• Education and Outreach Coordinator

    Posted: 07/07/2024

    Organizational Description

    The Hegeler Carus Foundation (Foundation), established in 1995, is located in La Salle, IL. The Foundation is responsible for oversight, collections management, programming, maintenance, and restoration of the Hegeler Carus Museum Campus consisting of the Hegeler Carus Mansion, the Julius W. Hegeler Mansion, and the Stone Cottage.

    The Hegeler Carus Mansion, a historic house museum, on the campus, is an 1876 Second Empire masterpiece and National Historic Landmark (2007) by architect W. W. Boyington and interior designer, August Fiedler. With seven levels, fifty-seven rooms, and 22,000 square feet, this impeccably preserved mansion showcases intricate parquet floors and hand-painted ceilings. Beyond its architectural splendor, the mansion played a pivotal role in industry, philosophy, publishing, and religion providing a captivating history, both locally and internationally.

    Mission Statement: To preserve and use the Hegeler Carus Mansion and its many stories to inspire excitement and appreciation locally and globally for its heritage, architecture, and design. For more information about the Hegeler Carus Mansion visit: https://www.hegelercarus.org

    Job Summary

    The Education and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for all education related aspects of the Hegeler Carus Museum Campus’ exhibitions, collections, programs, and services. In addition, the Education and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships between the Museum Campus and the diverse cultural and educational partners and patrons throughout the Illinois Valley Region and beyond as appropriate, by performing the following duties. This is a full-time, hourly position with benefits

    Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

    Tours/Exhibits

    • Schedule group tours in line with group tour policies and procedures
    • Organize and give tours within the parameters of tours available seasonally.
    • Designs and creates educational components: interpretive materials, collections display and exhibits in conjunction with other appropriate staff.
    • Assists in assessment of current interpretive materials, develops, as per requirement, new material for displays.
    • Develops relationships with individuals and groups from specific cultural communities in the Illinois Valley to contribute to temporary exhibitions with the goal of educating the public and attracting increased visitation

    Field Trips

    • Develop, promote, and implement field trip programming consistent with state curriculum standards incorporating innovative approaches and technology as appropriate.
    • Develop and implement field trip policies and procedures in coordination with other appropriate staff.
    • Coordinate, schedule, and implement field trips in accordance with field trip policies and procedures.
    • Articulates Museum Campus’ goals regarding school outreach, increasing tours, preparation of materials for online access congruent with state educational standards

    Programming

    • Develop, coordinate, schedule and implement educational programming internally and with external partners to present the historical impacts of the Museum Campus.
    • Develops and implements programming that showcases the Museum Campus’ collections, with the goal of increasing attendance and access to the Museum Campus and increasing the understanding of the historical impacts of the Museum Campus across all disciplines. Specific programming includes stationed tours specific to eras, seasonal programming, and other needs as determined; Concert Series; and other special events.

    Other Administrative Duties

    • Develop additional partnerships and increase visibility through outreach activities including, but not limited to tabling at events and participating in regional groups.
    • Provides list of positions, dates, times, etc. when volunteers are needed as applicable to tours and gift shop to the Marketing and Development Coordinator
    • Track and record admissions  for monthly and annual reporting.
    • Formally train interns and volunteers on how to give tours utilizing formal policies, procedures, and training manuals as appropriate
    • Maintain Hegeler Carus Museum Campus scrapbook; all printed articles pertaining to people or events for the Mansion, Carus Publishing, Carus Chemical, or the Hotel Kaskaskia.
    • Assist with the distribution of marketing materials for events associated with the Hegeler Carus Museum Campus.
    • Maintain the Hegeler Carus Mansion Facebook and Instagram pages including monthly update of header, making weekly posts, posting of events as appropriate, inviting persons/groups to follow, and responding to comments, messages, etc. as appropriate.
    • Attend internal meetings as scheduled.
    • Attend external meetings when applicable.
    • Assist all staff when applicable.
    • Assist Executive Director with special projects as needed.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in museum studies, Education, History, Art, Art History, or similar with three years’ experience in educational programming or a master’s degree in one of the above fields with one year of museum education or educational programming experience. Other combinations of education and experience that are appropriate for the position will be considered.
    • Knowledge of best practices and ethical standards in the field of museum education.
    • Proven ability to manage many kinds of projects and programs with rapid deadlines, activities, and unexpected assignments.
    • Must be self-motivated and able to work independently as well as part of a team.
    • Must have excellent organizational skills.
    • Must have excellent communication skills.
    • Experience in Microsoft Word, Outlook, and Excel is required.
    • Must be able to work weekends and occasional evenings.
    • Must be comfortable speaking in front of groups.
    • Must be passionate about promoting the Hegeler Carus Museum Campus.