Director of Learning
The Education and Guest Services Division provides meaningful learning opportunities for Mount Vernon’s one million annual onsite visitors and students in classrooms around the country. Through a diverse portfolio of interpretive experiences, engaging programs, and online resources, we expand each learner’s understanding of, and appreciation for, George Washington and the revolutionary world in which he lived.
The Education and Guest Services team is composed of the Interpretation, Historic Trades, Guest Services and Learning Departments. In sum total this group is comprised of more than 150 full- and part-time staff members who connect Mount Vernon’s mission to a variety of audiences using onsite and offsite programming and physical and digital projects.
Exceed audience learning expectations and ensure a level of access in which everyone is welcome. Be friendly, respectful, engaging, and flexible. Always remember that this visit may be their first and only.
Encourage a meaningful appreciation of George Washington and the world in which he lived. Ensure that his legacies connects to the world our audiences live in today.
Engage yourself in the mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association – take responsibility for your continued development and commit to collaboration. Care for your colleagues and be proud of what we accomplish together.
The Learning Department provides excellence and expertise in inclusive learning practices across all of Mount Vernon’s educational programs and projects. With experts in young people, intergenerational groups, teachers, and students. Staff from the learning team work on national outreach efforts, digital projects and programs, community and local initiatives, and internal staff training. This Department also encompasses expertise in interpreting African American history, the history of enslavement, and the connections to descendant communities today. As a historic plantation site, this expertise is critical to achieving our goals in addressing all legacies of George Washington today. Starting Salary Range $75,000 to $85,000.
1. Lead the Learning Team
- Direct staff, strategies, and vision for the K12, Family Learning, and African American interpretation programs and projects. Lead full-time staff, part-time staff, interns, and volunteers to maximize collaboration, professional growth, effectiveness, and inclusiveness.
- Provide oversight for all elements of budget, resources, and personnel management related to Learning Department. Create an informed, efficient, and positive work environment that provides personnel with parameters and vision along with the tools and support necessary to succeed.
2. Oversee Mission Aligned Programs and Projects (implemented by selected candidate with Learning Team staff)
- Ensure Mount Vernon offers mission-aligned programming for youth that follows best practices in public history, with up to date scholarship and learning theories.
- Direct a well-established suite of K12 programs including the George Washington Teacher Institute’s professional development residential program. Additionally directing digital resource curation and creation, student offerings, teacher alumni engagement. New initiatives should integrate learning expertise to onsite field trips for K12 audience.
- Re-envision and build the Family Learning programming that includes both daily programs in the Hands on History Center and Discovery Stations and quarterly Family Day events and support of programs created by Special Events department.
- Ensure educational programming that interprets African American history at Mount Vernon uses best practices to support learning for children from across racial and cultural backgrounds and diverse lived experiences.
- Identify and pursue educational efforts that will benefit from input from and engagement with descendants of enslaved people at Mount Vernon
- Direct and coordinate educational offerings that span different E&GS departments and are in support of primary target audiences (Colonial Days, Homeschool Days, Cemetery Commemoration)
- Lead target audience initiatives and collaboration with existing and new partners and coalitions such as World Strides, Black Women United for Action, Autism Society for Northern Virginia, League of Descendants of Enslaved People at Mount Vernon, Civic Renewal Network.
3. Represent the Learning Team
- Work across MV departments to advocate for and align learning programs with institutional practices in the Education & Guest Services division (Interpretation, Historic Trades, and Guest Services) and other mission-centric departments (Historic Preservation & Collections and the Washington Library)
- Represent the learning staff and programs at Mount Vernon senior leadership meetings
- Represent Mount Vernon in external meetings, VIP experiences, Media, and professional settings.
4. Bring Learning Expertise to Mount Vernon
- Develop, implement, and evaluate a vision for interpreting George Washington and his world in inclusive and accessible ways that create meaningful and relevant experiences for young audiences.
- Advise VP for Education on trends in Learning in schools and society
- Actively participate in Education and Guest Services division initiatives and meetings and assist the Vice President of Education with special projects and initiatives as needed.
- Demonstrated expertise in history, museum education, education, museum studies or related field gained through 8 or more years of professional experience.
- Supervisory experience
- Demonstrated expertise in two or more areas of history, museum education, education, museum studies or related field gained through 8 or more years of professional experience in both informal and formal education arenas. Master’s Degree preferred.
- Relevant experience leading program development and coordination, with knowledge of and experience in the intersection of formal and informal learning
- Knowledge of and ability to integrate new education, museum, and technology trends and standards
- Excellent managerial, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
- Strong oral communication and public speaking skills
- Ability to problem solve under pressure and work creatively with attention to detail
- Demonstrated ability to follow administrative and financial policies and practices
- Must be able to work effectively as part of team
- Demonstrated interest in history
- Demonstrated success creating or implementing learning resources in digital environment
- A spirit of curiosity and inquisitiveness
- Must occasionally travel, work non-traditional and additional hours as programs require
- All staff, volunteers, and contractors must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except for cases of approved medical or religious accommodation).
Special Instructions for Applicant:
- Posting will be open for a minimum of ten (10) business days and will remain open until a competitive and qualified candidate pool is established. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
- Please submit a Cover Letter, Resume, an example of your work that demonstrates your qualifications for this position, and a list of three (3) professional references.
Mount Vernon is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to building and retaining a team that represents a variety of skills, experiences and perspectives. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, performance, and qualifications without regard to race, religion or belief, national or ethnic origin, gender/sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or domestic partnership status, veteran and military status, family or parental status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law. Mount Vernon will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.