Seeking Public Programs Specialist / Employment

January 14, 2022

Organization Name: Museum of History & Industry

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Position Announcement
Museum Vision and Mission:
MOHAI is treasured locally and respected nationally as a vibrant resource where history inspires us to be our best, individually and collectively. By collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of our diverse history, MOHAI highlights our regional tradition of innovation and imagination. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future. MOHAI is a place and a community of people with histories of successes and failures that: bind us together; amuse, disturb, and inspire us; inform and guide us; and deepen our connection with our heritage.

Position Title: Public Programs Specialist
Reports to: Public Programs Manager
Location: MOHAI, at Lake Union Park’s historic Armory building
Rate of Pay: $24 – $28 an hour, DOE
Classification: Non-Exempt, Hourly, Full-time (regularly scheduled 37.5 hours per week)
Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday; occasional evenings and Sundays, with some flexibility.
Benefits include: Medical and dental insurance and eligible for participation in 403 (b) savings plan

Position Description:
The primary role of the Public Programs Specialist is to create, coordinate, and deliver high-quality history programs to broad and diverse audiences of all ages, primarily adults. The Public Programs Specialist collaborates on interpretive content and creates programs that deepen audience engagement with exhibit materials. This position includes collaborating with historians, artists, performers, and other participants to design engaging and thought-provoking experiences, building relationships with community organizations, and assisting in the evaluation of departmental programs. This position is a member of the Interpretive Services Department.

The Interpretive Services Team:
A dynamic, passionate, collaborative team, Interpretive Services leads content development for the museum. Working with community leaders and museum professionals this team creates relevant historical content that encourages people to learn from the past, dream beyond the present, and support a sense of community. Landmark public programs include Segregated Seattle: From Redlining to Gentrification, Big Mood: A Night of Fat Fashion and A Celebration of South Asian Resilience. Visit our YouTube channel to view recent public programs

Key Responsibilities:
• Present well researched, high-quality history programs to diverse adult audiences, including but not limited to gallery talks, lectures, tours, panel discussions, workshops, and performances, both in-person and online.
• Ensure that all interactions are culturally responsive, respectful, and based on a foundation of MOHAI’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
• Design programs that address the needs of visitors with disabilities and additional access needs.
• Efficiently coordinate program activities and details, including guest presenters, event spaces, budgets, communication materials, contracts and other logistics; from early concept to day-of implementation.
• Communicate effectively with museum staff from across the institution and volunteers to coordinate and present museum programs.
• Work with the Public Programs Manager to maintain, grow, and create community partnerships with other organizations, corporations, and/or community groups.
• In collaboration with the Public Programs Manager, write copy for program descriptions and work with Marketing and Communications team on production of quarterly program brochure, online media, and other printed marketing materials.
• Opportunity to serve on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Committee.
• Other duties as assigned.

• Two years’ experience in programming for adult audiences, non-profit experience preferred.
• Outreach experience working with diverse communities and individuals.
• Exceptional customer service skills.
• Organizational, and multi-tasking skills, with strong attention to detail.
• Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with customer relationship management software.
• Bilingual and multilingual skills valued.
• Enthusiasm for MOHAI’s exhibits, programs, and mission.

Find yourself checking a lot of these boxes but doubting whether you should apply? If you meet some of the requirements and you share MOHAI’s values and support our mission, we encourage you to apply. As part of our ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, we’re invested in building teams with a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences.

Museum Overview:
For nearly 80 years, MOHAI has been dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. With a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs, oral histories and archival items, and an expansive schedule of exhibits and programs, MOHAI is the region’s premier history center. MOHAI now operates a dramatic and award-winning museum in Lake Union Park in Seattle’s vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood, and a Resource Center in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. MOHAI also hosts the Bezos Center for Innovation, focusing on the history and future of innovation in the Puget Sound region. MOHAI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, please visit

MOHAI offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time staff, including 403(b), paid vacation, holidays and sick leave. The individual employed receives health, dental, vision and life insurance at no additional cost. Staff enjoy four free passes to the museum annually, and discounts at the MOHAI Mercantile and Cafe.

To Apply (no phone calls, please):

Please e-mail letter of interest, resume, and three references by Friday, January 14, 2022, 5:00 p.m. to:

MOHAI is a 501(C)3 organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and building a diverse staff. We encourage candidates of color to apply.

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