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Youth Program Manager

Date Posted:  Sep 24, 2021
Requisition ID:  267281

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204

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About the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites:

The mission of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is to serve as a catalyst for informal lifelong learning that connects the stories of real people, places and things. Our vision is to be the leader in informal lifelong learning that is recognized, sought-after and celebrated regionally, nationally and globally. We value inclusion, integrity, stewardship and transparency.



This starting salary for this position is $40,000 per year.


As the Youth Programs Manager, you will be responsible for managing homeschool, camp, afterschool, and scout programs for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites including identifying growth potential and implementing strategies to achieve such growth.  Your responsibility includes to cultivate relationships with homeschool co-ops, parents, afterschool and community centers and scout organizations.  You will also be responsible for assisting in the facilitation of school workshops and outreach programs.    

Essential Job Responsibilities:


The essential functions of this role are as follows: 

  • Vision and Leadership:
    • Manage and administer out-of-school educational programs for youth audiences including workshops, camps, outreach programs, classes, and demonstrations
    • Analyze and research trends in camp programming and oversee creation of new camp programs and reconfiguration of current camp programming to address changing needs and interests of the public and to take advantage of new opportunities for the museum
    • Manage and oversee the expansion of the museum camp program to encompass audiences in multiple age groups
    • Explore and implement ways to reach new audiences who will benefit from camp, homeschool, afterschool and scouting programs.  Responsible for the growth of these core museum programs
    • Work with the Vice President of Programs and Education and other departmental staff to develop and implement strategic goals, objectives and action plans for education and outreach programming
    • Work with the Engagement Department to create a comprehensive education and outreach program schedule
    • Work with marketing and communications staff to develop and implement a marketing and sales plan in support of programs and activities
    • Foster strong local, regional and national network of peers in related fields 


  • Community and Support Organizations:
    • Develop and implement collaborative programming, including statewide outreach
    • Present workshops and sessions on various topics at local and statewide museum and education associations and organizations
    • Identify and work with statewide educational partners to provide educational content to K-12 audiences at the museum, through outreach, and through contributions to partner programs


  • Operations and Supervision:
    • Supervise staff developing and facilitating youth programs 
    • Develop and facilitate K-12 youth programming including events, workshops, outreach, classes, camps and activities
    • Within the youth programs, train and manage staff and volunteers assisting with the implementation of programs.  This will include hiring interns, screening volunteers, and consulting on new staff hiring opportunities  
    • Work with State Historic Sites staff to collaborate and coordinate programming
    • Develop, submit and manage project budgets for youth programs.  Submit budget to Director of Education Engagement
    • Work with the Director of Education Engagement to set annual goals for K-12 programming
    • Develop and implement on-going evaluation for all recurring and pilot programming and produce relevant reports
    • Provides excellent customer service to audience attending programs, as well as to all visitors and employees in museum
    • Serve on museum project teams

The job profile is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.

Preferred Experience:

The ideal candidate in this role should minimally have a Master’s Degree in education, museum studies, or a related field and at least five years of museum and administrative experience. 


  • Knowledge of non-traditional teaching methods
  • Knowledge of trends in museum education  
  • Knowledge of similar programs in other museum and education settings
  • Evidence of creative program development
  • Ability to relate to diverse audiences personally and through programs
  • Ability to respond effectively to evaluations and to accept critical suggestions
  • Familiarity with ADA compliance rules and procedures and awareness of cultural sensitivity issues
  • Strong public speaking, organizational, networking and public relations skills
  • Critical thinking and analysis skills  
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Knowledge of marketing trends related to program customers
  • Professional contacts in the field of museum education
  • Broad understanding and experience in museum education for diverse audiences
  • Supervisory abilities and effective human resource skills
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Research skills and ability to produce accurate information
  • Ability to comprehend and communicate concepts and information on a variety of Indiana-related topics for diverse audiences
  • Ability to create and manage budgets
  • Valid Indiana driver’s license

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

What You'll Get in Return:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes:

  • Four (4) medical plan options (including RX coverage) and vision/dental coverages
  • Wellness program (offers eligibility into a discounted medical plan)
  • Health savings account (includes bi-weekly state contribution)
  • Deferred compensation account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • Group life insurance
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Paid vacation, personal and sick time off
  • Competitive leave policies covering a variety of employee needs
  • 12 company paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • New Parent Leave

If this is an Intermittent position, the position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of this role.

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