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MUSEUM EDUCATOR – Institute of American Indian&Alaska – Santa Fe, NM

Company: Institute of American Indian&Alaska

Location: Santa Fe, NM

  • Full Time

Institute of American Indian&Alaska


As a senior manager the Museum Educator works under the direction of the Museum Director and in collaboration with Curators. The position is responsible for the development and implementation of a variety of high-quality, appealing and innovative educational and public programs that support the museum’s mission, exhibitions and membership. The programs actively engage MoCNA’s multi-general audiences, including hands-on/interactive experiences in the gallery, family days, educational demonstrations, lectures, film series, performance programs, and school and public museum tours.


  • Develops strategic education/interpretation plans
  • Develops, plans and implements educational activities, workshops, performances, events for museum visitors that are related to exhibition and museum public programs, coordinating as needed with other museum departments;
  • Plans and implements surveys
  • Manages docent/volunteer program: schedules tours and supports docent and volunteer training initiatives.
  • Serves on cross-departmental teams to collaboratively develop and plan multigenerational public programs, developing new audiences, including hands-on experiences, and interactive programs
  • Engages with the local community to build presenter network, collaborations, program diversity and audience interest. Cultivate effective collaborative relationships with area artists, institutions and organizations to help develop quality programming.
  • Writes contracts with artists for lecturers, performers, and vendors
  • Works with selected local pre-school and Head Start programs, public and private schools (K-12), institutes of higher education, youth and family shelters, senior centers to implement educational programming and to prepare future audiences
  • Coordinates event planning, including catering and other equipment for receptions and special events
  • Creates PR and marketing campaigns/materials and coordinates graphic design, printing, and distribution processes for educational and membership materials in collaboration with the museum’s graphic designer for all education and public programming.
  • Initiates purchase orders, travel authorizations, and other administrative paperwork required by the programming
  • Organizes and plans symposia, lectures, artist talks and seminars
  • Networks with local museum arts educators as required
  • Writes grants and proposals for educational components of the museum
  • Consistently monitors/evaluates programs for effectiveness and improvement. Meaningfully reflects on past programs to help push museum program offerings forward.
  • Manages budget and maintains records of expenditures for educational and membership programs
  • Keeps a database of attendance records for programs and tours
  • Uses Raiser’s Edge membership management software to establish and maintain member records and to efficiently perform campaigns.
  • Collaborate closely with IAIA’s Advancement department to ensure accurate recording of membership information in Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Develops and implements programs, events and activities to cultivate memberships and increase giving levels, including tours, presentations, oversees monthly membership renewal mailings, provides monthly reports on membership activities.
  • Participates and implements goals of strategic plan for museum.


B.A. required in art, education, communications, or museum studies with at least two years experience working in an art and/or museum education-related field, and preferably at least two years of experience.


  • Strong interpersonal skills in dealing with constituents
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to write interpretive and promotional museum education materials (gallery handouts, newsletters, brochures, exhibition text panels, teachers’ guides, etc.)
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, host, facilitate programs as well as manage program budget, travel, mailings, meeting facilitation etc.
  • Knowledge of Native American art history and cultural customs, repatriation laws, and ability to do academic research on history, art, artists, culture, etc.
  • Knowledge of national and New Mexico state educational standards
  • Ability to understand different learning styles and level of ability for different ages and populations
  • Ability to interact positively with local, regional, national, and tribal agencies and organizations
  • Ability to give tours and public presentations
  • Knowledge of database/donor tracking applications (e.g. Raiser’s Edge), plus proficient knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Adobe PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency with digital technology, new and emerging media, and current social media, mobile devices and other relevant media.
  • Knowledge of direct mail strategies
  • Must be able to attend MoCNA events that are after-hours or on the weekend
  • Ability to perform duties as assigned.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all levels of ability and with all people and groups including international, federal, state, and tribal government representatives, media, educators, business leaders, and artists
  • Pleasant, courteous, and professional attitude and presence
  • Ability to resolve conflicts in a constructive manner
  • Adheres to appropriate professional standards of conduct and ethics, including confidentiality, integrity and honesty; follows directives; exhibits ability to adapt to changing work environments; cooperates and works successfully with others of all races, creeds, and cultures; participates in pro-active problem solving; regularly attends to job duties, and participates in meetings as required.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, to begin projects independently, or as assigned, and to bring projects, or assignments to a conclusion on a timely basis.
  • Computer skills to develop narrative information for the education and outreach programs, including preferably basic graphic design skills.
  • Promotes and represents the museum at professional conferences
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Occasional out of town travel for meetings and conferences using a personal vehicle or company vehicle.
  • Occasional work in the evening and on the weekends required.

This job description does not list all the duties of the job. You may be asked by supervisors or managers to perform other instructions and duties. Your evaluation will include assessment of your performance of your job as described herein. Management has the right to revise this job description at any time.

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