The Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) seeks an inspirational, creative, and motivated leader to direct a team that conceives, organizes, presents, and evaluates LSFM’s full range of educational programming for adults, youth and families. The successful hire will be expected to dramatically increase the Museum’s presence and influence in Houston, and to build bridges and develop new relationships with a wide variety of institutions and educational organizations in the region. The museum aspires to be a national standard bearer in providing formal and informal education programs that engage the youth and citizens of Houston, in impactful life-long learning.
Responsibilities and Duties:
This VP serves as a key member of the senior staff, helping advance the mission of the museum and its service to the community. The position is responsible for the development and execution of all education programing for the museum. Programming consists of both on-site and outreach efforts and requires engagement with local school districts, public and private schools, home schools, teachers and other youth supporting organizations. Working with the museum staff, volunteers, and the Board of Directors, the VP of Education’s mission is to inspire our youth to reach higher, to enter into STEM careers and to appreciate the history of aviation in Texas.
Develops and executes engaging STEM and/or history based learning programs for all audiences based on the museum design and exhibits; including planning, managing and coordinating programs, workshops, interpretive tours, and exhibit-related experiences
Ensures youth education programs meet Texas Education Knowledge and Skill standards as appropriate and promotes school and teacher participation and support of museum programs
Provides meaningful and actionable assessments of programs, modifying where required, and ensuring compliance with both annual goals and appropriate standards
External Relationships and Outreach
Develops effective and supporting relationships with public, private, home school and youth/supporting organizations to promote engagement of museum education programs
Develops both local and national relationships with other museum and cultural program centers.
Coordinates museum interaction and relationship with the Texas Education Agency, Region IV, and other relevant formal education organizations
Represents the museum at civic functions and professional conferences and meetings
Works as part of senior management team to activate on short and long-term strategic issues
Coordinates program development with Marketing so that educational programs and marketing efforts are mutually supportive
Coordinates new and existing programs with Development to maximize support and underwriting opportunities in terms of donations, grants and other philanthropy
Works with the Curatorial staff to optimize exhibit and STEM focus areas.
Ensures all education events and activities are known and tracked on the master events calendar for coordination and support purposes
Supports development and implementation of public programs and activities
Assures that educational programs are adequately publicized and provides input for routine newsletters and other digital marketing efforts
Serve as the Museum’s key staff liaison to the Board of Directors Educational
Committee that meets 3 – 4 times per year, advising on programming and long-range vision, and reporting on defined metrics
Prepares progress reports for the CEO, the Board, external funders and others
Strategic Plan and Budget
Develops and executes an annual strategic plan
Develops and manages annual budgets
Employee and Volunteer Oversight
Conducts annual evaluations of subordinate employees
Determines volunteer requirements and ensures proper training and oversight
Recruits and trains staff and volunteers as needed
Performs other duties as directed by the CEO
The Lone Star Flight Museum is an equal opportunity employer.