The Forney Museum of Transportation

Education and Interpretation Coordinator

Job Title: Education and Interpretation Coordinator
Where: The Forney Museum of Transportation, Denver, CO. 80216
Status: Full-time, Hourly Non-Exempt
Reports to: Museum Director
Compensation: $17/ hr.

About the Forney Museum of Transportation
The Forney Museum of Transportation is a one-of-a-kind collection of over 800 artifacts relating to historical transportation. It began 66 years ago with a single 1921 Kissel, but soon expanded to include vehicles of all kinds. Today it includes not just automobiles, but also buggies, motorcycles, steam locomotives, aircraft, carriages, rail equipment, fire apparatus, public transportation, sleighs, bicycles, toys & diecast models, vintage apparel and much, much more!

Our Mission
The Forney Museum of Transportation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization which exists to collect, preserve, and exhibit items of artistic, historical and technological interest relating to transportation for the purposes of education and personal enrichment.

About the Position
The Forney Museum of Transportation is seeking a full-time Education and Interpretation Coordinator to join our team! Essential to the growth and relevancy of our organization, the Education and Interpretation Coordinator will develop and lead educational activities, programs, tours, and more while collaborating with partner organizations and other community entities. The intent for this role is to stimulate community and visitor engagement and satisfaction by creating inclusive and accessible events and programs.
This position is well suited for someone who: enjoys working with diverse groups of people, children and adults alike; is creative and adaptable to changing situations; is willing to follow general educational principles; comfortable and familiar working closely with disabled people of all ages; and has a general passion for historical interpretation.

Primary Responsibilities:
– Develop and lead innovative educational activities, programs, and tours for the museum. Programs are in-person, virtual, and off-site.
-Communicate the museum’s mission and goals when performing all roles
-Schedule Self-Guided and Guided Tours for various groups of visitors including seniors, clubs/organizations, developmentally disabled (DD), schools, and more. Must lead Guided Tours for all tour groups.
-Collaborate with Museum partner organizations and staff on educational programming.
-Work with Volunteer Coordinator to recruit volunteers to assist with tours and programs.
-Record and evaluate program data such as attendance, demographics, direct feedback/observations, visitor evaluations and surveys.
-Work with the Collections Manager to grow and develop community events such as the Annual Summer Bike Giveaway.
-Develop and manage the Museum Education mailing list and generate monthly Newsletters to keep patrons informed of current and upcoming activities.
-Working with the Executive Director, seek and apply for grants to improve educational programs, including the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) yearly grant application.
-Post educational material and videos to the Museum’s Social Media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts).
-Includes other duties and responsibilities as needed.
-Must be available to work evenings and weekends.

Essential Skills and Qualifications:
-Comfortable and confident with public speaking and teaching.
-Experience working with diverse groups of people.
-Strong interpersonal communication skills.
-Bilingual/fluent in Spanish.
-Working knowledge and skill in crafts, as well as a general understanding of history and STEAM (Approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics).
-Experience leading object-based educational programs and willingness to learn about the Museum’s collection.
-Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite.
-Familiarity with marketing, social media, and general networking.
-Proficient in virtual meeting platforms such as Google Meets and Zoom, and the ability to lead virtual programs on these platforms.
-Strong grammar, composition and design skills.
-Highly organized and detail oriented.
-Must be able to multi-task.

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
– 2+ years of experience in a formal or informal educational environment that focuses on community and peer engagement (nonprofit or museum experience preferred).
-BA in Communications, Education, Museum Studies, or related field.
-2+ years of experience developing curriculums and/or syllabi for educational programs or related events
-Familiarity with 501 (c)(3) non-profit standards of operation.
-General knowledge of automobile mechanics and power systems.
-Ability to drive a manual transmission or willingness to learn.

For consideration, please email a resume, cover letter, and references to Nicole Bleau at collections@forneymuseum.org, with Attention: Education and Interpretation Coordinator as the subject.
Local members of the Commerce City, Elyria-Swansea, Five Points, Globeville, or River North Art District (RiNo) communities are heavily encouraged to apply.The Forney Museum of Transportation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants for employment without discrimination based on race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or any other factors prohibited by law.