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Education & Interpretive Program Coordinator (Yankton)

  • Thursday, November 04, 2021 7:43 PM
    Message # 12100860
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Education & Interpretive Program Coordinator
    Yankton County Historical Society/Dakota Territorial Museum/Mead Cultural Education Center
    Full Time
    Position Weekdays and occasional nights & weekends


    The Education & Interpretive Program Coordinator is responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating education, docent, and interpretative programs. This position is responsible for administrative functions including scheduling, communication, program assessment and planning, and some clerical duties. The position requires some evening and weekend work. This position reports to the Executive Director and works collaboratively with all staff.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    The Education & Interpretive Program Coordinator is responsible for, but not limited to:
    • Develop, schedule and conduct programs, classes, workshops and other presentations for youth, teachers, and other adult groups.
    • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate volunteers and docents, including the Living History Program volunteers. Maintain databases and create monthly report of programs and attendance to a Board of Directors.
    • Conduct outreach programs.
    • Plan and develop educational materials including curriculum, teacher packets, and classroom kits.
    • Assist in the coordination of select programs and projects.
    • Coordinate with other museum staff as necessary for the smooth implementation of all programs, activities and meetings.
    • Maintain interactive areas of the museum and work with curatorial staff for interpretation of galleries.
    • Assist with special events and fund raising activities.
    •Represent the overall mission, goals, and programs of the organization to a wide range of public and professional situations.

    ABILITY TO:
    • Perform comfortably in front of large and diverse audiences.
    • Communicate effectively in English, both orally and written.
    • Teach school children and lead school group tours.
    • Incorporate South Dakota Social Studies Standards into educational and exhibit programs.
    • Interest and ability to learn current educational learning theories.
    • Organize and conduct programs sensitive to customer diversity in knowledge, education, and culture.
    • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Museum employees and volunteers.
    • Lift and manipulate “props” and equipment necessary to conduct programs, demonstrations, etc.
    • Maintain effective working relationships with Board members, Yankton City and County entities, donors, community members, and teachers.
    • Work evenings and weekends.
    • Operate a motor vehicle.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

    DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Excellent communication and writing skills.
    • Strong organizational abilities with projects and people.
    • Experience in museum educational programs and events.
    • Experience in both formal and informal educational settings.
    • Knowledge and experience with volunteer management concepts and practices
    • Experience providing programs for different ages and learning styles.
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook calendar, and relevant database software.

    EXPERIENCE:
    • Knowledge of South Dakota History with an emphasis on Dakota Territorial History preferred but not required.
    • Experience working with grade school through high school groups and adult classes.

    EDUCATION • Bachelor’s Degree in education, history, museum studies or experience in a closely related field of study. 

    All applicants can return a resume and cover letter to director@meadbuilding.org

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