Education Director

By June 12, 2019 No Comments

Website The California Museum

Description, Compensation and Benefits:

Job Description

The Education Director is responsible for leading the development and implementation of innovative, high-quality education programs for the California Museum, advancing its mission to educate people about California’s rich history, its diversity and its unique influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art and culture. The Education Director also has primary responsibility for the education programs of the Unity Center at the California Museum, which encourages visitors to take an active stance against hate and intolerance. As a member of the management team, the Education Director plays a crucial role in establishing department policies, practices, and direction and participates in Museum and department strategic planning.

  • Set the direction of in-house education programs and outreach educational activities, ensuring engaging programming that meets the needs and expectations of teachers, students, and the diverse communities of the greater Sacramento region
  • Develop and manage the education department’s budget
  • Provide training, direction, and supervision to education staff and volunteers; lead staff in setting goals and in developing and managing effective workplans.
  • Oversee and actively participate in program delivery and evaluation; train staff and volunteers to effectively deliver school and public programs
  • Work with community groups to provide educational experiences on- or off-site Coordinate and oversee advisory committees
  • Establish and maintain collaborations with universities, school districts, government agencies, community groups, and others to inform and support the Museum’s education programs
  • Ensure that education programs provide quality standards- and research-based education programs to pre-K-12 school groups and professional learning opportunities for educators
  • Evaluate audience needs and program effectiveness and use findings to shape programming
  • Oversee, contribute to, and support Education staff in developing interpretive materials, thematic tours, public programs, teacher workshops, online resources, and other educational services for adult and youth audiences
  • Serve as a member of the planning team to develop and deliver programming related to exhibitions and initiatives
  • Identify grant opportunities and write grants for the education department
  • Work with the Executive Director and other staff to provide support for Museum-wide projects. Provide primary support to the Executive Director on educational issues
  • Identify opportunities to expand the Museum’s educational reach
  • Perform other duties as required

Full time, salaried exempt, reports to Executive Director. Typical work hours Mon.-Fri. 8:30 am- 5:00 pm. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. Benefits include vacation, employer-subsidized health plan, dental insurance, and 401(k) savings plan with matching. Pay commensurate with experience.

The California Museum is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability/disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  

Qualifications and Job Requirements:

  • Excellent leadership, supervisory, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication, presentation, and problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility, creativity, sense of humor
  • Passionate about equality, human rights, and civic engagement
  • Skill at team building, collaborative management style
  • Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of colleagues and stakeholders
  • Knowledge of and experience in principles, practices, and techniques of museum education
  • Demonstrated creativity in the design and delivery of education programming
  • Proven ability to effectively supervise staff and contribute to a positive work environment
  • Demonstrated ability to pioneer new ways to connect with diverse audiences
  • Interest in applying the latest technologies to enhance education programs
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Knowledge of California history/culture and bilingual in Spanish are pluses
Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s degree in museum education or a related field
  • Five years of professional experience in developing and delivering education programs in a museum or other non-academic setting
  • Supervisory and nonprofit management experience
  • Ability to drive a motor vehicle, with current California license and insurance, for occasional off-site events

Application Instructions:

To apply

Please send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references in one Adobe Acrobat PDF file to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

About the Organization:

A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit, the California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history, its diversity and its unique influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art and culture. Through interactive experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to make a mark on history.