The National WWII Museum in New Orleans is currently seeking a Director of the WWII Media and Education Center. This is a new position that will help develop and oversee multimedia learning and outreach initiatives at the Museum. This position will be responsible for the full and creative utilization of new state of the art broadcast, production, and editing facilities, a dedicated studio for distance learning, and multiple public spaces for live events including a signature media auditorium that seats 100 with fully integrated video conferencing capabilities. In addition, the Director will work collaboratively with Museum educators, historians, researchers, and other staff. A primary responsibility of this position will be to ensure that the Museum’s extensive collections of digital oral histories, photographs, archival materials, maps, lectures, conferences, and other digital content are fully integrated into new teaching, learning, and creative media experiences that will advance the Museum’s mission as a leading source of knowledge and information on WWII.
The Director will initially lead a team responsible for expanding the Museum’s distance learning programs to K-12, higher education and public history audiences, and for creating new and sustainable media programs and products that leverage the expertise of the Museum’s staff, network of scholars and partners, and strengths of the Museum’s collection and archive. This position will also have responsibility for developing partnerships to create an international media hub for the electronic delivery and import of the latest news and research on WWII history.
The Director of the WWII Media and Education Center will be an important leadership position in the forthcoming Hall of Democracy, a three story complex which will also house the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy, a library, and dedicated special exhibitions hall. The Hall of Democracy will break ground in the summer of 2017 and is scheduled for completion in late 2018.
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelors degree (Masters preferred) with an emphasis on multimedia production, educational technology, instructional design, or related multimedia field plus a minimum of three years experience in leading a team responsible for creating, designing, and delivering digital media products and learning experiences for educational purposes in a museum, university, publishing or related environment. In addition, demonstrated proficiency in media production software (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite), content management systems (Drupal, WordPress), live streaming platform (Livestream, Youtube), and digital asset management software is preferred as is a basic knowledge of World War II history. Finally, demonstrated knowledge of copyright and digital media rights management, experience in budget development and management, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit are a must.
The National WWII Museum is one of the nation’s premier historical museums and cultural institutions. Located in the vibrant Warehouse/Arts District in the heart of New Orleans, the Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today.
The National WWII Museum offers a competitive wage and benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision and life insurance, long-term disability insurance, accident and critical illness insurance, 401k, and paid vacation and sick leave.