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Director of Access Programs
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Opened in 1982, the Museum, anchored aboard the former USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark, has welcomed more than 2 million visitors since 2012. The Mission of the Intrepid Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming, in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.

Reporting to the Vice President and Assistant Vice President for Education, the Director of Access Programs oversees program development, delivery of programming and Museum resources and accommodations for visitors with disabilities. The position is situated in the Education department but holds responsibility for leading Access initiatives across the institution.

Essential Departmental Responsibilities:
  • Oversee key Access Programs led by the Museum’s education department for visitors with disabilities including those with emotional and cognitive delays, including autism, who are blind or have low vision, who are Deaf or hard of hearing, with dementia, and with limited mobility.
  • Supervise staff of full-time and part-time museum educators, and manage scheduling.
  • Articulate best practices including pedagogical approaches and strategies.
  • Design programming, oversee planning and logistics for all Access Programs; maintain program statistics; evaluate and report on program results; prepare and monitor budgets and develop interpretive resources.
  • Build new relationships with community groups to develop new initiatives and expand impact of existing programming.
  • Direct the design of accessible pre-visits and web-based materials for Museum’s website.
  • Manage program grants and prepare grant narratives for proposals and reports.
  • Work closely with existing parent advisory committee and consultants.
  • Maintain good working relationships with network of constituents and partner organizations.
  • Teach regularly.
  • Engage in community Access dialogue and serve as a resource to peers at other cultural institutions, i.e. conference presentations, leading workshops, publishing articles, mentoring.
Institutional Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to Museum-wide efforts and initiatives to improve accessibility throughout the Museum, and collaborate with staff in other departments and vendors.
  • Prepare and lead staff trainings for all Museum staff, including education, exhibits, museum services, operations, maintenance and security.
  • Provide guidance related to facilities, exhibitions, public programs, education, apps and website.
  • Review and address Museum-wide concerns and issues regarding accessibility, track resolutions and provide recommendations based on best practices and legal requirements.
  • Be current on relevant laws and regulations.

Qualified candidates will have Master’s degree in Museum Studies, Museum Education, Special Education, or other related field. At least 5 years’ experience working with Museum Access programming, accommodations and resources for students and/or adults with physical, cognitive, emotional or developmental disabilities, children and adults on the autism spectrum and English Language Learners. Experience working with accessibility issues and policy in museums or other cultural venues. Certification in special education or related fields a plus. Experience with grant writing and program evaluation. The successful candidate must be available to work on select weekends, holidays and evenings. The candidate will be an enthusiastic team member with strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates must have strong organizational skills, and be able to manage multiple projects. Ability to work independently and in a team environment required. Qualified candidates must be available to work on select weekends, holidays, and evenings.

We offer a competitive salary, benefits and the opportunity to be a part of a very rewarding time in the Museum’s history!

For consideration e-mail resume with salary requirements to: resume@intrepidmuseum.org.

Be sure to include the title of the position you are interested in and your salary requirements.


Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is an equal opportunity employer.