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Associate Curator of Education: Indigenous Studies - High Desert Museum

21 Sep 2020 9:50 AM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

Title:  Associate Curator of Education: Indigenous Studies

Division:  Education

Classification: Full-time Exempt

Reports To:  Curator of Education Supervises: Teen Volunteers and Interns

Starting Salary: $45,000 annually

Job Summary –Associate Curator of Education: Indigenous Studies

The Associate Curator of Education: Indigenous Studies is responsible for the design, implementation and assessment of a variety of in person and virtual educational programs focusing on an exploration of the High Desert’s Indigenous history since time immemorial. Well-qualified candidates must be energetic, innovative, reflective, flexible, resourceful, enthusiastic, and with an entrepreneurial attitude to create and present exciting programs for broad audiences with an emphasis on PreK-12 students and teachers.

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,Indigenous/Native American studies, environmental sciences,anthropology, history, etc.
  • Deep knowledge about Indigenous ways of knowing
  • Have a passion for and commitment to teaching and learning about the High Desert’s Indigenous history since time immemorial
  • A minimum of 2 years’experience teaching students in grades PreK-12 in formal or informal settings
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices in teaching and classroom management of children of all ages
  • Working knowledge of developing and implementing informal education programs
  • Experience developing interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum using a culturally relevant pedagogical approach
  • Knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards, Oregon’s K-12 social sciences standards and Oregon’s Senate Bill 13 Tribal History/Shared History curriculum
  • Ability to communicate and work collaboratively with a diverse range of groups and institutions, including schools, museums, non-profits, and tribal nations to develop and implement educational programs
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, justice, equity, inclusion, accessibility and diversity practices
  • Excellent organizational, communication and writing skills
  • Ability to teach a variety of subjects and grade levels effectively and energetically
  • Detailed-oriented while handling multiple projects and deadlines


  • Experience teaching using a digital platform
  • Valid teaching license

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

Find out more.

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