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  • 21-Feb-2018 to 30-Jun-2018 (EST)
  • MD, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Port Discovery Children’s Museum provides you with the opportunity to make a difference in the community and in the lives of children. The musuem offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, & vision; company provided disability & life insurance; 401k; free parking and so much more!

Port Discovery Children's Museum seeks an innovative, motivational, and strategic visionary to lead the delivery of interactive educational experiences, and to inspire learning through play and life-long curiosity.

Port Discovery Children's Museum, located at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, opened in 1998 and will be celebrating its 20th birthday this year.  As we ReImagine Port Discovery for the next generation, this position will be a key part of the leadership team. 

Our mission is to connect purposeful play and learning, within our walls and beyond. Our goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families by providing innovative public exhibits and activities, offering programs that respond to community needs and serving as an alternative education resource for schools, teachers and families. Port Discovery is a safe, invigorating, and nurturing place where children and families learn together through play.

General Description of the Job

We are looking for a dynamic and visionary professional with strong leadership and excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, to help advance the Museum as a statewide and national leader in the field of informal learning, children's museums, and early childhood education and to expand Port Discovery's commitment to fostering high-engagement/high-impact interactions for children and families.

This VP of Education and Learning Innovation will foster a culture of learning in the Museum that emphasizes interdisciplinary dialogue, imaginative use of learning and evaluation methods, creativity, and risk-taking. This person will be advocate for how the power of play can be used for authentic, developmentally appropriate transformative learning opportunities.

The Vice President shapes engagement for the Museum through the creation and evaluation of play-based learning programming for children within our permanent and traveling Museum exhibits as well as learning environments in non-Museum locations; educational programs onsite, in schools and in the community, and informs evaluation strategies. This position manages a talented group of full time and part-time professional employees.   In addition, the Vice President will act collaboratively across departments in the design of interactive educational experiences that advance Port Discovery's mission. The relationship between the organization's Education department and the Guest Services team is particularly important to ensure that appropriate programs that are both dynamic and relevant in content are in place to drive attendance and engagement.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

  • Extensive knowledge in early childhood development, family engagement, community and   informal education for children via exhibits, programming and guest services.
  • Develop framework for strategic learning, connecting grant making to ongoing strategy refinement and partnership with the program teams.
  • Lead teams tasked with shaping a portfolio of education and other experiences that convey knowledge in engaging ways.
  • Collaborate externally, in particular with school districts, higher education, other nonprofits and for-profit organizations.
  • Assist program teams in defining their logic models/theories of change, reassessing priorities and refreshing their goals and objectives as needed.
  • Manage and Lead Education and Evaluation Teams:
    • Lead a group of talented professionals as a productive and smoothly functioning department by setting a clear vision and annual goals, providing on-going professional development and ensuring the team's skills are aligned with the Museum's strategic plan.
    • Develop and continuously refresh the Museum's educational philosophy and application of play-based learning grounded in research and ideally endorsed by academic advisors.
    • Ensure all educational activities have clearly defined developmental outcomes for children that are also communicated to parents and /adult caregivers in order to inspire the extension of play-based learning beyond the Museum experience.
    • Ensure evaluation of all learning environments and programs are meeting intended outcomes.
    • Ensure evaluation methodology is incorporated appropriately throughout the Museum.
    • Oversee development of public and education programs.
    • Fully assess the community need and market opportunity to sustainably grow initiatives to scale.
    • Identify, develop and execute key strategic partnerships.
  • Coordination with Guest Services Team:
    • Integrate with Guest Services Team to maximize talents within organization.
    • Facilitate highest show quality standards.
  • Collaborate with Development Team to pursue funding on national and local levels, including federal grants.

Requirements / Qualifications:

  • Relevant Graduate (or Post Graduate) Degree required.
  • Extensive knowledge in early childhood development, family engagement, community and informal education for children.
  • Minimum of ten years' experience in positions of growing leadership scope.
  • Successful experience in leading cross-disciplinary teams in the development of strategies and projects and in communicating educational program value to stakeholders, media and the public.
  • Minimum of five years strategic planning experience, including proven success in planning and developing new educational initiatives.
  • Five plus years of experience leading people and teams.
  • Experience managing complex projects involving the direct supervision and/or collaboration of multiple departments.
  • Demonstrated ability to take a new educational program from concept to implementation.
  • Active knowledge of community and educational organizations and initiatives locally in Baltimore, statewide and nationally required.
  • Comprehension and experience with formative and summative program evaluation and management required.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Computer proficiency with intermediate abilities using MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Expert interpersonal skills.

Port Discovery Children's Museum offers a generous benefits package in addition to providing you with the opportunity to make a difference in the community and in the lives of children. If you are interested and feel you are qualified for this position, please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements. 

Port Discovery is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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