Director, Education and Interpretation, St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum

St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum
Published
December 14, 2020
Location
St. Louis, MO
Job Type

Description

Summary

The Director of Education and Interpretation (Director) reports to the St. Louis Holocaust Museum Executive Director and is a member of the Museum’s senior management team, contributing to the development of short and long-range institutional, strategic, intellectual, artistic, and engagement goals for the Museum. The Director oversees all aspects of exhibition interpretation, public programming, K12 activities, and curation of the Museum.

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • The Director provides leadership, vision, and develops new strategies for exhibition interpretation with a goal of enhancing the museum experience and understanding of exhibitions and collections for diverse audiences.
  • Development of offerings that enhance and broaden engagement with the Main Exhibit, Impact Lab, and Special Exhibits, including programs for the general public, grade 6 -12 students, educators, families and other constituencies.
  • The Director is responsible for the development of curricular materials for schools and teachers and initiates and maintains relationships with Primary, Secondary schools as well as Universities to enhance the academic role and integration of the Museum in academic life.
  • The Director will oversee the Impact Lab, a space devoted to the exploration of contemporary issues through a historical lens, and will have regular interaction with community leaders, school district personnel, and other stakeholders to further collaboration and partnerships and to ensure that the Museum’s programs meet the needs of the widest range of communities of St. Louis region and target geographic area.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree in museum studies, history, or related field, required.
  • At least five years of experience developing interpretive strategies, conceiving didactic materials, and overseeing public programs in a museum setting.
  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the history of the Holocaust.
  • Extensive knowledge of administrative, exhibition, and educational issues facing museums and ability to communicate understanding of those issues to a diversity of academic and nonacademic audiences.
  • Knowledge of the Museum’s Mission and content as well as educational theory.
  • Experience developing engaging public programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement new interpretive strategies in a museum of history and culture.
  • Ability to as part of an executive team responsible for long and short term strategic planning, policy development, budgetary decisions, and personnel planning.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to supervise and provide direction to staff.
  • Extensive knowledge of administrative, exhibition, and educational issues facing museums and ability to communicate understanding of those issues to a diversity of academic and nonacademic audiences.
  • Skill in developing and managing department budgets.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with attention to consistency, flexibility, clear directions, leadership and dependability.
  • Working with the Director of Development and Engagement, develop and sustain relationships that have fundraising and audience building possibilities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with communities that have experienced trauma (i.e. living Holocaust Survivors, 2nd generations, and their descendants).
  • Demonstrated skill in public speaking and teaching.
  • Skilled in interacting diplomatically with the public for the purpose of developing closer ties with the museum.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other staff members, subordinates, administrators, and volunteers.
  • Ability to train education staff and volunteers as effective gallery teachers and communicators.
  • Ability to work flexible schedule, based on the needs of the Museum.

The Jewish Federation of St. Louis is the community’s central philanthropic, planning and community building organization. Founded in 1901, it is one of the region’s largest and oldest nonprofit organizations. Federation is committed to the development and enhancement of a thriving, vibrant Jewish community through the support of approximately 100 local, national and international agencies, programs, services and innovative projects. The Jewish Federation of St. Louis offers an extensive benefits package including health, dental, 403(b), paid vacation, paid holidays, sick and personal time, life insurance, LTD and more. Jewish Federation of St. Louis is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to hr@jfedstl.org for consideration.

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