Director of Education

LocationThe John Brown House Museum
Job TypeFull-Time

The Rhode Island Historical Society is seeking a thoughtful, enthusiastic leader to serve as the
Director of Education for our Goff Center for Education and Public Programs. The successful
candidate will have a knowledge of both American history and educational best practices.
Experience in public history and Rhode Island history would be an asset. This is a particularly
dynamic time to take the educational lead at the RIHS. The Rhode Island Department of
Education (RIDE) has just hired its first social studies and humanities specialist in nearly 15
years and stated its dedication to this field. Rhode Island’s legislature has also enacted laws
requiring curriculum to be created on African Heritage and Asian-American Heritage. Through
our free, online sourcebook EnCompass, online vehicles like Google Classroom, programs like
National History Day in Rhode Island, teacher training seminars, and school tours, the Director
of Education will lead the charge of RIHS’s contributions to the broadening and deepening of
the history taught in our schools and beyond. The Director of Education will maintain and grow a
network of relationships across the state and the nation with stakeholders such as RIDE, school
districts and departments, the Smithsonian, National History Day, and other history
organizations with an educational mission, etc. This position is supported by a full-time
Education Manager who oversees curriculum development and serves as the affiliate
coordinator for National History Day in Rhode Island. The RIHS is also embarking on a
reinterpretation of the John Brown House Museum to reposition it as an experiential education
hub to address Rhode Island’s history until 1850 through the use of primary sources, artifacts,
and secondary scholarship. As such, the new RIHS Director of Education will oversee the John
Brown House Museum operational/educational staff (1.5 FTEs), as well. The Director of
Education will be part of the leadership team for the RIHS and will be expected to participate in
our Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility work.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
● Working with the RIHS leadership team, articulates the educational vision for the RIHS
and participates in long-range planning to further embed educational initiatives in
institutional goals;
● Deploys the RIHS’s strategic plan and other action plans as relates to educational
activities through the development and oversight of education-related events across the

four locations maintained by RIHS, such as lectures, panel discussions, seminars, and
workshops (this will often take a support role for programs at the Museum of Work &
● Identifies and pursues educational opportunities, technologies, and programs to
enhance the RIHS’s educational offerings at a state and national level;
● Manages the Goff Center for Education and John Brown House Museum staff and works
on teams with other RIHS programming as needed;
● Sets the schedule and approach for development of curricular materials in line with state
and national standards;
● Oversees the expansion of EnCompass, including educational partnerships to increase
its scope and content;
● Fosters relationships between RI school districts and the RIHS;
● Acts as the RIHS education representative on boards, committees, and commissions as
● Serves as educational representative for Smithsonian Affiliation;
● Cultivates new audiences for educational programs and products;
● Oversees selection of Gilder-Lehrman RI History Teacher of the Year Award;
● Pursues grant funding to support Pre-K to12 educational initiatives and related projects;
● Oversees budgets related to general Goff Center expenses, the John Brown House
Museum, educational walking tours, and all related educational grants.


● Ability to work effectively with staff and colleagues;
● Facility to write successful grants and develop sound budgets;
● Capacity to not only manage, but lead staff and volunteers;
● Desire and adeptness to collaborate with other organizations and groups;
● Imagination and enthusiasm to develop new and innovate, history-related programs and
● At least five years working in the public history/museum field; and
● Advanced degree in a related field preferred (e.g. American History, American Studies,
History Education, American Literature), though related work experience can replace.


This is a senior level position and as such qualifies for all regular RIHS benefits. This is a full-
time, 37.5 hour a week position, salaried and exempt. Evenings and weekends are sometimes
Commensurate with experience, salary for this position can range from $60,000-$65,000.

Health care insurance, single plan starting the first of the month following date of hire.
TIAA/CREF retirement plan after completing twenty four (24) months of employment. Life and
Disability Insurance. Sick time, paid holidays, and vacation time.
To Apply please submit a current CV, the names and contact information for three references
(at least one of which must be a recent employer), and a cover letter to, with the
subject line RIHS Director of Education.
In the cover letter, in addition to explaining your interest and fit for this position, please also
address the following questions:

● How do you approach balancing collaboration and leadership? and
● The position description noted several dynamic new developments in Rhode
Island’s history education landscape, as well as at the RIHS specifically. Which
of these ignites your excitement the most and why?

All inquiries should be directed to with the subject line RIHS Director of
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and this position will be open until filled.
The Rhode Island Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity
and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

To ApplySend your resume and cover letter to Hiring Manager at
The Rhode Island Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.