experience in identifying educational opportunities, creating and implementing programs and curriculum that advance the Museum’s mission.

PMM is dedicated to preserving, interpreting and celebrating the maritime culture of the Penobscot Bay Region and beyond through collections, education and community engagement. The Museum houses superb collections of marine art, historic boats, scrimshaw, ship models and 19th export items as well as over 100,000 historic photographs. The Museum’s education programs, both on and off site, have a long history of excellence and innovation. PMM’s Maritime History and Literacy Curriculum, for example, blends maritime history and literacy skill practice in a detailed and comprehensive program that is unique in the museum education field.

Position Description and Responsibilities include:

·         Work with colleagues (paid and volunteer) in the planning, development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of robust education programs and experiences that meet the diverse needs of PMM audiences, including professional development for teachers, school outreach and on-site programming for adults as well as children.

·         Understand, identify and appropriately respond to a diverse audience that includes students, families, and other life-long learners.

·         Work with PMM staff to coordinate existing programs and develop new programs that will fully leverage PMM’s historical, environmental and institutional resources.

·         Develop, implement and evaluate outreach strategies to promote PMM’s educational visitation and programs.

·         Manage and schedule interpretive programs to deliver and promote experiences, such as Museum tours, school programs and special events to Museum visitors

·         Facilitate school participation in the museum experience.

·         Together with Board members, staff, and individually, promote PMM’s programs to current and prospective donors to generate funding for exponential growth.

·         Working with appropriate staff, identify granting opportunities within the guidelines of the long range plan, yearly exhibits and departmental needs and participate in the preparation of the grant applications and reporting.

·         Working with appropriate staff, develop and maintain an annual budget for the education department.

·         Regularly evaluate and review the results of education programming with the executive director and appropriate Board committees.


Qualified applicants must have, at a minimum, a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college in social sciences, history, education or a related field as well as at least 5 years’ experience working in a museum environment or related institution or in the field of education. Preferred applicants should possess a creative and innovative approach to PMM’s programmatic and educational development. In addition, the successful candidate must have:

  • Demonstrated ability to make scholarly information accessible to various audiences, including the general public, families, students and educators.
  • Demonstrated ability to approach projects in an analytical, well-organized manner and be able to meet deadlines while working on several concurrent projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise and manage staff and resources to teach, train and/or interpret information and communicate effectively with a wide variety of audiences
  • Commitment to working as part of a collaborative team.
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively using computers and online technology.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral to include public speaking/presentation skills.
  • Relevant experience in budget and resource management.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three

professional references to Education Director Search, Penobscot Marine Museum, 5 Church Street, PO Box 498, Searsport, ME  04974 or email  For more information on the Museum, please visit our website at

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