K-12 & Continuing Education Program Developer

About The Unit: The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (OI) is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted with the financial support of John D. Rockefeller Jr., it was originally envisaged as a research laboratory for the investigation of the early human career that would trace humankind's progress from the most ancient days of the Middle East. It is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology and history of ancient Near Eastern civilizations. The goal of the Oriental Institute is to be the world's leading center for the study of ancient Near Eastern civilizations by combining innovation in theory, methodology, and significant empirical discovery with the highest standards of rigorous scholarship. The research objective of the OI is to integrate archaeological, textual, and art with historical data to understand the development and functioning of the ancient civilizations of the Near East from the earliest Holocene through the Medieval period. The Institute achieves this by conducting archaeological excavations, artifact analyses, development of new research methodologies, the stewardship of systematic museum collections, philological studies, historical research and the development of dictionaries of ancient languages. The OI Museum, open to the public is a world renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The OI of the University of Chicago develops world class family and school programs that connect the Institute's research and museum exhibits to the formal education community of pre-K -12 teachers and students, and the continuing adult education learners, assuring their operational effectiveness. Works to build this audience in alignment with OI's broader target audiences.

Unit Job Summary: Continuing Ed Manager: Works collaboratively as a member of the public education team. - Develops the school and continuing education programs by planning and implementing solid strategies to meet audience and programmatic needs to measurably increase school participation and continuing education learning. Incumbent will actively monitor and work to meet and exceed metrics. - Ensures that education offerings maximize OI's resources to introduce students, teachers and parents to the civilizations of the Ancient Near East. - Recruits, trains and retains highly skilled and well-qualified University of Chicago interns and work-study students who possess a strong interest in education. - Seeks opportunities to creatively use new media and technology to expand and improve the OI's K-12 and continuing education reach. Provides oversight of programs that provide: - K-12 units of study and educator resource materials that are aligned to the IL Common Core State Standards, which extend and expand the museum experience into the classroom - Professional development programs for K-12 teachers that inspire and motivate teachers to make full use of the museum resources - Immersive experiences for school children (working collaboratively with the Youth and Families Program Coordinator on home school and preschool programs and with the Volunteer Program Developer on docent tours for the student audience) - A pre-service program that introduces the museum experiences and helps teachers in training understand the value that the museum provides to their future students - In collaboration with the Head of Education, builds and manages an OI teacher advisory committee comprised of CPS, and State of Illinois educators: - Plans, implements and monitors financial resources for operational areas of responsibility; works to effectively market experiences, evaluate users experiences and recommend opportunities for revenue growth. - Works collaboratively with OI development department to secure grant funding for education initiatives. - Works collaboratively with Institute faculty, museum and education staff to develop and implement programming. - Continually builds strong relationships with a diversity of strategic like-minded partners and collaborators in order to develop and implement world-class school services and learning programs. - Grows the OI's continuing education program and exemplifies the department's and Institute's belief in life-long learning.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree in relevant discipline required. Masters degree in museum education, education, art history or related field preferred; Strong knowledge of archeology or near eastern studies preferred.

Unit Experience: Two years of experience successfully developing and implementing programs in an educational setting; Experience in developing programs for continuing education preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of the principles and best practices of museum-based public educational programming, outcomes based on education and early childhood education instructional theory required. Knowledge of K-12 and continuing education audience segments in order to grow and market programs accordingly required. Working knowledge and experience with program evaluation required High level of competency with new media and technology required. Demonstrated ability to monitor and meet budget targets required. Demonstrated ability in written communication required. Demonstrated ability in oral communication and public speaking required. Highly skilled at logistics, including strong attention to detail, set priorities and meet deadlines required. Works collaboratively in a team environment required. Supervisory skills required. Budget management skills required. Analytical skills required. Problem-solving skills required. Decision-making skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Interpersonal skills required. Customer service skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Ability to manage stressful situations required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required. Strong knowledge of archeology or near eastern studies strongly preferred.

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