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Curator of Education and Engagement - High Desert Museum

06 Jul 2021 10:07 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)
  • Salaried, regular full-time exempt 
  • Salary:  $60,000+, dependent upon experience and bilingual skills

The Curator of Education and Engagement is a visionary, strategic thought-partner that provides leadership, guidance and oversight of the Museum’s education initiatives for people of all ages. The Curator of Education and Engagement ensures delivery of relevant, engaging, inquiry-based, diverse, and inclusive mission-based experiences, digital offerings, and other educational programs at the Museum, in the community and beyond.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. Below we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a field appropriate for the position, e.g. education, interpretation, science communication, public history, anthropology, etc.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how people of learn
  • Commitment to and ability to take a multidisciplinary approach to education, interpretation and content development by incorporating natural science, history, culture and the arts to tell complex stories that include multiple perspectives in age-appropriate ways
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity practices and embedding those practices throughout all of your work
  • Knowledge of current cultural field best practices, pedagogies and visitor studies
  • Proven ability and experience in building, mentoring and developing interdisciplinary teams that bring together a variety of collaborators throughout the Museum and in the community
  • Experience conducting training for staff, volunteers, educators or others
  • Experience managing staff
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and written and oral communication skills with an attention to detail as well as the big picture
  • Working experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of education programs
  • Experience managing multiple budgets and revenue streams

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in a field appropriate for the position
  • Spanish language proficient
  • Prior experience working on exhibits

The position requires some evenings and weekends, working inside and outside.

Find out more.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
Contact: connect@oregonmuseums.org 
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