Occ. Code 3844200

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS ASSISTANT, GRADE 17
INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS COORDINATOR, GRADE 1921

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

Classification Specification

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF TITLE SERIES

Positions in this title series use professional training and skills to develop and administer educational and visitors' programs, including exhibits, seminars, workshops, lectures, guided tours, written materials, and craft demonstrations, to explain the significance of historic sites and the customs, life-styles, and events related to the sites. This title series is used only in the Bureau of Historic Sites of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

RELATED CLASSES

Historic Site Managers manage, supervise, and maintain historic sites, including buildings, grounds, and collections, and supervise all staff, programs, and activities at those sites.

Museum Instructors develop, organize, and implement education programs related to exhibits at the State Museum.

Conservation Educators develop and administer educational and interpretive programs, activities, and exhibits explaining the natural history and ecological resources of New York parks and regions.

Teachers plan academic lessons and curricula and instruct and evaluate the performance and progress of students who are in the charge of a State agency.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS ASSISTANT: one position per site; implements all aspects of the interpretive program at an assigned historic site in accordance with the site Master Plan.

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS COORDINATOR: one position class; provides statewide direction, assistance, and oversight for interpretive programs and visitor services at historic sites.

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS ASSISTANT: under the supervision of the Historic Site Manager and with the technical assistance of the Interpretive Programs Coordinator, prepares, schedules, and conducts seminars, lectures, and educational programs; develops, coordinates, and oversees special events that promote and interpret the site; trains and supervises seasonal staff, interns, and volunteers to conduct workshops, lead tours, and perform activities concerning handicrafts, work, and art of the period; arranges, schedules, and conducts educational programs for schools and community and special interest groups; develops work and professional relationships with schools, professional groups, and community organizations to gain support for the site and its activities; plans and oversees the installation of exhibits; supervises and conducts guided tours; develops and implements the interpretive program for the site; serves as second-in-command at the site; and supervises all site staff and site activities in the absence of the Historic Site Manager.

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS COORDINATOR: under the general supervision of the Director Historic Sites, and in consultation with regional staff, develops and implements interpretive policies and procedures; establishes priorities for the program; evaluates existing programs, methods, activities, and resources in terms of existing planning and State Education mandates, identifies areas for improvement, and presents findings and recommendations; evaluates proposed projects, such as exhibits, furnishing plans, landscape management, and interpretive signage, in terms of priorities and resources; participates in project planning by identifying the audience, goals, objectives, content, and medium for presentation and works with staff from the sites and the laboratories to develop new exhibits and programs and resolve problems; coordinates publication production for the Bureau of Historic Sites; develops tools and techniques to evaluate programs, visitation trends, visitor services, and interpretation at sites; works with Albany Office and regional staff to develop strategies for environmental interpretation; and participates in special projects.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS ASSISTANT

Promotion: one year of permanent competitive or non-competitive service in a position at or above Grade 11.

Open Competitive: Bachelor's Degree and one year of experience developing and conducting a professional program of interpretation in a historic house, historic site, history section of a general museum, interpretation section of a government agency having responsibility for historic house museums or sites, or cultural center providing professional cultural or historic exhibits.

INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service as an Interpretive Programs Assistant or Historic Site Manager.

Open Competitive: Bachelor's Degree in American History or a closely related field and three years of experience conducting an interpretation or education program in a museum or historic site; one year of this experience must have been in an administrative capacity.

Date: 5/96