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  • Gutenkauf, Diane
    Mar 25, 2014

    Please excuse cross postings


    The Robert R. McCormick Museum is adding a Museum Educator to our staff. Please see the attached job description (also copied below) for application directions.



    Museum Educator, Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park

    Reports to: McCormick Museum Director

    Compensation: Mid-$30K, non-exempt


    Principal Functions

    Develops the McCormick Museum’s education initiatives for formal group programs and informal drop-in activities; serves teachers and students through partnerships, curriculum and lesson plan development and school programs; facilitates distance learning and outreach to administrators, educators and students and serves as an education advocate by incorporating national and state educational education goals into programs, exhibits and school tours.




    1. Develops and fosters relationships with teachers, school districts, and education leaders to develop lessons for in-gallery programs that align with state education standards.


    1. Develops and administers curriculum and common core based school programs and tours for student groups and collaborates with Tour Coordinator on Tour Guide training to administer these programs.


    1. Develops and implements measurements of effectiveness for school tours and programs. Uses results to recommend modifications, make adjustments, and improve the visitor experience.


    1. Develops and manages and pre- and post-visit materials for teachers/school programs, ensuring teacher/school educational resources are closely tied to Robert R. McCormick.


    1. Maintains records of school visits including attendance data and visit day experience.


    1. Creates drop in programs for other museum visitors and collaborates with Tour Coordinator on Tour Guide training for these activities.


    1. Collaborates with Cantigny and First Division Museum educators to develop and evaluate school and group education programs.


    1. Develops and evaluates out-reach programs for school and adult groups including hands-on classroom materials


    1. Promotes supporting resources provided by the McCormick Foundation Civics Program, McCormick Foundation grantees, and relevant external organizations to help educators integrate a McCormick Museum program into their classroom curriculum.


    1. Creates and maintains hands-on education collection and incorporates material into museum tour program and outreach/loan program


    1. Other duties as assigned.




    1. Bachelor’s degree in museum education, museum studies, education, history, political science or related field required. Master’s degree in Museum Education desired.


    1. At least 3-5 years experience in museum education, classroom teaching and/or conducting educational programs with direct experience creating and developing such programs desired.


    1. Preferred experience working in an informal learning environment, such as a museum, with 3rd through 8th grade students.


    1. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, public speaking and writing skills; knowledge of learning styles, developmentally appropriate educational practices and state education standards; experience working with school-age and adult audiences; strong ability to work collaboratively.


    1. This position requires work hours outside of normal business hours; must be able to work evenings and weekends as necessary.


    1. Must be mobile on stairs, able to climb stairs repeatedly and lift 25 lbs.


    1. Computer literacy required including proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint)


    About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation
    The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.


    About Cantigny Park

    Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Cantigny Park is the former home of Colonel Robert McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Cantigny Park is home of the McCormick Museum, First Division Museum, spectacular gardens, picnic grounds, nature trails, a Visitors Center with banquet and dining facilities, educational and recreational programs, a championship golf course, and much more. Explore Cantigny at www.cantigny.org.


    About the Robert R. McCormick Museum

    The McCormick Museum is a historic house museum interpreting the life and legacy of Colonel Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955), longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. It is located at Cantigny, the Colonel’s 500-acre Wheaton (Illinois) estate that he left as a gift to the public.


    To Apply

    By April 28, 2014, send cover letter, resume and one description or example of an in-museum program developed for a school audience to:  dgutenkauf@...


    Diane Gutenkauf, Director

    Robert R. McCormick Museum

    1s151 Winfield Rd

    Wheaton IL 60189



    Diane Gutenkauf


    Robert R. McCormick Museum

    1s151 Winfield Rd

    Wheaton IL 60189

    630-260-8159 (v)

    630-260-8160 (f)



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