Historic Hudson Valley (www.hudsonvalley.org) is the largest cultural institution in Westchester County, New York. A non-profit organization, it educates and entertains more than 300,000 visitors a year through school programs, tours of National Historic Landmarks, and large-scale ticketed public events like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze and Horseman’s Hollow.
The organization seeks an experienced program and staff manager to oversee the education staff and programs at three historic sites: Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, Philipsburg Manor, and Van Cortlandt Manor. The position is part of a large department charged with interpreting the past and making meaningful connections for 21st-century visitors. HHV is particularly committed to telling the stories of people and groups often overlooked in history, manifested through a focus on slavery in the colonial North and programming of the recently-formed Women’s History Institute. This is a full-time, twelve-month position in Westchester County, New York, with a mix of office and on-site work.
This position is tasked with the oversight of a robust roster of school and youth programs as well as the leadership of a corps of 50+ part-time interpretive staff who serve as the public face of the organization and these programs. Central aspects of the job include (1) recruiting, training, managing, and evaluating part-time education staff; (2) oversight and logistical implementation of school and outside-of-school-time youth programming, particularly in evaluating program effectiveness and playing a leading role in updating programs to meet school needs and stay relevant to contemporary audiences; and (3) cultivating and maintaining relationships with teachers, administrators, and strategic community groups, with a goal of increasing visitation of school and youth groups in HHV’s educational programming. The Education Manager also plays an active role in the department’s long-term planning of new initiatives, informed by best practices in historic interpretation, with a particular emphasis on digital learning experiences.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of successful program development and implementation in a museum setting, at least five years of leadership of staff, and experience in cultivating strategic relationships with schools and community groups. The manager will be a self-starter and a team player, able to contribute in meaningful ways to the department’s forward movement and inspire others to follow suit. Master’s degree in history, museums, public history, education, or a related field required. Target start date of March 2020.
Evening, weekend, and holiday hours are required, as well as participation in seasonal special events. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including paid time off, health/dental/vision coverage, employer paid 401(k) plan and free/reduced admission to our historic sites and events.
To apply, send cover letter, resume, three samples of written work (a mix of lesson plans, articles, staff training materials, exhibit text, or similar), and salary requirement to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Education Manager” in the subject line. Candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply. No calls please.
Should your skills and qualifications meet our requirements we will contact you to schedule an interview. If we do not contact you, we will keep your resume on file for one year in the event that another position for which you may be suited becomes available. Thank you for your interest in Historic Hudson Valley.