About The DC History Center
Established in 1894 and located at the Carnegie Library in Downtown DC, the DC History Center is a community-supported nonprofit organization, which deepens understanding of our city’s past to connect, empower, and inspire. It collects, interprets, and shares the history of our nation's capital through research and scholarship, adult programs, youth education, and exhibits. Committed to values of equity and justice, we seek to do this work as a welcoming and inclusive community that fosters curiosity and nurtures civic engagement to strengthen the District for all. For more information visit dchistory.org.Position Summary
The DC History Center seeks a part-time, temporary museum educator for a one-year engagement, from July 10, 2023, to June 28, 2024. This position has three core areas of responsibility: 1) coordinate DC’s participation in the National History Day competition; 2) support and teach field trips; 3) maintain baseline K-12 education services during the Senior Manager of Education’s parental leave September - December 2023. This position reports to the Senior Manager of Education. During her absence, the position will report to the Deputy Director.
This position provides educator and student audiences with high-quality opportunities that deepen understanding of our city’s past, foster curiosity and lifelong learning, and encourage civic participation. The museum educator delivers in-person and virtual educational programs that appeal to students, support teachers, and connect with diverse communities in all eight wards.Scope Of Work
National History Day (50%)
- In coordination with the Senior Manager of Education, produce and oversee DC History Day during the 2023-2024 school year, including (but not limited to) the online registration system, logistics, vendors, judges, volunteers, students, and teachers.
- Support the participation of DC students in National History Day at the University of Maryland College Park.
- Serve as the primary point of contact with the national National History Day office.
- Develop and deliver contest-related training and teacher professional development both online and in-person.
- Seek long-term relationships with the DC Public School system; public, charter, and private schools; and teachers to increase participation in the program.
- Manage the National History Day budget.
Youth Education Programs (50%)
Hours & Scheduling
- Collaboratively develop, prepare for, and facilitate all in-person and virtual field trips, including program logistics and day-of details for youth education programs.
- In collaboration with the Senior Manager of Education, support communication with K-12 teachers seeking DC History Center resources and build long-term relationships with schools and educators.
- In collaboration with the Senior Manager of Audience Engagement, write the monthly educator newsletter.
- Promote the DC History Center’s teacher membership program.
- Represent DC History Center in educational partnerships including the Teach the District professional development program, the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative, National History Day, and teacher learning events held by community partners, such as Teaching for Change.
- Assess programmatic outcomes and utilize lessons learned to improve programs; track K-12 key performance indicators.
- Assist the senior manager of education on an as-needed basis.
The DC History Center, anchored in the Carnegie Library in Downtown, maintains a hybrid schedule, with a combination of onsite and remote work. This position is required to be on site for field trips and other class visits on an as-needed basis. The museum educator may be required to participate in some all-staff meetings. Our central Downtown location is easily accessible from all Metro lines, but on-site parking is not available.Qualifications
The museum educator will be an outstanding communicator, a detail-oriented and highly organized teacher, and a flexible, collaborative team player. They will demonstrate initiative and a high level of self-direction in ensuring seamless student-and-teacher programming from start to finish.
- Bachelor’s degree
- Classroom teaching experience
- Strong interest in public history, with focus on local DC history
- Outstanding written communication and verbal communication skills
Experience working with volunteersSafety Policy
The DC History Center values the safety of our staff, clients, and visitors. In support of these values, if you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or you must request and receive approval for a medical or religious accommodation exemption prior to working for the DC History Center.Compensation And Benefits
The hourly rate for this part-time position is $35/hour (non-negotiable), and hours are expected to range 15 - 25 hours per week based on needs.Applications and Inquiries
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume and acknowledgment of scheduling availability that matches the position requirements, at www.dchistory.org/about/ employment/. No phone calls, direct emails to staff, or walk-ins, please.The DC History Center is an equal opportunity employer.
Compensation: From $35.00 to $35.00 per hour