Education Manager--Old North Church & Historic Site
300 Years. Two Lanterns. One Revolution.
Built in 1723, the Old North Church is famous for the two signal lanterns hung in its steeple at the instruction of Paul Revere--two lanterns that lit the way to revolution and independence. The Old North Church & Historic Site is a half-acre campus in the heart of Boston’s North End. It includes the iconic church, the colonial-era Clough House where visitors experience “living history,” several gardens and courtyards, and a gift shop. The Old North Foundation is a nonprofit organization that manages the site and is dedicated to preserving the site, to sharing its stories, and to exploring the many aspects of active citizenship that Old North has witnessed through its 300 years.
As the education manager at Old North, you will be part of a close-knit and enthusiastic team committed to interpreting the Old North Church & Historic Site at the highest level of professionalism and with the goal of providing visitors with an excellent experience. You will report to the Co-Directors of Education and work closely with other staff and department managers. You will directly supervise and schedule the front-line educators throughout the campus, assist in hiring and training, and provide on-going coaching. Additionally, you will teach special on-site school programs and will lead specialty tours. You will have additional opportunities to work on public programming and written materials. This position is an incredible opportunity for a skilled museum educator ready for more responsibility.
Passionate and enthusiastic about history and historic sites
Bachelor’s degree minimum; master’s (or working toward master’s) in public history, museum studies, education, or museum education a plus
A minimum of two years experience as an educator at a historic or cultural site, preferably with teaching a wide variety of programs and tours to varied audiences
Experience scheduling and managing large numbers of part-time employees
Organized, confident, and a good time-manager
Responsive and courteous
Available to work some weekends, holidays, and special events
Experience in teaching, theater, hospitality, or customer service a plus
Flexible, reliable, and a team player
Must be comfortable, on occasion, in period clothing
Must be comfortable with and able to climb narrow and steep stairs and paths as well as to conduct programs that take place in confined spaces
How To Apply:
Please submit a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. Interviews will begin mid-July.
August 10, 2018
commensurate with experience
About this Organization:
Steeped in history and rich in tradition, the Old North is one of America’s best known National Landmarks, and---with a half million guests each year---is Boston’s most visited historic site.
From the steeple of the Old North, on the evening of April 18, 1775, the Church sexton, Robert Newman, held high the two signal lanterns that were a warning from Paul Revere to the other Colonial Patriots that British troops were marching to Lexington and Concord to arrest John Hancock and Sam Adams, and to seize the Colonials’ store of ammunition.
The display of the two lanterns set in motion the momentous ride of Paul Revere, and is widely regarded as the spark that ignited the American War of Independence. The historic events of April 18, 1775, were immortalized in Longfellow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride.
The Church is also an extraordinary example of Georgian architecture of the early 18th century with much of its original building fabric intact. Its association with the evolution of Boston as a mercantile center; with the beginnings of the American War of Independence and the founding of the United States; with the struggle to reconcile democratic values with the struggle against slavery as expressed in Longfellow's poem; with the story of the North End moving from the city’s original settlement through successive immigrant groups to a vibrant 21st century waterfront community---all present a broad spectrum of opportunities for creative and engaging education and interpretation.