General Summary of Job Duties
The B&O Railroad Museum seeks an organized, creative, and energetic candidate for the position of Education Specialist for school and Sensory Programs. Working closely with the Director of Education, the candidate will research, develop, implement, and participate in the museum’s educational initiatives and programming centered on the themes of History, Transportation, and Innovation. The specialist will work to coordinate and facilitate our school field trip program which serves over 5,000 students annually, as well as maintain and expand the Museum’s Sensory Friendly programming and initiatives for families and visitors from the neuro-diverse community. The education specialist should be someone who enjoys shaping new programs, scaling existing programs, working with, and supporting neuro-diverse communities, contributing to the museum’s educational content, and supporting teachers with their classroom objectives.
Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:
A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in education, special education, history, social studies, museum studies, or another related field is required. A minimum of 2 years’ experience working full-time in formal or informal education, including the designing and delivery of quality education programs for students with diverse backgrounds, ages, and interests. Priority will be given to candidates with robust experience with the neuro-diverse community.
Required knowledge and abilities:
- Ability to deliver quality education programs to students and adults of varied backgrounds and ages.
- Experience working with children with special needs, particularly, students from the neuro-diverse community.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- A desire to help craft museum content with strong educational goals.
- Ability to work well with groups as well as work effectively on independent projects.
- Ability to work with museum guests, volunteers, and interns of all backgrounds and ages.
- Computer skills including Microsoft Office, Zoom, email, and web-based research.
- Preference for distance learning expertise
- Ability to pass background check.
- Facilitates hands-on workshops, and tours to visiting student and adult groups with the help of volunteers and the Director of Education. Acts as contact for greeting and introducing groups to the museum.
- Maintain and expand our Sensory Friendly Program to ensure our neuro-diverse visitors are supported while at the museum.
- Coordinates the scheduling of school field trip bookings to the museum between the school and the museum’s staff.
- Facilitates youth literacy and educational programs for a wide range of grade levels, such as toddler story time, Sensory Friendly Summer Camp, or high school STEAM mentorship programs.
- Collaborates with the curatorial team to research and develop educational content and programming for the museum.
- Contributes to the development of in-person, virtual, and self-guided tours, and experiences for visitors of all ages.
- Assist the Education Director in fostering relationships with stakeholder interest groups and partner agencies, as well as with outreach to state and local educators.
- Be available for occasional weekend programming (1-2 weekend programs per month). The museum is a hybrid workplace with employees expected to work on-site with the opportunity to work remote at their supervisor’s discretion.
Please apply to KCole@borail.org with a resume and cover letter expressing interest. Applications will be processed and reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.