Museum Education Specialist

Company Name: 

Washington State Historical Society


1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

Contact Name: 

Molly Wilmoth




Job Description: 

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This position serves as the program specialist at the Washington State Historical Society that manages school programs, adult education programs, and educational programs for the general museum-going public. This includes a focus on program development, conceptualization, design, scheduling, delivery, and evaluation, together with supervision of day to day activities. As an educational institution, these activities directly support the mission of the Society. Additionally, the organizational mission is supported by this position's directive to partner with community organizations to develop educational programming that is appropriate for our audiences.
Develops and implements educational programs for preK-12 students and teachers.
  • Develop educational programs that demonstrate current museum best practices while also supporting student attainment of federal, state, and local educational standards, including Common Core and C3 standards.
  • Develop programmatic learning and experiential outcomes for educational programs, identify target audiences, and evaluate success of implemented programs using formal and informal evaluation methods.
  • Manage student field trip programs including development of promotional materials, maintaining supplies, overseeing scheduling of groups, and orienting groups when on site.
  • Research and develop supporting materials for educational programs including worksheets, curriculum guides, inquiry design models, volunteer training guides, and other materials as needed to support and advance programs  .
  • Promote the Society's educational programs through outreach to teachers, participation at conferences, and additional outreach opportunities.

Develops and implements educational programs for adults.

  • In partnership with the Lead Programs Manager and Director of Audience Engagement, develop and implement an adult learning strategy that aligns with current best practices and advances the Society's strategic plan.
  • Develop, design, present and/or contract with others to present new and innovative museum education experiences to engage established audiences and build new audiences.
  • Support and collaboratively develop revenue-generating adult programs and special events that incorporate educational experiences.
  • Initiate and maintain local, regional and statewide collaborations and partnerships that support WSHS programming and raise the profile of WSHS in the community.

Develops seasonal and specialized programs for youth, adults and families.

  • Develop, present, and/or coordinate seasonal and specialized programs such as summer camps, family workshops, gallery tours, or off-site programs.
  • Develop and design collateral materials to encourage learning within the museum's informal setting.
  • Support the development of digital resources that encourage learning within the museum's informal setting.

Work collaboratively with other team members to meet administrative needs and advance the work of the Society

  • Work with other museum staff to  promote the museum's programs, events, and exhibitions
  • Develop and manage budgets for educational programs
  • Assist the Development Department with program specific fundraising initiatives
  • Participate in cross-functional teams, projects and initiatives as appropriate
  • Stay current and actively engage in the larger field of museum education through pursuit of professional development opportunities and participation in professional affiliations.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in education, museum studies, history, or other related field
  • 1-2 years informal learning environment or classroom teaching experience
  • Minimum two years' experience in museum education and/or related field.
  • Strong working knowledge of museum education standards, theories, and practices, along with Pre-K through high school learning and teaching strategies (pedagogy and theory), curriculum, and standards.
  • Well-honed project management, program evaluation, organizational skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as customer service skills.
  • Ability to read, understand, and complete written and verbal requests and work assignments and to follow standard operating procedures.
  • Capable of balancing strategic thinking and planning with ongoing program implementation and day-to-day administrative duties
  • Must be able to work collaboratively and proactively with diverse colleagues, collaborators and audiences. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Dependability, flexibility, and adaptability in a dynamic event-driven environment
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point)
  • Ability to successfully handle several projects simultaneously and meet multiple deadlines

Preferred/Desired Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in education, museum studies, history, or other related field
  • 3-5 years informal learning environment or classroom teaching experience
  • 2+ years' experience as an educator in a museum setting
  • Understanding of federal and state educational standards including C3 Framework as well as GLEs
  • Knowledge of Washington History and educational strategies to activate museum exhibitions.
  • Managerial experience, excellent writing skills.
  • Experience supervising inquiry-based tours and training docents/educators of varied ages.
  • Demonstrated ability in object-based teaching and knowledge of diverse learning styles.
  • Experience in budgeting and planning
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Adobe Design Suites including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Previous experience in using social media platforms to promote programming


Please read more and apply HERE at!