Educator Is deliver engaging educational experiences, especially for school, educator, and youth group audiences. These positions are responsible for implementing daily and monthly programming, special events, and classes and workshops. Qualified candidates are flexible and creative in meeting the needs of guests; skilled at and committed to engaging visitors of all ages, interests, and abilities in discussions of the American Revolution; and are devoted to the mission of the Museum. Educator I is a part-time, nonexempt position with a work schedule that will vary according to tour bookings, and is highly seasonal and includes working on weekend days. Educator Is must successfully complete the Museum’s 100-hour training course. The Museum operates a tiered part-time staffing model for delivery of certain educational programs. Educator Is who complete one full Fall or Spring school season and additional training are eligible for advancement to Educator II. Educators report to the Manager of School Programs with supervision by the Gallery Interpretation Manager and Public Programs Manager.
- Engage guests in interactive discussions about Museum’s subject, programs, exhibitions, media, and collections. Encourage interactions and conversations among guests.
- Help guests develop historical thinking skills and historical empathy through guided viewing and group discussion of original and replica artifacts and documents, role-play activities in immersive and classroom environments, use of multimedia experiences, and participation in hands-on activities.
- Facilitate interactive, inquiry-based tours, add-on programs, and activities for students (especially grades 4-12), families, and adults, including:
- The Museum’s Through Their Eyes School Tours, school add-on programs, and school outreach programs
- Adult, group, and family Highlights Tours of the Museum’s core Galleries
- The “Washington’s War Tent” Discovery Cart
- Orient guests to the Museum, assist with the smooth flow of foot traffic, and operate certain Museum theaters.
- Enforce Museum rules to ensure a safe, friendly learning environment for all guests and the protection of Museum staff, objects, media, and displays.
- Support ongoing evaluation of programs, including data collection.
- Master historical content and a variety of interpretive techniques, with a commitment to ongoing learning.
- Attend staff trainings, meetings, and continuing education sessions; complete assigned readings and research (supported by a quarterly study stipend).
- This job is seasonal, with peak working hours in the Fall (October-November) and Spring (April-June). Evening, holiday, and weekend work required.
- Additional duties, as assigned.
Skills & Knowledge:
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred, or Associate’s Degree plus relevant work experience; coursework in early American History, American Studies, or Museum Education preferred.
- Excellent verbal communication skills required. Ability to see, speak clearly, write, and understand the English language required. Proficiency in ASL, Spanish, Chinese, or other languages desirable.
- Previous educational and/or front-of-house experience in museums, heritage sites or other informal learning environments strongly preferred.
- Interest in the American Revolution, and a commitment to ongoing learning about the Revolutionary era.
- Flexibility, the willingness to cheerfully and calmly adapt to rapidly changing situations, and the ability to “think on one’s feet” essential.
- Enthusiasm for working and interacting with guests of all ages, abilities, backgrounds, learning styles, and knowledge levels.
- Ability to interact with and collaborate with other staff in a clear, pleasant, and effective manner.
- Demonstrated ability to work as part of a cohesive team with colleagues to achieve desired program goals.
- Availability to regularly work a schedule that includes weekend days, holidays, and evenings. (The Museum is open seven days a week).
- Ability to use email and online scheduling software required.
- Ability to stand for long periods of time, kneel and stoop, climb stairs frequently, and occasionally sit on the floor.
- Ability to handle and carry objects and lift up to 20 pounds.
- Possession of valid driver’s license.
The Museum of the American Revolution (www.AmRevMuseum.org) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org
*This position will be available starting August 14th*
**Please note – in order for you to be considered for this position we will need a cover letter, resume and three professional references. Unfortunately, applicants that do not include these items will not be considered for the position. The Museum will contact you if an interview is considered appropriate.