Thursday, June 13, 2013

Employment Opportunity with the Sandy Spring Museum

Sandy Spring Museum
Education Outreach Coordinator
Reports to Executive Director

The Sandy Spring Museum is a private, independently operated museum located between Washington DC and Baltimore. The Museum is entering an exciting period of growth – embarking on a new strategic vision, which opens up the interpretation of local history to the entire community. We are looking for a team member who has experience working in a community-focused organization, who brings energy, enthusiasm, and an entrepreneurial approach to his/her work, and who is creative and self-motivated.

As the museum is in a renewal phase, this position requires someone who wants to be involved with a project from its inception and who has experience creating a new program and seeing it through to its successful launch.

Primary Responsibilities
This position is responsible for conducting outreach into the community in order to create meaningful educational experiences for audiences of all ages. There are three main components to this position: programs for school children and adults; special events geared towards families; and leading community participation in the creation of small-scale exhibits. We are specifically seeking someone who has a track record of going beyond the standard museum offerings of field trips, lectures, and tours of static exhibits.

Plan for a diverse assortment of programming geared towards adult audiences, which may include discussion groups, hands-on activities, book signings, workshops, and so on.
Design programming so as to appeal to a diverse audience
Help build audience through community outreach and involving volunteers
Plan program schedule at least four months in advance
Coordinate system for tracking program registration
Collaborate with marketing staff to develop materials and a plan for marketing programs
Consider the potential for revenue generation in the development of programming
Manage group and school tours
Group Tours:
Create compelling offering of guided exhibit tours
Schedule adult tours and tour guides
Recruit and train guides to lead tours
School Groups:
Revamp school field trip program so it generates more attendance and income
Maintain field trip curriculum so it remains current with school learning standards
Market field trips to public and private schools
Schedule field trips
Recruit, train and schedule volunteers to assist with tours
Conduct off-site school programming as needed

Plan for several major kid-focused or family-focused events throughout the year, for example the annual family holiday party, Family Fun Day, a storytelling festival, and a Makers Faire.
Beginning at least six months in advance, conceive, design, plan and implement events from start to finish
Oversee event planning committee, staffed primary with volunteers
Develop and manage budget for each event
Collaborate with marketing staff to develop materials and a plan for marketing events
Identify potential collaborators for events and manage their participation
Recruit, schedule and manage volunteers to staff events

Coordinate “Local Traditions,” a new community-centric exhibit program. Local Traditions is an outreach program designed to document contemporary history and involve the community in the creation of new exhibits.
Conduct outreach into community to build interest and identify participants/partners
Work with community members to document their stories
Identify artifacts for inclusion in exhibits
Work with volunteers to help facilitate various parts of this program, such as research and writing of exhibit script
Work with staff curator and contractual exhibit designer for exhibit installation
Oversee installation
Collaborate with marketing staff to develop materials and a plan for marketing events

Work to enhance the overall mission of the museum by working collaboratively with staff and volunteers. Other duties as assigned.

This is a fulltime position with somewhat flexible hours. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

Necessary skills:
Bachelors degree required; masters preferred. Must be fluent in all Microsoft Office applications. Preferred experience working with databases. Highly organized and efficient with proven ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Excellent writing and speaking skills. Professional demeanor and comfort interacting with the public and museum volunteers. Entrepreneurial approach to work. You must have a minimum of three years of paid experience in a related field as a minimum requirement.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to The deadline for applying is August 1, 2013 but applications will be reviewed as they come in, so you are encouraged to apply early.

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