Position: Director of Education

Status: Full Time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director
Supervises: Manager of Visitor Services, Education Program Coordinators, Project consultants, part-time educators, interns

Providence Children’s Museum welcomes children and adults of all backgrounds and from all communities. The mission of Providence Children’s Museum is to inspire lifelong learning for all through play, creativity, and exploration.

Summary: The Director of Education is responsible for ensuring exceptional programming and facilitation that supports PCM’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives. They serve as PCM’s leader and expert in developing and implementing a wide range of innovative education program and initiatives that inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration, including onsite exhibits, digital content, professional development, and online courses. The Director of Education will curate the schedule of educational program offerings, set the standards for program delivery, and train and supervise Education Department staff. Collaborate with Education Department and Visitor Experience Team to provide an integrated and cohesive learning experience for visitors.

They also provide leadership for the visitor services team – including the hiring, training and assessment of visitor service staff and volunteers – to ensure an optimum visitor experience that supports PCM’s mission. Oversees development and implementation of visitor services plans, policies and procedures and interdepartmental collaboration with education and exhibits. Works with Director of Finance and Operations to set and meet earned revenue goals, including admission, membership, and fee-based programs.

They are responsible for ensuring that PCM serves diverse audiences through high-quality programs both within and beyond its walls.

The Director of Education will report directly to the Executive Director and serve on PCM’s leadership team. This is a highly collaborative position that requires communication and frequent partnership with Exhibits, Development, Communications, and Visitor Experience departments.

• Direct vision and strategy for exemplary program development based on the Museum’s exhibits, community partnerships and strategic priorities for early childhood, school age, family, and educator audiences.
• Innovate new Education programs with the goal of increasing visitation and access to PCM’s programs and resources
• Oversee all Education program delivery for public programs, professional development, online classes, and outreach programs. Teaching or filling in for teaching programs as needed.
• Develop opportunities to engage all guests in the PCM experience, leading access, inclusion, and diversity initiatives from inception.
• Establish annual goals, objectives, and priorities for the Education Department and collaborative projects with partners, including RIDE.
• Supervise the Education team and operate a department that is efficient, organized and effective, ensuring that deadlines are met.
• Develop strategies for Education-related program publicity and marketing in collaboration with Museum’s communications staff.
• Create tools and strategies to evaluate learning-based programs and gather feedback.
• Manage departmental budgets and oversee revenue and expense goals related to program delivery.
• Participate as part of the senior management team in planning, budgeting, and other decision-making.
• Work with Development to maximize fundraising opportunities and steward donors.
• Staff and manage various Advisory Committees and Board Committees as requested.
• Participate in professional activities and forums to represent the Museum and to maintain and deepen professional expertise and knowledge.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in education, art education, museum studies, or early childhood education.
• 5 or more years of museum education experience, with at least 2-3 years in a leadership role.
• Experience in creating and delivering hands-on and digital programs based on cultural, STEM and art themes for children ages 0-10 and their caregivers in formal or
informal learning-based settings.
• Expert organizational and project management skills, with proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines and manage multiple, complex initiatives through periods of change.
• Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external teams
• A track record as an effective communicator who is articulate and persuasive in written and spoken communications.
• The ability to partner effectively and diplomatically with the Executive Director, peer Directors, Board members.
• A passion for educating children and the mission of Providence Children’s Museum.

Application instructions:

Applicants are required to and responsible for having both a BCI check at the attorney general’s office and NSOPW background check online upon offer of a position. Applicants consent to these background checks and understand that the results will be part of the consideration of your continued employment.

For more information or to apply: Email cover letter and resume to the Executive Director at Director@ChildrenMuseum.org. Please attach PDFs of the cover letter and resume; title them with the position name and your last name. No phone calls please.

Providence Children’s Museum is committed to providing Equal Opportunity in Employment, to all applicants and employees regardless of, race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, military status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.

About Us

Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all through play, creativity, and exploration.

Hours and Admissions

WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY (beginning 9/7/22)
9:30am to 12:30pm and 
1:30pm or 4:30pm

Reservations are available online. Reserve your ticket now, or purchase walk-up tickets when you arrive.

Masks are optional for most activities at PCM.

Group Visits

Providence Children's Museum is the ideal place for school field trips, camp outings, homeschool and community group trips and Scout excursions.

About Play

While society often overlooks and undervalues play, we are here to celebrate and elevate it. Because we know play isn’t frivolous. It’s foundational.

For Families

We’ve collected an extensive resource of creative activities that will engage kids and their caregivers wherever you may be.

PCM Lesson Plans

Check out our library of lesson plans for teachers and families. PCM has created a variety of lesson plans for teachers by teachers for children pre-k through early elementary.

Become a Partner

PCM has brought the magic of learning to life for over 40 years. As a trusted resource for families and children in southern New England, PCM is an anchor in our community.

More than a Museum
PCM is committed to serving the children of southern New England – regardless of their financial ability. 40% of the Museum’s budget is dedicated to welcoming one-third of the Museum’s total audience free of charge or at greatly reduced rates through a variety of outreach programs.