Director of Outreach and Innovation

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Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Outreach and Innovation researches, develops, and implements all mission and vision related education and public programming for audiences of all ages and abilities locally, nationally, and internationally.

Essential Job Functions

• Oversee the inception and implementation of a variety of museum engagements including but not limited to: exhibit openings, concerts, classes, tours, lecture series, and large scale community outreach and events
• Envision, develop, and implement new educational and public program initiatives
• Pursue, establish, and maintain a network of partners and collaborators for strategic initiatives to support access and equity
• Help to increase national and international presence through outreach initiatives
• Employ innovation and creative thinking to turn new and imaginative ideas into reality
• Develop innovative curriculum and content in coordination with Iowa CORE standards
• Serve on internal and community committees to facilitate outreach opportunities
• Coordinate and oversee set-up, tear-down, and execution of public and educational programs
• Determine logistics and contractual agreements for each event, including working with vendors and performers, community groups, staff and volunteers. Large scale events may require working with the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa ABD, Cedar Rapids PD and FD, Linn County Public Health, and other groups to ensure all rules and regulations are being followed
• Assist in grant writing and proposal development; identify foundation, government and corporate funding possibilities; meet with potential funders and sponsors; and prepare final reports
• Seek funding from a variety of government and non-governmental sources
• Represent the museum through speaking engagements and contribute to relevant publications in the field
• Coordinate with the marking department to create content for marketing plans
• Prepare and manage a balanced department budget that meets annual goals
• Conduct cost-benefit analyses on educational and public program initiatives
• Create and prioritize long and short-term tactics for reaching institutional strategic goals
• Evaluate, analyze, and report on audience attendance and impact
• Organize and participate in interdepartmental project coordination and implementation
• Train and mentor staff, docents, volunteers, and interns
• Oversee the internship program and encourage educational development with department staff
• Become versed in museum operations as this role serves as a primary visitor contact
• Perform other job related duties as needed or assigned

Experience and Qualification Requirements:

• Previous mission related programming and event planning experience required
• At least 3 years of museum experience preferred
• Bachelor’s degree required
• Master’s degree preferred
• Must be available to work extended hours and a variety of shifts to include nights, weekends, and occasional holidays
• Excellent interpersonal skills; must be personable and diplomatic in working with diverse constituency and staff
• Excellent communication skills, including the written word and public speaking
• Strong organizational skills and ability to plan and prioritize
• Flexible and able to multi-task and problem solve in a fast-paced environment

Title: Director of Outreach and Innovation

Reports to: President and CEO

Status: Regular Full-time

How to apply:
Email cover letter, resume, and three references to: Cecilia Rokusek, President & CEO

About the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

For more than 40 years, NCSML has collected, preserved, and interpreted the stories of Czechs and Slovaks. In the beginning our audience was relatively small, mostly local and composed primarily of visitors with Czech or Slovak heritage. Now a national museum with international standing, our audience has become much more diverse. In recognition of our shifting demographics, the NCSML is positioning itself as a place where anyone from anywhere can appreciate the stories, experiences and contributions of Czechs and Slovaks. It is a place to celebrate cultural diversity and have fun, and it is a place to dig deep. In learning about others, we hope visitors will learn about themselves and make connections to important contemporary issues.

NCSML is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

To apply for this job email your details to crokusek@ncsml.org