Work at the African American Museum of Iowa

Join the team at the African American Museum of Iowa.

Staff Opportunities

Communications Associate

Overview

The African American Museum of Iowa seeks a Communications Associate. This part-time position (approximately 24 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. Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, developing communications materials such as press releases, event flyers/posters, and creating and maintaining print and social media engagement opportunities with museum contacts that align with the museum’s mission and strategic goals.

Qualifications

An Associate’s Degree or two years experience in English, Public Relations, Marketing, Communications (or related field). 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 and database management is required. Graphic design experience is 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 print and electronic communications including, but not limited to, flyers, posters, press releases, postcards, letters, and emails.
  • Utilize electronic communication platforms such as Constant Contact, Hootsuite, community calendars, website, social media, etc.
  • Creatively and strategically promote all Museum exhibits, programs, facilities, special events.
  • Coordinate the Museum’s quarterly newsletter, the Iowa Griot and monthly program postcards.
  • Work with the Museum team to develop communications strategies, procedures, and guidelines.
  • Regularly update email mailing list
  • Regularly distribute printed communications within the Czech/NewBo District and greater Cedar Rapids area
  • Develop and maintain media and community relationships
  • 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

Museum Educator

Overview

This full-time position (40 hours/week) reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Curator and Education Assistant to create and implement high-quality, mission-centered educational programming for all ages. The incumbent supervises a part-time Education Assistant. 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.

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 Education Assistant
  • 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

Internship Opportunities

Internships are available to current and recent undergraduate and postgraduate students. Internships are unpaid. To apply for an internship, submit an internship and volunteer application.

Curatorial Internship

Assist the curatorial staff with developing upcoming exhibits and managing the museum’s collection, archives, and library. During your internship, you may:

  • Catalog objects, archives, and library materials in the AAMI’s PastPerfect collections management database
  • Write condition reports and photograph objects
  • Rehouse objects and archival material in storage
  • Digitize collection materials
  • Complete oral history transcriptions
  • Conduct research for future AAMI exhibitions
  • Assist with the development and installation of temporary exhibitions
  • Assist with the development of traveling exhibitions

Scheduling

Scheduling is flexible based on the intern’s availability and is established at the start of the internship. Available hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The total hours of completed may be dictated by the intern’s college or university.

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in museum studies, public history, history, African American studies, American studies, English, or other relevant discipline
  • Previous experience in museum collections or exhibition development is advantageous, but not necessary
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail

Education Internship

Assist the education staff with developing and leading guided tours, workshops, and public programs. During your internship, you may:

  • Develop new adult presentations based on historical research.
  • Create and execute new workshops for students in PreK through 12th grade.
  • Assist in planning programs and events

Scheduling

Complete your hours between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday depending on the availability of your immediate supervisor. We request that you’re available at least one morning each week. Night and weekend hours are available only when assisting with special events and programs.

Qualifications

You must have an interest in working with children and adults in a professional setting.

Marketing Internship

Contribute to print and online marketing for educational programming, exhibits, partnerships, and events. During your internship, you may:

  • Assist in the creation of signage, circulars, mock-ups, email campaigns, online promotion, etc.
  • Assist in the distribution or delivery of marketing materials
  • Assist with fulfillment of marketing offers
  • Assist with community festivals
  • Perform analysis of marketing data
  • Seek and analyze competitor marketing materials both on and offline
  • Prepare presentations
  • Enter contact information into contact management systems
  • Support social media efforts
  • Track public relations activity

Scheduling

Complete your hours Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Qualifications

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Undergraduate or graduate student majoring in public relations, marketing, advertising or related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of Web and social media
  • PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience preferred