Commonwealth of Pennsylvania


Position Number:  50541058

Description Activated On:  1/8/2024 4:48:49 PM

Position Purpose:
Describe the primary purpose of this position and how it contributes to the organizationís objectives. Example: Provides clerical and office support within the Division to ensure its operations are conducted efficiently and effectively. 

The Museum Educator 2 (ME2) is assigned to develop and support mission-based, museum educational programming at Eckley Minersí Village and the Anthracite Heritage Museum and Scranton Iron Furnaces. The ME2 is formally assigned to Eckley and reports to the Eckley site administrator. This museum professional position will serve as the primary staff working with and coordinating public engagement. The incumbent will work with school districts to cultivate mission-driven curriculum-based school tours and programs; will recruit, train, and retain volunteers; will work closely with museum staff to develop public programs including tours, lectures, interactive activities, and traveling exhibits geared toward children, families, adults, seniors, groups, and underrepresented communities; will develop and support web-based, virtual, and digital programs and exhibits; and will coordinate social media and mission-based messaging. They will support other museum-mission activities such as exhibit development and curator-led programs and will participate in and promote the museumsí missions with partners and at local, regional, and state-wide events, programs, and conferences. The ME2 will remain current with and operate under best practices and standards for museum education, public education, museum operations, public engagement, and will adhere to all PHMC policies, standards, and safety and DEIA protocols.

Description of Duties:
Describe in detail the duties and responsibilities assigned to this position. Descriptions should include the major end result of the task. Example: Types correspondence, reports, and other various documents from handwritten drafts for review and signature of the supervisor.

This position supports two PHMC industrial museums in Northeast Pennsylvania. Eckley Minersí Village (EMV) is a 90-acre historic site with 50+ functional buildings near Hazleton, Luzerne County. The Anthracite Heritage Museum (AHM) and Scranton Iron Furnaces (SIF) are located in Scranton, Lackawanna County. The AHM is a traditional museum building, and the SIF is a historic site maintained as a park.

The ME2 will be responsible for effectively managing their time and coordinating educational programs and activities at each site. On most days, the incumbent will not be working at more than one site per day but may be required to start each workday at their assigned location.
The ME2 shall work closely with each site administrator to develop an effective schedule of programs and public engagements to serve two sites. It will be important to understand the limitations of serving two sites and not to over-commit. Permanent and associate staff at both sites are available to support museum education programs.

ME2 shall be familiar with standard office computer programs and electronic meeting platforms. The incumbent may be assigned to work with graphic, video, interactive, and virtual platforms to support museum learning and outreach goals.

The ME2 shall be responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating the museumís educational and interpretive programs based on primary and secondary source historical research, and analysis of current museum education methodology and curriculum standards. Work involves researching, developing, and presenting in-person lectures, tours, and audio-visual programs; preparing lesson plans, scripts or other methods of presentation; and delivering materials through lectures, classroom instruction, virtual and other methods. The ME2 monitors tours and programs for accuracy of content and presentation to museumís broad and diverse audiences. The ME2 shall participate in the development and review of the site interpretation plan.

Work involves the conduct of in-depth research to develop information about museum collections, exhibits, site features, regional and Pennsylvania industrial/coal/social history, broad American industrial history, and related topics to support curriculum standards and the PHMC and museumsí missions. Work also involves establishing and maintaining contacts and coordinating and scheduling activities with schools, local historical societies and regional historical societies and partners, and other groups and individuals that may benefit from onsite or offsite, educational and instructional programming.

The ME2 prepares in-person, virtual, live-streaming, and prerecorded programs and shall include visitor orientation, interpretive tours, community outreach programs, hands-on activities for children, lectures, classes, workshops, seminars and historical demonstrations. ME2 shall work with permanent and associate staff and volunteers to develop and execute programs and engagements.

The ME2 serves as the volunteer coordinator to recruit, train, assign, and retain community members to support museum programs and operations. The incumbent develops volunteer drives, ensures that volunteers are adequately trained, have up to date clearances, and are assigned meaningful activities, and develops retention programs such as trips, new learning opportunities, and community building activities to keep volunteers engaged.

The ME2 develops and provides training programs for guide staff and volunteers who give tours and conduct educational programs, researches and prepares training materials for guide staff and volunteers, and provides observations and feedback to help guide staff and volunteers prepare for interpretive duties.

The ME2 assists museum staff in planning, developing, and installing informative and interactive exhibits, planning, developing and implementing special events and historical demonstrations; and developing interpretive and promotional literature and audio-visual programs.

The ME2 fosters and maintains a relationship with the public, private and home-schooled educational community served by the museum. The incumbent promotes and coordinates the scheduling of school and group tours and provides interpretation and educational programming for school groups both on-site, in the classroom, remotely and at educational outreach events, and identifies funding sources for developing curriculum-based programs.

The ME2 assists in publicizing and disseminating information about the museum and its programming. The ME2 prepares press releases, advertising, signs, social media posts, and other public relations materials; creates and fosters a communicative relationship with media sources and partner organizations; generates promotional content for the museumís web site and social media pages; helps to create and organize the site calendar of events.

The ME2 supports ongoing museum operations as needed including staffing the front desk, covering for staff leave, supporting other museum departments on large or special projects, and supporting other events and associate programs as assigned.

Acts as the custodian, with assistance from the museum curator, of the museumís ďFor Use CollectionĒ which involves receiving, cataloguing, storing, and using historic objects designed ďfor useĒ in programming.

Prepares reports of educational and interpretive activities, including evaluation of impact and success of presentations. Completes forms and reports as required. Performs other duties as assigned and directed.

The ME2 serves as site and PHMC representative as needed on site and off. The educator may be assigned to serve as site and PHMC liaison with community and regional preservation, tourism and historical organizations. The ME2 may be called upon to attend meetings, provide subject matter expertise to partners, participate in discussion groups or roundtables and attend and/or provide presentations at scholarly conferences and meetings.

The ME2 will occasionally travel to other PHMC sites to review and advise interpretation and programming and help with other educational activities. The ME2 participates on PHMC committees and panels as needed.

Incumbent adheres to PHMC Core Values, supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, is responsible to be familiar with PHMC safety rules, for working in a safe and proactive manner, and immediately reporting all workplace injuries and incidents to their supervisor.

The ME2 performs other duties as assigned.

Decision Making:
Describe the types of decisions made by the incumbent of this position and the types of decisions referred to others. Identify the problems or issues that can be resolved at the level of this position, versus those that must be referred to the supervisor. Example: In response to a customer inquiry, this work involves researching the status of an activity and preparing a formal response for the supervisorís signature.

Decision making includes the development, implementation, and scheduling of educational programs, outreach, and public events. Decisions also include developing recruitment, training, and retention programs for volunteers. All decisions will consider museum mission, best practices, PHMC policies and procedures, and safety for visitors, volunteers, staff, and contractors/vendors and be approved as needed by the site administrator.

Requirements Profile: Identify any specific experience or requirements, such as a licensure, registration, or certification, which may be necessary to perform the functions of the position. Position-specific requirements should be consistent with a Special Requirement or other criteria identified in the classification specification covering this position. Example: Experience using Java; Professional Engineer License


Licenses, registrations, or certifications:

  Class C Driver's License

Essential Functions
: Provide a list of essential functions for this position. Example: Transports boxes weighing up to 60 pounds.
 1. Climb ladders and lift up to 50lbs
 2. Manage time and workload to support two PHMC facilities
 3. Communicate effectively orally and written
 4. Be competent with computer programs to support work, including electronic meeting platforms
 5. Develop, manage, and conduct, curriculum- and mission-based public programs
 6. Work independently
 7. Drive a vehicle including car, van, site truck, travel on and off site, including overnight as required
 8. Organize, plan, and implement multiple projects simultaneously
 9. Develop and maintain effective collegial working relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds
 10. Effectively and professionally represent the museums at PHMC programs and events, community and partner programs, and professional conferences and eve