Director of Learning & Public Programs

Senator John Heinz History Center

Website Senator John Heinz History Center

The largest History Museum in Pennsylvania

The Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is currently seeking a full-time, Director of Learning & Public Programs to lead a dynamic Learning program.

The Director of Learning & Public Programs is responsible for developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating a wide array of educational programs for learners at the History Center and beyond, appealing to diverse audiences, interests, and learning styles. The History Center focuses on inclusive learning experiences for all ages and is especially interested in families with children, Gen Z, students, teachers, and early learners. Providing professional educational opportunities for teachers; both in person and virtual experiences for students and equitable access to learning with partnerships like Remake Learning, a focus on civics education and full participation in National History Day; ongoing educational programs coordinated with the History Center’s 5-year exhibit plan; and the History Center Affiliates Program are among the Learning Division’s priorities.

The Director of Learning & Public Programs is additionally responsible for planning, developing, implementing, staffing, and evaluating innovative and creative programming for Heinz History Center audiences, both on-site and virtual, through the History Center’s slate of annual marquee programs such as Hometown-Homegrown, Vintage Pittsburgh, NFL PLAY 60, and the Books in the ‘Burgh series. Developing and fostering relationships with local external groups to create and host programming in partnership. The History Center’s public programs will serve diverse audiences by providing multiple avenues of access to the museum: on-site in-person interaction; traditional broadcast media; and new media, including webcasts, podcasts, social media, and mobile devices to expand the museum’s reach. Public programs will tie into current exhibits as well as long-term strategic initiatives and capitalize on the History Center’s status as a Smithsonian Affiliate.

The Director of Learning and Public Programs is responsible for supervising and managing staff, volunteers, and interns in the Learning Division; creating and managing income and expense budgets; implementing audience development activities; collaborating with the education community to build partnerships and audiences; aiding the Advancement team in identifying and obtaining funding to support the History Center’s educational programs; actively participating in organization-wide strategic initiatives; and developing and evaluating public programs. Specific key areas of focus; building and retaining audience(s), forging partnerships, exuding creative marquee learning initiatives that align with the strategic mission, managing staff in program development and implementation, training docents and facilitators as the project warrants, identifying teams, assigning work details for major programs, and coordinating creation of new or updated tour content and distribution of existing materials to teachers and adult learners throughout Western Pennsylvania.

This is a full-time, division director position reporting to the Vice President.

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