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MARK TWAIN HOUSE & MUSEUM
School Programs Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Director of Interpretation
STATUS: Part time regular, year round, non-exempt
HOURS: 20 hours per week with flexible schedule; occasional weekend, evening and holiday work required.
The Mark Twain House is a museum that preserves and interprets the life and legacy of one of America’s most successful and influential writers. The house was Mark Twain’s home from 1874-1891, during which time he raised a family, pursued fame, and completed several of his most famous novels. Restored to its 1880s appearance, the house provides a window into Twain’s personality, family life, relationships, literary career, and life in the Victorian era.
The school programs coordinator is responsible for leading efforts to present dynamic, interactive, inquiry–based tours and other educational activities to school students, teachers, and community groups at The Mark Twain House & Museum, and at designated off-site venues. The school programs coordinator will serve as a model for other interpretive staff and will work with the director of interpretation to provide training and mentorship.
· Coordinate efforts to maintain and update existing school programs.
· Develop new programming in alignment with Connecticut state curriculum standards and perform pilot prototype programming.
· Occasionally develops customized student programs or teacher professional development in consultation with requesting teachers and as schedule allows.
· Will be the lead coordinator for the summer grant funded school programs and the site coordinator for the Neighborhood Studios Program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
· Lead in development of programs by researching, facilitating brainstorming sessions, training, and producing program materials. Evaluate ongoing programs.
· Provide ongoing training and mentoring for new and seasoned interpreters who provide the backbone of school program delivery.
· As needed, conduct museum tours and programs for students in pre-K through grade 12 around a variety of themes and school curricula.
· Lead related age-appropriate activities and primary source workshops for students and teacher workshops.
· Assist with set-up and clean-up, obtain and undertake preparation of materials including photocopying.
· Maintain relationships with various professional organizations and school districts.
· Work with counterpart at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to develop and execute shared school programming.
· Perform other education and programming duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED
· Demonstrated knowledge of Connecticut state curriculum standards.
· Knowledge and experience with current trends and best practices in the museum education field.
· Reliability and personal organization skills to ensure obligations are met.
· Experience working with children in a school, museum, or informal learning environment.
· Commitment to museum’s mission and to reaching a diverse audience.
· Knowledge of learning styles and the ability to work with people of varying ages and skill levels.
· Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
· General understanding of museum operations and procedures and customer/visitor service concepts.
· Ability to work creatively, flexibly, and effectively with other employees, visitors, teachers, group tour leaders and volunteers.
· Ability to conduct basic historical research, effectively analyze primary and secondary historical sources, and stay current on historiographic trends.
· Conversant with basic computer skills, ability to work comfortably with Microsoft Office products.
· Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions under pressure.
· Ability to lift and move 30 pounds, to climb stairs, and to work in dimly lit environments.
· A valid driver’s license and access to a car.
The School Programs Coordinator reports to the director of interpretation, but works closely with the entire interpretation and education team. The School Programs Coordinator will have to work closely with individuals from all museum departments.
The work involves direct contact with the public in a fast-paced environment. The position also requires standing for long periods, managing several sets of staircases several times per day, working in a dimly lit environment, and occasionally being outside in various weather conditions.
Training will take place on the job and with the supervision of various employees.
Available as of date of hire: Twenty percent museum store discount, and ability to visit all participating New England Museum Association institutions, free of charge or at discounted rates. After the first year of employment: paid time off commensurate with average weekly hours worked, employee membership to the museum. The Mark Twain House and Museum is an equal opportunity employer.
HOW TO APPLY
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Pequot Library Association (Pequot Library)
Title: Public Programs Manager
Report to: Executive Director
Supervises: Part-time Education Coordinator and high school/college interns
Status: Full time; exempt salaried employee, 40 hours/week, with occasional evenings and weekends
Salary/compensation: $50,000 including health insurance and a competitive benefits package. Pequot Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Major Responsibilities Adult programs:
• Manage an ambitious schedule of programs involving artists, authors, musicians, performers and other vendors in the form of gallery talks, panel discussions, symposia, music concerts, theatrical performances, dance, book discussions/signings, and other related programming.
• Collaborate with the Library’s longstanding Meet the Author committee and community partner, Music for Youth as well as other similar community groups.
• Work closely with colleagues to develop a robust line-up of innovative interdisciplinary learning experiences for a diverse audience, including film series, day art /history trips, scholarly presentations, hands-on art-making and writing workshops, inter-generational learning opportunities, life-long learning opportunities for older adults, and other experiential opportunities inspired by the Library’s collections and exhibitions.
• Working closely with the Children’s Librarian, support the Library’s annual family and community events including the Fourth of July Bike Parade, Holiday Caroling Party, Miss Susan’s Campout, Halloween Pet Parade, and others.
• Collaborate with colleagues to develop one-time and ongoing youth programs in conjunction with the circulating collection of library holdings.
• Working closely with the Children’s Librarian and Education Coordinator, this position develops and implements a robust schedule of preK-12 schools after- school, summer, and break programs throughout the year, including the annual Fairfield Public Schools student art exhibitions and the Books for Teachers program.
• Manage the Library’s community outreach with schools, educators, and peer organizations throughout the area.
• Contribute to development of exhibition related support/interpretive resources.
• Develop and manage all speaker/performer contracts.
• Work closely with Director of Communications on writing related press releases and program descriptions and the design of invitations and related collateral.
• Evaluate programs and build awareness and participation, being aware of community needs and interests.
• Draft youth and adult program related grant/fundraising proposals and contribute to the Library’s overall social media presence.
• Manage the Library’s high school and college student internship program.
• Manage the Library’s program registration software.
• Develop and manage the public programs, including school programs, annual project budgets.
• Master’s degree in Education, a Humanities subject, or a related field with at least five years of professional experience working in a library, nonprofit arts and/or culture organization, or a museum/historical society.
• Proven track record of developing innovative public programs related to a wide variety of humanities fields and current events.
• Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills for a variety of audiences and ages.
• Able to thrive in a faced-paced environment that supports teamwork and collaboration among library staff, volunteers, and high school/college interns
• Prior supervision of professional staff and volunteer management.
About Pequot Library Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science & the Humanities to our Community Pequot Library’s mission extends far beyond most traditional public libraries. Housed in a historic building, framed by an expansive front lawn, and located on over three acres in the historic village of Southport in Fairfield, CT, Pequot Library is a small gem to be discovered.
For over 125 years, Pequot Library has been a pillar of Fairfield County, providing professional, encouraging library services and diverse programming to our local and regional community. Pequot Library helps children develop a life-long interest in reading and learning through engaging programs and special activities. The library presents concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and a wide range of cultural, educational and community events in both its Auditorium/Concert Hall and The Perkin Gallery. Inspired by its collections and adult programs, the library engages its audiences with the pressing issues of today. The library is committed to integrating its internationally important Special Collections into its day-to-day service to a broad and diverse community through exhibitions, interactive programs, and hands-on programs.
The Library was recently awarded the CT. Treasure award by the CT. Chapter AIA and an Award of Excellence from the CT. League of History Organizations. In fiscal year 2017-2018, the Library welcomed more than 65,000 visitors of all ages for over 500 programs.
Interested candidates are encouraged to send a confidential letter of interest, c.v./résumé, and three references (in one document) by Friday, March 3, 2019 with the subject heading Public Programs Manager to email@example.com. Only qualified candidates will be contacted. The application process involves agreeing to a criminal background check.
The Litchfield Historical Society
Visitor Services and Membership Coordinator.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Visitor Services Coordinator maintains the database of constituents, processes gifts, membership renewals, and generates reports as needed for the Board. He/she works with the director to direct the Annual Appeal and works with Board committees to plan and execute 1-2 Fundraisers a year, as well as various donor events. Responsibilities include registration and event tracking for all public programs and events, writing press releases, e-blasts, and social media posts; and design of materials for fundraisers, exhibits, and other special events.
The Coordinator supervises volunteer coverage of the Museum front desk, maintains the Museum gift shop and updates the website and on-line calendar. This position is the public face of the museum and the first person most visitors see. The Visitor Services and Membership Manager will interact with all staff members, the Board of Trustees, volunteers, interns, and the general public. The position requires strong interpersonal skills and a professional, friendly demeanor. The coordinator must be self-motivated, have excellent research, writing, and communications skills, and be able to effectively work as part of a team. The position is full time and will require frequent evening and weekend work. Qualifications: M.A. in American History, Museum Education, or a related field is preferred. Candidates should be familiar with all programs in MS Office. Experience using ETapestry or other similar donor database and Adobe Creative Suite is a plus. To apply please send resume, cover letter and list of references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Norwalk Historical Society
Little Red Schoolhouse Program History Educator
The Norwalk Historical Society in Norwalk, CT is seeking knowledgeable, engaging, friendly, and
reliable educators for its popular Little Red Schoolhouse Program. Prospective educators should: have
experience working with elementary school-aged children, have experience in classroom management
and working with large groups of students, be an engaging presenter with a theatrical flair, have an
interest in local and Colonial history.
PROGRAM: The Little Red Schoolhouse Program has been in existence for close to 40 years and
provides local elementary school students a two-hour historical experience at the Society's Mill Hill
Historic Park. Students rotate to the three buildings on site for a tour in each: 1835 Town House - an
interactive history lesson on Norwalk's Colonial-era history, c1740 Governor Fitch Law Office - a
hands on guided tour of the house and herb garden focusing on Colonial life and work, c1826
Downtown District One Room School- a reenactment of an early 19th century school day. The program
runs from April 22, 2019 - June 14, 2019 and classes visit for two hours either in the morning or
RESPONSIBILITIES: Educators will be expected to learn two out of the three tours. All tours require
educators to be comfortable engaging students through questioning, storytelling and role-playing.
Educators will be required to become familiar with the script, logistics, and additional historical
background information for each tour. Scripts and historical information are provided. The Governor
Fitch Law Office and the one room schoolhouse tour require educators to wear a costume. Costumes
are provided. Educators will be provided on-site training by the Society's Educational Coordinator.
Educators should be expected to lead between one and five 2 hour school group visits per week.
Educators will be expected to participate in set up and/or clean up before and after each school group.
Compensation: Educators are paid $25.00 per session. Training and preparation are not compensated
Please submit a letter of interest plus resume via email with the subject: LRS Educator to
email@example.com. If considered for the position, a background check is required.
DECD Historic Preservation/Arts
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is recruiting for (1) Arts and Culture Administrator position.
This is a unique management position suitable for a creative individual who has a passion for the arts, culture or preserving the historic assets of Connecticut. The incumbent is accountable for strengthening the state's cultural and historic-preservation community to foster the awareness and growth of Connecticut's historic and cultural assets in support of other agency initiatives that will promote economic and community development.
Please use this link for more information: https://www.jobapscloud.com/CT/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=181012&R2=6581MP&R3=001