Vice President of Education & Programs, National Liberty Museum
Provide creative leadership and vision for wide-ranging, high quality, compelling, and robust educational and public programs that complement, enrich and advance the Museum’s exhibitions, collections, and mission; promote NLM’s image, goals, accomplishments, initiatives, services, and public messaging; align with PA and Philadelphia education standards, and teacher demand for civics-related programming; fulfill the requirements of a special needs groups; and generally expand and engage the Museum’s highly diverse audience.
Supervise and challenge the education department’s staff and budget while leading the conceptualization, development and implementation of on-site and off-site programs for popular consumption, as well as specific programs for youths, seniors, school and camp groups, community partners, etc. Identify, recruit, manage, schedule, and train part-time educators, outreach educators, interns and volunteers, and a broad array of contractors, partners, and other resources to successfully mount and support these programs. Establish and evaluate performance metrics for the programs. And provide content for digital and print marketing and promotion of the programs, to maximize participation, and promote the Museum.
As a senior manager, the incumbent is also a key-holder for the facility, and as such, is responsible for addressing myriad facilities, operations, staff and visitor issues as they arise, in addition to being responsible for financial transactions, safe access, etc. S/he is also central to the Museum’s visitors’ experience, not only because of the volume, diversity and quality of the Education & Public Programs Department’s offerings, but also through her/his responsibility for a large percentage of the Museum’s front line staff, and, as one of three administrators for the Museum’s admissions, ticketing and memberships program and database.
Excellence in Programming:
Provide overall vision and goals (both short-term and long-term) for the Education Department. Steward excellence in all the Museum’s programs and ensure they are relevant to a diverse and expanding audience; and, where applicable, meet PA and Philadelphia education standards, teacher demand for civics and character education-related programs, standards for professional-credit programming, and the unique requirements of special needs groups. Develop and apply tools that measure the effectiveness of programs to ensure that educational goals are being met. Work closely with Exhibits Staff to integrate exhibition content into education programs; and in reverse, contribute to the content and presentation of Museum exhibits. Oversee all details of Education Department program execution, assuring safety and security compliance for programs in the Museum, and ensuring maximum attendance for Museum programs. Market and implement programs by developing compelling concepts, providing content for both digital and print marketing materials, and use the programs and marketing collateral to expand and strengthen the Museum’s overall brand.
Museum & Departmental Leadership:
As a member of the Museum’s senior staff and in close collaboration with the Museum Director, represent the Education Department within the larger context of the Museum, forging close collaborations with other departments, contributing to the Museum’s overall growth and planning, and communicating Museum-wide issues and initiatives to the Education staff. The department should be a model of excellence within the Museum. Institute and maintain efficient departmental systems for oversight and on-going professional development of staff, ensuring the highest standards for staff productivity, collaboration, and professionalism. Recruit and provide direction for the many part-time educators and independent contractors overseen, including providing professional development and new opportunities that integrate with and advance Museum goals. Find a wide range of contractors with areas of expertise that augment staff experience.
Direct significant expansion of Young Heroes Program and other education programs into schools, community organizations, and neighborhood and city-wide celebrations, which will require research, planning, and partnerships. New expanded programs will focus on the NLM’s goals for educating future leaders. .
Establish and manage departmental budget and goals, both short-term and long-term. Review monthly spending and program achievements, assess priorities and re-allocate departmental resources as necessary. Provide accurate statistics on program attendance and revenue for Museum monthly/annual reports and track the Education Department’s growth.