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Education/Program Coordinator (Part-Time)

11 Jan 2022 4:23 PM | Samantha Ferris
Site: Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park, MD
Status: Part-Time (up to 30 hours per week, year-round)

Compensation: $15-$17/hr
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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, Natural and Historical Resources Division is currently seeking a part-time year-round Museum Program Coordinator for the Riversdale House Museum located in Riverdale, MD.

Riversdale House Museum, a circa 1801 National Historic Landmark, seeks a dynamic and creative education coordinator to join our team. Built for Henri J. Stier, Riversdale interprets life starting in early Federal America through the Civil War. Stier’s daughter, Rosalie and her husband, George Calvert, raised their family on the site which was operated through free labor by enslaved and indentured workers. Included in the interpretation is the story of Adam Francis Plummer, an enslaved man who lived and worked at Riversdale. Rich in primary sources, the Museum’s interpretation spans American, African American, women’s, state, and local histories highlighted in its programming, tours, and exhibitions. Today, the Museum is transforming its traditional narrative into one that is more inclusive, diverse, and relevant through the development of impactful interpretation that better connects with current and new audiences.

Responsibilities are separated into two primary categories – educational and administrative. Riversdale House Museum employs a small team with many projects and responsibilities that are team-based, the candidate will often be delegated individual tasks. The successful candidate will be responsible for researching, creating, coordinating, implementing, and providing support for public programs, activities, special events, and exhibitions. The candidate will be able to work independently and satisfactorily complete these tasks and meet deadlines.  This position pays at a rate of $15.00/hr to $17.00/hr dependent on experience and qualifications.

This candidate will support the Riversdale House Museum in upholding the four strategic pillars of the Natural and Historic Resources Division (NHRD).
  1. Enhance the Visitor Experience: Quality and Quantity
  2. Leave a Legacy: Transforming Education into Activism
  3. Strengthen Inclusivity, Diversity, and Belonging
  4. Act with Honesty, Integrity, Respect, and Trust
 Examples of Important Duties

Educational Responsibilities:

  • Research, create, coordinate, implement, and provide support for history-based public programs, activities, special events, and exhibits.
  • Develop, write, and implement educational lesson plans for K-12 classrooms.
  • Develop and run workshops for educators, including teachers, professors, principals, and homeschool associations. 
  • Provide support to volunteer coordinator to run appropriate trainings for corps. 
  • Develop and implement Scout programming aligned with current badge requirements.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Serve as front-line staff during museum open hours and special tours, providing tour introductions and guided tours on an as-needed basis.
  • Create interpretive and promotional materials, including flyers, press releases, website marketing and print materials, and maintain updated online and print calendars. 
  • Sell tickets, process payments and registrations, and take required training for point of sale software.
  • Schedule programs, meetings, field trips, and tours and communicate with various types of guests (renters, donors, visitors, families, colleagues, etc.) in a professional manner.
  • With staff, maintain administrative calendars and spreadsheets, schedule rental setups, and associated tasks.

Candidate will:

  • Be a self-starter and able to multi-task. 
  • Possess excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Learn the basic history of the site and complete formal docent training.
  • Be comfortable interacting with the public while serving as front line staff during open hours and special events. 
  • Be willing to perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Must be at least 21 years old with a valid government issued driver’s license. 
  • Completed or be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. A major in history, education, museum education, museum studies, or a related field preferred.
  • Specialized knowledge and experience in 19th century U.S. History, African American History, African American Studies or Ethnic Studies desirable.
  • Familiarity with current federal and state curriculum guidelines, elementary education teaching methodologies, and ability to develop curriculum for education programming and conducting school field trips and other education-focused tours and workshops.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud a plus.
  • Bilingual abilities a plus.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds and comfortably navigate stairs.
  • Ability to work outdoor events in a variety of weather conditions
Supplemental Information
  • The position is part time, up to 30 hours a week, with some evenings and weekends required.
  • Position does not qualify for benefits.
  • A background investigation will be completed prior to hire.
  • Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions).  
M-NCPPC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, gender identity, age, class, sexuality, religion, ability, or national origin.

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