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Julius Lacano

Pronouns:

He/Him/His

Availability:

Available

Full or Part-time

Position Type:

Ventura

California

United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

Distance/Digital Learning, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion + Access, Docent Programs, Education, Explainer/guide, Guest/Visitor Services, Outreach and Public Engagement, Research & Evaluation, Volunteer Programs

Historian and educator possessing a solid understanding of program and personnel management. Hands-on experience in managing daily routine and special functions. In-depth knowledge of institutional operations and international cultures. Familiarity with applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines concerning program development and educational administration. Strong leadership qualities, with the ability to handle multiple tasks and organize existing resources, improving productivity and community engagement. Adept at managing events and developing educational programs on both large and small scales.

Highlights of Expertise:

  • Project/Program Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Museum Planning
  • Story Telling
  • Community Relations
  • Operational Management
  • Personnel Management
  • Understanding of Cultural Diversity

Educational Background

Master of Arts in Museum Studies

The Johns Hopkins University, Graduating in 2022

Master of Arts in History, with a concentration in the American Civil War and the British Empire

Old Dominion University, December 2016

Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History

Old Dominion University, August 2014

Professional Experience

UNITED STATES NAVY SEABEE MUSEUM, NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND

HISTORIAN

, January 2018 – January 2020

Built an educational skill set through continuous growth by mastery of content, utilizing hands-on demonstrations, diversifying delivery techniques, and deploying the latest in educational theory. Contributed to the development of new programs and activities through strong and effective delegation and project work. Created new educational programs for student groups visiting the museum. Prepared curriculum for activity development, the giving of tours, and the administration of both volunteers and paid staff participants. Led more than 75 tours a year to new sailors, regular guests, and special interest groups.

Key Achievements:

  • Established an all-inclusive tour program that spanned the entire museum and allows for the future development of more concise and topic specific tours, including the incorporation of new galleries.
  • Wrote a four-chapter history of the Seabees that was utilized in volunteer training and as instructional materials for military students.
  • Successfully published multiple well-received blog posts on the museum’s WordPress page and wrote articles for both "Seabee Magazine" and the magazine of the Seabee Historical Foundation.
  • Spearheaded the development of historical presentations geared towards increasing public outreach.
  • Produced historically based social media content for museum’s Facebook page, including live webcasted lectures.
  • Created the historical content for all the museum’s educational programs.
  • Ensured that the museum’s educational programs adhered to California educational standards.

HAMPTON ROADS NAVAL MUSEUM, NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND

MUSEUM EDUCATOR, August 2016 – December 2017

Coordinated and implemented educational community outreach programs, drop-in art workshop activities, exhibition openings, lectures, and other special events. Conducted extensive research and analysis on topics of Naval History to produce, revise, and implement educational outreach programs for the Hampton Roads Naval Museum (HRNM). Evaluated historical documents, unclassified records and communications, oral histories, and other disparate records to define and explain relevant Navy topics and produce lessons learned. Facilitated learning in the Museum's hands-on exhibits and programs. Researched historical topics for both teachers' lessons and the public using the museum’s archives.

Key Achievements:

  • Led and presented multiple educational programs in conformance to the Virginia Commonwealth educational standards that reached more than 15,000 local school students a year.
  • Created historical, artifact-centered, and science-based educational programs for on-site and outreach school groups.
  • Played an integral role in generating written articles on topics of Naval History for publication, both online for the HRNM blog, and in print for the HRNM magazine, The Daybook, to inform Navy leaderships, sailors, veterans, and the American public.

VIRGINIA BEACH HISTORY MUSEUMS

OPERATIONS ASSISTANT II, August 2015 - August 2016

Promoted the museum as well as its historical education and community engagement missions. Held accountable for budget development, volunteer management, employee supervision, contractor selection, scheduling, and social media promotion of museum events. Served as manager with primary duties including participant organization, event flow management and visitor assistance. Led and directed the execution of any safety and emergency plans.

KeyAchievements:

· Facilitated all aspects of the 25th Annual Gathering of the Guilds, at which more than 2000 visitors attended.

· Improved productivity by overseeing all paid staff and volunteers working the special events, school programs, and private functions held at the museum.

· Spearheaded all marketing and promotional efforts to increase visibility and revenue.

· Led tours at three historic houses and one historical center.

Additional Experience

Sales Associate § Old Dominion Book Store (April - August 2015)

Student Assistant § Student Transition and Family Programs, Old Dominion University (May 2014 - April 2015)

Leading Petty Officer and Training Supervisor § United States Navy (September 2001 - August 2011)

Conferences Attended

American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting §2020

American Association of State and Local History Annual Meeting § 2018 and 2019

National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference § 2018

Virginia Association of Museums Annual Conference § 2016 and 2017