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Education Director

29 Feb 2024 8:10 PM | Carol Anne Adams
  • Institution: The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum


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    About the Institution: The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is an educational and cultural institution that collects, preserves, and interprets transportation modes and regional history, and celebrates the innovations and accomplishments of Glenn Hammond Curtiss.  The museum regularly works with premier museum institutions such as the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Henry Ford Museum, and Cornell University.


    Job description

    The Education Director (full-time/non-exempt) oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of creative, mission-based programs for the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. This position will deepen engagement, maintain existing audiences, and reach new audiences at the museum. Weekend and evening hours are occasionally required.


    Key Responsibilities:

    • Plan, develop, and execute all Curtiss Museum educational programming and materials integrated to New York State curriculum standards for students and the general public related to Museum exhibits and collections.
    • Schedule and lead public and group tours in coordination with local teachers and tour operators, focusing on the development and implementation of creative and unique hands-on approaches to learning for guests of all ages.
    • Network with area school districts and other community organizations to facilitate in contracting and delivering educational programming on and off-site.
    • Assess and plan for audience needs including program development and evaluation.
    • Helps to maintain the Museum’s activity and exhibit spaces.
    • Master subject matter to teach school groups and public visitors, adapting methods of instruction as required meeting the specific needs of the group and/or particular learning styles.
    • Help market educational programs to schools and tour groups.
    • Assist Curator with traveling/temporary exhibits, special events, evening/weekend programs, and other programs as needed.
    • Handle routine administrative tasks as needed.
    • Cover exhibit floor as needed, working in collaboration with other museum staff and volunteers.
    • All other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Proven ability/desire to teach a variety of ages and subject areas; strong presentation and public speaking skills.
    • Experience working with children 6-18 with patience and understanding.
    • Experience writing lesson plans.
    • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and the ability to plan and organize tasks and information.
    • Proficiency with computers and Microsoft Office software including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
    • An enthusiastic promoter of the mission and goals of the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum.


    Required Qualifications:

  • ·      Must possess the ability to work with varied audiences, including youth
  • ·      Must possess a willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • ·      Bachelor's or Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences or equivalent field or Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT).
  • ·      Three or more years of experience working with youth.
  • ·      Three or more years of experience coordinating public programs.
  • ·      Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and Office 365 software.
  • ·      Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • ·      Ability to forge and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals including representatives of public and private organizations, volunteers, vendors, museum staff, and the general public.
  • ·      Interested in STEM-based education
  • ·      Must be a self-starter, show attention to detail, and possess excellent organizational skills.
  • ·      Ability to work accurately and efficiently and keep track of numerous projects simultaneously.
  • ·      Strong commitment to equity and accessibility.

To apply, please send the following information to :

A letter of interest 
A CV or résumé

This Position is: In-Person - Hammondsport, NY

Position Type: Full-Time

Salary range: $19.00 - $21.00

Benefits:  Paid time off

How to Apply: Carol Anne Adams

Job Closing Date: March 21, 2024

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