Museum of the Rockies seeks a creative and experienced museum professional to be its next Director of Education and Public Programs (DEPP). The DEPP is a critical member of the museum’s leadership team and will need to bring to the position an in-depth understanding of the museum field, educational practices, interpretation in formal and informal exhibits, an enthusiastic drive for innovation and entrepreneurial activities, customer service, communication, emotional intelligence, inclusivity of different audiences, and the enjoyment of working collaboratively as a team member. The DEPP is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of formal and informal educational and interpretive programs at the museum.
The DEPP specifically oversees the following programs and activities:
- School, youth, family, and adult programs
- Virtual programs for school, youth, families, and adults
- The museum volunteer program
- The Living History Farm interpretation and programs
- The Martin Children’s Discovery Center
- Formal and informal museum programs and events
In addition to these responsibilities, the DEPP leads a professional educational team in developing out-of-the-box inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science and culture plays in our lives.
Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is Montana’s most visited museum. In 2019, the museum received over 220,000 general visitors and served an additional 87,000 visitors through school, youth, and public programs. During COVID, the museum has remained active and open except for a 2.5-month period in the spring of 2020. Despite understandable capacity and safety limitations, MOR has been able to serve the visiting public and significantly expand its virtual programs. MOR is a college-level division of Montana State University, an independent 501( c )( 3 ) organization, a Smithsonian Affiliate, an accredited AAM museum, and a repository for state and federal fossils. The interdisciplinary museum has one of the finest collections of paleontology in the world and a significant cultural collection from the Northern Rocky region. Located on a 22-acre museum site, it includes a 120,000-square-foot-facility, the state-of-the-art Taylor Planetarium, the 220 seat Hager Auditorium, Martin Children’s Discovery Center, and Living History Farm, along with an off-site 553-acre paleontology preserve.
Salary range of $65,000 to $75,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.