Job Opening: Curator of Education

Curator of Education

DEPARTMENT:  Education
SUPERVISOR:  Executive Director
EMPLOYMENT STATUS:  Full time, salaried, exempt.
SALARY: $3,956/month
LOCATION: Corvallis/Philomath, Oregon                                                                           

Job Summary

The Curator of Education will manage the educational programming for the Society’s two museum venues:  Corvallis Museum and Philomath Museum, ensuring that these programs align with the BCHS mission by developing and implementing programs and activities that engage the community.

Major Position Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement museum activities and programs for all audiences: adults, students, teachers and families.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise docents and interns to help implement programs and ensure a positive visitor experience.
  • Write or assist in writing grant proposals and grant reporting to support education programs.
  • Compile various monthly and annual reports detailing department activities.
  • Give input to the Executive Director for expense budget for education programs.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships and partnerships with local and regional school districts. 
  • Coordinate the production of education program materials including docent training manuals and curriculum materials. 
  • Advise and manage the Docent Guild and provide staff support.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships and partnerships with local and regional non-profits and professional museum educators statewide.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required for this Position

  • B.A. in art, education or a related field; M.A. in Museum Studies preferred
  • Multi-lingual, especially in Spanish, preferred
  • Minimum of three years museum experience or equivalent
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Comfortable with public speaking and representing the BCHS in a public forum
  • Strong organization and project management skills
  • Knowledge of the theories and history of museum education
  • Knowledge of educational theory and practice
  • Ability to create age-appropriate learning experiences in art, history and culture
  • Ability to maintain collaborative relationships with area schools and teachers
  • Ability to promote all activities of the BCHS Education Department
  • Ability to supervise and inspire docents
  • Attention to details, and follow through on long and short-term projects or goals
  • Ability to work as a team member with staff, volunteers and members of the Board
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with colleagues, museum members, and donors

Managerial Responsibilities

  • Responsible to:  Executive Director
  • Supervise directly:
    • Volunteers/Docents
    • Education interns

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • Available to work during museum hours at the Corvallis Museum, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 5:30 pm
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to accommodate after-hours education programs, events and activities
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds
  • Capable of operating a computer and understanding databases
  • Capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously.

Established Guidelines for Position

  • AAM Museum Code of Ethics; BCHS Employee Handbook


To apply, please send cover letter, CV or resume, and a writing sample by July 31, 2019 to:

  Irene Zenev, Executive Director
  Benton County Historical Society
  PO Box 35
  Philomath, OR 97370
  [email protected]