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Museum Division Director (Director of Education)

State of Louisiana
Lafayette Square, Louisiana
Closing date
Apr 14, 2024

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Position Type
Archivist / Curator / Librarian
Full Time
Museum Studies
Organization Type
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This position is located at theOffice of State MuseuminNew Orleans, LA.

This position will be filled using the Division Director Option of the Minimum Qualifications.

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This position serves as Museum Division Director of the Education Division of the Louisiana State Museum's statewide system. The Education Division is responsible for all public programming., including both K-12 school-oriented and adult programming, at the Louisiana State Museum. This position is responsible for and supervises all museum public programs.

75%-Coordinates and supervises all aspects of management of public programs, under the direction of the Curatorial Services Director. This includes the development and implementation of K-12 programming such as school field trips, school site visits, virtual field trips, at-home lesson plans, and other programs, as well as adult and non-school orientated programming such as guest lectures and presentations, virtual presentations, tours, workshops, family days, sensory and disability-friendly programs, and others in conjunction with museum exhibits, museum collections, or other museum-related content and in coordination with museum curatorial staff. Coordinates with Event Coordinator and LSM Maintenance department to organize all on-site public programs; works with maintenance department to configure improvements to museum programming spaces. Oversees and manages all Education division budgets, makes recommendations for purchases, and submits budget items for approval and payment requests; ensures educational partners are paid in a timely manner. Works with Collections and Exhibits curators to improve educational aspects of exhibits, oversees and recommends Education division exhibit proposals, oversees the development of educational programming as part of the exhibit planning process. Works with Public Relations staff to plan and promote all museum public programs; writes press releases and develops social media content; manages programming calendar and communicates calendar updates for the museum website to the web manager.

The Museum Division Director of the Education division directly supervises all division staff including the Education Curator and contract staff including the Education Assistant and all teacher/artist-in-residence staff. Oversees the teacher/artist-in-residence program and the Friends of the Cabildo docent program; works closely as a collaborative partner with the Friends of the Cabildo to manage docents and volunteers.

20%-Administers the routine and special activities of the division by directing the flow of information and task assignments from the Curatorial Services Director or higher leadership; reporting information from the division for LSM board reports and other activity reports from the division; attends staff meetings; monitors division staff and contractor work loads.

5% -Interprets and advises on policies and procedures of the management of museum public programs and makes recommendations to the Curatorial Services Director or higher museum leadership. Other duties as assigned.

The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism are participants in the E-Verify system for identification and employment eligibility purposes.

Louisiana is a State as a Model Employer for People with Disabilities.

For further information about this vacancy, contact:

Troi Johnson, HR Analyst

Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism

PO Box 94361

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9361


FAX: 225-342-7928



1.) Division Director Option:

A baccalaureate degree in American history, American studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural geography, history, historical geography, museum science, museology, or fine arts, plus four years of professional level curatorial experience.

2.) Regional Director and Branch option:

A baccalaureate degree plus four years of professional level museum experience.


Division Director and Regional Director and Branch options:

A master's degree in the above qualifying fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.

A Ph.D. in any qualifying field will substitute for two years of the required experience.


Advanced degrees will substitute for a maximum of two years of the required experience.


Any college hours or degree must be from an accredited college or university.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:

To direct the work activities of a major division in the State Museum; to serve as a regional director over the branch museums in a region of the State of Louisiana; or to manage and

direct the operations of a large and complex branch museum in a metropolitan area such as the Capitol Park Branch Museum in Baton Rouge.

Level of Work:


Supervision Received:

Broad from the Museum Curatorial Services Director or higher.

Supervision Exercised:

Division: Direct line over Curators, Museum Special Projects Coordinator, and Librarians; functional over volunteers.

Regional: Direct line over Curators, Museum Branch Directors, security, maintenance, custodial, and other museum staff.

Branch: Direct line over Curators, security, maintenance, custodial, and other museum staff.

Location of Work:

Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Museum.

Job Distinctions:

Differs from Curator 3 and Special Projects Coordinator by the presence of division management responsibilities.

Differs from Museum Curatorial Services Director by the absence of responsibility for the direction of the Division of Curatorial Services.

Differs from Museum Director-Branch by serving as a regional director supervising Branch Directors.

Differs from a Museum Director-Branch by managing a large, independent and complex museum that is not part of a region.

Examples of Work


Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the work activities of a major division for the State Museum.

Coordinates work by scheduling assignments and directing the work of subordinate curators.

Directs arrangements for the receipt or rejection of accessions to the museum; plans and arranges for expansion of collection.

Supervises the accessing and cataloging of materials for museum records.

Schedules and supervises the periodic inventory of collections for signs of deterioration; directs the repair and conservation of articles as necessary.

Performs the more technical research to identify and interpret museum collections.

Directs the planning, arranging, and hanging of exhibits.

Coordinates public relations for divisional activities.

Presents lectures and attends special events and conferences to promote museum activities.

Recommends policies and procedures regarding the division.


Coordinates, supervises and manages the curatorial, operations, maintenance and law enforcement activities for their branch museum and Branch Museum Directors in the

their region by inspections, review of financial and administrative reports and budget requests, conferences, training sessions, and coordination of major construction,

repairs or expenditures, and interpretive programming.

Develops, prepares and monitors budget recommendations for personnel services, equipment and materials; prepares purchase requests and makes needed purchases;

maintains fiscal records; prepares reports, correspondence and plans; recommends policies and procedures for regional operations.

Meets with civic and governmental groups to promote region and site use by public relations.

Coordinates public relations by meeting with civil foundations and governmental groups to promote region and site.

Supervises the maintenance and use of buildings and grounds for support functions and/or staff. Coordinates branch and site level work by scheduling and managing the

work of subordinate staff; trains staff; inspects building, grounds and equipment to insure that proper safety, security and maintenance procedures and standards are being met.

Coordinates pre-bid, pre-construction and final inspection meetings on repair projects within the southern region.


Selects and trains staff; assigns and evaluates the work of all subordinate branch museum personnel. Coordinates work by scheduling assignments and directing the work

of subordinates at branch museum.

Prepares management reports such as budget proposals, personnel, operational activities, visitation, and vehicle use. Prepares purchase requests and makes purchases.

Plans, proposes, coordinates, supervises and participates in general maintenance, minor repairs, contracted construction and programs.

Conducts correspondence relative to the branch museum.

Cooperates with Museum Division Directors of Collections and Programs in planning, organizing and coordinating curatorial functions within the branch museum.

Performs literary and field research on the culture, archaeology or history of the area, prepares brochures from information obtained and assists with the planning

and arranging of exhibits.

Presents lectures and attends special events and conferences promoting branch museum activities.

Greets the public and schedules and conducts tours of the facility.

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