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Under the direction of the Manager of Education and Public Engagement, the Museum Education Specialist leads in the research, development, implementation, and evaluation for K-12 Agua Caliente Cultural Museum (“Museum”) educational programs and teacher programs. Additionally, the Education Specialist facilitates in-person and virtual programs for students on field trips, designs professional development resources for teachers, and creates additional hands-on and inquiry-based lessons to various audiences for the Museum. The Museum Education Specialist also supports the Manager of Education and Public Engagement in the creation of educational materials for in-gallery experiences, pre and post visit teaching content, and distance education content. The Museum Education Specialist works with the Education and Public Engagement team to plan, coordinate, and lead teacher Professional Development workshops, Educator Nights, and Outreach initiatives for the Museum.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Work with the Manager of Education and Public Engagement to develop, implement and evaluate K-12 object-based Museum educational programs for school field trip programs
Facilitate gallery, classroom, educational garden programs, summer camps, and drop-in activities for visiting field trip groups, as well as virtual lessons
Lead interpretive drop-in experiences for visitors using the Museum’s gallery object carts for the public at large
Conduct evaluations and surveys of educational programs to assess and track their short- and long-term impact; work with the Museum Education Coordinator to prepare reports measuring growth
Greet and organize visiting school groups and coordinate with the Education and Public Engagement team for all day-of logistical needs
Work with the Education and Public Engagement team to develop and implement the Museum’s teacher programs and resources, ranging from one-time in-school professional development trainings to week-long summer training workshops
Develop and design new curriculum for Museum programs, pre and post lessons for teachers, and additional resources for professional development workshops
Work with the Manager of Education and Public Engagement to develop and implement an outreach plan for the Museum’s K-12 programs and resources
Work with the Museum Education Coordinator to create a field trip schedule based on teachers’ needs
Support budget tracking of supplies related to school and teacher programs
Work with the Manager of Education and Public Engagement to expand programs, establish relationships with community stakeholders, and identify potential future collaborators
Work with Education staff to maintain the museum educator staff schedule to ensure coverage of programs
Coordinate with the Manager of Museum Retail and Visitor Services, and other Museum staff as necessary for a successful field trip experience for students and teachers at the Museum
Participate in fulfilling the Museum’s educational and programmatic vision and goals as they relate specifically to the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and to Native American culture at large
Represent and promote the Museum’s school and educator programs at museum and education related meetings, workshops, and conferences
Assist with volunteer training as needed
Perform other duties as required or assigned
Bachelor’s degree in History, Anthropology, Museum Education, or related field, or equivalent work experience
Experience in teaching, developing curriculum, and working with children (especially in a museum setting)
Knowledge of California Social Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and/or Next Generation Science Standards
Experience leading professional development workshops or seminars for educators preferred
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills
Ability to handle multiple ongoing projects with a strong attention to detail
Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
Familiarity with Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other office programs
Strong written and oral communication skills, and ability to build lasting relationships
Knowledge of tribal communities and governments, including familiarity with the location, geography, history and key personnel at Indian tribes in the region
Ability to work with diverse populations and communities
Must have a clear understanding and respect for the culture of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the mission of the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
Typically, the job requires the employee to sit for extended periods of time, work mostly indoors but sometimes outside, as well as stand, walk, climb, crouch, and stoop. The position occasionally requires the ability to lift up to 25 pounds. Duties will require working on weekends and evenings, as required and arranged in advance.
About Agua Caliente Cultural Museum
The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is a new 48,000 square-foot facility, created and presented by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, in the heart of Palm Springs. The Museum will share the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza with the newly built Spa at Séc-he and the outdoor Oasis Trail canyon experience. ACCM will contain a nearly 10,000 square-foot permanent exhibition gallery to share the history and culture of the Agua Caliente peoples; a 2,100 square-foot changing gallery; collections storage; a museum store; an indoor/outdoor rental spaces and an outdoor education garden.
The Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza, which includes the Museum, will be located in downtown Palm Springs, on the block bounded by Tahquitz Canyon Way on the south, Indian Canyons Drive on the west, E Andreas Road on the north and South Calle Encilia on the west. An opening date for the Museum has not yet been determined. The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum is a department of Tribal government for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.