Curator of Education




Organization: High Desert Museum
Location: Bend, Oregon, us
Job or Internship: Job

Job Summary:
The successful candidate will provide leadership in creating and managing the delivery of interpretive, exhibit, and school programming for the High Desert Museum. The Curator will plan, design, implement and deliver interpretive presentation in all areas of the Museum including formal talks, demonstrations, station interpretation, tours and exhibit driven activities. Additionally, the curator is responsible for designing, directing and managing the volunteer interpretive program. The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years of professional experience; will be familiar with the methods and philosophies of hands-on, interactive learning; and will have a collaborative leadership style, outstanding communication and writing skills, and a strong track record in program development. S/he must be comfortable managing a program of varied projects that involve in-house staff and outside collaborators. The hands-on, interactive, multidisciplinary and interpretive nature of the museum’s exhibits and education programs requires an engaged, flexible and highly creative individual, who is eager to take ownership for the success of the Education Department as a whole. A background in hands-on natural history and/or science museums, including interpretive programs, and a proven track record in project management, community outreach with multiple organizations (libraries, schools), budgets and staff, are key requirements. A graduate degree in a science related field is highly desired for this position.

Responsibilities and Tasks:
• Supervise education department staff, and interpretive volunteer teams and interns.
• Plan, design, implement and deliver interpretive presentations in all areas of the Museum including formal talks, demonstrations, station interpretation, tours and exhibit driven activities.
• Develop year round interpretive activities to meet the Museum mission to complement exhibits and create valuable experiences for visitors.
• Plan, design, and implement school programs.
• Create and oversee paid public programs.
• Outreach: develop relationships with community organizations to ensure the Museum’s educational programs are relevant to teachers, libraries, and other groups.
• Provide continuing education opportunities for teachers and community members.
• Continually evaluate and improve educational programming to ensure effective delivery of visitor experience.
• Train interpretive volunteers.
• Create and implement a rigorous evaluation program for interpreters and interpretive programs.
• Provide programming as needed.
• Curate exhibits as needed.
• Partner with development department to provide content for revenue opportunities: grants, corporate and private donors, etc.
• Outreach oversight: coordinate staff/volunteers to present at institutions, fairs, and other events taking place on and off museum grounds (excluding marketing outreach).

Responsibilities with Percentage of Time:
• Manage Interpretive Base Program: Develop and implement a high quality interpretive training program. Manage specific elements including daily interpretive programs : 25%
• Oversee school programs and community educational programs: 30%
• Exhibit Related Program Development and delivery: 20%
• Oversee paid public programs: Group tours, “Lunch & Lectures”, workshops, camp-in program: 15%
• Outreach: 10%

Qualifications:
• Bachelors Degree required. Masters degree in science related field, Museum Education, or similar highly preferred. Progressive work experience considered.
• Minimum of three (3) years experience managing education programs in a museum, interpretive center, environmental educational organization, zoo or similar facility, or one year experience and two years of related coursework.
• Proven ability to work well within a team environment, particularly with design and exhibit teams
• Demonstrated success in managing the experience design process, meeting deadlines on time and within budget.
• Ability to coordinate operations, planning, and training concurrently.
• Previous performance and/or presentation experience preferred, either in an informal, or classroom setting.
• Mastery of informal learning theory and best practices with family learning in informal environments.
• Ability to apply informal learning theory and STEM topics to the design and training process
• At least two years of volunteer management experience.
• Three years experience giving public presentations programs in a museum, interpretive center, zoo or similar facility.
• Administrative experience, including budget development and work plans.
• Demonstrated excellent organizational, communication, writing and presentation skills.
• Positive attitude and familiarity with new and emerging learning technologies.
• Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a team environment with a diverse group of staff and volunteers.
• Ability to work flexible hours and days including Saturdays and Sundays.
• Knowledge of and experience in conducting visitor evaluation studies.

To apply, email a cover letter and resume to: jobs@highdesertmuseum.org or fax to us at: 541-382-5256 Attention: Human Resources