1+ months


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 173671
Department: BURKE MUSEUM
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 10/28/2019 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Shift: First Shift 
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.  

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years.

The Director of Education inspires, manages, and sets the strategic direction for the Burke Museums Education Department. This department is responsible for developing and implementing high-quality, outcome-oriented educational programs for youth, educators, and families. These programs are a core function of the Burke Museum and presently serve 60,000+ participants each year. The Director of Education plays a critical role in advancing the Museums mission to care for Washingtons natural history and culture collections and to share the knowledge that makes them meaningful. The Director of Education builds effective collaborations with other departments within the Museum, with informal learning institutions across WA, and with subject matter experts at the University of Washington and throughout the region.

The Burke is the Washington State Museum, and its education programs are central to the institutions core purpose of contributing to a better future for the state. The Director of Education will build on the rich history of the organization, while also seeking opportunities to develop new models and approaches, reach new and diverse audiences, and raise the profile of the Burke Museum Education Department.

The Burkes Director of Education reports to the Executive Director, and is part of a team that includes dedicated and enthusiastic museum educators and collaborative colleagues throughout the Museum. And, as part of the University of Washington and a rich cultural community, the Burke has access to expertise and resources across a wide range of disciplines and cultures.

Create and implement a successful strategic business plan for the Burke Education Department that sets a course for growing collaboration, participation, outreach, and impact to the entire state. Grow programs in ways that support the museums broader goals of reaching new audiences and expanding community engagement; work with diverse communities to ensure representation of multiple cultural perspectives; create and maintain a three-year plan that supports the Burkes institutional Strategic Operating Plan, while also serving as a model of new program development and implementation for the Education Department.

Effectively lead a group of experienced museum educators. Provide strategic leadership to enhance departmental effectiveness by setting clear vision for the department, establishing annual goals, providing ongoing professional development, and ensuring the team is fulfilling the Museums strategic plan; recruit and train new employees as needed; regularly assess staff performance and the departments progress in meeting short-term and long-range objectives; creatively utilize personnel to ensure the activities of the department are in line with the Museum mission, achieve goals, and mesh with the operations of the Museum; empower staff to act independently and delegate appropriately so that staff feel ownership and fulfillment in their work.

Institutional Outreach:
Serve as the primary liaison for representing the Burke Museums educational efforts at community meetings and professional associations, both in the local community and across the state. Contribute meaningfully to conversations about informal education at the University of Washington, city, regional and national level.

Advocate for innovative learning and engagement initiatives across and between departments within the Burke. Work with collections staff to integrate current research topics into education programs; collaborate closely with exhibits, public programs, and visitor services departments to ensure a cohesive visitor experience; champion efforts to amplify and extend current best practices of child, family, and adult learning into the work of the Museum.

Maintain knowledge of current best practices of informal learning and museum education and ensure these are embodied in all educational offerings. Ensure that the Burke Museum programs are not only relevant, but also serve as a model of creative, unique informal learning occasions; act as a creative and entrepreneurial catalyst for the Education Department and the Museum, exploring and producing ideas for new education opportunities, partnerships and programs; communicate the results of these practices by attending and presenting at local, regional, and national museum and education meetings and conferences.

Ensure that Washington State and National standards are considered in all educational programming. Serve as a resource, statewide, to teachers and schools for producing and delivering relevant and appealing curriculum.

Financial Management:
In collaboration with members of the Department, develop annual budgets and ensure that income targets are met and expenses are kept within budget. Prepare budget revisions and a variety of financial reports; grow and diversify departmental funding sources in ways that make the department more self-sustaining.

Development Support:
In collaboration with the Development department, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospective donors interested in supporting Education; support and participate in fundraising events; actively pursue grant and fundraising opportunities on behalf of the Education Department.

Program Evaluation:
Consistently assess all program offerings to ensure they are of the highest quality, meeting goals, reaching desired audiences, and relevant to the visitor. Offer a balance of changing and ongoing programs that continue to pique the interest of visitors and education professionals; establish an effective system of regularly evaluating programs, and discontinuing or modifying those programs that are not meeting established expectations.

Uphold the institutions commitment to equitable and inclusive practice

The ideal candidate will have:
  • Bachelors degree in a field related to museum education, science education, cultural education, or informal learning.
  • Three or more years of demonstrated success in leading the development of educational programs that achieve broad-reaching community engagement while maintaining awareness of participant and community needs.
  • Significant engagement in the field of informal learning, with knowledge of best practices from across various disciplines, with specialization in one or more subjects related to natural history and culture.
  • Understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and decolonization in museums, and experience fostering inclusive practice.
  • At least three years of supervising several staff members and managing complex budgets.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • Established network and working relationships in the informal education sector.
  • Successful track record of leading a team of creative educators, promoting cross-departmental working relationships, and fostering professionalism.

  • Graduate degree in a field related to museum education, science education, or informal learning.
  • Five or more years of demonstrated success in leading the development of educational programs that achieve broad-reaching community engagement while maintaining awareness of participant and community needs.

  • Able to work a flexible schedule that occasionally involves work on weekends and holidays
  • Able to work in an environment visible to the public with visual and audible distractions
  • Wear required credentials at all times and work attire/uniforms and name tags as required by position

    Application Process:
    The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
  • Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

    The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

    The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


    Posted: 2019-12-05 Expires: 2020-02-02

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