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Education & Public Programs Manager (P/T) - Chadds Ford, PA

05 Sep 2018 1:28 PM | Anonymous

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is currently seeking a part-time (24 hours/week) Education & Public Programs Manager. This position ensures that the Society meets and continually improves its public history education programs and tours while maintaining control of the education department’s operating budget.

Schedule: Part-Time; Wednesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (some flexibility required) with occasional evenings & weekends for special events

Salary: $19/hour


Public Education Programs

  • ·         Leads the efforts to maintain, improve, and grow the educational programing for both adults and youth that is offered by the Society; current examples of public programs include the Society’s annual lecture series, summer history camps, Tavern Talks, and Escape Brandywine; Society programs emphasize the 18th century, especially the colonial and revolutionary periods
  • ·         Liaises with schools and teachers to identify educational needs of students, develop new educational programs that meet mandated curriculum standards, promote the Society’s programs and activities and increase education program enrollment
  • ·         Markets, coordinates and supervises group tours for adults, students and other youth groups
  • ·         Works in partnership with other community organizations (non-profits, senior centers, scouts, etc.) to meet the needs of their audiences
  • ·         Develops and delivers presentations, educational workshops and activities that engage the audience in partnership with 3rd party interpreters/demonstrators as appropriate
  • ·         Conducts evaluations of public programs, analyzes results and implements changes needed to improve program and organizational effectiveness
  • ·         Works with Executive Director to coordinate and promote the Society’s internship program; manages interns that are directly related to museum education and interpretation
  • ·         Develops, coordinates and leads youth history camps including ensuring adequate assistance and training for staff and volunteers
  • ·         Sets up and cleans up educational programs

Museum Interpretation & Education

  • ·         Develops research-based, site-specific tours that are creative, engaging, dynamic and reflect best museum practices while honoring the tradition of living history activities of the Society
  • ·         Develops appropriate furnishing plans for historic houses that support and enhance the current interpretation of the sites; works with the Executive Director to make recommendations for acquisitions to collections to improve interpretation
  • ·         Supports interpretation of museums with primary or secondary documentation research
  • ·         Provides public interpretation when Program Specialists or Guides are not available; this may include guided tours of historic houses, living history activities, and educational outreach; may require dressing in period clothing (provided)

Exhibition Development, Design & Installation

  • ·         Researches topics related to the history, culture and people of Chadds Ford and the surrounding area and develops exhibition concepts for the Visitors Center and/or historic buildings
  • ·         Curates and designs creative and engaging exhibitions using the Society’s collections as well as objects on loan to the Society to illustrate the exhibit concepts while ensuring the security and preservation of all artifacts; ensures text panels, object labels and other interpretive materials are easily understood and accessible to all audiences
  • ·         Works with vendors to produce exhibit materials as needed to be sure exhibitions open as scheduled
  • ·         Oversees the installation of exhibitions; coordinates and supervises staff and volunteers that are working on installation; ensures all artifacts are handled and treated using best museum practices      
  • ·         Plans exhibition openings, lectures, publications, store merchandise, etc. that are appropriate and relevant to the current exhibition           

Visitor Services

  • ·         Supervises the weekend staff at the Visitor Center, stepping in as needed to provide adequate coverage and security while maintaining service levels
  • ·         Greets guests at the Visitors Center; assist with questions and recommendations related to the Chadds Ford area, its history, and tourism information
  • ·         Responds to requests for historical or genealogical research as appropriate or when Executive Director is unavailable
  • ·         Assists with museum store functions including operating the cash register as needed


  • ·         Works with the Executive Director to develop and manage the Society’s education budget; ensures educational programs remain within program-specific budgets
  • ·         Ensures that supplies for educational programs and activities are purchased and available when needed
  • ·         Responds promptly to request for group tours and other specialized programs; accurately maintain tour calendar;
  • ·         Maintains accurate admission records for museums, visitors center and special events
  • ·         Researches funding opportunities for education and museum programs; works with the Executive Director and Grants Committee to apply for related grants and other funding opportunities
  • ·         Participates in the recruitment or Program Specialists with the Executive Director
  • ·         Conducts training of Program Specialists, Guides and other interpretive staff or volunteers; provides regular feedback to Program Specialists and Guides to ensure program quality and consistency
  • ·         Schedules staff and volunteers to work in historic house museums; ensures that coverage is sufficient for scheduled

Special Events

  • ·         Works with event committees to plan and implement youth activities as part of special public events when appropriate
  • ·         Makes recommendations to event committee, event chair, or Executive Director for improvements to event or concerns with planned activities
  • ·         Supplements the Executive Director and marketing volunteers with event marketing (social media, emails, online calendars, etc.)
  • ·         Assists with additional event planning tasks as needed (vary from event to event)
  • ·         Helps with set-up and clean-up or event, as needed
  • ·         Assists with activities on the day(s) of the event which may include managing a particular functional area
  • ·         Contributes to coordination of event volunteers including coverage of areas, and matching volunteers to tasks based on their experience and skill level
  • ·         Participates in event-specific meetings as needed in conjunction with or in lieu of the Executive Director

Complete other duties as assigned


The successful candidate will have:

·         A bachelor’s degree in education, history, museum education, museum studies, or a related discipline; graduate degree preferred

·         2-3 years of experience developing and presenting engaging history education programs to both children and adults, preferably in a museum or historic site setting

·         Experience with the interpretation of historic house museums

·         Ability to develop and manage departmental budgets

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills

·         Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office and social media

·         Ability to work in a small, dynamic team environment

How to Apply

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter to Mike Connolly, Executive Director, at or Chadds Ford Historical Society, PO Box 27, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Application deadline: September 30, 2018

For more information about Chadds Ford Historical Society please visit our website,

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.

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