The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a six-time National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner, is seeking an History/Museum Specialist (Education Program Manager) for the new Josiah Henson Museum & Park. The Department has a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees and serves a diverse population of more than one million residents. The Department manages 421 parks on nearly 37,000 acres of parkland with an annual operating budget of over $100 million, and a six-year Capital Improvements Program of over $200 million.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a team that is working to help shape the future of one of nation's largest and most diverse park systems in the nation. In addition to having a world-class park system, Montgomery County, Maryland is a metropolitan destination for technological innovation, world-class higher education, performing arts, hospitality and tourism, and entrepreneurship. Parkland managed by the Department of Parks makes up more than 11% of the County's land and serves as the County's "back yard", providing safe, green outdoor spaces; fun, educational programs and events; and a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Our mission is to protect and interpret our valuable natural and cultural resources, balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation, offer a variety of enjoyable recreational activities, and provide clean, safe, and accessible places for leisure-time activities.
The Josiah Henson Museum & Park interprets the life of Reverend Josiah Henson (1789 – 1883) and his resilience and strength in overcoming slavery. Renowned as an Underground Railroad hero, abolitionist and author, Rev. Henson was enslaved on the former Isaac Riley plantation over 30 years. Henson's 1849 memoir of his extraordinary life story became one of the pivotal sources for the abolitionist fiction work, Uncle Tom's Cabin. Henson went on to establish the Dawn Settlement in Canada and is a revered public figure there.
The park today contains the historic Riley/Bolten House (built 1800-1815), its attached log kitchen that was occupied by enslaved laborers (built 1850-51), a newly constructed 3,000 square foot visitor center, and just under four acres of grounds from the former plantation, much of which has been explored in an archaeological excavation and will contain an interpretive loop and outdoor educational programming areas.
The museum opens in Fall 2020 after a $6 million construction project. The new visitor center will have an 80-person orientation theater/community room, gift shop, observation deck, film and exhibits, and restrooms. The historic house will contain permanent exhibits (both static and multimedia) throughout the first floor and office spaces and a small research library on the second floor. The site is considered one of the most important cultural parks within the County's 421 park system and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Education Program Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a robust education program consistent with the following: a) the Commission's goals for inclusive programming, b) a draft Strategic Business Plan for Josiah Henson Museum & Park, and c) the Maryland social studies curriculum, particularly on slavery and the Underground Railroad. This position will work to engage various audiences, including youth, families, adults, seniors, school children, and local, national and international visitors. Educational public programming will be both free and fee based.
We welcome candidates with prior demonstrable experience using innovation and creativity to make impactful solutions, especially within African American historical and/or cultural museums or historic sites. We believe that an inclusive culture among our staff is critical to implementing the museum's mission to better understand Reverend Henson's journey from slavery to freedom, the history of slavery in Maryland, and its impact on our lives today. The Education Program Manager reports to the Josiah Henson Museum & Park Historic Site Manager as part of the Cultural Resources Stewardship Section of the Park Planning & Stewardship Division of Montgomery County Department of Parks.
Examples of Important Duties:
Designs, fully implements and manages a diverse range of programs for various events and audiences, ensuring quality in content and delivery.
Focuses on educational field trip experiences: a) on-site in the park and b) off-site, in classrooms and through virtual programs.
Works directly with Historic Site Manager to establish annual program goals and to enhance the draft Strategic Business Plan for Josiah Henson Museum & Park.
Develops progressive recommendations based on program data; audience attendance, formal evaluations, staff input, and trends in museum experiences.
Recruits, trains, supervises and evaluates seasonal (part-time) interpretive program staff and volunteers, ensuring they uphold the highest standards of quality and inclusion for educational programs.
Manages the interpretive program bookings and schedules, working with the Historic Site Manager on the overall site calendar.
Manages the online and mobile content for the Josiah Henson Museum & Park to ensure all social media channels are consistently accurate, up to date, and utilized to promote access to and use of the educational programs.
Support Parks' initiatives that ensure professional and productive community partnerships and engagement.
Three years or more experience and/or working knowledge managing educational programs and special events or classroom instructional experience at an African American historical site, museum or cultural institution.
Bachelor's degree with a Major in one of the following fields: Education, Museum Management, African American History, American History; Ethnicity, Race, and Migration; or related field.
Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access.
Demonstrated experience developing engaging and innovative programs for diverse audiences in multiple types of environments
Demonstrated experience in preparation and management of operational budgets relating to educational programs, supplies, materials, part-time staff costs.
Ability to communicate effectively, detail orientated, maintain stability under pressure and flexibility to multitask.
1. Bachelor's degree in history, American studies, museum studies, archaeology, education, historic preservation, or a related field; and
2. One year of related experience; or
3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.
4. Valid driver's license, or the ability to acquire one
Internal Number: 14893
About The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Created in 1927, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission embodies the vision of forward-looking community leaders who saw the need to plan for orderly development and protection of the natural resources in the two suburban counties bordering the District of Columbia. During the Commission's proud 80 plus years of existence, the population of the area it serves has increased to more than 1.6 million residents who inhabit a bi-county area of great economic, racial, ethnic and geographic diversity.The Commission's facilities, programs and responsibilities have constantly evolved and expanded to keep pace with the needs of this vibrant community. From assuming responsibility for the entire public recreation program in Prince George's County in the '70s, to building and strengthening ongoing regional business partnerships, the Commission has continued to plan, fund and deliver quality, innovative programs, facilities and services for over three-quarters of a century. M-NCPPC benefits the citizens of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties by Turning Visions Into Reality.