Camps and Public Programs Coordinator

14 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the Director of Public Programs of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Camps and Public Programs Coordinator fosters engaged learning experiences for public and University audiences by developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs and events for individuals, groups, and classes. Successful candidates will demonstrate proven success in summer camp leadership roles, an understanding of museum-related educational practices, and a keen sense of customer service. They will also enjoy being part of a team and have excellent communication skills.

Essential Duties

1. Serves as Camp Director for the Museum’s highly-regarded summer camp program, which attracts 360 children each summer for intensive week-long, themed programs; responsibilities include hiring and managing staff, curriculum development, and budget management.2. Leads the planning and execution of many of the Museum’s public programs, including, but not limited to, the Museum’s annual Fiesta Latina and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of social and environmental justice, other major and minor weekday and weekend public programs, overnight sleepovers, and occasional evening programs.3. Develops and refines new public programs aimed at increasing general museum attendance.4. Applies proven pedagogical and VSO (visitor service organization) practices to program development and execution and serves as spokesperson or liaison for Museum during public programs.5. Develops and/or strengthens relationships with community leaders and leaders of local schools, libraries, community organizations, and youth programs to broaden participation and introduce the Museum to new audiences.6. Works with the Museum’s Office of Student Programs to integrate Yale undergraduate and graduate students into public programs and summer camps.7. Explores development of school break camp programs throughout the year.8. With senior management, develops strategic plan and evaluative tools for Peabody public programs that leads to the creation of innovative, sustainable programs to both diversify and increase museum audiences.9. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's Degree in a related field such as art history or museum education and three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Strong work ethic and ability to excel in a fast-paced, results oriented, and community environment. Highly proficient at taking initiative, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines. Flawless attention to detail. Highly proficient at managing multiple priorities while exceeding expectations.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Resourceful in solving problems, and the ability to demonstrate grace and professionalism under pressure. Ability to be creative in implementing high-quality programs and exacting in their successful execution.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Proven ability to build and maintain influence and trust with a wide array of constituencies and to work both collaboratively and independently in an organized and productive manner. Flexible and friendly team player with a professional manner to represent the Museum appropriately with prominent guests and Yale officials.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Strong written, editing, oral communication, and customer service skills. Demonstrated ability to supervise and mentor staff and provide immediate feedback to improve performance in order to support the visitor experience.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Immediate proficiency with Word, Excel, and standard online applications, with ability to learn point-of-sale and reservation systems related to the Museum’s public programs.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Two years’ experience in a summer camp leadership role (Director, Assistant Director, Head Counselor, etc.). Face-to-face customer service, preferably in a museum or cultural environment. Willingness to acquire greater knowledge of the Museum’s research focus, collections, exhibitions, and publications. Advanced degree in Museum Studies or Education.

Physical Requirements

Ability to routinely and safely lift 40 lbs.

Preferred Licenses or Certifications:

Valid driver license and access to a vehicle.

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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