Behind the vast and diverse Montgomery Parks system that has 424 parks and encompasses almost 37,000 acres, there is a robust team focused on interpreting the history of the Underground Railroad, 19th century African American communities, Quaker heritage, and 19th century agricultural life, at the Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park. Reporting directly to the Historic Site Manager, the Education Program Manager at Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park will lead Montgomery Parks in the development of engaging, innovative, and educational public programs for various audiences, including youth, families, adults, seniors, and school children – both homeschool and classroom on site, off site, and virtually. Interpretive programs should encourage social connections and constructive dialogue around how history informs the present-day visitors, especially those underrepresented and marginalized. Candidates are welcome with prior demonstrable experience using innovation and creativity to make impactful solutions, especially within African American historical and/or cultural museums or 19th-century historic sites.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a six-time National Recreational and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner, has a career staff complement of nearly 800 employees, and we serve a diverse population of more than one million residents in the Washington, DC area. Go to our website to learn more: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/
Montgomery County Department of Parks believes that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success. Montgomery County Parks does not make hiring decisions on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, political affiliation, or ideology or status as a Veteran.
Woodlawn Manor Cultural Park is located in Sandy Spring, Maryland. The Sandy Spring area has strong historical ties to Underground Railroad activity, as well as being the home to Montgomery County’s largest population of Quakers, or the Religious Society of Friends.
Woodlawn Museum’s mission is to educate the public about the Underground Railroad, enslaved and free Black communities, the Quaker community, and agricultural life in the 19th century through its facilities, exhibits and educational programs.
The park encompasses 79 acres including the Woodlawn Museum housed in the 1832 stone bank barn, a Federal era historic manor house, an 1898 carriage house converted into a small visitor center, and other historic outbuildings including a remodeled former slave quarter, tenant house, and combination dairy/meathouse. The park also features the Underground Railroad Experience Trail, part of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program. Guided hikes along this 2-mile natural surface trail commemorate the Underground Railroad activities in Sandy Spring and simulate the experience of enslaved freedom seekers during the 19th century. The Maryland-National Capital Park Police Special Operations is also located on the property but is separated from the historic core.
Design, develop and implement a diverse range of both curricula-based educational and public programs (both free and fee based) for multicultural and multigenerational audiences, ensuring quality in content and delivery based on the WMCP mission statement, WMCP business plan, history and the M-NCPPC equity goals.
Recruit, train and supervise seasonal (part-time) interpretive program staff and volunteers.
Manage the public program bookings and schedules, working with the Historic Site Manager on the overall site calendar.
Manage the online and mobile content for WMCP to ensure all social media channels are consistently accurate, up to date, and utilized to promote access to and use of the educational programs in accordance with Park’s policies and procedures.
Support Parks’ initiatives that ensure professional and productive community partnerships and engagement.
Three years or more experience and training in managing museum interpretation and educational programs, 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: American History, Museum Studies African American History, Education; Ethnicity, Race or Migration; or a related field
Demonstrated experience and training utilizing professional museum interpretive practices
Demonstrated experience developing and implementing curriculum based educational programming
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 and part-time staff costs
Proven ability to excel in verbal and written communications, attention to detail, flexibility to multitask and maintain stability under pressure
Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access
Bilingual fluency (English/Spanish) is a plus
Ability to work a regular schedule of Tuesday – Saturday and occasional evenings is required
Ability to regularly move between the museum, visitor center, historic buildings and grounds
Ability to regularly walk 2 miles outdoors on a wooded, natural surface hiking trail
Ability to lift and carry boxes weighing up to 50 lbs.
Frequent use of multiple technical equipment and software applications
Ability to provide regular transportation to work, as there is no access to public transportation to this job site.
Internal Number: 14656
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.