EDUCATION AND YOUTH PROGRAM MANAGER (Full-Time)
The Preservation Society of Newport County seeks an Education and Youth Program Associate.The Education and Youth Programs Manager is responsible for developing and overseeing the general interpretation for The Preservation Society of Newport County’s (PSNC) properties and associated thematic offerings through family and youth public programs and in coordination with the exhibitions program. These offerings serve a diverse audience that includes the local Newport community, an international community of visitors, and members of the PSNC. This position creates, plans, and executes the on-site and off-site school programs. The Education and Youth Programs Manager also holds responsibility for the Research Fellows program, which annually offers three to four residential fellowships.
Responsibilities and Duties:
The Education and Youth Programs Manager develops the educational plan for all PSNC properties. Along with the Chief Curator, this position develops and supports the general interpretation of the properties, including updates and maintenance of existing audio and guided tours; the development and maintenance of specialty tours, special installations, exhibition content, and interpretive resources. This position oversees school programs, keeping their content and curriculum in line with RI Grade Span Expectations, which includes the development and implementation of educational resources shared with visiting school groups. All youth and family-oriented programs are developed and managed by this position.
The Education and Youth Programs Manager directly oversees the following programs, but provides support for other Museum Affairs and PSNC initiatives:
• The Edible Schoolyard at Green Animals (Fall and Spring semesters)
• Tuesdays at Chateau (Summer)
• Thursdays in the Garden (Summer)
• Emerging Scholars Colloquium (annual)
• Fellows Program presentations (annual)
• Newport Mansions After School Club (Fall/Spring)
• Storytime at The Breakers Stable (Winter)
The Education and Youth Programs Manager is responsible for the annual Research Fellows program, which selects three to four post-graduate students to participate in a residential fellowship opportunity. Fellows are expected to live on-site in PSNC provided accommodations and perform a series of professional-development tasks in addition to identifying and researching a mutually agreed upon topic that benefits both their areas of focus and PSNC research needs. Duties include organizing orientation, coordinating with other departments for incoming and ongoing schedules, overseeing fellows’ performance, and seeing to all elements of the fellows program.
In addition, the Education and Youth Programs Manager should have a deep understanding of late 19th-century American history, and will be required to have a fluent understanding of the PSNC properties within the first six months. Occasionally, this position is called upon to give private and donor tours of all PSNC properties, as well as staff development, and public presentations.
This position jointly oversees the Programming Associate (currently vacant) with the Academic Initiatives Manager, and reports to the Director of Museum Affairs & Chief Curator. This position also works closely with all other Museum Affairs Department staff members, and frequently collaborates with all other PSNC departments, most frequently the Museum Experience Department and Gardens & Grounds.
This position is responsible for the development of all content for above programs, budget development and management, interdepartmental communication of initiatives, and jointly overseeing the Programming Associate as well as volunteers, as appropriate.
Qualifications and Skills:
The following skills are required:
• An MA in Education, History, Art History, Architectural History or related field.
• 5-10 years of museum programming and/or educational experience within a cultural institution.
• Demonstrated interest in programming that centers on art history, architecture, design, preservation and cultural topics.
• Proficiency in PC and Mac operating systems in addition to all Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook)
The desirable candidate will possess the following qualifications:
• The ability to effectively manage and operate multiple projects at once.
• Strong organizational and planning skills.
• Strong editing skills.
• Experience researching 19th century American history.
• Have a strong interest in social, architectural and art history.
• Excellent communication skills, both internally and externally.
• Enjoys interacting with members of the public.
• Possesses a proactive nature to anticipate rather than react.
• Have an interest in identifying and presenting informational opportunities to the public.
• Have confidence to handle troubleshooting.
Candidates interested in this position should submit a resume and cover letter, including relevant supporting documentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Human Resources Department, 424 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840
FOOD SERVICE ASSOCIATE (Part-Time/Seasonal)
The Preservation Society of Newport County seeks a part-time food service associate candidate. Food Service Associates provide excellent customer service to guests visiting our food service venues at the Welcome Center and the Chinese Tea House. Responsibilities include cashiering, keeping the lunch venues fully stocked for customers, greeting all guests and making them feel welcome and comfortable while they await their luncheon seating.
Responsibilities and Duties:
• Greet visitors in a friendly and caring manner making them feel welcome.
• Accurately operate POS System and credit card machine. Maintain cash drawer.
• Unpack snacks and beverages and restock displays.
• Maintain and restock supplies used in the daily operation.
• Alert supervisor to any problems in the daily operation and any dissatisfied visitors.
• Perform light housekeeping to include cleaning of glass, sales counter, and general work area.
• Give directions, answer questions accurately, and offer helpful suggestions to the visitors.
• Assist supervisor to insure that all policies and procedures are being followed.
• Perform other related duties as required or directed.
Qualifications and Skills:
• High School Diploma or equivalent.
• Previous customer service and food service experience preferred but not required.
• Ability to operate telephone, fax machine, credit card reader and POS cash system.
• Ability to multi-task and establish priorities in a busy fast paced environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, customer service and verbal communication skills.