| National World War II Museum New Orleans, Louisiana |
Position Title: Vice President of Education and Access
The Vice President of Education and Access will be a pivotal leadership position at America’s National WWII Museum, overseeing an array of collections, exhibits, research, and education activities that reflect best practices and innovation in a history museum. The Vice President will play a major role in development of content, creative exhibits, programs, products and outreach initiatives. These measures will all be linked to the Museum’s mission to explore the American experience in World War II through preservation and use of material on the history and lasting legacy of this global conflict. Programs and educational initiatives will collectively enhance onsite visitor experiences and benefit from ongoing digitization of the Museum’s rich archival assets, including more than 9,000 personal accounts and hundreds of thousands of artifacts, documents and photographs. These diverse efforts will receive increasing resources and emphasis as the Museum moves toward completion of its 300,000-square-foot campus by 2020 and engages new audiences across the country and around the world, employing on-site, online, travel and other education strategies.
ABOUT THE MUSEUM
Originally founded in 2000 as the D-Day Museum, The National WWII Museum is now the top-rated tourist destination in New Orleans, TripAdvisor's #4 museum in the country, and an unforgettable way to experience World War II—from industrial efforts on the Home Front to the combat experience of the American servicemember abroad. Offering a compelling blend of sweeping narrative and poignant personal detail, the Museum features immersive exhibits, multimedia experiences, and an expansive collection of artifacts and first-person oral histories to take visitors inside the story of the war: why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Beyond the galleries, the Museum offers unique access to experiential history, including the opportunity to tour and even ride on an authentically restored PT-boat, tours behind the scenes to handle artifacts alongside Museum curators, and an impressive collection of restored and working macro-artifacts to discover. In addition, online collections, virtual field trips, webinars, educational outreach, travel programs, and renowned International Conference offer patrons new ways to connect to history and honor the generation that sacrificed so much to secure our freedom.
Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum is located in downtown New Orleans on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants. A $370 million capital-expansion currently underway will see the addition of two additional pavilions, among many other enhancements.
This Cabinet level position will report to the President & CEO, drawing guidance from the Presidential Counselors advisory body that will be supported for the next few years by the President & CEO Emeritus. The Vice President of Education and Access will supervise a growing team of more than 40 staff and will have direct reports covering Curatorial, Education and Exhibits departments; travel and conference programs; the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy; and the WWII Media and Education Center. These departments and strategic measures will be essential as the institution seeks to become the most trusted and accessible Museum source for knowledge and information on the war’s origins, its execution, and its legacies for America and the world.
Reorganization steps now underway at the Museum will consolidate the work of these various departments under the Vice President of Education and Access on July 1, 2017, in line with the Museum’s strategic objectives and vision for the future. Several of these departments will be housed in the planned Hall of Democracy pavilion, with groundbreaking set for 2017 and completion expected in late 2018.
Under the direction of the President & CEO, and in consultation with other Museum leadership, the Vice President of Education and Access will have responsibility to:
1. Develop and expand on the strengths of existing Curatorial, Exhibits, and Education Departments and the Museum’s travel and conference programs, while helping guide development of two new departments, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and the WWII Media and Education Center.
2. Work with department heads and other managers to enhance the Museum’s exhibits and programming as well as other educational initiatives.
3. Participate in the President/CEO’s new Council on Education and Research, which coordinates leadership in identifying and reaching goals for education, exhibits, programs, research and outreach.
4. Work with other senior Museum managers in advancing marketing strategies and developing partnerships that strengthen the institution’s education mission.
5. Represent the Museum before various publics through public speaking and presentations.
6. Support leadership efforts in pursuit of funds from grants, sponsors, and private foundations/donors, to advance the Mission of education and access.
7. Respond through the President & CEO to Board of Trustees direction and the Board’s strategic visioning process, designed to shape the Museum’s future direction.
8. Carry out other tasks and special projects as assigned by the President & CEO.