The Oregon Historical Society
  • Community Engagement
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • $63,000 - $68,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time

The Education & Programs Manager ensures that the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) provides high-quality educational programs and services to teachers, students, and the public in ways that advance OHS's strategic priorities and values, including integrity, accessibility, equity and inclusion, and enhanced belonging. The work of the Education & Programs Manager is crucial in fulfilling OHS's vision of a diverse and inclusive statewide organization that reflects the histories of all Oregonians. The Education & Programs Manager is responsible for managing the statewide Oregon History Day program, supporting the Traveling Trunk program, producing intergenerational and adult educational programs at OHS and with organizational partners, collaborating with OHS coworkers to support training of volunteer docents, creating resources for teachers and students, and representing OHS in partnerships with community and educational partners. The Education & Programs Manager evaluates OHS' K-20 and adult-education program and supports the development of OHS exhibitions, research-library educational tools, and relevant fundraising proposals and reports. The Education & Programs Manager supervises OHS's Education staff. The Education & Programs Manager reports to the Chief Program Officer.


  1. Manages OHS's creation of in-person and virtual learning opportunities for students, teachers, and diverse public audiences across Oregon and beyond; utilizes educator best-practices, relevant scholarship, and effective community-engagement strategies.
  2. Supervises all Education staff-members and collaborates with internal and external colleagues to ensure delivery of OHS's core educational programs, including Oregon History Day, curriculum and educator professional development, Family Days, public presentations for general audiences, Traveling Trunk program, and special projects; first year of position will include developing and hiring for new positions (Ethnic Studies Educator and Museum Educator).
  3. Manages, designs, and implements the Oregon History Day program, including statewide teacher, student, and institutional outreach and training and partnership with National History Day program.
  4. Contributes to internal OHS programs and represents OHS in external partnerships that help advance the OHS strategic plan.


  • Manages all aspects of Oregon's History Day program, including maintaining relationship with National History Day; conducting statewide outreach to promote the program and to recruit and train participants and volunteers; designing and producing the statewide contest; training teachers, students, and volunteer judges; attending and overseeing program-related duties at the National History Day contest in Washington, D.C.; and recruiting and supervising seasonal History Day staff.
  • Supervises new Museum Educator position, which will be responsible for producing intergenerational programming (such as Family Day events) at OHS, training and supporting volunteer docents who lead student and adult tours, developing exhibit worksheets, assessing and improving school tours, supporting development of OHS exhibitions, and providing expertise regarding classroom and museum educational best-practices and ensuring they are in alignment with Oregon State standards where applicable.
  • Supervises new Ethnic Studies Educator position, funded through three-year foundation grant, to utilize OHS's substantial knowledge and resources to help educators across Oregon implement recently updated Social Sciences standards, which integrate ethnic studies to ensure that all students, kindergarten through high school, learn the crucial histories, contributions, and perspectives of traditionally underrepresented individuals and groups.
  • Collaborates with OHS colleagues and community partners to plan, market, and produce public programs for adults.
  • Represents OHS in educational forums, such as conferences and professional partnerships by, for example, creating and delivering presentations on OHS educational offerings and collaboratively developing professional-development opportunities.
  • Establishes new and maintains existing relationships and outreach efforts with key constituent groups, including community partners, educators, administrators, and museum education professionals, to inform OHS's youth and adult community engagement work and further the accomplishment of OHS' strategic objectives.
  • In alignment with institutional priorities and initiatives, develops appropriate evaluations of programs, materials, resources, and exhibitions, including communicating results and adapting programs in response to feedback.
  • Works respectfully and in a spirit of collaboration with supervisor and with OHS colleagues in Marketing, Development, Museum Services, Research Library, Oregon Historical Quarterly, and Visitor Experience departments to serve as an education expert and provide input on project development, marketing and outreach, fundraising reports and proposals, ongoing and curated exhibitions, and program logistics.
  • Displays excellent and respectful communication skills including presentation, persuasion, and negotiation skills required in working with coworkers, visitors and volunteers, and senior management, including the ability to communicate effectively and remain calm and courteous under pressure. Work with the Chief Program Officer to communicate updates, insights, and needs to senior management, staff, and the Board of Directors.
  • Manage education resource collection, including books as well as objects and replicas used in the Traveling Trunk program.
  • Work with the Chief Program Officer to manage and create project budgets and track expenditures for all programs.
  • Maintains punctual, regular and predictable attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Recruits, trains and supervises the Education staff, including two new positions in 2022. This includes assigning tasks, maintaining schedules, managing performance, hiring and termination.


Ability to perform essential job duties with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of employee or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Master's Degree in History, Education, or Museum Education, or equivalent professional experience, preferred with a minimum of 5 years working in Education or Public History. Content knowledge of history, social sciences, educational standards, or museum studies required.

Demonstrates working knowledge of Oregon social sciences standards as well as educational methodologies and teaching strategies using history and/or primary sources (including objects) as a framework; the ability to communicate both practical and theoretical learning concepts to others.

Experience working with educators, historians, and museum professionals.

Experience in delivering content-based programs that serve a population, including youth and adults from rural and urban areas; for whom English is not a first language; with disabilities; of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds; and in Title 1 schools or low-income communities. Specific skills needed: conceptualizing and working on team-based projects, and evaluating programs.

Familiarity with current practices in teaching, curriculum, public programming, and exhibits in historical museums required.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to teach curriculum to students and guests of all ages and backgrounds.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Job requires moderate computer skills. Must be adept at using various applications including database, spreadsheet, report writing, project management, graphics, word processing, presentation creation/editing, communicate by e-mail and use scheduling software.


Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Acceptable documents to establish identity and employment authorization and the ability to pass a background check.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds unassisted.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. May be required to work in a confined space shared with other workers and/or volunteers. May include remote work.

Position periodically requires extended work hours for program events, including evening and weekend hours. The Education & Programs Manager must meet rigid deadlines. This position requires occasional travel, including to Oregon schools for trainings and outreach and for one week annually to support the National History Day contest in Washington, D.C., usually in June (public-health considerations permitting).

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