In keeping with the objectives of Old Salem Museums and Gardens’ Learning in Place initiative, the Education Coordinator for Hidden Town Project Programming is an integral member of the LIP department, charged with OSMG’s understanding of the southern African and African-American experience from the 18th century through present day, by moving it forward as a place of continued discovery, learning, and sharing. OSMG’s Hidden Town Project is our groundbreaking initiative to research and reveal the history of a community of enslaved and free Africans and African Americans who once lived in Salem, North Carolina (https://www.oldsalem.org/
The position is an exempt full-time position that is responsible for the development, full integration, and implementation of educational programs that utilize the 18th century through the present day Southern African American experiences to teach a variety of topics to an expanding diverse audience. The Education Coordinator for Hidden Town Project Programming is responsible for creating a positive learning environment and providing exceptional customer service.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Engage operations as a member of the Old Salem Leadership team.
• Develop Hidden Town Project educational programs that align with education objectives and maximize resources within budget.
• Conduct research, fieldwork, and investigations as part of a required thesis project in the Hidden Town area. Thesis contributions will be used in curriculum development and for distribution on official OSMG/MESDA social media outlets.
• Perform scholarly research to aid in the development of educational programs and historical performances.
• Work with the Director of Moravian Research in deepening Old Salem’s understanding of the southern African and African-American experience from the 18th century through the civil rights movement of the 20th century within the town of Salem and the greater community.
• Implement educational programs, including the preparation and presentation of programs and events, both on-site, off-site, and through digital franchise.
• Lead special tours, student education programs, and other projects as needed.
• Serve as a liaison for the Hidden Town Project Initiative.
• Perform demonstrations, presentations, and participate in panels associated with the history of the site. As needed, wears appropriate period clothing provided while performing the work.
• Develop learning materials for the historic site to be used in daily activities and events.
• Provide direction in purchasing operations that support daily activities and events in historic district.
• Maintain cleanliness and preservation of the assigned historic location.
Safety & Security:
• Responsible for building opening and closing/shutdown.
• Monitor visitors’ activities to ensure compliance with regulations and safety practices.
• Provide security for the site, buildings, and exhibits.
• Provide security support, including fire prevention, for historic district as assigned.
• Daily upkeep of streetscape maintenance, interior cleanliness, and environmental (interior and exterior) engagement.
• Enforce agency safety policies and procedures.
• Oversee staff of at least one full-time and two part-time Educators, including scheduling staff and providing supervision and evaluation.
• Lead the professional development of new Educators and volunteers throughout the department, as well as provide direct professional development opportunities for division staff.
• Participate in the interview and selection process of new staff.
• Participate in and present at regular departmental meetings.
• Lead and participate in regular departmental training and continuing education programs & readings.
• Collaborate with Director of Learning in Place to design and implement professional development programming for Learning in Place Educators.
• Responsible for scheduling volunteers as it relates to the needs of division site.
• Must be available to work evenings, weekends and special events as needed.
Customer Service & Engagement:
• Engage with guests and staff in a warm and enthusiastic demeanor.
• Respond to questions and provide pertinent information to visitors.
• Help solve customer concerns.
• Responsible for maintaining a professional and positive demeanor with visitors, Educators, and other members of staff.
• Ensure all site visitors feel welcomed and experience a unique journey.
• Provide support to other Educators throughout the district, as needed.
• Must cross-train for other Educator roles within the Historic District.
• Adhere to all OSMG Policies and Procedures.
• Participate in required OSMG training and continuing education programs & readings.
• Perform all other duties as assigned.
EDUCATIONAL AND EXPERIENTIAL REQUIREMENTS
• 4-yr degree in African-American, Black Studies, Education, Museum Studies, Public History, or related field preferred, or work experience equivalent.
• Demonstrate exemplary understanding of Southern African American history, and knowledge of agriculture science and its historical applications in Southern Black history.
• Minimum of one-year supervisory experience.
• Must have at least three years of experience working in Education, Museum, Heritage Site, Theater.
• Multilingual abilities are a plus.
• Ability to lift and carry up to 25 lbs.
• Ability to bend, stoop, squat, kneel, push, pull, crawl, and sit on low chairs.
• The work is conducted year-round in all weather conditions.
• May require working near a fire.
• Must be able to climb stairs.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
• Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but can occasionally be loud.
Reporting to this Position:
• Fulltime Educators
• Part-time Educators
• Volunteer Interpreters