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Museum Education and Programs Coordinator, Silver City, NM. Deadline: November 19, 2017 (open until filled)

  • 11 Oct 2017 12:31 PM
    Message # 5308998

    Silver City Museum seeks a Museum Education and Programs Coordinator.

    This position requires a commitment to inclusiveness and the ability to work with varied demographics. The ideal candidate will be a creative and engaging self-starter who employs innovative strategies to engage visitors.

    Among the regular job duties, the Museum Education and Programs Coordinator oversees interactive, hands-on, developmentally appropriate, activities for children; exhibition and southwest New Mexico history-related, content-rich programs that connect to classroom studies and state education requirements; tours; lecture series; and other adult-targeted programs at the Museum.

    The person in this role is also charged with acting as a liaison between the Museum and community. The Museum Education and Programs Coordinator will frequently go off-site for outreach activities and to work to cultivate relationships with community groups, educators, and the general public. The Museum Education and Programs Coordinator will be tasked with helping the Museum to reach new audiences especially underserved populations and demographics underrepresented in Museum attendance.

    This position reports to the Museum Director. The Museum Education and Programs Coordinator will manage budgets for education and programs; write contracts; prepare promotional materials and advertising; do program evaluations; participate in grant writing; cultivate, train, and oversee volunteers to help with programs and activities; and collaborate with curatorial, collections, and exhibitions staff.

    As part of a small staff, the person in this position must be willing to wear many hats and be ready for moments when “duties as assigned” requires pitching in to help the team serve the mission in areas outside the job description.



    The Silver City Museum creates opportunities for residents and visitors to explore, understand, and celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of southwestern New Mexico by collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting the region's unique history.


    Our Museum:

    The Silver City Museum, opened in 1967, is a department of the Town of Silver City that appreciates the efforts of residents, visitors and sponsors that help the museum in many ways. Housed in the restored 1881 Mansard/Italianate H.B. Ailman House, the museum collection resource materials include some 55,000 objects relating to the peoples and history of southwest New Mexico. Also, in support of the museum, the Mayor of Silver City appoints a 12 member advisory board devoted to the promotion, maintenance and development of the Silver City Museum.

    Silver City:

    A vibrant, diverse community with a historic downtown arts district and close proximity to the Gila Cliff Dwellings and Wilderness, Silver City is located in southwestern New Mexico but offers a mild climate because of its high elevation.

    Formerly the site of an Apache encampment, Silver City was founded as a mining town in 1870 and went on to become a colorful wild west town. Spanish soldiers were first introduced to mines in the area by Native Americans around 1799. Today, the population of Silver City is about 52% Hispanic. Mining continues to be a major industry for the area along with tourism, retirement, ranching, and trade. Silver City is also home to Western New Mexico University.

    The Town of Silver City provides a generous benefits package and pension plan.

    Background and skills:


    Bachelors degree in Museum Studies, History, Education, Public History, American Studies, or closely related field.

    And/or two years of experience working in an education, programming, or marketing department in a museum.

    A combination of classroom teaching and/or public outreach experience may be considered a substitute for a museum education background.

    Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

    Detail oriented; able to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.

    A New Mexico driver’s license and a good driving record.

    Must be able to work weekend and some evening hours for events and programs.

    Knowledge of best practices and latest developments in museum education, visitor experience, museum interpretation, and public history.

    Knowledge of and willingness to keep up with the latest requirements in K-12 curriculum, such as Common Core.

    Physical requirements include lifting, reaching, bending, carrying up to 25 pounds, speaking before groups, and driving a car.


    Masters degree in Museum Studies with an emphasis on Museum Education

    Knowledge of American history, especially southern New Mexico history, and a strong commitment to on-going research to develop exhibition-related programs.

    Experience working with Hispanic communities and Spanish language abilities a plus.

    Best consideration will be given to applications submitted by November 19, 2017. Position will be open until filled. Please visit the Town of Silver City Personnel Department Page to download the Town Employment Application Form. To apply send a cover letter, resume, and completed Town Application Form to Celia Dominguez, Personnel Officer. By mail P.O. Box 1188, Silver City, NM 88062, email, or fax (575) 534-6377.

    Last modified: 12 Oct 2017 10:05 AM | Peggy Schaller (Administrator)
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