The Director of Education is a Senior Staff position reporting to the President. The Director of Education leads a dynamic team of 3 FT staff and 4 – 10 PT staff and is responsible for the overall design, evaluation, and staffing of learning experiences and resources primarily for K-12 audiences, as well as family, college, adult and older adult groups. Education programs bring to life BHS’s unique collections, including archives and oral histories, as well as objects, art, and ephemera, and connect local Brooklyn history to new scholarship and national narratives. The Director of Education represents BHS through collaborations with outside partners, communities, institutions, and the NYC Department of Education. Engagement with fundraising for departmental projects is an ongoing component of the position. Successful candidates will bring an active interest in racial equity and inclusion – both of which are fundamental values and priorities within the institution.
• Establish annual goals, objectives and priorities for the Education Department
• Establish and manage the Education Department budget
• Manage Education Department partnerships, new and ongoing
• Hire, supervise and train Education staff, volunteers and interns
• Develop marketing strategies for education programs, in collaboration with Marketing and Communications staff
• Represent the Education Department at Senior Staff meetings, and in strategic planning with the Board
• Collaborate with all other BHS Departments on a wide range of institutional projects
• Represent BHS at conferences and professional meetings
• Serve as a liaison between BHS and public, private and parochial schools
• Conceive of and implement program evaluation strategies for Education programs
• Oversee program development for college students, adults, and older adults.
• Develop new programs for family audiences
• Collaborate actively with Development Staff on fundraising for Education programming
• Build and maintain relationships with NYCDOE and NYC schools to provide content-rich teacher and student programs in Pre-K – 12
• Develop and Manage Curriculum Development projects
• With other Education Staff, train PT staff, as needed, teach school programs
• Facilitate Teacher Professional Learning workshops
• BA in History, Humanities, Education, Art History, Museum Studies, or related field. Advanced degrees preferred.
• 5 years in museum education or public history education, at least 3 of them in a leadership role.
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Deep knowledge of trends and pedagogies related to museum education and public history
• Experience and interest in contributing to development and fundraising for education programs
• Strong leadership and experience managing a varied team of PT and FT staff
• Demonstrated budgeting and organizational skills
• Commitment to racial equity and inclusion work in public history and education
• Ability to partner with scholars and outside presenters
Additional Desirable Skills:
• Experience shaping/curating humanities projects that involve primary sources (exhibitions, web-based, or other)
• Knowledge of teen and youth program design
• Experience creating written curriculum
• Experience collaborating with NYC Department of Education and other agencies
• Multiple languages
Hours & Compensation
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday 9-to-5 with additional evening and weekend work as needed.
Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus benefits
Please email a cover letter and resume to [email protected], with “Director of Education” in the subject line.
February 25, 2019
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.