Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Director of Education

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Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements. Please no phone calls.
Posted On: May 21
Location: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History seeks a permanent, full-time, benefits-eligible Director of Education.

The Wright Museum is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to ethnicity, gender identity, age, or sexual orientation.

About Us:

Founded in 1965, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has for over half a century been a leading institution dedicated to the African American experience.

The Wright Museum houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials and is home to And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture, the museum's 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit, which is the largest single exhibition on African American history in existence. The Ford Freedom Rotunda and its 95-foot wide by 65-foot high glass dome; this architectural wonder is more than twice the width of the State of Michigan’s Capitol dome and just one foot shy of the width of the U.S. Capitol dome. Our Ring of Genealogy, a 37-foot terrazzo tile creation by artist Hubert Massey surrounded by bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history. The Museum has the General Motors Theater, a 317-seat facility for live performances, film, and presentations. The Wright serves over half a million people annually through its exhibitions, programs, and events.

Our mission is to open minds and change lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture.

Our vision is of a world in which the adversity and achievement of African American history inspires everyone toward greater understanding, acceptance and unity!

General Summary of Duties

The Director of Education will be responsible for inspiring and managing a department that conceives, organizes, and presents high-caliber, high-profile educational programs for youth and adults. These programs attract national attention and enhance the Wright Museum’s reputation as a lively forum where people of all ages can learn about African American history. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Act as a creative and entrepreneurial catalyst for the Education Department and the Museum, exploring and producing ideas for new education opportunities, partnerships and programs.
  • Ensure that the activities of the department are in line with the Museum mission and mesh with the operations of the Museum.
  • Lead and facilitate cross-departmental teams related to assigned projects from planning to implementation and ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Lead a group of talented educators by setting clear vision for programs, set annual goals, solve problems as they arise, provide on-going professional development and ensure team is fulfilling the institution’s strategic plan. 
  • Oversee, contribute to, and support Exhibit and Library staff in developing the educational content of programs, events, materials, and online resources. 
  • Serve as a positive presence in the community, nurturing partnerships that support The Wright Museum’s mission.
  • Regularly assess staff performance and the department’s progress in meeting short-term and long-range objectives.
  • Recruit and train staff as needed.
  • Effective communicator at every level of the organization
  • Review all programs, publications, and materials generated by the department to insure that they are of the highest quality in terms of approach, content, and presentation.
  • Supervise staff, plan annual events and develop periodic high-profile events.

Preferred Skills:

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in Museum education, history, education, and/or the equivalent education and experience.
  • 10+ years of demonstrated success developing and managing education programs in museums, education institutions, and/or other non-profit cultural organizations.
  • 3+years of supervision of several staff members and management of complex budget strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively supervise staff while contributing to a positive, collaborative, and healthy work environment
  • Appropriate knowledge and skill sets necessary to represent the museum at high levels and to lead a team of creative individuals.
  • Must be able to plan, prioritize, organize and execute multiple initiatives simultaneously and independently.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit (1) a resume and (2) a cover letter with salary requirements.
Please no phone calls.

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