We’re hiring! The African American Museum of Iowa is currently accepting applications for the positions listed below. Please click on a job title to see the full position description and information about how to apply.

Museum Educator (full-time)

Overview

This full-time position (40 hours/week) reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Curator and Program and Outreach Coordinator to create and implement high-quality, mission-centered educational programming for all ages. The incumbent supervises the part-time Program and Outreach Coordinator. The Museum Educator collaborates with other museums, libraries, and educational institutions to partner and promote common educational offerings. Regular travel and evening/weekend work is required. This position pays $30,000 – $34,000 and is eligible for benefits. Relocation assistance is not available.

Position Impact

The Museum Educator is a key member of the AAMI team and the organization’s fulfillment of its mission. They ensure that all audiences receive accurate and engaging information about Iowa’s African American history and culture through presentations, tours, and a robust traveling exhibit and trunk program.

Qualifications

A Bachelor’s Degree in History, Education, or another relevant discipline is required, as well as experience in a formal or informal education setting. The ideal candidate should be creative, self-directed, organized, and a strong writer and presenter. The candidate should have an enthusiastic and outgoing personality, outstanding organizational skills, a positive attitude, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to relate history in an interesting manner, and an ability to accurately promote the AAMI’s programs. Strong computer skills and reliable transportation for statewide travel are required. 

Responsibilities

  • Develop, schedule, and implement tours, workshops, programs, and educational curriculum appropriate for varying audiences both on and off-site
  • Develop an understanding of Iowa’s African American history and African American Museum of Iowa policies
  • Maintain department and project budgets
  • Supervise part-time Program and Outreach Coordinator
  • Work with staff to develop a wide variety of mission-centered year-round programming
  • Coordinate and schedule outside presenters and speakers
  • Develop, conduct, and track program and tour attendance and evaluations
  • Communicate professionally and accurately with teachers, youth group leaders, tour groups, and other organizations 
  • Recruit, train, and schedule Education Department volunteers and interns
  • Collaborate with other organizations to promote and/or implement events and programs
  • Build relationships with communities throughout Iowa
  • Compile and report information to the Executive Director and other appropriate persons
  • Review and update information related to the Education Department on the Museum’s website.
  • Assist with grant writing and other development activities as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to search@blackiowa.org. This position is open until filled. Please direct questions about the position to search@blackiowa.org

Program & Outreach Coordinator (part time)

Overview

This part-time position (15-18 hours/week) reports to the Museum Educator to assist in the creation and implementation of high-quality, mission-centered programming for all ages. The Program & Outreach Coordinator is responsible for assisting with public program development and execution, maintaining collaborative relationships with other Museum departments on a variety of projects, some administrative duties, and some care of department materials. Some travel and evening/weekend work is required. This position pays $11-14/hour.

Position Impact

The Program & Outreach Coordinator helps educate communities of all ages and backgrounds across Iowa on the wealth of important historical and cultural information found at the African American Museum of Iowa. They ensure engaging visitor experiences at group presentations and guided tours as well as valuable patron experiences through the AAMI’s traveling resources. The learned outcomes from these experiences foster a stronger, more aware community and can lead to increased membership, volunteerism, and even financial support for the AAMI. 

Qualifications

A two or four-year college degree in History and/or Education is preferred. Equivalent experience working in a formal or informal education setting will be considered. Previous knowledge of museum and education practices is preferred, but willingness to train in those fields is required. The ideal candidate should be a strong writer and presenter, is organized, self-directed, and creative. The candidate should have an enthusiastic and welcoming personality, a positive attitude, the ability to relate to all groups of people, and the ability to present historic content in an engaging manner. Strong computer knowledge (Microsoft Suite, Google Suite, Internet, etc.) and reliable transportation is required.

Responsibilities

  • Schedule and execute guided tours and field trips to the AAMI’s exhibits.
  • Schedule, prepare, and execute educational group presentations and youth workshops.
  • Accurately track tour and program attendance.
  • Schedule traveling exhibit rentals and coordinate timely shipping and/or pick up and drop off.
  • Schedule traveling trunk rentals and coordinate timely shipping and/or pick up and drop off.
  • Accurately track traveling exhibit and traveling trunk usage statistics.
  • Create meaningful lesson and unit plans on relevant, mission-centered content for all ages.
  • Update existing lesson and unit plans to meet current educational standards.
  •  Create engaging guided tour scripts for various ages that meet current educational standards.
  • Accurately create and track billing invoices.
  • Utilize technology to meet the needs of modern classroom teachers and to increase the accessibility of AAMI resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to search@blackiowa.org. This position is open until filled. For more information about the Museum, visit our website at blackiowa.org. Please direct questions to search@blackiowa.org. 

Communications Coordinator (part time)

Overview

The African American Museum of Iowa seeks a Communications Coordinator. This part-time position (regularly scheduled for 21 hours/week) reports to the Executive Director but will work closely with and take direction from all Museum departments. The ideal candidate will be organized and efficient at balancing simultaneous projects. The Communications Associate is responsible for creatively and strategically promoting the Museum and its exhibits, programs, events, and opportunities. Frequent and accurate delivery of content is expected. While a consistent schedule is preferred, a combination of on-site and remote work schedule is possible. This position pays $11-14/hour.

Position Impact

The Communications Coordinator increases public awareness of the AAMI and ensures the community is aware of the variety of exhibits, programs, events, and resources the Museum offers. The Communications Coordinator plays an essential role in achieving the AAMI’s mission and vision by communicating them to the general public, helping create a community that is better informed about its shared past and present to make more informed decisions about our future. 

Qualifications

Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree (or working toward a degree) or two years experience in English, Public Relations, Marketing, Communications (or related fields) is preferred. Experience in the arts and culture industry or in the communications field is expected. Experience maneuvering a variety of social media platforms and proficiency in all components of Microsoft Office Suite is required. Experience in graphic design, database management, and/or video editing are preferred. The ideal candidate should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, be dependable and organized, and have an interest in the Museum’s mission to preserve, exhibit, and teach the African American history of Iowa.

Reliable transportation is necessary for regular distribution of printed communications as well as frequent presence at workshops, fairs and other community events as needed. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and design print and electronic communications including, but not limited to, social media content, press releases, letters, emails, as well as traditional methods like flyers, posters and postcards.
  • Utilize electronic communication platforms such as Constant Contact, Hootsuite, community calendars, social media, etc.
  • Maintain and update the Museum’s website and calendar of events.
  • Creatively and strategically promote all Museum exhibits, programs, facilities, special events.
  • Coordinate the Museum’s newsletter, the Iowa Griot three times per year
  • Work with the Museum team to develop communications strategies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Regularly update email mailing list
  • Develop and maintain media and community relationships
  • Other duties as assigned

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to search@blackiowa.org. This position is open until filled. For more information about the Museum, visit our website at blackiowa.org. Please direct questions to search@blackiowa.org.