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Interpretation Coordinator, Full-time, Historic Ships in Baltimore

30 May 2019 3:21 PM | Anonymous


The interpretation Coordinator is an employee of the Living Classrooms Foundation and its affiliate, Historic Ships in Baltimore.  The Interpretation Coordinator is responsible to the Operations Director (OD) for all matters pertaining to the museum’s interpretive staff and interpretive programs.  The Interpretation Coordinator exhibits strong standards of leadership, cooperation, and enthusiasm.  They will be a role model for staff members and practice safe, effective, and exemplary work habits.  The coordinator will be an effective co-worker who promotes, by personal example and leadership, a positive work ethic and good morale.  They will also be an effective spokesperson for the Living Classrooms Foundation and Historic Ships in Baltimore.

Job Type: Full-Time (40hrs/wk, year-round)
Salary: 30-31k

Primary Responsibilities

  1. Be the immediate supervisor for day-to-day operations relative to the crew and museum program to include schedules, special day shipboard events, maintaining and reviewing all logs, sign-in sheets, time sheets, and time off requests, uniforms, and crew presentation and tour assignments.
  2. Act as the senior staff on weekends and holidays and responsible for covering absent billets during those times. 
  3. Train new crew members in the operational basics, presentations and tours, as well as basic duties associated with catered and special events.
  4. Work with the OD in developing, revising, and distributing new presentations and tours to interpretive crew, ensuring those programs meet institutional needs and standards, and that a system exists for verifying competence in providing them.
  5. Maintain constant, close, and effective communications with the Operations Director about scheduling and personnel requirements, and with Site Managers regarding site physical conditions, maintenance and custodial matters.
  6. Manage Interpretation Department – LCF credit card in accordance with LCF guidelines.  Ensure expenditures remain within departmental budget.
  7. Coordinate group sales reservations and keep data relevant to sales and attendance.
  8. Hire and train new interpretive staff members. 
  9. Other duties as directed by the Operations Director.

Organizational Responsibilities: 

  1. Support museum-sponsored efforts such as, “all-hands” activities/evolutions to include, but not limited to: 4th of July celebration; New Year’s Eve celebration; “Victory Night”, “The Blast,” and Pearl Harbor Day ceremonies.
  2. Provide periodic thoughtful, thorough, and constructive performance evaluations for each interpretive staff member.
  3. Periodic attendance at HSB senior staff meetings, LCF manager-director breakfasts, and off-site meetings associated with special HSB activities.
  4. Act as the morale officer by staying informed of staff needs and addressing problems.   
  5. As directed, lead overnight programs.
  6. Employ effective communications and administration in the Operations office when dealing with patrons over the phone.
  7. Supports miscellaneous efforts, temporarily, as unexpected contingencies occur.


  1. Demonstrates and maintains effective leaderships and a positive work ethic. 
  2. Must effectively handle stress, and demonstrate an ability for decisiveness and quick thinking.  
  3. A Bachelor’s degree in Education, Museum Science, History, or a related field, AND a minimum of 2 years of experience working in museum programming.(A higher degree may substitute for 1 year of museum programming experience, but does not necessarily increase qualification.)
  4. Experience supervising and training museum staff.
  5. Must be available for weekend and holiday work.


  1. THIS IS A NON-TRADITIONAL museum space.  Our facilities are historic military vessels. 
  2. Interpretation Coordinator will maintain and office desk aboard USCGC Taney and will perform duties aboard the ships of the museum, Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, the Baltimore Inner Harbor Promenade, and the various campuses of Living Classrooms Foundation as required.
  3. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk to various locations and maybe exposed to a variety of outdoor weather conditions. 
  4. Various physical activities may be required on occasion including, but not limited to, moderate lifting, pulling lines, operating shipboard equipment, traversing ladders, and navigating spaces with low overheads

Please submit the following items to Brian Auer, Operations Director:

  1. Cover Letter – please explain how you’ve managed programs or staff, what you’d like to accomplish, and what you see as the role of a museum like ours. 
  2. Resume

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

Living Classrooms Foundation is An Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities, Women, Handicapped Persons are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap status, Vietnam era or disabled Veterans status.

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