Education and Group Program Coordinator

The Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum is a small regional maritime museum situated on the Essex River in Essex, MA. The mission of the Museum is to provide a center for education, preservation and study of traditional Essex shipbuilding and the community that supported it.

The Education and Group Program Coordinator is responsible for the administration and smooth running of the Museum’s educational and group programs. This position requires a positive attitude, out-going personality, good customer service skills along with the ability to multi-task, prioritize and pay attention to detail. Particular qualities are demonstrated ability to work independently, leadership, organization, willingness to pitch in wherever needed, and intellectual curiosity. The successful candidate should be comfortable with responsibility and accountability.

The Education Coordinator will oversee all functions of the education program including development and expansion of programming, recruitment and management of volunteers and staff, outreach to local and neighboring school districts, and grant writing in support of educational initiatives. The position will lead department efforts to highlight the history and uniqueness of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. To support this effort s/he advocates for and supports the creation of programming that invites and embraces the entire community. S/he develops and maintains relationships with the Museum's dedicated core group of staff, volunteers, and board members, as well as other institutions, community, educators, and education organizations and leaders. S/he supervises and trains program staff. The Education Program leader will be encouraged to new and innovative hands on education for K-12 students and adults.

The work week will be approximately 40 hours per week Monday-Friday with occasional evening or weekend work required. The successful candidate should be prepared to start as soon as possible.

Duties of the Education and Group Program Coordinator will include:


  • Develop educational programming to reflect both ESM mission goals as well as relevant educational learning standards_
  • Provide leadership, management, support, and supervision of the Education staff and interns
  • Schedule staff/volunteers for group visits
  • Train staff/volunteers to lead all learning stations in the Museum’s educational programs
  • Proficiency in leading all learning stations in the Museum’s educational programs
  • Act as Lead Educator during group visits by welcoming groups and facilitating activities and group transitions
  • Develop and lead Family and Children’s programs
  • Work with relevant staff to procure and prepare materials for programming (wood stock, propane, dowels, ballast, etc.)
  • With Facilities staff, ensure that facilities are maintained to the standard expected by visitors_


  • Identify and pursue relevant grant funding for educational programming and outreach_
  • Write, manage , administer and report on educational grants
  • Maintain a calendar for school/group programming including payments and rebooking
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors_


Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years working in a museum or informal education environment preferred. Classroom teaching experience and the understanding of school scheduling, mechanics, curricular requirements are also important. Must be comfortable or interested in becoming comfortable, using hand and power tools. Ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership, coaching, planning and organizational skills, proven grant writing history, and familiarity with federal and state education standards and relevant frameworks (e.g., NGSS, MCAS)