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Position Summary

The Museum Public Programs Specialist supports the Manager of Education and Public Engagement in planning, coordinating, and producing family programs, lectures, and workshops taking place at Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, in offsite spaces, and in virtual formats. The Museum Public Programs Specialist facilitates all public programs taking place at the Museum, and works with Tribal Members and other necessary departments to plan events for the public and Tribal Membership at the Museum and Cultural Plaza.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Manager of Education and Public Engagement, plan and execute public programs including but not limited to: lectures, workshops, family programs, and evening programs, both in-person and virtually
Develop potential programs and create evaluative assessments to measure growth
Conduct evaluations and surveys of public programs to assess and track their short- and long-term impact, and develop reports measuring growth
Track budgeting of supplies, payment of invoices and coordination of contracts and payments for artists, cultural educators and other vendors
Work with Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Public Relations Department to ensure that all public programs are promoted on social media and other platforms
Work with the Manager of Education and Public Engagement to expand programs, establish relationships with community stakeholders, and identify potential future collaborators
Coordinate with Museum staff to meet the needs of Tribal Members including, but not limited to: group tours, booking special classes, workshops, or events for Tribal Members only, and other Museum resources, as requested
Promote Tribal Member satisfaction by addressing issues, answering inquiries, and liaising between Members and the Museum as needed, advise and support the development of educational programming, ensuring it serves the needs of Tribal Members
Collaborate with Tribal Members to design programming that reflects their ideas, needs, and requests
Work with Museum staff and/or any relevant departments to plan the calendar for events taking place at the Museum
Represent the Museum at public events to promote 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
Work with Education and Visitor Services staff to create reports from the software platform, Versai database for public programs
Perform other duties as required or assigned


Bachelor’s degree in related discipline or equivalent work experience
Experience in planning, coordinating and executing day-of logistics for special events and programs (especially in a museum setting)
Experience working with Tribal communities or Tribal government preferred
Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills
Experience working in a museum setting
Ability to handle multiple ongoing projects with a strong attention to detail
Ability to work well independently and as part of a team
Ability to work on weekends and evenings as needed
Familiarity with Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other office programs
Exceptional customer service skills
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

Work Environment

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 to execute successful programs.

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.