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Program Manager - Midway Institute for Teachers


The USS Midway Institute for Teachers is a collaboration and partnership between the USS Midway Museum and other institutions and features outstanding faculty speakers from such prominent universities as UCSD, Texas Tech University, Columbia, Dartmouth and the SDSU Center for War & Society. Since 2009, the Institute has conducted seminars that are specifically designed for teachers of history and social studies to learn about the Cold War, the wars in Korea and Vietnam, and World War II in the Pacific, and to incorporate that knowledge, including a variety of perspectives, into their classroom lessons.  Presentations by expert lecturers, university historians, veterans, and other individuals who experienced the events of the era, plus field trips to San Diego museums and the immersive atmosphere of studying aboard the USS Midway, combine to create an incomparable and unparalleled professional development experience for teachers.

The Institute’s seminar programs are uniquely held aboard the iconic Cold War and Vietnam War aircraft carrier USS Midway. Now retired from active duty, the USS Midway continues to serve the country by hosting guests onboard and through education programs, including those of the Midway Institute for Teachers.

The Midway is seeking a Program Manager to provide leadership and execution of the Institute and sustain and build upon our regional and national reputation.

Position Summary:

Planning, coordination, and execution of the USS Midway Institute for Teachers, a seminar program offering professional development for teachers primarily at the high school level with participants experiencing an in-depth exploration of the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and surrounding historical and cultural context.


  • Well attended and executed Institute showing high satisfaction by attendees and continued growth and development of the program.
  • Effective partnerships with academic, museum, and historic institutions.
  • Panel presenters and guest speakers who are highly regarded experts in their respective fields from highly regarded, well respected institutions.
  • Facilitation of engaging discussion among participants connecting their Institute learning to instruction in the classroom.
  • Production of high-quality lesson plan outlines.


  • Responsible for the research and development of program content in respect to pedagogy, national and state standards and curriculum, and educational leadership for current and future Institute programs and related seminars.
  • Establishes the intellectual scope, content, and schedules for the Institute’s programs.
  • Identifies and recruits highly qualified faculty and guest speakers.
  • Recruits, trains, and supervises staff/volunteers assigned to the Institute and oversees the work of contractors retained for Institute.
  • Manages national, state and local marketing, promotion and outreach activities for the Institute and its programs, including a partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education, school districts, academic institutions and appropriate government offices.
  • Manages and coordinates the teacher recruitment, application, selection, notifications, and group information process.
  • Attends all Institute sessions, ensures that program logistics are operating effectively, and leads content sessions as needed.
  • Confer and coordinate with Midway staff on logistics including reserving necessary facilities and equipment needed for Institute programs, food and beverage, parking, transportation, and field trip arrangements as required, and orders, organizes and distributes instructional resources.
  • Responsible for Midway Education Department’s website content related to the Institute, facilitating communication between the Institute’s education technology specialist and the Midway’s IT department.
  • Identify, cultivate, and manage partnerships with area/regional academic, cultural, governmental, and historic institutions to develop mutually beneficial program opportunities.
  • Assist the Education Director in the facilitation and the development of the relationship with San Diego State University’s Center for War and Society, history department, and other departments as required.
  • Working with the Education Director, develops and manages the Institute’s budget, provides reports, and presentations as requested.
  • Contributes to other related areas and duties as needed and assigned by the Education Director.


  • Master’s degree in history, education, or related field.  Doctorate preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of military organizations and military history.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in developing, coordinating, and implementing curriculum and programs designed for national and state teachers, especially at the high school level, with some experience in a museum or similar setting preferred.
  • Established record of relationship building and partnership activity with school districts, academic and/or historic institutions.
  • Experience recruiting, training, and managing employees.


  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Ability to design and coordinate quality education programs for teachers with diverse backgrounds, ages, and interests.
  • Knowledge of State and National Standards for STEM, Civic and Social Studies education.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and verbal, including the ability to present to a large audience.
  • Effective interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to develop collaborative working relationships internally and externally.
  • Ability to supervise, train, and mentor direct reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to resolve problems with grace and diplomacy.

Pay:  The pay for this position is $85,000 annually. The Museum is not able to offer compensation outside of this posted range.


  • Job Conditions/Work Location: Work is performed aboard the USS Midway in former administrative offices restored to basic working conditions. Work will include some weekend and evening hours.
  • Physical Requirements:  Sit for long periods of time.  Ability to climb up and down stairs and ladders and to bend, stoop, and lift standard office supplies and small office items.
  • Equipment Operated: Computer, printer, scanner, telephone.

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