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128 Pierrepont Street
The Director of Education is a Senior Staff position reporting to the President. The Director of Education leads a dynamic team of 3 FT staff and 4 – 10 PT staff and is responsible for the overall design, evaluation, staffing, and financial sustainability of learning experiences and resources primarily for K-12 audiences, as well as family, college, adult and older adult groups. Education programs bring to life BHS’s unique collections, including archives and oral histories, as well as objects, art, and ephemera, and connect local Brooklyn history to new scholarship and national narratives. The Director of Education represents BHS through collaborations with outside partners, communities, institutions, and the NYC Department of Education. Successful candidates will bring an active interest in racial equity and inclusion – both of which are fundamental to the institution.
Department Administration and Leadership
• Establish annual goals, objectives and priorities for the Education Department across all BHS sites
• Establish and manage the Education Department budget
• Manage Education Department partnerships, new and ongoing (the Brooklyn Navy Yard, NYC DOE, and others)
• Hire, supervise and train Education staff, volunteers and interns and develop Education department procedures and protocols
• Develop marketing strategies for education programs and work in collaboration with Marketing and Communications staff
• Represent the Education Department at Senior Staff meetings, and in strategic planning with the Board of Trustees
• Collaborate with all other BHS Departments on a wide range of institutional projects
• Represent BHS at conferences and professional meetings
• Serve as a liaison between BHS and public, private and parochial schools
• Conceive of and implement program evaluation strategies for Education programs
• Serve as editor for the Young Scholars book series, a program in which BHS publishes original student research every spring
• Oversee program development for college students, adults, and older adults.
• Develop new programs for family audiences
Funding for Education
• Collaborate actively with Development Staff on fundraising for Education programming from government, foundation and corporate sources.
• Manage Education Department grants and awards
• Meet with and present on Education programs to funders as needed
Direct Instruction and Educator Training
• Build and maintain relationships with NYCDOE and NYC schools to provide content-rich teacher and student programs in Pre-K - 12
• Manage 3 FT staff
• With other Education Staff:
o Lead training of PT staff
o Teach school programs, especially as training for PT program educators
o Facilitate Teacher Professional Learning workshops
• BA in History, Humanities, Education, Museum Studies, or related field. Advanced degrees preferred.
• At least 7 years in museum education or public history education, at least 3 of them in a leadership role.
• Excellent writing and communication skills
• Deep knowledge of trends and pedagogies related to museum education and public history
• Experience and interest in contributing to development and fundraising for education programs
• Strong leadership and experience managing a varied team of PT and FT staff
• Demonstrated budgeting and organizational skills
• Commitment to racial equity and inclusion work in public history and education
• Ability to partner with scholars and outside presenters
• Experience curating exhibitions or humanities projects that involve primary sources
• Knowledge of teen and youth program design
• Experience creating written curriculum
• Experience collaborating with NYC Department of Education and other agencies
• Multiple languages
Brooklyn Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity employer. Diversity and equity are core values of the institution.
Our work is strengthened by the wide range of perspectives, positionalities, skills and experiences of our present and future staff. We are dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, the presence of any mental, physical, or sensory disability, sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.
Level of Language Proficiency
Minimum Education Required