The Capital Jewish Museum seeks a Museum Educator to join our fast-moving team as we plan and launch a new Jewish museum for the nation’s capital. The Museum Educator will be part of a team that deeply appreciates the role of museums in building community, exploring identity and inspiring civil discourse and civic engagement. The new museum, projected to open in 2021, will be built at 3rd and F St. NW, just a block from the National Building Museum. The museum facility will incorporate our 1876 historic synagogue as its centerpiece “object,” and will feature new exhibition galleries and programming spaces, including a key feature, the Community Action Lab.
The Museum Educator will lead the conceptualization and implementation of educational programs, experiences, and materials — particularly for families, teens and school groups — for the new museum in advance of its opening, imagining and implementing engaging, historically rich audience experiences. Your responsibilities will include creative program development; planning, experimenting and iterating new programmatic experiences; collaboration with outside educational advisors; program logistics management; grant writing and fundraising support. The museum’s programs will encourage visitors to connect, reflect and act: connect across families and diverse communities, reflect on the relevance of history to today and act on behalf of their communities and values. Experiences will build on the Museum’s extensive collection of stories about Jewish Washington, as well as our collection of objects, photographs, documents, stories and oral histories.
Our ideal candidate will be an energetic risk-taker who is comfortable working outside of the box and is wildly creative. YOU are a self-starter with fresh ideas about interpreting urban history, and a love of storytelling and audience engagement.
The purpose of the position is to (1) lead the museum’s conceptualization of educational programs, experiences, and materials that support understanding of museum priorities and content, particularly for families and student audiences; (2) design, pilot test and iterate inaugural programmatic experiences in advance of the opening of the new museum in various venues in the Washington, DC, region; (3) work closely with a team of educational advisors to the museum to refine audience and curricular goals and metrics; (4) develop supporting materials for school groups and families for pre- and post-visit activities and explorations; (5) evaluate and refine programmatic approaches in order to launch the museum in 2021 with a compelling suite of signature programs. The Museum Educator must work with curators and interpretive specialists to ensure historical accuracy and appropriate educational techniques in programs; contribute to the conceptualization, leadership, and development of innovative programming that advances best practices in the field; and collaborate with communities of practice in youth, school, and student services for program development and implementation.
The incumbent serves under the general supervision of the Museum Director, and has responsibility in planning, initiating, conducting, and evaluating programs, experiences, services, and materials and liaising with staff and academic advisors in program development and implementation.
At least 5 years of progressive experience conceptualizing, designing and implementing educational programs for family and school audiences in a museum or other informal learning setting
Knowledge of best practices and current theory and research about youth and K-12 student informal learning experiences, gained through relevant graduate study in education or museum studies.
Skill in conceptualizing and developing an integrated menu of youth and K-12 learning experiences that use historical collections objects.
Ability to conceptualize, develop, and implement hands-on, collections-based history programming implemented in designated education labs or classrooms
Ability to build partnerships with youth organizations and schools
Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to address youth and K-12 audiences and to serve as an interface between the community and the Museum
Ability to show initiative, creativity, and flexibility in a team-oriented environment that produces and delivers high-quality educational programming and hands-on experiences to public audiences
Knowledge of Jewish educational practices and/or regional and national Jewish history preferred