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Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation-Education Coordinator

13 Apr 2021 9:32 AM | Charles Barr

Job Description

Job Title:                              Education Coordinator

Organization:                    Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Reports to:                          Executive Director

Location:                             3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Salary:                                  $12.00/hour

Start date:                          May 2021

Time Commitment:         The Education Coordinator is an hourly employee who works primarily from March through November, although hours beyond that time frame for pre-season training and off-season outreaches are possible.  Work hours may be on-site or off-site.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is an 18th century living history farm featuring heritage breed animals, period-appropriate crops, and five historic buildings preserved to represent a typical mid-size colonial property.  The Plantation has a robust educational program that welcomes 9,000+ school students and 100+ summer campers each year.  The Education Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that students and teachers visiting the Plantation have wonderful hands-on experiences by providing excellent customer service, superb organizational preparedness, and impeccably trained and friendly program staff.  The Education Coordinator will also work as part of a team to plan and execute our sold-out summer camps during the months of June, July and August.  Weekend scout programs, birthday parties and offsite Outreach programs will also fall under the Education Coordinator’s responsibility.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • §  Weekday Field Trips:  The Education Coordinator is responsible for staffing programs and being on-site to greet the schools and ensure that activities run smoothly.
  • §  Summer Camps: In the months of June, July and August, the Plantation runs five weeks of summer camps. The Education Coordinator will work as part of a team to develop activities and programming for each camp week, and to ensure that camps are staffed with appropriate educators.
  • Scout Programs and Birthday Parties:  The Plantation is occasionally asked to run scout programs and birthday parties, typically on weekends.  The Education Coordinator is expected to staff and supervise the running of these events.
  • Education Coordinator is expected to identify, hire and train educational program staff, and to ensure that their clearances and (with the help of the Historic Skills Coordinator) their interpretive knowledge is up to date.
  • The Education Coordinator is encouraged to create and implement new programs.
  • The Education Coordinator is expected to work as part of a team, including (but not limited to) the Farm Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Historic Skills Coordinator, Administrative Director and Program Director.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • §  Strong interest in, and familiarity with, Pennsylvania and eighteenth century American history is a plus.  College coursework in American history preferred.
  • §  Ability to work a flexible schedule that may occasionally include evenings and weekends.
  • §  Maintain a professional appearance and decorum, which must include willingness to wear period-appropriate attire and maintain a historically accurate appearance.
  • §  Ability to create for and deliver programs to diverse audiences. Comfort with public speaking is a must.
  • §  Reliable attendance and punctuality is expected and required, as is reliable transportation.
  • §  Must be able to work creatively and effectively as a member of a team.
  • §  Must be able to adapt quickly and seamlessly to a fast-paced and changeable client experience.
  • §  Knowledge of museum education and/or secondary education a plus.
  • §  Work can be physically demanding.  Ability to lift 40 lbs, be outside in all kinds of weather, and navigate rough terrain is expected.
  • §  A criminal background check, FBI fingerprint clearance, child abuse clearance is a requirement for employment.  Candidate will be expected to become First Aid/CPR/AED certified.

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to: Carolyn Nash,  Administrative Director, at info@colonialplantation.org.  No phone calls please.  Review of applications will begin immediately and position will remain open until filled.


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