Job Listing: Director of Education
Mosby Heritage Area Association, Loudoun County, VA
Salary: $40,000, Full Time
Benefits: Employee Health Insurance Plan, 50% covered by MHAA
Paid Federal Holidays
2 Weeks Paid Vacation
5 Paid Sick Days
Background: The Mosby Heritage Area Association is in its 24th year of educating the public about and advocating for the preservation of the historic and cultural resources of the five county Heritage Area, which includes Fauquier, Loudoun, Clarke, Warren, and Prince William Counties. MHAA’s offices are located in Atoka, 4 miles outside of Middleburg, Virginia. www.mosbyheritagearea.org
Position Description: The Director of Education is responsible for educating the public, both adults and students, about the history of the five county Heritage Area. The position is centered on our in-school programs, which cover topics from Revolutionary War to Civil Rights, and are offered to any schools in the Heritage Area that are interested. The Director of Education is also responsible for adult education programs offered periodically throughout the year.
Qualifications: BA in History or related field at a minimum, 5+ years’ experience in the public history field, interpretive experience a must, very strong working knowledge of all northern Virginia history, highly motivated to excel independently, 100% punctuality and reliability.
- School Programs: Managing, scheduling, and performing in-school programs in the schoolyear and designing the curriculum for any new programs to be offered at the discretion of the Education Committee. It is imperative that this position act as the face of MHAA and will be the person responsible for having a network and relationship with each school district. School programs tend to run 90 minutes, which the position must be able to interpret for the full time.
- MHAA’s Interpretive Group: Acting as the writer, scheduler, and lead organizer of this volunteer first-person interpretive group. This includes locating a venue, researching the program content, scheduling the volunteers, and acting as narrator at the event. This is always on Saturday nights, 4-5 times a year.
- Field Trips: The programs are designed and almost fully staffed by our partners, but this position must liaise scheduling, providing whatever volunteer staffing is required, working with the school districts on transportation, and with the historic sites to be visited. Three field trip programs are offered in Spring.
- Curriculum planning/development: Most of the programs offered in the schools are designed already but could use refreshing on a regular basis. This position may find ways to leave their stamp on the programs by adding in new stories, new research, etc.
- Research: As a Heritage Area, we continuously collect stories from the past and this position is the keeper of this research. The collection of historic stories supplies the content for special events offered to adults, publications, public speaking engagements, and of course school programs.
- Public Programs: Events such as Conversations in History and Bus Tours offered throughout the year require itinerary design, research, and creation. This is done in conjunction with the Public Programs Coordinator. These events are educational in mission, not fundraisers for MHAA like the special events.
- Occasional MHAA Publications: MHAA puts out publications on various topics (particularly for anniversary events such as the sesquicentennial and the centennial of WWI). This position will need to research and design these publications which are often designed in-house, with input from the other staff.
- Social Media Population: With the assistance of all staff, the social media presence of the Heritage Area needs regular educational input, such as “on this day in history” posts. The creation of a blog would be welcomed. The Director of Education also must maintain standards of excellence with our online and social media content, consistently refreshing our website and online presence, along with the other staff.
- Assist in Special Event setup/clean up: Special Event fundraisers for MHAA are an “all-hands on deck” expectation when possible. As such, night and weekend availability (with ample notice) is a must. Often, the Director of Education may speak at events, if a particular story is relevant to the event.
Kindly send letter of interest and resume to email@example.com by February 18