Lowell’s Boat Shop and Museum, located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, seeks a Program Director to support their mission through design, delivery, and evaluation of educational programs. The Program Director is responsible for daily operations of student programs: staff assignments, training, budget, and coordination with other staff; supervising museum educators and volunteers; and research, design, and delivery of LBS programs at the Museum, on the water, and in schools for K-12 students and teachers. In addition, s/he will formalize and sustain a vocational high school level boat building apprentice program and increase access for underprivileged communities, develop an Education budget, and assist the Executive Director and development staff in identifying grant opportunities.
This is a full-time position which includes occasional evenings and weekend days; requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Education or a related field and three year’s experience coordinating and delivering education programs, preferably in a museum or non-profit institution.
A NATIONAL LANDMARK & WORKING MUSEUM
Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest continuously operating boat shop in the United States and is cited as the birthplace of the legendary fishing dory. Lowell’s is the only remaining survivor of the area’s world-renowned dory manufacturing industry that produced in excess of a quarter of a million dories over a period of two centuries. Building more than 2000 boats in 1911, this business was one of the first in the Nation to employ a seminal form of assembly line manufacturing.
With the founding of his company, Simeon Lowell made radical innovations to traditional boat design. Known for their efficiency, durability and sea worthiness, Lowell dories became the heart and soul of the Gloucester fishing fleet. In the waning days of the great fishing industry, recreational boaters turned to Lowell dories for the same qualities that attracted the fishermen. Rowing clubs, hunting camps, the Boy and Girl Scouts and the Lifesaving Service all sought Lowell dories and skiffs for their maritime experiences.
Conveyed through seven generations of the Lowell family, Lowell’s Boat Shop was passed to the Odell family in the 1980’s and then to the Newburyport Maritime Society in the 1990’s. In 2006, Lowell’s was purchased by Lowell’s Maritime Foundation, an independent non-profit group with the mission of leading this National Landmark and Working Museum through its third century of wooden boat building.
Application deadline: May 15, 2018.