Museum Educator, Cleveland History Center


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RESPONSIBILITY: Responsible to the PK-12 Education Coordinator

CLASSIFICATION: This position is classified as part-time. This is a mission-driven, entry-level position in the museum field of formal and informal education. Training protocol is required and provided.

PAY RATE: $12.00 per hour


COORDINATION: Works closely with the Education Team to facilitate, execute, and enhance museum interpretation, standards-based educational programming, public programs, and museum floor operations. In coordination with other museum team members, promotes, sells, and contributes to programs, tours, membership, and value-added experiences that significantly enhance public understanding of and access to Cleveland History Center exhibits and collections throughout the museum.


1. High energy, positive, team player facilitates learning and demonstrates excellent classroom/group management skills when working with diverse audiences to include: Pre-K- post secondary students, interns, English language learners, learners with exceptionalities, adult and senior audiences, homeschool families, general museum-going public, families, and teachers.

2. Facilitates standards-based, inquiry-based school and youth field experiences based on the WRHS collections and Northeast Ohio history and experience. Subject matter competencies required for museum educators include State of Ohio Learning Standards for Social Studies (Economics, Government, Geography, and History), Financial Literacy, English Language Arts, Social and Emotional Learning, as well as limited Technology, Math, and Science topics.

3. Skillfully and respectfully facilities discussion on issues of social justice, race, equity, and inclusion.

4. Facilitates learning in a range of settings to include whole group, small group, and one-on-one, hands-on educational programming at the Cleveland History Center and outreach locations, including but not limited to schools, libraries, senior centers, community centers. (Mileage and travel time for outreach programs are reimbursed.)

5. Engages with multigenerational audiences by giving tours of exhibitions and interacting with museum guests in galleries.

6. Responsible for being fully trained, prepared, and on-time for scheduled programs, tours, speaking engagements and museum interpretation shifts.

7. Competent in academic research skills, source citation, and teaching social studies skills and methods.

8. Prepares and maintains the materials used in programs, including site set-up, technology set-up, program clean-up, and other assigned custodial duties.

9. As a part of a collaborative Education and Public Programs team, the museum educator will assist in the development, researching, writing, piloting, organizing, promoting, executing, evaluating, and providing professional feedback for school programs, teacher professional developments, tours, speaker’s bureau programs, special events, Region 3 Ohio History Day competition and other activities as assigned.

10. As needed, assists with special events sponsored by or at the Cleveland History Center or other WRHS locations, including mandatory attendance for select Cleveland History Center signature events.

11. Accountable to the Education Team for authentic, thorough, and engaging presentations to all audiences. This includes but is not necessarily limited to authenticity and/or professionalism of dress/appearance, program materials, and props, as well as the cleanliness and safety of work and gallery spaces.

12. Works with security team and front line staff to ensure the safety and security of museum guests and collections. Must follow all emergency procedures.

13. Other duties as may be assigned.


Must have experience working with children and youth in structured environments;

Must have a desire to teach and work with learners of all ages;

Must have public speaking experience;

Embodies WRHS core values- integrity, stewardship, connectivity, and innovation;

Must have time management and organization skills;

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, professional behavior, and appearance;

Additional Recommended Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood Education, Secondary Social Studies Education, Public History, History, Art History, Sociology, Humanities, or related field;

Substantial work related and/or experience maybe considered equivalent to degree;

First Aid/CPR/AED training is a plus

Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume to Jennifer Dukes, HR Manager at

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Western Reserve Historical Society is the oldest cultural institution in Northeast Ohio, the region's largest American history research center, and one of the leading genealogical research centers in the nation.

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10825 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106 ↗

(216) 721-5722

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