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Museum Educator - Cleveland History Center
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This position is classified as part time, and is non-exempt from overtime compensation.


Works closely with the Education and Public Programs Manager, Program Coordinator, Lead Educator, and Lead Interpreter to facilitate and enhance educational programming, including school, group and public programs.

Participates in programs and activities that significantly enhance public understanding of and access to Cleveland History Center (CHC) exhibits and collections.

Efforts to engage and educate the public will occur in all public spaces of the CHC, including but not limited to the Hay- McKinney Mansion, Main Exhibit Galleries, the Crawford Galleries, and the Research Library.


1. Works directly with school groups, youth and the general public, facilitating hands-on educational programming at the CHC and outreach locations, including but not limited to schools.

2. Meets, greets, and checks in groups before the assigned time for their education program.

3. Reads and researches, as assigned, in preparation for teaching all of the programs offered through the Education and Public Programs Department.

4. Prepares and maintains the materials used in the educational programs, including site set-up, clean-up and general assigned maintenance duties.

5. Participates in the evaluation of programs and provides feedback in a timely and professional manner.

6. May be asked to help with the development of new program content and methodologies, partnerships, training of new staff, interns and/or volunteers.

7. Participates in special events sponsored by or at the CHC, including mandatory attendance for select CHC signature events.

8. Takes on duties of Museum Interpreter as assigned.

See Museum Interpreter Job Description for duties:

1. Accountable to the Education and Public Programs Manager for authentic, thorough and engaging presentations to all audiences.

2. This includes but is not necessarily limited to authenticity of dress/appearance, program materials and props, as well as the cleanliness and safety of assigned sites.

3. Accepts other duties as may be assigned by the Education and Public Programs Manager, Lead Educator, Lead Interpreter or Program Coordinator.


Have a desire to teach and work with young people;

Have the ability to work with a wide range of museum personnel, to work independently, but willingly function as a member of a team;

Be able to prioritize, but also have extreme flexibility;

Must exhibit tact, enthusiasm, and professional behavior;

Be dependable and reliable; be able to work to a time schedule;

Ability to lift and manipulate at least 25 lbs and walk/stand for long periods of time;

Possess knowledge of American and Western Reserve history, and training or experience in education is helpful, preferably having an undergraduate degree in social studies, social sciences, humanities, or education; teaching experience in the K-12 range of grades or experience in a museum or youth educational program is beneficial.



Applicants must be eligible to work in the specified location

About Western Reserve Historical Society

Western Reserve Historical Society was founded in 1867 to help preserve the early history of Cleveland and the Western Reserve. Over the years, WRHS collections have grown to be among the largest of any regional history museum and library in the country. The Library/Archives hold millions of items including books, photographs, manuscripts and documents making it a premiere research institute for scholars, the general public and genealogists. Highlights of the collections include Civil War materials, various ethnic and community collections including those of the African-American, Irish, Italian and Jewish histories of the region, and extensive business, industrial, entrepreneurial and political records. The museum includes two early 20th-century homes and houses one of the largest historic costume and textile collections in the United States, the country's largest collection of items related to the Shaker communities, 3,500 decorative arts artifacts owned by early residents of the Western Reserve, and approximately 800 paintings reflecting the history of the region. The Crawford Auto Aviation Collection contains more than 140 cars, 10 airplanes, and numerous motorcycles, bicycles and other transportation-related items.