Director of Museum Learning and STE(A)M Interpretation

Company Name:
Morris Museum

Job Description:
The Director of Museum Learning and STEAM Interpretation will be charged with rebuilding the Museum’s education department, grounded in the Museum’s Guinness Collection and its new Spark!Lab. The DML is a member of senior staff, with gradually-broadening responsibilities for the Museum’s education programming. Initially, however, the DML will serve as the public face for the Spark!Lab program and spearhead the program’s operations. Primary duties include interacting with Spark!Lab visitors, developing a Spark!Lab volunteer corps, developing/maintaining a thorough knowledge of all Smithsonian Spark!Lab National Network activities, securing expendable materials, compiling usage statistics, and managing program budgets. The DML will also embrace opportunities to weave STEM programming into the broader fabric of the Museum. Because the Morris Museum maintains a robust calendar of changing Art exhibitions, the DML will also look for innovative possibilities for integrating Art into STEM programming. As opportunities for growing the Museum’s education department allow, the DML will plan and manage this expansion, assisting in the recruitment of additional education

Job Requirements:

Essential Functions:
• Manage the reconstitution of the Museum’s education department with a STE(A)M
emphasis, integrating education programming into the mission of the Morris Museum,
with its focus on art, sound, and motion.
• Prepare for the public launch of the new Spark!Lab and the ensuing visitation it
• Staff the Spark!Lab during public hours, assisting visitors to become engaged in the
invention process, offering encouragement, inspiration, and direction when needed.
• Keep abreast of current best practices both in museum education and STE(A)M
• Collaborate with Exhibitions Department to develop and implement education
programming related to changing exhibitions (usually of Fine Art), ensuring that Art is
not isolated from but well integrated into the Museum’s STEM focus.

• Recruit and deploy a diverse volunteer base, maintain a monthly staffing schedule,
provide instruction on introducing Spark!Lab activities, and teach effective techniques
for working with visitors.
• Establish a maintenance protocol to ensure that work spaces are always at the ready for
visitor use.
• Oversee the inventory of all program materials, and order supplies for facilitated
activities as needed.
• Keep statistics on visitation and program participation. Submit quarterly reports, as
required by the Smithsonian.
• Maintain a productive relationship with the Spark!Lab leadership team in Washington
• Consult regularly with Marketing/PR to ensure the Spark!Lab is well visible in press
releases, flyers/brochures, and other promotional materials.
• Collaborate with colleagues to plan and coordinate additional programs and activities as
necessitated by ongoing museum initiatives, community partnerships, teacher
workshops, etc.
• Participate in activities, organized and/or hosted by other Spark!Lab National Network
sites across the country and in Washington, D.C.
• Assist in the preparation of grant applications and direct the delivery of grant-funded
programs and initiatives.

The ideal candidate will:
• hold, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a STEM discipline and/or
Museum Education.
• hold teaching certification in any state.
• demonstrate recent teaching experience in a classroom, museum, and/or tutorial
• demonstrate personal experience in the “maker” and/or “hacker” movements.
• demonstrate excellent writing skills.
• have the ability to communicate effectively with adult caregivers, teachers, and
• be able to work independently as well as with a team. Individual must be personable
and diplomatic in working with a diverse constituency and staff.
• have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and problem-solving ability.
• demonstrate technological alacrity, with a welcoming disposition to embrace and learn
new technology as needed.
• have bilingual proficiency in both English and Spanish.
• demonstrate technological alacrity, with a welcoming disposition to embrace and learn
new technology as needed. Print and web-design skills preferred. High proficiency with
Google Suite and Microsoft Office a must, experience with Adobe Creative Suite
(InDesign) and knowledge of WordPress preferred.

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Job Location:

Morristown, New Jersey

Salary Range:
$ – 60000

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