Education Assistant

LocationThe John Brown House Museum
Job TypeFull-Time

The Rhode Island Historical Society seeks a creative, energetic, and enthusiastic candidate to join the
Goff Center for Education team. The Education Assistant is responsible for extending the Rhode Island
Historical Society’s reach throughout the state through the development and implementation of the
RIHS’s varied educational programs with a primary focus on PK-12 school and teacher outreach and
programming. Current educational initiatives include EnCompass, our online digital resource of Rhode
Island History for students and teachers. and recruiting and expanding school participation in the
National History Day program. The Rhode Island Historical Society coordinates and sponsors the state
contest for National History Day and the commitment to that program is a major responsibility for this


Duties include, but are not limited to the following:
 Assists Director of Education with all K-12 and teacher programs across the RIHS
 Acts as main educator for Goff Center virtual programs
 Assists Director of Education with Rhode Island History Day
 Assists with planning, coordinating, and running of teacher workshops, institutes and symposia
 Assists with planning, coordinating, and running of new school programs including tours,
summer courses, and after school programs
 Assists with curriculum and lesson plan development
 Manages administrative aspects of student and teacher programs including registration and
scheduling, and logistics.
 Collaborates with Collections and Library staff to utilize primary sources in educational materials
 Collaborates with the Communications Coordinator to promote educational programs
 Promotes educational programs through department-specific promotion outlets
 Assists with grant writing and managing
 Assists with project management
 Acts as Goff Center Liaison for Teen Advisory Board
 Able to lead school tours at JBH and school group walking tours
 Able to fill in as JBHM desk clerk when needed

The position is based out of the John Brown House Museum but serves PK-12 education across RIHS
sites. The position is regular Monday to Fridays with some evenings and weekends required.


Qualifications include a demonstrated success delivering programs to children grades PK-12; knowledge
of Rhode Island Civics and Social Studies Grade Span Expectations and Common Core State Standards;
experience with managing significant work-flow in a highly collaborative setting; ability to work with
diverse audiences including staff members, educators, and PK-12 students. The successful candidate will
have excellent oral and written communications skills, superb analytical and problem-solving skills,
strong planning, and organizational skills with ability to prioritize and multi-task. Experience
interpreting historical documents, material culture, and landscapes a plus. Proficiency with Google
platforms, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint a plus.

Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in history, humanities, museum education, public history, public
humanities, PK-12 education, or related field, or 5 years of related experience. Minimum of 3 years of
experience in program or curriculum development and delivery. Experience in not-for-profit preferred.

Physical Demands
The office for this position is located in an historical building and the use of stairs is required. Some
carrying or lifting up to twenty pounds may occasionally be required. As this position will encompass
occasional travel to sites in Rhode Island, a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle are required. The
ideal candidate must be able to complete all physical requirements of the job with or without a
reasonable accommodation.

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather
conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, and sick time; health insurance (medical, dental, and vision
offered); long-term disability and life insurance program; pension. Starting pay is $18/hr.

The Rhode Island Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring
or employment against any individual on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry,
religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume/CV, and names of three references to with Education Assistant
in the subject line. Applications open until filled.
No phone calls, please+

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.