King's Chapel

64 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
www.kings-chapel.org/history--tours

Date Posted:
March 06, 2019

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Education/Instruction

Type:
Part-Time

Historic Site Educator

Description:

King’s Chapel seeks Historic Site Educators to join our enthusiastic interpretation team. 


Educators serve as the public face of King’s Chapel, welcoming and engaging 300,000 visitors to the historic building each year. Educators engage the public through leading guided tours and educational programs, providing historical information and talks, and maintaining a friendly, helpful demeanor for all guests. Educators are also responsible for welcoming visitors to the Freedom Trail site and encouraging them to support our 18th-Century historic church through donations.


Staff are encouraged to assist in developing or expanding multi-generational programming under the supervision of the Program Director and Head Educator.


Our interpretation spans over 300 years of history, with an emphasis on the roles of religion, tolerance, and justice in the formation of the United States.


Programming themes vary from death and burial practices in early America to the complex narrative of religious freedom and tolerance in the United States to King’s Chapel’s place in revolutionary Boston to the role and lasting legacy of the slavery and the Atlantic slave trade in the formation of not only King’s Chapel but the United States.


On a typical day, educators...

  • Lead visitors on our most popular program, the Bells & Bones tour, a guided tour of the church’s 18th-century crypt and bell tower.

  • Interpret the site’s history through guided tours, gallery talks, and informal interpretative conversations for our diverse, global visitorship

  • Welcome and greet visitors and school groups to our historic church

  • Foster a positive, safe, and inclusive learning environment for all visitors.

  • Handle merchandise transactions and encourage visitors to support the historic site through donations


In addition to engaging the public, educators are responsible for opening and closing the building, handling End-of-Day procedures related to and taking appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of all people and objects within the church.


This is a seasonal position (April through October 31) with the possibility of extension.


Schedule includes weekdays and weekends.

Flexible schedule required with availability during holidays, school vacation weeks, evenings and weekends. Educators typically work 2-4 days a week.


Review of applications will begin immediately. Please submit your application no later than Friday March 15.



Qualifications:
  • Applicants should have graduated from or be enrolled in a BA program in History, Archaeology, Religion, Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field

  • Some education or museum experience preferred

  • Demonstrated interest in history, public history, education, and/or the museum field

  • Strong public speaking and customer service skills

  • Friendly, positive attitude and a passion for working with the public

  • Sense of humor and ability to go with the flow

  • Ability to work on a fast-paced team in a high-energy environment

  • Self-motivated; able to work independently

  • Cash-handling experience a plus

  • Conversational skills in a second language a plus

  • Leading programs involves walking and climbing stairs in all weather

How To Apply:
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to the History Program Director, Faye Charpentier, at faye@kings-chapel.org.
Apply by:
March 15, 2019
Salary:
$15/hr
About this Organization:
Established as the first Church of England in New England in 1686, King's Chapel has an unique history stretching back over three hundred years in Boston. Today, King's Chapel sits at the heart of Downtown Boston on the Freedom Trail, boasting a vibrant parish, a music program, and a History Program that welcomes and educates 300,000 visitors each year. EOE