Job Listing: Youth & Family Program Coordinator

Job Postings,

Office of Historic Alexandria - Alexandria, VA

Closes - September 6, 2023

Position Title - Youth and Family Program Coordinator

Compensation - $55,774.68 - $74,711.78 Annually 

Job Type - full-time

Apply - To apply please visit the website.

Summary - Inspire the next generation with Alexandria history! The Youth and Family Program Coordinator is instrumental in developing and expanding OHA’s long-term relationship with youth in Alexandria. They are responsible for development, promotion, implementation, and evaluation of on-site and outreach programs for children and families for the department and its museums. A commitment to diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and public service is at the core of this position and the department. This position welcomes and engages diverse audiences, drives attendance, strengthens visitor experience, and deepens connections to communities in Alexandria and beyond. They oversee implementation of programs and monitor program evaluations, making adjustments to enhance effectiveness.
This position is the primary contact for teachers and school districts. This includes marketing programs, booking school visits, handling day-of field-trip logistics to include staffing, and working in partnership with schools to develop programs and teacher trainings that meet curriculum needs. They also coordinate the annual Virginia Regional National History Day contest and supplemental teacher materials in partnership with the state History Day office and regional partners.  
This position is part of the part of the Education and Museum Operations Division, reporting directly to the Director of Education and Museum Operations, and is the primary liaison to Alexandria City Public Schools. The incumbent works closely with other members of the division and in cross-disciplinary teams. They personally teach programs as well as are responsible for training staff and volunteers to teach education programs. This position requires evening and weekend work. 

Job Responsibilities 

  • Develop and on-site and outreach educational programs, including school, scout, and family programs. 
  • Teach on-site and outreach educational programs.
  • Work directly with the Alexandria City Public Schools, regional school systems, and private schools to book educational programs. 
  • Market museum education programs to school systems and individual schools, including producing marketing materials, meeting with potential customers, offering teacher in-services, etc. 
  • Train museum educators and volunteers to teach Historic Alexandria on-site and outreach educational programs. 
  • Acquire/produce educational program materials to ensure staff have the necessary resources to teach the programs.
  • Manage Virginia District 5’s National History Day program 
  • Performs related work as required

Qualification - To be considered as an ideal candidate, applicants must have a working knowledge of United States history and an interest in learning and sharing the diverse history of Alexandria. The candidate must be creative, have a keen attention to detail, and be able to manage multiple schedules. Experience developing training plans and/or curriculum is essential to their success, with the ability to create video content a plus. The candidate must work well with this targeted audience and have demonstrated teaching experience. They must possess a demonstrated understanding of interpretive principles, particularly as they apply to interpreting African American history, and the ability to coach others.   

Minimum Requirements -

Four-year college degree with college-level coursework in History, African-American History,
Public History, Art History, Museum Studies, Museum Education, American History and/or other closely related field and two (2) years of museum experience working with the public; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualification -

  • Master's degree or equivalent experience in Teaching, Museum Education, Public History, Museum Studies or related field.
  • At least three (3) years of experience in program development in a classroom-setting or museum environment.
  • At least two (2) years of experience teaching, especially elementary age children. 

Ability to speak, read and write in Spanish is a plus.

About Historic Alexandria - The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the city’s square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead.  

The Office of Historic Alexandria (OHA) enhances the quality of life for city residents and visitors by preserving and interpreting Alexandria's historic properties, archaeological sites, cultural resources, artifact collections, objects, archives, records, and personal stories and by encouraging audiences to recognize Alexandria’s diverse historic heritage and its place within the broader context of American history.