Director of Education and Youth Programs, Historic Oakland Foundation

  • August 26, 2022 1:16 PM
    Message # 12897302

    Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 1976 as the “friends of” group for Oakland Cemetery. Our mission is to partner with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the city. Oakland Cemetery is a garden oasis, historical repository, cultural resource, and leader in restoration and cemetery interpretation. Learn more at:

    Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF) seeks a dynamic and innovative leader for the role of Director of Education and Youth Programs. In a new role for HOF, this position will design and implement a new master plan for education and youth programs that aligns with HOF’s strategic growth and impact goals to value diverse communities, center education and engagement, encourage and strengthen relationships, and promote community health and wellbeing.

    The Director of Education and Youth Programs is integral in leading education and youth program initiatives through an expansive period of growth driven by the rehabilitation of the 1899 Oakland Bell Tower and construction of the new Visitor Center that will provide significant opportunities for community-centered expansion and diversification and revenue growth.

    This position will guide the development of new educational programming and expanding youth programmatic offerings with the goal of expanding, diversifying, and deepening HOF’s youth and family audiences. With strong emphasis on innovative learning and community-centered youth programming, this role will design, implement, evaluate, and re-design best in class, long-term youth engagement and education programming to elevate HOF and position it as a leader in educational and youth programming.

    Successful candidates will have extensive experience developing innovative educational and youth programs, are committed to creating agency and opportunity for youth constituents, will value telling undertold and underrepresented stories, are committed to conducting all work through the lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access, and are dedicated to ongoing growth and transformation. This position reports to the Senior Director of Experiences and Engagement.

    Responsibilities and Duties:
    • Direct the creation, planning, implementation, evaluation, and enhancement of all K-12 educational programming including onsite, digital/virtual, homeschool, and outreach opportunities. Utilize current research, evaluation, and innovative practices to develop best in class curricula focused on history, STEM, environment & sustainability, and civic participation. Develop budget, operational, and funding strategies for growth. Leverage existing educational contacts, advisors, or partners and build new partnerships and relationships with Atlanta area educators and administrators. Work collaboratively with all departmental directors to amplify and strengthen educational opportunities;
    • Work collaboratively with the Snr. Dir. Experiences and Engagement to develop and implement youth development programs focused on workforce training and educational apprenticeships, leadership programs, community service, and civic engagement. Build a program strategy in alignment with community engagement and impact goals. Ensure that youth development programs prioritize underserved, minority, and low-income youth in the communities around Oakland and of legacy organization affiliates such as the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home. Work collaboratively with departmental directors to amplify and strengthen these educational opportunities;
    • Work collaboratively with the Programming team to develop and implement a new slate of seasonal, community focused youth and family programs centered on neighborhood engagement. Work with the Senior Director of Experiences and Engagement to expand and diversify HOF’s community presence and audience, programmatic offerings, and family memberships in anticipation of growth opportunities with the 1899 Oakland Bell Tower rehabilitation (2021-2022) and the construction of the new Oakland Visitor Center (2022-2024);
    • Develop new relationships and build on existing partnerships both internally and externally to advance the work of Education and Youth Programs. Focus areas include but are not limited to Oakland neighborhoods, area nonprofits and community partners, Atlanta thought leaders, and legacy organizations such as Morris-Brown College;
    • In collaboration with the Director of Adult Programs and Volunteers, develop and implement a robust internship program focused on high school and college students that gives students the opportunity to work in a variety of departments, learn real world work skills, earn school credit, and be compensated for their work;
    • Work collaboratively to secure funds from a variety of funding sources, including grants, individual donors, and sponsorships, to support education and youth programs;
    • Conduct all work through the lens of elevating diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA), and play a significant role in guiding the organization through a sustained period of organizational change whereby DEIA becomes the default lens through which all organizational attitudes and actions are conducted;
    • Develop and implement annual revenue and expense budgets;
    • Works proactively and collaboratively to support initiatives that rely on the department’s resources;
    • Responsible for establishing a culture of excellence, professionalism, and positivity in the department, and ensuring that employee training, recognition and other performance management programs and tools are in place within areas of responsibility, and, in partnership with the Snr. Director of Experiences and Engagement, and other leaders, that the appropriate trainings are developed, implemented, and effective organization wide;
    • Must be available to work evenings and weekends, as needed, to ensure the successful development and implementation of all Historic Oakland Foundation programs.

    Required Qualifications:
    • Bachelor’s degree in history, public history, education, or museum studies or in a related field; a master’s degree is preferred;
    • A minimum of 8 years of progressive work experience in programming, education, and/or visitor experience within a history, educational, or arts & culture organization.

    Desired Competencies:
    • Demonstrated experience driving positive change, leading a department or organization through growth and transformation, and evaluating and tracking progress and measures of success; • Demonstrated experience supervising, coaching, and investing in staff and volunteers;
    • Demonstrated experience creating engaging and innovative educational programs in a variety of methods such as in-person, digital/ virtual, and through outreach;
    • Demonstrated experience expanding and diversifying audience through educational programs;
    • Familiarity with platforms such as Salesforce, Mailchimp, Click & Pledge, and Eventbrite;
    • Familiarity with Oakland’s mission, history, events, current programs, etc.;
    • Strong ability to network, fundraise, and work in partnership with Development staff to support and grow HOF’s fundraising and development activities.

    Desired Characteristics:
    • Flexible and works well under pressure and deadlines;
    • Growth mindset and adaptability;
    • Curious, motivated, and self-directed;
    • Strong administrative and organizational skills;
    • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with a diverse group of individuals, including (but not limited to): all levels of staff, board, volunteers, members, donors, and community stakeholders.

    Work from Home: HOF staff will be working remotely until the new Visitor Center construction is complete in late-2023/early-2024. The person in this role must be able to work from home, as well as be available for on-site meetings, as needed. Employees may occasionally lift boxes and equipment up to 15 pounds.

    To Apply: Interested applicants should email their letter of interest and resume to

    Position Classification: Full time, exempt Compensation: 50,000.00 - 70,000.00, commensurate with experience Additional Information:

    The statements contained in this position description are not necessarily all-inclusive; additional duties and responsibilities may be assigned, and requirements may vary from time to time. Professional business references and a background check will be required for all final applicants selected for a position.

    In accepting a position, it is understood that continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory background check. A satisfactory background check is the absence of a criminal record that bears a demonstrable relationship to the applicant/employee’s suitability to perform the required duties and responsibilities of the position.

    Historic Oakland Foundation is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all state, federal, and local laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law.

    Historic Oakland Foundation is not currently accepting resumes from agencies for this position.

    Last modified: August 26, 2022 1:16 PM | Anonymous

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