Associate Director of Interpretive Programs

Associate Director of Interpretive Programs

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Posted Job Title
Associate Director of Interpretive Programs

Job Profile Title
Associate Director C

Job Description Summary
Open to all, the Museum is home to remarkable objects and powerful stories that emerge from its extraordinary expeditions across the world. Discover the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the kings of ancient Egypt; from prehistoric Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. Experience the mystery of the ancient past, gain an understanding of our shared humanity, and find your own place in the arc of human history.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Learning and Community Engagement, the Associate Director of Interpretive Programs will oversee and implement the daily Learning Programs at the Museum including K12 gallery tours and workshop programs, docent-led tours for adults, and Global Guide tours and other interpretative programs. This role oversees a dynamic teaching team and leads the development of innovative and engaging interpretive programs that are visitor-centered incorporating strategies that are inclusive and make best use of the Museum's collection and resources. This role supervises the School Visit Manager, Global Education Manager, Docent volunteer and Global Guides teams to reach adult groups and K12 students not reached by the Unpacking the Past program for Philadelphia middle school students. This role works closely with the Assistant Director, Virtual Programs, Associate Director of Group Sales, to coordinate the logistics of using the teaching team to teach both in-person and virtual programs for a variety of audiences.

This role oversees the coordination of daily program logistics, provides initial and ongoing training for teaching team members, as well as evaluate teaching to ensure high quality delivery of programs and reporting of outcomes. Working closely with the Director, this role develops programs that use inclusive teaching methods such as anti-racist and universal design for learning strategies. In coordination with the Associate Director of Unpacking the Past, this role designs interactive gallery tours and workshops to meet curricular standards and respond to teacher and student needs and interests.

He/she/they helps to oversee department staff, particularly for daily functions and in longer-term planning for the department. The Associate Director of Interpretive Programs is responsible for developing new tours and in-gallery activities, as well as modifying and improving existing ones as guided by evaluations, audiences, and new gallery installations and exhibitions. This person develops and trains interpretive staff, including docents, summer camp teachers, Graduate Guides, and Global Guides. The Associate Director ensures that content provided by docents, tour guides, and educators is vetted for accuracy and connects with developmental levels and curriculum standards. The person in this position maintains the docent/guide procedures manual and associated training program. Working with the School Visit Manager, the Associate Director of Interpretive Programs hosts an annual volunteer recognition event.

The Associate Director is also key to training and maintaining the Global Guides program, He/she/they review program evaluations to provide feedback for volunteers and staff. The Associate Director uses Altru to track relevant departmental statistics and communicate success and challenges. He/she/they assist with related program grant delivery and reports for the Global Guides and Access programs as needed.

As part of his/her/their work to oversee the Global Education Manager, the Associate Director gives feedback in the development of International Classroom programs and speakers. The International Classroom program trains people with lived experience in other countries to give interactive workshops to K-12 and adult audiences; the Global Guides also participate in this program.

The Associate Director oversees the School Visit Manager and School Visit Coordinator roles in the scheduling and clear communications about daily groups within the department, for volunteers, and across the Museum. This role works closely with the School Visit Manager to develop K12 tours, homeschool programs, teacher workshops, and resources to ensure they respond to curricular standards. He/she/they help works with the Associate Director of Unpacking the Past to allocate staff and room resources appropriately.

This position requires knowledge of learning strategies all ages, as the teaching team interprets for a wide variety of museum audiences, including K-12 school children, adults such as college students and senior citizens, and families. This position should have experience in providing guided tours and in training volunteers and/or staff in providing tours. The position requires collaboration with Visitor Services, Public Programs, Academic Engagement, Exhibitions, Building Operations, Curatorial Departments, and outside partners as needed.

This person will be expected to be trained on and deliver K-12 programs and K-12/adult tours as needed to support Learning and Community Engagement. This position requires a flexible work schedule, as evening and weekend work is sometimes required.

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in education, museum education, museum studies required. Master's degree is preferred. Three to five years of work experience is required, or equivalent combination of education and museum experience coordinating interpretive programs, preferably with volunteer management experience. Knowledge of and experience with volunteer management concepts and best practices, along with basic management skills. Desire to work with all ages, especially K12 students. Commitment to equitable and visitor-centered learning programs, Interest in working with diverse communities and with persons with special needs. Highly organized, able to organize details and schedules. Self-starter works well independently. Excellent communication skills, including interpersonal and written skills required. Able to interact professionally and appropriately with staff, volunteers, and the public. Schedule involves a five-day work week with some evenings and weekends as needed. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Outlook calendaring required, knowledge of Altru database helpful but not required.

Application Requirement:

A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Pay Range is commensurate with education and experience.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Museum

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00

Affirmative Action Statement
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Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
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  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
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