Education / Interpretation / Historian Positions

Distance Learning Specialist
The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The National WWII Museum is seeking a creative and energetic candidate to coordinate and implement the Museum’s signature distance learning initiatives. Reporting to the Distance Learning Manager, the Distance Learning Specialist will design a variety of highly interactive, engaging, and meaningful virtual programs that are national in scope to reach school and lifelong learning audiences. This includes point-to-point programs, such as Virtual Field Trips, to large national webcasts for thousands of viewers or participants. The ideal candidate exhibits proficiency in facilitating learning experiences, using educational technology, and a commitment to expanding the reach and impact of the Museum.

The Distance Learning Specialist will have an important role in the forthcoming Hall of Democracy, a three-story complex which will house the WWII Media and Education Center, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, a library, and dedicated special exhibitions hall. The Hall of Democracy will break ground in the spring of 2018 and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2019.


A bachelor’s degree (required) or master’s (preferred) with an emphasis on educational technology, formal or informal education, museum studies, instructional design, history, or a related field.

Ease in using, learning, and testing latest educational technologies is a must. Proficiency with distance-learning tools a plus. Ease in being on camera and filmed is also a plus.

Ability to design interactive and engaging programming and match to appropriate delivery mode or technology.

Three years of direct instruction in a formal or informal setting is preferred. A teaching certification is preferred, but not required.

Knowledgeable understanding of World War II preferred, but not required.

Strong organizational skills, including managing complex scheduling and project timelines.

The ability to work collaboratively with a diverse set of stakeholders and partners.

Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

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This job posted by MERC from February 9 through May 9.

Director of Children, Youth & Family Programs
Queens Library
Jamaica, New York, USA

The Director of Children, Youth & Family Programs is responsible for conceiving, developing, implementing, managing, leading, and improving library system-wide programs and special services dedicated to customers ages 0-21. Analyzes community information to determine best resource allocation based on demographic data and community needs. Identifies and builds in evaluation methods designed to measure performance and attain objectives.

Portfolio will include managing and coordinating the day to day operations of Early Learning, Children’s Services, Teen and Afterschool Services. Motivates, coaches, and mentors staff, including librarians, to deliver the best customer experience for youth and families in order to fulfill the mission of the Queens Library.
  • Serves as the Library’s liaison to children and youth-serving agencies and community based organizations. Develops partnerships and funding opportunities to meet the needs of Library customers and the Queens community. Encourages Library participation in public policy initiatives related to youth and families. Supervises and coordinates managers and resources within the department, and successfully directs all activities with other departments, to ensure effective delivery of quality programs and special services.
  • Develops and manages multi-million dollar budgets from various funding sources; allocates resources in the most cost-effective manner to ensure maximum return on investment and to achieve quality customer service.
  • Communicates and coordinates all activities with other departments as a member of the senior management team to achieve organizational goals.
  • Conceives, develops, implements, leads, and improves children and youth programming and special services system-wide, including internal and external stakeholder development and coordination, and building in evaluative tools to meet organizational strategic goals.
  • Develops and builds external partnerships with government agencies and community-based organizations that effectively support achieving organizational goals for the delivery of innovative, customer-focused, educational programs and services.
  • Based on programmatic needs and priorities, assists with and secures grant funding to support the delivery and expansion of programs and special services.
  • Ensures compliance with all requirements for private and government grants secured.
  • Manages and evaluates staff through regular performance reviews, coaching, mentoring, and support.
  • Encourages the continuous professional development of staff and conducts regularly scheduled performance management plans.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Bachelor’s Degree in Education or Museum Studies, or Master’s Degree in Education, Curriculum Development, ALA accredited Master’s in Library Science, or related field preferred.
  • Five years of managerial experience with programs serving children and/or youth populations required.
  • Proficient knowledge of youth development and experience designing and implementing new programming a plus.
  • Knowledge of public and private grants development and management is required.
  • Significant experience in planning, administration, and supervision required.
  • Knowledge of program evaluation methods and processes required.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work as part of a highly-collaborative team within the organization and build positive rapport required.
  • Ability to plan, organize work as well as maintain records, analyze data and prepare reports required.
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision required.
  • Ability to maintain confidential information required.
  • Ability to develop short and long-term plans and goals and to evaluate work accomplishments required.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to work efficiently and effectively in a fast paced environment.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced computer proficiency, including MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and demonstrated experience with client data collection software packages, local area networks, and the Internet required.
  • Demonstrated experience marketing social services programs through printed outreach, door to door solicitation, stakeholder development, and community events required.
Queens Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Innovation and leadership are the hall marks of Queens Library. Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US, Queens Library is a place where innovation and leaders are welcomed. Queens Library is a private non-profit corporation located in Queens, New York and includes 65 service locations with 1,700 employees.

Queens Library is the proud recipient of the following awards: 2009 Library Journal, Library of the Year, 2014 ALA/Information Today, Library of the Future, 2013 ULC Top Innovators, 2013 American-Architect's Building of the Year (Queens Library at Glen Oaks).

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to and reference “Director of Children, Youth & Family Programs – EXTERNAL” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email.

The Queens Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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This job posted by MERC from February 9 through May 9.

Overnight Program Educators
Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut, USA

These positions provide hands-on engaging programming for school and youth groups who sleep overnight at Mystic Seaport. The overnight programs provide an exciting overnight experience for youth groups aboard the full-rigged ship the JOSEPH CONRAD. For more information about the Ship to Shore overnight program visit For a description of Anchor Watch programs and a typical schedule, visit These positions are seasonal jobs starting March 5, 2018 through June 4, 2018. Hours range from 13 hours to 35 hours per week during this time depending upon program bookings.

  • Lead tours, outdoor and indoor activities
  • Supervise guests overnight on board the JOSEPH CONRAD
  • Assist in rigging climbing
  • Assist with cleaning of program facilities
  • Provide excellent customer service and excellent visitor experiences
  • Build a professional repertoire through continuous growth and mastery of content, skills, hands-on education, presentation and delivery techniques
  • Contribute to the development of new programs and enhancement of existing programs
  • Help advance department and institutional goals, adhere to mission, and serve as ambassador for Mystic Seaport
  • Experience working with children, youth and families in formal or informal settings; ability to engage students in a dynamic and energetic manner
  • Demonstrate caring and respectful attitude towards children, youth, and families
  • Ability to lead education tours of the Museum, indoor/outdoor games and crafts, climb the rigging
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively and work with diverse staff across the Museum as well as external customers
  • Self-directed learning, ability to retain learned information, and use of knowledge to engage audiences of all ages and learning styles
  • Absolute reliability, punctuality and positive attitude
  • Flexibility, versatility, and adaptability
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to get along with others; ability to use tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to perform assignments creatively, conscientiously, and accurately with high standards of quality and overall effectiveness.
  • Capacity for accepting responsibility of position without need for follow-up; ability to act independently without specific instructions.
  • Must possess and reflect a polished professional demeanor in a variety of situations.
  • College level training is required; background in museum education, maritime history, and/or teaching or youth development experience is preferred
  • Willingness to work a highly flexible schedule corresponding to the needs of the Museum
Physical/Mental Requirements and Environmental Conditions:
  • Deliver programs in venues that can be cold, wet, hot, or dirty; work outside in all weather
  • Late nights, early mornings, overnight on the JOSEPH CONRAD
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This job posted by MERC from December 8 through March 9.

Director of Education
The National WWII Museum
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The National WWII Museum seeks an experienced and energetic professional to lead our Education Department. The Director of Education is responsible for providing creative and strategic leadership to oversee all aspects of the museum’s K-12 student and teacher programs, public programs, and interpretative functions. This ever-growing portfolio of programs includes, but is not limited to, the development and implementation of curricula, teacher professional development, student field trips, STEM initiatives, student competitions, commemorative events, public programs, youth summer camps, and volunteer docent training. The Director ensures seamless execution of these programs through effective operational planning, budgeting, staff supervision and training, program delivery, and follow-up evaluation. The Director works collaboratively with departments across the Museum to generate concepts, content, and funding that will make programs most successful and expand the reach and reputation of The National WWII Museum. Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Education & Access, the Director of Education oversees a staff of 8, as well as interns and volunteers.

Ranked the #2 museum in the world by TripAdvisor and visited by 700,000+ individuals annually, The National WWII Museum is a vibrant, national history museum with excellent facilities and staff and ambitious plans for growth. The Museum is currently in the midst of a capital expansion project that will quadruple the size of the original Museum facility, add exciting new programs and permanent exhibits, and double on-site collections storage. In addition, the Museum has undertaken an ambitious multi-year digitization project to make our collections accessible to audiences worldwide through our Digital Collections website – – and launched the WWII Media & Education Center, which will serve as the epicenter of the Museum’s digital content production and broadcasting. The Director of Education will provide valuable insight and leadership to this institutional growth and help position the Museum as the leading resource on the history, values, and lasting significance of World War II.

Specific job responsibilities include:
  • Oversee the development of museum education programs that are effective and engaging, meet the needs of their audiences, and promote the Museum’s mission and vision.
  • Hire, train and supervise education staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Oversee development, implementation and continuous monitoring of the department budget.
  • Work closely with other departments to plan, promote, and execute Museum programs that will complement exhibits and collections and serve diverse audiences.
  • Serve on interdepartmental projects, such as capital exhibits, strategic planning taskforces, and distance learning initiatives of the WWII Media & Education Center, as advisor on K-12 and education-related matters.
  • Propose new program initiatives that align with the Museum’s strategic plan and position it at the forefront of the museum education field.
  • Ensure program effectiveness and content quality through monitoring, evaluation, and feedback.
  • Collaborate with Institutional Advancement to identify program funding needs, prepare proposals and progress reports, and develop effective relationships with stakeholders that clearly communicate program outcomes.
  • Expand the museum's professional connections and visibility on a local, regional, and national level.
  • Serve as an institutional liaison to a diverse network of stakeholders including schools, colleges / universities, museums, and other supporters of education.
  • Assist in planning for meetings of the Board of Trustees and Presidential Counselors advisory group.
  • Represent the interests of the Education Department in management-level meetings and in meetings of staff task forces, work teams, and work groups.
  • Perform additional duties as directed.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

Strong passion for the mission of The National WWII Museum

Masters degree in a discipline related to the Museum’s work such as:
  • History
  • Education
  • Arts Administration
  • Museum Studies
A minimum of five years related experience in museum education and/or programming.

Demonstrated knowledge of effective personnel and budget management practices with a minimum of three years experience in a supervisory position.

Experience working with education standards and the educational landscape to develop programs and curricula.

Exceptional communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Ability to create and implement both short-term projects and long-range plans.

Willingness to work overtime during special events, facility rentals, heavy visitation, or to meet a deadline.

Interested candidates should apply online at or by mail to 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130.

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This job posted by MERC from December 6 through March 7.

The last update to this page was 2-9-18.