Title:  Director of Education & Community Engagement

Reports to:  Executive Director

Direct Reports:  1 FTE

Location:  Portland, OR

Salary: $53,000–$57,000

Type:  Full-time/Exempt

Mission Statement:  To inspire understanding and stewardship of Portland history through Pittock Mansion, its collections, and programs.

Pittock Mansion is a house of beauty and historical significance. Operated as a historic house museum, the home provides a revealing glimpse of Portland’s past. Having grown to well over 100,000 annual visitors in recent years, Pittock Mansion is one of the top destinations in Portland. We are seeking a Director of Education & Community Engagement to join our team. This is an exciting time of growth and evolution for Pittock Mansion, and a unique opportunity to develop deeper engagement with the community.

The Director of Education & Community Engagement is a strategic member of our leadership team, and reports to the Executive Director. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager, responsible for Education / Public Programs, Community Engagement, and certain Administrative Oversight.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Education / Public Programs:

Deepens and broadens participation by developing, managing, and evaluating dynamic and inclusive programs (thematic tours, workshops, etc.) related to the museum’s mission and / or focused on the museum’s target audiences

Reaches audiences both directly, through programming efforts, and indirectly through incorporation of new ideas, learning, and creative thinking

Creates and manages a multidisciplinary education program to help interpret the unique history of the area

Promotes and advocates for the educational mission of Pittock Mansion within the community

Community Engagement:

Develops and implements a comprehensive strategy for creating community programs and partnerships

Works with board, staff, volunteers, contractors, and donors to position Pittock Mansion as a place of connection and inclusion to ensure that community voices are heard through sustained collaboration

Builds, maintains, and invigorates mutually beneficial relationships with cultural and community organizations, as well as the local education community to expand the reach of museum programs through strategic partnerships

Essential Duties:

In collaboration with the Curator and the Education Specialist, supervises the planning and development of thematic tours, public programs, workshops, and other educational services for adult and youth audiences

Oversees and as needed, participates in program and event delivery

Develops and implements evaluation tools to measure, interpret, and analyze the outcomes of programs relative to strategic goals, and provides written and oral reports of program status

Works with museum’s exhibition team to increase visitor engagement with exhibits

Develops and implements offsite programming, designed to expand Pittock Mansion’s outreach to area students

Oversees Volunteer Program, including strategy development and implementation, to ensure volunteers engage with visitors in a way that reflects Pittock Mansion’s public engagement vision

Collaborates with staff to develop and implement digital initiatives for the museum’s educational and public programming onsite, offsite, and online

Works with the marketing department to produce a robust plan to promote the institution’s education and engagement program, including program publicity and the development of printed and online education materials

Assists the development department in targeting and administering grants, private funding, and non-traditional programming support

Effectively manages department finances and is accountable for revenue generation, expense management, and overall return on investment

Supervises the Education Specialist, who supports the development and planning of educational programs / tours and provides support for the volunteer program, including scheduling, training and recruiting volunteers

Qualification and Education Requirements:

M.A. in Education, Museum Studies, History or Related Field or comparable work experience

3-5 years of experience in managing, designing, and implementing educational and community-based programs, preferably in a museum setting

Excellent interpretive, writing, public speaking, and communications skills

Strong organizational, planning, research, problem-solving, creativity, and teaching skills

Demonstrated ability to design and implement programs that engage and educate diverse audiences

Knowledge of museum education concepts, strategies, ethics, and standards in addition to contemporary educational methods, including for informal learning environments

Cultural competence and ability to facilitate open dialogue

Collaborative leader who serves as a professional and passionate advocate for local history and Portland’s communities and culture

Experience training and managing people, including volunteers

Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective, collaborative working relationships with staff, visitors, volunteers, donors, professional colleagues and diverse members of the community including schools, community agencies, institutions and the public

Experience with curriculum design preferred

Occasional evening and weekend hours required

Ability to work in shared / open space office environment


Benefits:  Excellent benefit package including medical and dental insurance, PTO, retirement plan with company match up to 3%, and Employee Assistance Program.

To Apply:  Please submit your resume and cover letter to Please include “Director of Education and Community Engagement” in the subject line.