Education & Interpretation Coordinator

Textile Museum of Canada

As a key member of the programming team, the Education and Interpretation Coordinator will work collaboratively to generate innovative, dynamic, creative approaches to audience engagement. The position will oversee all phases of the interpretive content development process, including concept generation, design, delivery, evaluation (front-end and post), and documentation.

Works closely with the Curator of Education and all curatorial staff to implement and coordinate a public programmatic calendar of events, including general coordination, budget preparation, identifying human resource needs, and logistics. Working collaboratively with the programming team, serves as primary visionary for digital and other signature experiences; and ensures museum experiences that move, empower, surprise, delight, amaze, inspire, and welcome visitors (both on and off-site).

Acts as the main liaison with community partners to extend and deepen meaningful participation with the Museum’s mandate.

Responsibilities
  • Help make our collections, exhibitions and programs accessible to visitors and helps to make visitors feel welcome.

  • Liaise with schools, colleges, and teachers to promote the use of the collections and activities of the museum in line with their curriculum.

  • Document effectiveness of public and educational programs; collate and record statistics, analyze and evaluate success, and apply learnings to future educational activities.

  • Support Curator of Education in the management of budgets and human resources.

  • Represent and promote the museum to community organizations, social agencies, and other cultural institutions to establish a network of useful and productive partnerships.

  • Apply new uses of technology as appropriate to education programs.

Public Programs

  • Develop diverse programs of lectures, activities, and workshops related to exhibitions or in response to particular programming themes aimed at engaging audiences across the spectrum of ages.

  • Liaise with artists, designers, makers, professionals, and scholars to activate the educational programs.

Schools Programs

  • Support the Curator of Education in the facilitation of the K-12 school’s program including following up on telephone or email inquiries, requests, reservations, confirmation of materials, onsite set-up, and other special arrangements

Community Outreach

  • Facilitate textile-inspired activities in the local community in response to requests from schools and community groups or to promote particular exhibitions.

  • Facilitate partnerships and collaborations within the community to extend our reach and deepen our impact.

Interpretation

  • Work with the programming team to implement an interpretive framework that includes innovative and engaging interpretive and design techniques for diverse audiences.

  • Implement defined strategies and approaches to engage and inform visitors, and support the Curator of Education in coaching Museum volunteer docents/educators and other staff.

  • Create and develop educational resources for visitors, schools, families, and special interest groups.

Other

  • Works to further the goals and objectives of the Museum and participates actively in the life of the institution. Acts in a respectful, accountable, and generous manner towards other staff, volunteers, and the general public.

  • Demonstrate a positive professional presence, inspiring and building confidence both within the Museum and outside the institution among a broad range of constituencies.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct oversight and supervision of the following positions:

  • Interns/volunteers

  • Docents/educators

Requirements

A related post-secondary degree and experience in museum education and/or the teaching field; preference will be given to those candidates with a Bachelor of Education.

Candidate to have experience with delivering and developing education programs.

Work Experience: Minimum two years of successful experience in the development and implementation of education programming in a museum or similar arts education institution. Knowledge and understanding of art and museum art collections. Working knowledge of museum education, informal learning theory and practice and other important areas related to engagement with arts and culture.

Well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of arts practitioners, groups and organizations.

Strong written and verbal communication skills

Must have excellent attendance and punctuality

Strong organizational skills, planning skills, and analytical skills

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with strong attention to accuracy and detail

Ability to multi-task and think critically

Ability to work independently and with initiative

An interest in developing and implementing sector best-practice standards and procedures.

A confident manner with the ability to deal tactfully with internal and external contacts at all levels.

Outgoing personality with strong creativity and imagination

A high standard of written and oral English; basic French an asset.

Familiarity with PC operating systems and hardware; Web 2.0 technologies and social media tools; Microsoft Office; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign, and Acrobat.

Interest in digital technologies.

Indigenous education programming an asset.

Knowledge of textile art, practices and techniques an asset.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should email their cover letter, resume and three references (including email and phone #’s) as a single document attachment to hrsearch@textilemuseum.ca. The email subject line should read <title of position applied for> <followed by applicant’s last name>.

Kindly note that we will accept no phone calls. We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Textile Museum of Canada maintains a Board of Trustees approved Anti-Racism, Access and Equity Policy. Respect, accountability, and a generous manner towards other staff, volunteers, and the general public are requirements for all staff. The Museum is committed to achieving representation of equity-seeking groups on its staff by ensuring that members of said communities have unbiased access to employment. The Textile Museum of Canada is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted on June 27