Director of Education
The Education Director’s primary responsibility will be to direct the day-to-day operations of Knock Knock’s education and community impact programs, both on site and off. The Education Director will be a key leader in developing and carrying out Knock Knock’s programmatic strategic plan. The work of the Education Director provides the foundation for all the children’s museum experiences and programming at Knock Knock Children’s Museum.
He/She will report directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with the leadership team, the Education Advisory Committee, and the Board Education Chair. This position will oversee daily programs, school services, community impact, and exhibitions. Working in collaboration with these individuals and other key positions on staff, he/she will help implement Knock Knock’s agenda in early education, family learning and community impact. The Education Director will coordinate with all departments, key staff, and external stakeholders to ensure high quality educational experiences for Knock Knock’s visitors. He/She should have deep skills related to staff management, program and content development, process improvement, evaluation, strategic planning, community engagement and stakeholder management.
The Director should be creative, organized, and passionate about Knock Knock’s important mission to be the community spark for high quality learning experiences through play for all children in the Capital Region, in particular the increasing population of children growing up in under resourced environments. He/she should have a deep understanding of child development and learning for children birth to age eight.
The successful candidate will relish the opportunity to build and lead a nimble, and efficient, team of education staff and volunteers to promote the good will and positive momentum that demonstrates how Knock Knock is a vital and necessary educational resource and a family favorite destination for the Capital Region. As a member of Knock Knock’s leadership team, the Education Director will excel in collaborating with the Education Advisory Team, the entire Leadership Team, other staff members, Board and committee members, and other community leaders.
The Director of Education will be responsible for managing a portfolio of the children’s museum’s education programs, included guided field trips for school groups, college internship program, and professional development programs for adults working with young children. Critical to the role is the ability to develop and oversee partnerships with groups such as colleges and universities, local school systems in a nine-parish area, Head Start and Child Care entities, home school groups, and more.