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Kendra Strubhart

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Availability:

Position Type:

Chicago

Illinois

United States of America

Years in the field:

6 – 10 Years

Areas of Expertise

Curatorial/Collections, Docent Programs, Education, Exhibits development, Explainer/guide, Outreach and Public Engagement, Partnerships, Project Management, Social Media, Strategic Planning

For the past eight years I've worked at Mayslake Peabody Estate where I:

Headed a team responsible for program development by:

  • Implementing an annual planning structure that empowers team members to take ownership of their programming while ensuring quality and vision-alignment
  • Building project management tools including master scheduling charts and annual program calendars
  • Reviewing quarterly program proposals to ensure feasibility and quality of programming
  • Preparing an annual education budget
  • Providing ongoing mentoring to team members

 

Developed and implemented engaging public programs by:

  • Identifying opportunities to connect patrons with the vision of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County through a cultural and historical lens
  • Chartering the re-conceptualization of Mayslake Hall’s library as a community engagement and programming hub
  • Researching and writing tours, exhibits and interpretive signs
  • Designing exhibit panels, interpretive signs and non-personal programming materials
  • Forging and maintaining relationships with teachers, naturalists and informal educators to supplement the expertise of Mayslake’s programming team
  • Supervising a team of 16 volunteer docents

 

Collaborated with peers across a diverse organization to:

  • Develop the Community Services & Education Strategic Framework for 2020-2021
  • Produce marketing materials to promote public engagement opportunities
  • Ensure timely production and installation of banners

 

Maintained knowledge of daily operations, staff responsibilities and building restoration/structural maintenance priorities