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Education Coordinator

Portsmouth Historical Society

Founded in 1917, the Portsmouth Historical Society is devoted to explaining the significance of the past, the art, and the cultures of Portsmouth and the greater Seacoast area, as well as the larger world in which Portsmouth has played a significant role.

PHS maintains facilities in the heart of the city that include the Portsmouth Academy Galleries, the Discover Portsmouth welcome center and museum shop, and the historic John Paul Jones House Museum.

Facilities are open to the public from April through December.

The Portsmouth Historical Society’s (PHS) Education Coordinator is responsible for family, youth, and school programs, reporting to the Exhibitions and Marketing Manager.

  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Museum Studies, History, Anthropology, Art, or a related discipline;
  • 5-8 years of experience in education or museum work;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Experience in developing and implementing hands-on educational activities for students at various levels and ages;
  • Ability to work with children, families, and members of the general public from a wide variety of cultural, geographic, or economic backgrounds;
  • Ability to work and effectively communicate with senior-level staff members, and a commitment to working collegially within an organizational team;
  • A creative mind, flexibility, patience, and a sense of humor.

The Education Coordinator is responsible for:

·    Developing family friendly programs that complement PHS exhibitions. This includes researching topics, obtaining materials, scheduling, training volunteers, and implementing programs;

·    Working with the Manager of the John Paul Jones House (JPJH) to develop family friendly programs at that site;

·    Developing and implementing the PHS Third Grade History Program. This includes making 6-8 classroom visits at three different elementary schools in Portsmouth, and arranging for an annual walking tour of participating classes to the JPJH and other historical sites in Portsmouth. The Education Coordinator will continue to develop and maintain relationships with the schools and teachers;

·    Assisting with other education-related duties at PHS as the need arises.

In addition, the Education Coordinator will assist the Society’s Guest Curators for its principal annual exhibitions. Responsibilities for this include:

  • Attending periodic meetings of the Project Teams, and other meetings with staff and advisors as needed;
  • Develop education programs and prepare and review any educational material, including kits, brochures, teacher guides, hands-on activities, and videos;
  • Consult and work with collaborating institutions as needed in joint program planning and development;
  • Work with the Guest Curators to develop activity areas based on contents of the exhibitions;
  • Work with the Project Team and the Society’s Volunteer Coordinator to identify and recruit     volunteers to staff programs as needed. The Education Coordinator will schedule and supervise volunteers to staff Project programs and activities;
  • Attend and participate in the exhibition previews and opening events;
  • Work with the Guest Curators to ensure there is appropriate follow-up and communications with collaborating institutions and partners at the conclusion of the exhibitions;
  • Retain records of correspondence, records of transactions, and any collateral materials, archival and ephemeral, for the final exhibition files, which will be maintained by the Exhibitions Manager.

The Education Coordinator will be available for temporary additional assignments upon mutual agreement.

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Sharon Martel, Director of Finance & Administration, at

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Date Added: September 28, 2021

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