Topic ID #41378 - posted 8/1/2019 1:44 PM

Manager of Education and Public Engagement


Newport Restoration Foundation – Newport, Rhode Island

The Newport Restoration Foundation seeks a dynamic and engaging individual to serve as its Manager of Education and Public Engagement. Reporting to the Director of Museums, the Manager of Education and Public Engagement  will assess the current state of NRF’s public programs and communal engagement and work with NRF museum staff to strengthen existing efforts or develop new forms of museum education and community outreach. The ideal candidate will have a record of accomplishment working with and possess significant knowledge of at least one of the following communities/organizations (K-12 education, Aquidneck Island’s year round residents, organizations working in marginalized communities, senior and retirement communities, and the tourism industry) and demonstrate the ability to engage quickly the other communities listed above.  Candidates can come from a number of fields, including museum education, K-12 education, social work, and community services to name a few. 

The successful candidate will help guide the museums of NRF in developing engaging educational programs and meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships with a range of communities who visit or call Aquidneck Island their home. In so doing, the organization hopes to make NRF an integral part of the Island’s communal life.  Outreach projects will include efforts at strengthening existing relationships with local school districts and tourism professionals, new initiatives to engage the people who call Aquidneck Island their home, many of whom work very hard to make Newport one of the region’s premier tourist destinations, and to find ways to engage the large community of local retirees in the life of NRF’s museums and other programmatic initiatives.  Such projects will require discussions with local leaders, listening sessions and other forms of evaluation with community members as well as strategic planning, and program development and implementation at NRF sites and across Aquidneck Island.

NRF was established in 1968 by Doris Duke, who devoted her resources to the acquisition and restoration of Colonial-era buildings in Newport. NRF owns 78 historic properties, including 70 buildings that are rented as residences. In 1999, NRF inherited Doris Duke’s Newport estate, Rough Point, along with her extensive collection of furnishings, fine arts and decorative arts. Rough Point opened as a museum the following year.  NRF also operates Whitehorne House Museum, which features a collection of 18th century, Newport furniture. Additionally, NRF also owns and operates Prescott Farm in Middletown, Rhode Island, a 48 acre property to which NRF has moved several historic buildings, including an early 19th century windmill. NRF leadership believes that these sites and the historical themes they explore should be a resource for all of the communities listed above, and while many people do visit NRF sites annually, there is still much work to be done. The Manager of Education and Public Engagement will play a pivotal role in that work.


·         An MA in museum education, K-12 education, social work, or related field (or a BA and demonstrated experience in community engagement).

·         A minimum of five (5) years f professional experience in the museum education, K-12 education, or other forms of public programming and/or community work

·         Outstanding interpersonal, analytical, and communication skills

·         Ability to develop, track and maintain a budget and the flexibility to adjust budgets, as needed

·         Ability to exercise good judgment with a strong attention to detail

·         Ability to work independently and in team settings

·         Experience with grant writing and fundraising helpful

·         Demonstrated proficiency working in a dynamic not-for-profit environment

·         Willingness to work evenings and weekends, as required

·         Proficiency in Microsoft Office

·        Ability to climb stairs and lift weights up to twenty-five pounds and climb and work from a ladder up to fifteen feet off the ground. Other hands-on work is required to assist with programming and exhibit installation.

·         Must possess a valid driver’s license

·         Speak and take direction in English, proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, or other languages regularly spoken in and around Newport a plus.

  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and résumé to Applications accepted until Monday September 9, 2019.  Full time year round.  Strong benefit package. EOE.


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