Education Specialist

Passionate about pop culture? We want you!

DEPARTMENT: Education + PROGRAMS
TITLE: EDUCATION SPECIALIST

REPORTS TO

Director, Education + Programs

DATE WRITTEN/REVISED

October 2017


SUMMARY

This position is responsible for planning, creating, and delivering mission-aligned content for a variety of audiences, particularly students, educators, and volunteers.

The ideal candidate is:

  • Experienced in curriculum development and teaching
  • Passionate about MoPOP’s content, especially music, science fiction, film, and television
  • Brave with taking risks, trying out new methods, and pushing the boundaries of museum education
  • Collaborative with ideas and receptive to those of others

SUMMARYESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Other duties may be assigned):

Interpretation Educational Resources

  • Develops curriculum for gallery programs as well as distance and on‐site learning opportunities, for school, teacher, and family audiences
  • Regularly works with groups in the galleries, facilitating gallery-based experiences, leading workshops, co-teaching with teaching artists, and support logistics for visiting groups
  • Works closely with other educators, teaching artists, and volunteers to design and facilitate gallery programs and content development
  • Contributes to Education + Programs-related web and marketing content, including teacher newsletters, website content, social media, and other digital publications; collaborates with other staff on editing and publishing
  • Serves as Education liaison to the Volunteer program, providing training, curriculum materials, and support for volunteer interpreters and interns
  • Gathers, tracks, and reports on program statistics and information as needed, including evaluation and assessment data and participant numbers
  • Establishes and develops contacts in Puget Sound among teachers, community partners, and other museums in support of education programs
  • Maintains regular/predictable attendance

Qualifications (Education/Experience/Certifications):

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred; 3-5 years experience developing and delivering educational resources for school and teacher audiences, including at least 2 years of experience in museum education
  • Knowledge of museum education best practices, including inquiry-based instruction, teaching with objects, and experiential learning
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Strong working knowledge of applicable computer software and website technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment with a dynamic range of people across departments and with external relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to handle stress and stay organized, focused, even‐tempered and congenial when operating in a high volume, multi‐tasking environment
  • Willing to pitch in as needed to provide excellent customer service both externally and internally

WORK ENVIRONMENT + PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds, and occasionally up to 50 pounds.

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