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School Programs Coordinator

REPORTS TO:          Director of Interpretation

STATUS:                    Part time regular, year round, non-exempt

HOURS:                     20 hours per week with flexible schedule; occasional weekend, evening and holiday work required.

The Mark Twain House is a museum that preserves and interprets the life and legacy of one of America’s most successful and influential writers. The house was Mark Twain’s home from 1874-1891, during which time he raised a family, pursued fame, and completed several of his most famous novels. Restored to its 1880s appearance, the house provides a window into Twain’s personality, family life, relationships, literary career, and life in the Victorian era.

The school programs coordinator is responsible for leading efforts to present dynamic, interactive, inquiry–based tours and other educational activities to school students, teachers, and community groups at The Mark Twain House & Museum, and at designated off-site venues. The school programs coordinator will serve as a model for other interpretive staff and will work with the director of interpretation to provide training  and mentorship.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate efforts to maintain and update existing school programs.
  • Develop new programming in alignment with Connecticut state curriculum standards and perform pilot prototype programming.
  • Occasionally develops customized student programs or teacher professional development in consultation with requesting teachers and as schedule allows.
  • Will be the lead coordinator for the summer grant funded school programs and the site coordinator for the Neighborhood Studios Program of the Greater Hartford Arts Council.
  • Lead in development of programs by researching, facilitating brainstorming sessions, training, and producing program materials. Evaluate ongoing programs.
  • Provide ongoing training and mentoring for new and seasoned interpreters who provide the backbone of school program delivery.
  • As needed, conduct museum tours and programs for students in pre-K through grade 12 around a variety of themes and school curricula.
  • Lead related age-appropriate activities and primary source workshops for students and teacher workshops.
  • Assist with set-up and clean-up, obtain and undertake preparation of materials including photocopying.
  • Maintain relationships with various professional organizations and school districts.
  • Work with counterpart at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center to develop and execute shared school programming.
  • Perform other education and programming duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Demonstrated knowledge of Connecticut state curriculum standards.
  • Knowledge and experience with current trends and best practices in the museum education field.
  • Reliability and personal organization skills to ensure obligations are met.
  • Experience working with children in a school, museum, or informal learning environment.
  • Commitment to museum’s mission and to reaching a diverse audience.
  • Knowledge of learning styles and the ability to work with people of varying ages and skill levels.
  • Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • General understanding of museum operations and procedures and customer/visitor service concepts.
  • Ability to work creatively, flexibly, and effectively with other employees, visitors, teachers, group tour leaders and volunteers.
  • Ability to conduct basic historical research, effectively analyze primary and secondary historical sources, and stay current on historiographic trends.
  • Conversant with basic computer skills, ability to work comfortably with Microsoft Office products.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems and make decisions under pressure.
  • Ability to lift and move 30 pounds, to climb stairs, and to work in dimly lit environments.
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a car.

SUPERVISION

The School Programs Coordinator reports to the director of interpretation, but works closely with the entire interpretation and education team. The School Programs Coordinator will have to work closely with individuals from all museum departments.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work involves direct contact with the public in a fast-paced environment. The position also requires standing for long periods, managing several sets of staircases several times per day, working in a dimly lit environment, and occasionally being outside in various weather conditions.

TRAINING

Training will take place on the job and with the supervision of various employees.

BENEFITS

Available as of date of hire: Twenty percent museum store discount, and ability to visit all participating New England Museum Association institutions, free of charge or at discounted rates. After the first year of employment: paid time off commensurate with average weekly hours worked, employee membership to the museum. The Mark Twain House and Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

HOW TO APPLY

Email cover letter and resume to employment@marktwainhouse.org

Use your acting skills to give tours as a character at the Mark Twain House!

Living History Tour Guides - Open Auditions

The Mark Twain House & Museum welcomes applications for Living History actors.  These are paid, part-time, daytime positions, with flexible schedules.  We are in particular need of actors who can work weekend days.

Living History actors primarily lead public house tours, in costume and in character.  Preparation includes learning a 75-minute script and learning about Mark Twain, his family, and his historic Hartford home.

Our current Living History characters are:

Susy Clemens: Mark Twain’s daughter (age 20+).

George Griffin: Mark Twain’s butler, confidant and friend. African-American (30 +)

The Rev. Joseph Twitchell: Twain’s best friend, older gentleman (40 +)

Livy Clemens: Mark Twain’s elegant and educated wife.(40 +)

Lizzie Wills: an energetic, snooping, gossipy maid.  English (UK) (30 +)

Katy Leary: stalwart lady’s maid, Irish, with Mark Twain’s family for thirty years. (30 +)

Patrick McAleer: Irish coachman, with Mark Twain’s family for twenty years. (40+)

Previous acting experience preferred.

Please email your cover letter and resume to: tomraines@marktwainhouse.org or call 860-280-3156.

 

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