Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Job Opening

The B&O Railroad Museum seeks an energetic, highly organized, and creative candidate for the position of Education Specialist. Working closely with the museum’s education management team, the successful candidate will research, develop, implement, and participate in educational initiatives at the B&O Railroad Museum and Mount Clare Museum House and assist as necessary with site operations of Mt. Clare Museum House.  

The successful candidate will possess proven educational and administrative experience with sound judgment and objective decision-making ability. This position requires strong knowledge of American art, American history, current educational theories and art education methodologies including current technological advances in internet and classroom learning.

This is a full-time position, with benefits, and reports directly to the museum’s Chief Curator. 

The Education Specialist provides leadership and vision in the development and coordination of all programming associated with the museum’s mission, collection, history and special exhibits, working with staff and volunteers to constantly revise, distinguish, diversify, and participate in the Museum’s educational program offerings to attract and serve the broadest possible audience. 

In accordance with the museums’ long range plan, the Specialist oversees the development and implementation of programs, including but not limited to: preparation of program budgets, ongoing training for volunteer tour guides and the development and coordination of programs related to current exhibitions and the permanent collection. The Specialist contributes to the writing of materials related to exhibitions and family/public programs.

The Specialist will assist in routine operations of Mount Clare Museum House as necessary and directed including scheduling and planning of group tours and related correspondence, and scheduling docents. 

The Specialist works on audience advocacy to raise awareness of the Museum as a resource within the community by working with local cultural and community organizations to develop partnerships, collaborations, and special programs to serve their unique needs.
The position requires interaction and close coordination with the Manager of Children’s Programs and the Director of Operations.  The position requires weekend work and off-site presentation of programs.
A minimum of 3+ years combined experience working in museums and/or teaching, including experience building and administering a departmental budget; training and managing intern and  docent  staff; and designing and coordinating quality education programs for adults and children with a diversity of backgrounds, ages and interests.  A Master’s degree in museum education, art history, American history, or related field is desired.  Experience working with and/or creating science, technology, engineering, arts, and math programs is also desired.  Relative experience may be substituted for educational requirements.

Knowledge of current issues in the field of museum education and museum-school partnerships, including knowledge of and participation in professional organizations at the state, regional and national level in the field of museum education or art education; and knowledge of curriculum standards for art and history for school age children.

Must have working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management and tools, work organization and supervision; the ability to supervise, train, motivate and direct interns and volunteers; the ability to interact effectively with all age levels and cultural backgrounds; Must have excellent oral, written, computer, problem-solving and communication skills. Ability to work independently as well as an integral team member is desirable. Successful candidate must be goal directed and results driven. Experience with Microsoft office suite is required.


  • Ability to plan, organize and direct educational programs;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to present recommendations clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to interact with and communicate effectively with visitors of all ages;
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion and judgment with patrons in person and on the telephone;
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other Museum departments and the general public;
  • Ability to exercise initiative, imagination and sound judgment in making decisions conforming to Museum policies;
  • Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, and responsible;
To apply for this position, send a letter of application, resume, and the names and contact information for at least three professional references to chiefcurator@borail.org or mail to:

B&O Railroad Museum
Attn: Dave Shackelford
901 W. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

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