Curator of Education & Programs
The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center (WVMCC) fosters dynamic connections to the history, cultural traditions and arts of the Wenatchee Valley. A vibrant mid-size museum, the WVMCC is a vital hub for creating community connections with our region’s unique heritage and arts through creative, interdisciplinary programs, exhibits, and publications. The WVMCC seeks an experienced, collaborative and innovative leader to strengthen and grow the Museum’s education and programming initiatives.
A key position with the Museum, the Curator of Education & Programs is instrumental in creating and executing a short- and long-term vision for the Museum’s educational and programmatic efforts, which currently include offerings at our downtown Museum and at the Historic Wells House for families, adults, schools (both in and out of school time), and the general public, as well as overseeing our new MakerSpace. This role works with the Museum’s leadership, curators, and education team to cultivate and manage relationships with the community. WVMCC is committed to enriching educational experiences and our community’s culture, and our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a growing, diverse community.
This position works collaboratively with the Curator of Collections and the Curator of Exhibits in the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for Exhibits, Programs, and Collections; and creating and delivering high-quality educational initiatives that make the Museum’s collections and exhibits meaningful for and accessible to museum visitors and the community. They partner with the Museum’s Marketing team helping to effectively position the Museum’s stories to gain wider visibility and increased visitation. They also work closely with the Event Rental Coordinator to ensure program participants, museum guests, and those renting spaces at either the Museum or the Wells House for events have the best possible experience. The work requires a high degree of collaboration and flexibility, accompanied by creative thinking, vivid storytelling, and leadership skills.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Curator of Education & Programs has the following responsibilities:
- Lead and inspire our team of museum educators and volunteers in the development and delivery of educational programming that aligns with the Museum’s mission and vision;
- Overall management of all the Museum’s educational offerings;
- Manage the departmental budget in accordance with established goals, priorities, and metrics;
- Ensure excellence in program facilitation and delivery;
- Engage in ongoing evaluation, assessment, and refining of education programs, including data collection, analysis, tracking, and reporting;
- Equip museum educators and volunteers with current and relevant understandings of museum education and practice;
- Work effectively with the other Museum Curators and the Marketing team to develop innovative, efficient, and more integrated ways and opportunities to bring the Museum and its exhibitions, collections, and programs to the attention of the community and Museum supporters;
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the region, such as teachers and administrators, the local Education Service District, Valley educational nonprofit organizations, creative organizations, artists, academics, and other community organizations;
- Collaborate with the Deputy Director and the Director of Development & Communications to identify and cultivate funding sources and prepare proposals as needed;
- Represent the WVMCC at programs and events in the community and at professional conferences.
- Passionate about the Museum’s vision and mission;
- At least 3 years’ experience developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs in a museum or similar setting;
- Experience with K-12 curriculum development, review, and implementation;
- Strong collaborative skills and experience leading teams through multi-faceted projects;
- Able to generate ideas for experimentation and continued improvement in programs;
- Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a diverse range of groups, organizations, and communities;
- Demonstrated ability to manage and coordinate a team;
- Strong ability to be creative and think critically;
- Ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment;
- Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills;
- Able to relate effectively with people of various backgrounds, levels of education, and experiences;
- Proven ability to communicate complex ideas with a wide range of peoples and communities;
- Experience managing budgets, contracts, and working within tight deadlines;
- Available to work a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends;
- Proficiency in Word, Excel, and project management software;
- Knowledge of informal learning theory and practice, visitor studies or evaluation theory and practice, and applications of technology in museums preferred;
- Bilingual, Spanish-English, is desired;
- College degree in a related field is desired.
Please email (in PDF or Word format) your resume, letter of interest describing why are you interested in this position and how your experience meets the needs of the position, and contact information for three professional references to Keni Sturgeon, Executive Director at: KSturgeon@wvmcc.org. Please use the subject heading: Curator of Education & Programs.
Please no telephone inquiries. For optimal consideration, please submit application by February 1, 2019. Review of resumes will continue until position is filled. All applications submitted will be treated with confidentiality. The ideal start date is late February/early March 2019.
This is a .9 FTE exempt position, with an annual salary of $35,550 – $43,056, based on 90% of a salary range of $39,520 – $47,840. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Museum benefits for this position include paid time off (vacation/sick/holiday), a health care stipend, and opportunities for professional development.
The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity and at will employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.
Conditions of Employment
Employment at WVMCC is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.