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PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR (Museum Educator)

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The Sweetwater County Historical Museum is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator. The successful candidate will oversee the development of public programs and coordination of volunteers in a historic building in the high desert area of southwestern Wyoming.

General Position Description

Position Scope and Objectives: The Public Programs and Volunteer Coordinator, reporting to the Executive Director and in coordination with the entire museum team, is responsible for the development and implementation of public adult and children’s programming and educational activities, production of exhibit interactives, and the recruitment, training, and scheduling of volunteers to assist in education, exhibits, collections, special events, and other museum projects. We are seeking candidates who are passionate about museum education and ready to hit the ground running with this newly created position!

Primary Duties and Responsibilities- these duties are illustrative only and are not intended to describe all functions of the job—but it’s a long posting because we want interested candidates to know as much as possible about the job to make informed decisions about their careers!

  • Responsible for the coordination and logistics of all special and educational programs and events including idea development, space and partner management, marketing, registration, volunteer and staff assignments, and program evaluation
  • Grows the museum’s public offerings by adding content to existing programs and developing new and dynamic educational programs for the public, both on-site and off-site, including group tours, classes and workshops, presentations, educational outreach, and special events. Special emphasis will be put on K-12 and senior citizen programming initially. Ability and interest to develop, perform, and train for living history interpretive programs is desirable. The museum serves a very geographically large county, so we intend for this position to also help us improve our outreach to the smaller and rural communities throughout the area. 
  • Develops policies, writes and implements training and procedure manuals for volunteers, recruits, interviews, trains, and assigns volunteer duties in accordance with museum policy and needs, reviews volunteer performance, and oversees all volunteer retention and appreciation activities and efforts.
  • Works with the Executive Director, Curator, and Museum Assistant to develop dynamic methods of outreach, promotion, and education through social media and other methods.
  • Create web content and other resources for teachers and students in the county. 
  • Coordinates with the Executive Director, Exhibits Coordinator, and Curator to plan, develop, build, and install educational interactives for the museum exhibits gallery and off-site exhibits.  
  • Regularly provides progress reports to the Executive Director, actively participates in staff meetings and readily coordinates with other team members to meet the needs and goals of the museum overall.
  • Other duties as assigned (like most museums, all team members have to “wear many hats” to achieve all the museum’s goals).

 

Required Experience and Expertise

  • A bachelor's degree in museum studies, history, public history, education, social sciences, communications, or a related field with a minimum of 2 years successful work (paid or unpaid) experience in education, public programming, and/or volunteer coordination in a museum or similar institution. Significant experience may be substituted for education and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Familiarity with formal and informal teaching techniques and theory.
  • Ability to plan and oversee work assignments, to manage multiple projects, and to work well independently as well as in a team.
  • Must be punctual, reliable, and flexible.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and professionally with people from all walks of life is essential. Must be willing to actively recruit volunteers from diverse backgrounds and have the willingness to grow contacts from beyond traditional boundaries or personal comfort zones.
  • This position requires for the incumbent to demonstrate effective personal time management to prioritize tasks and goals, to have independent judgement but also the ability to take direction, to have personal accountability and integrity, and demonstrates an impeccable work ethic with a dedication to the spirit of public service.
  • The museum staff is comprised of a small team that works very closely together. This position requires respect for others’ time as well as equitable contributions to the team approach of achieving overall goals and objectives.
  • Knowledge of or the ability/desire to learn about local and regional history as well as other aspects of museum work such as exhibits and collections management.
  • Driver’s license and personal transportation for reimbursed travel to outreach programs.

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in museum studies, history, public history, education, social sciences, communications, or a related field with a minimum of 2 years successful work experience in museum education, public education, or other relevant work in a museum or similar institution.
  • Prior experience coordinating volunteers for a public or nonprofit organization, as well as prior experience creating and implementing volunteer programs, training, recognition, and retention activities.
  • Spanish language skills.

 

Compensation

This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits (health, dental, and vision insurance; state retirement contributions; paid sick and vacation days). The starting salary for this position is $42,500 and the employee is subject to a six-month probationary period. This is an exempt position. The normal working hours for the position are Monday-Friday with rotating weekend duties and some extra weekend/evening hours required for special events, meetings, or other activities necessary to complete the duties of the position. We plan for this to be a permanent position, but at this time we unfortunately cannot guarantee full funding beyond the fiscal year. 

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Earlier versions of this post asked for references but they are no longer required unless you are invited to interview. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, candidates are advised to submit their applications by July 19, 2019.

The first round of interviews will be conducted by phone or video. If invited for a final in-person interview, travel reimbursement in full or in part will be discussed with the candidate and based on available funds. If invited for an in-person interview, we will ask candidates to provide at least one example of a lesson plan, special event, or other relevant program or resource they have developed that would be applicable to this position. Full portfolios will be reviewed if interviewed candidates wish to furnish them.

All applicants will get a confirmation email when their complete applications are received. We believe in transparency, communication, and respect so we make every effort to inform all applicants of their status throughout the hiring process. 

The interview committee will consist of the Executive Director and two others (either staff or board members). We encourage a relaxed and conversational interview so candidates can best express their qualifications and goals. The final hiring decision is made by the Executive Director with input from the staff and board.

When the position is filled, this listing will no longer be available on the museum’s website: http://sweetwatermuseum.org/index.php/about-us/employment

No phone calls, please. Direct questions to the Executive Director (Brie Blasi) using the email address listed above. Visit our website and social media for information about the museum. The preferred start date for the position is September 2, 2019 or sooner. A later start date can be discussed based on the existing commitments of the successful candidate. Best of luck in your job search!