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The Museum of the City of New York Seeks Content Developer

Part-time Content Developer needed at the Museum of the City of New York for Education Programs associated with the upcoming New York at Its Core exhibition

In November 2016, the Museum of the City of New York will launch its landmark exhibition New York at Its Core, the first-ever museum presentation of New York City’s gripping, four-century story of growth and transformation. Featuring the diverse faces of New York and utilizing one-of-a-kind artifacts, historic photographs, archival film and interactive digital experiences, the exhibition will occupy three galleries on Museum’s first floor, culminating with the Future of the City Lab. Animated and framed by New York’s defining characteristics—the frequently explosive interactions of money, diversity, density and creativity—visitors will come away with a new understanding of what makes New York tick. New York at Its Core will provide a must-see experience for everyone fascinated by the city—including New Yorkers, visitors from all over the globe, and students of all ages.

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center at the Museum of the City of New York is looking for a Content Developer to design fieldtrips, professional development programs, and family programs of the highest scholarship around this groundbreaking exhibition. Responsibilities include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Creating and engaging a teacher focus group to make sure programs and materials for New York at Its Core address their needs, and the needs of their students
  • Creating online pre- and post-visit materials for K-12 teachers which will include essays from scholars, original lesson plans, bibliographies for further exploration, and more.
  • Developing between three and five fieldtrips based on the three galleries that make up the New York at Its Core exhibition
  • Designing family programs and exhibition guides for families to use in the exhibition
  • Planning and implementing the celebration and launch of the exhibition for school teachers
  • Planning and implementing the family activities during the exhibition’s opening weekend
  • Developing and planning professional development programs for classrooms teachers, including lectures and workshops

The Content Developer will work with the Schwarz Children’s Center education staff and the exhibition’s curatorial team to create the highest quality programming and materials that address Common Core Standards in ELA and Social Studies as well as STEM learning.

The ideal candidate will have a graduate degree in American History (or closely related field like American Studies), Education and/or Museum Studies (PhD candidates are encouraged to apply); experience in writing and editing curriculum materials for classroom teachers; familiarity with national and local learning standards in Social Studies and STEM; experience working on digital projects and using multimedia to make content accessible and exciting; experience implementing museum-based programs; fantastic organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to handle multiple projects at one time.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample showing success in explaining complex historical information (such as lesson plans or curriculum) to The Content Developer will work 16 hours per week for a 12-month period, until just after the exhibition opens to the public.

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