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Job Listing: Senior Director of Museum Operations & Education

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation - Williamsburg, VA

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is seeking an exceptional leader for our Museum Operations and Education team. Specifically, this person must be an innovative, cutting-edge leader ready to plan, develop, and implement a comprehensive educational agenda that explores the nation’s origins through the convergence of Indigenous, English and Central West Africa peoples. They will lead our education programs, exhibition, research and curatorial units, visitor services, living history, maritime program and special/evening programs.
This role plays a critical role in moving our agency forward as we work to create and implement increasingly comprehensive, historically accurate, and inclusive educational experiences for our visitors that is engaging, informative and memorable!

The ideal candidate for this position must have demonstrated success overseeing, creating and/or partnering on the development of exhibitions and educational programs across a variety of platforms for adult, family and student learners. They must have experience building, leading and motivating highly collaborative teams to ensure guest experiences are world-class and staff is inspired. They will have a professional level understanding of the public history and museum fields.

Minimum Qualifications

Must have demonstrated ability to:

  • Lead and implement mission-based strategic vision to ensure compelling programs and exhibitions appeal to a variety of audiences,
  • Be an exceptional communicator (written and orally) with extensive knowledge of museum operations, visitor studies, variety of learning styles and teaching pedagogy in museum environments,
  • Effectively manage interpretation, curatorial, collections management, visitor services, public programs, in-school and outreach K-12 initiatives, and/or related program delivery,
  • Think creatively and ethically to maximize and manage financial and human resources to make best use of physical and intellectual assets,
  • Direct, oversee and manage historical initiatives and museum programs that explore diverse cultures in respectful, historically accurate and intentional ways,
  • Develop, implement and manage budgets, grant programs and outcomes; including adjustments based on revenue levels, expenditures, and variances as they occur,
  • Actively pursue mutually beneficial alliances and partnerships to help strengthen mission-delivery, community engagement and donor relations,
  • Represents the museum to a variety of constituencies to help build enthusiasm for programs and exhibitions,
  • Collaborate with marketing department to highlight special events, exhibits, and individual programs,
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the leadership team: Development, Administration, and Executive Office,
  • Work effectively and collaboratively as liaison with Board committees, tourism and/or museum industry colleagues, volunteers, vendors, and JYF staff at all levels,
  • Utilize organizational and time management skills to consistently meet deadlines, and manage the department effectively.
  • Comply with all federal, state, and local regulations, and provide direction and guidance for appropriate changes to marketing strategy to Executive Director and board members,

Preferred Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in History, Education, Museum Studies, Administration or Related-fields strongly preferred,
  • Minimum of ten years’ experience in museum management strongly preferred.

Special Requirements

The Jamestown Yorktown Foundation is committed creating and maintaining a culture of diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and respect for all persons regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation through fair and equal employment for all.

Special Instructions to Applicants

All full-time and part-time paid staff of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation are required to complete and sign an Application for Employment. The employee must certify that they have never been convicted of a violation included in VA Code §22.1-296.1-C which states “that (i) he has not been convicted of a felony or any offense involving the sexual molestation or physical or sexual abuse or rape of a child; and (ii) whether he has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude.”

In addition, the Foundation completes both name and sex registry background checks through Virginia State Police on all paid and core volunteer staff. Foundation staff must also be eligible to work in the United States which is verified by using the E-Verify system through U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

$145,000 - $165,000 a year plus state benefits