The Native Education Outreach Specialist will create and deliver a variety of new education programs, and oversee existing programs, in response to growing demand communicated to us by visitors, members, teachers, and students for focused content relating to the art, culture, history, and lives of Plains Indian people. This position will develop a stronger exchange between Native communities, the Center, and our collections for shared knowledge with all audiences in conjunction with the strategic and operating plans of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
Level of Responsibility:
Curator of the Plains Indian Museum
Will work closely with Director of Education
· Work with the Plains Indian Museum and in conjunction with Center’s Education Staff to research, develop, and deliver interpretive programming and exhibition content including web-based programming.
· Assists with docent, volunteer, and tour guide training for Plains Indian Museum related content
· Collaborates with Education Staff to meet Curriculum standards, including contributions to Wyoming Indian Education for All Initiative
· Works directly with Native students, teachers and personnel of Native schools and Tribal Colleges
· Develops future initiatives such as the Tribal College Partnership, Native Film and Speaker Series.
· Evaluate and enhance educational aspects of existing programs such as the Plains Indian Museum Powwow, Native Artists in Residence Program, web and gallery interactives, and the St. Labre Museum Studies Class, and Skype in the Classroom Series.
· Collaborates with staff, artists, advisory board members, volunteers, interns, teachers, students and community members.
· Assists with grant proposal content and reports.
· Evaluates visitor experience and adjusts program elements to more closely match visitor needs and expectations.
· Supervises volunteers, interns and temporary or contract staff.
· Performs additional duties as assigned.
Standards of Performance:
Successful performance of the responsibilities listed above will be determined by:
· Smooth operations with pleasing experiences for visitors.
· Execution of the Plains Indian Museum and Interpretive Education Operating Plans.
· Support the Buffalo Bill Center of the West Strategic Plan.
· Adherence to Center-wide policies and procedures.
· An education based upon knowledge specializing in Native American History, Art, Anthropology, Native American Studies or related field combined with training or experience as an Educator. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with teaching certification or demonstrated teaching ability.
· Experience with competencies such as program planning, development and organization for educational and public institutions.
· Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with diverse communities.
· Excellent written and oral communication skills, including speaking to audiences of various sizes, ages, and education levels.
· Program development and presentation experience.
· Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office.
· Discretion and good judgment.
· Able to work with minimal supervision.
· 2 years’ work experience in a museum or educational setting demonstrating the requested qualifications.