First Americans Museum (FAM) seeks an organized, engaging and creative professional for the position of Associate Director for Learning & Community Engagement.  Under the direction of the FAM Deputy Director, this person is responsible for implementing the museum’s general education mission and philosophy through innovative engagement and learning opportunities, programs, and services for all ages.  The AD for Learning & Community Engagement administers all aspects of the Learning & Community Engagement division, including establishing goals, project prioritization, public programming and outreach, working with diverse Indigenous cultural representation, personnel matters, fiscal oversight, partnership collaborations, project research/evaluation, and staff development to ensure excellence in customer satisfaction, exemplary project outcomes, adequate resources, high morale and efficient operation.


  • Serves as a member of the FAM Executive Leadership Team.
  • Leads the museum’s interpretive, educational, programming, and outreach efforts to provide innovative participatory learning opportunities for diverse and multi-generational audiences.
  • Oversees the organization, administration and training of the Learning & Community Engagement team to ensure excellence in the presentation of museum programs, educational programs, departmental operations and customer service.
  • Develop and facilitate engaging programs for adult, teen, family, and K-12 students in collaboration and with the support of the Learning & Community Engagement team.
  • Supervises the Volunteer Services Coordinator, manages the development of educational content for gallery tours and docent training and reviews.
  • Supervises outreach programs to local and regional school districts.
  • Supervises the Learning & Community Engagement department staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Coordinates all interns for the museum, including receiving applications and maintaining history and performance files.
  • In collaboration with the curatorial staff, and with support from volunteer services, establishes long-range plans for the Learning & Community Engagement department as well as assist in the development of the museum’s education goals.  Participates in the development of future strategic plans, its implementation and assessment.
  • Demonstrates commitment to broadening program and service audiences to include under-represented populations.
  • Collaborates with the Institutional Advancement and Membership departments to implement the acquisition, upgrade, and retention strategies to grow the museum’s membership base.
  • Works with curators and other museum staff in researching, developing and producing interpretive materials for varied constituencies (i.e. school groups, adults, youths, volunteers, senior citizens and the general public), including brochures, gallery guides, newsletter articles, web content, educator resource materials, and other presentations.
  • Works cooperatively with other Museum departments to effectively plan and improve working methods for the successful delivery of public programs, particularly AV/IT production, Membership, Special Events, Development, Volunteer Services, and Facilities and Grounds.
  • Develops and implements evaluation strategies and the staff responsible for deploying museum processes for learning and community engagement programs. Develops measurement tools by which all learning and community engagement programs are assessed to ascertain how effectively the program meets the needs of the community.
  • Prepares and manages the Learning & Community Engagement department budget.
  • Works with the Institutional Advancement staff to secure funding, grants and other financial resources to meet departmental goals.
  • Collaborates with Marketing & Communications staff to promote museum programs and develops educational resources and materials for the website including program podcast and webinars.  Contributes to museum publications, publicity, and social media.
  • Acts as principal spokesperson for the Learning & Community Engagement department to articulate the museum’s educational philosophy and long-range plans.
  • Builds relationships within community to foster valuable collaborations and partnerships.
  • Attends all required meetings to successfully carry out the above responsibilities.
  • Participates in professional development opportunities that support and enhance the position.
  • Performs any other duties as requested. 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, art education, art history, history, or museum studies with five or more years of education experience in a teaching or museum environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member in developing educational activities that are consistent with learning standards and meet curriculum requirements.
  • Ability to effectively manage and direct staff; ability to speak effectively to large and small groups of people.
  • Ability to guide and articulate the museum’s role as a community resource and will be an effective spokesperson and ambassador for the department.
  • Ability to travel independently throughout Oklahoma and nationally as necessary.
  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising staff and organizing volunteers.
  • Proven ability to development and maintain departmental and special activity budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Boards and Board committees.
  • Strong computer skills including donor and member database management such as Donor Perfect, Raiser’s Edge and/or Altru, and proficiency in MS progams.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage, train & coordinate a team.
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines in a fast-paced museum environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, Board members, colleagues, stakeholders, educators, volunteers, and members of the public.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with a diverse range of groups and organizations with sensitivity to cultural diversity issues.
  • Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, educators, clients, and other employees of the organization.
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Ph.D. or Masters degree from an accredited college or university in education, art education, art history with eight or more years of experience in a teaching or museum environment. 


The Associate Director for Learning & Community Engagement works under the supervision of the FAM Deputy Director and is an active member of the Executive Leadership Team.  The AD for Learning & Community Engagement is responsible for the supervision of departmental staff and volunteers for learning and community engagement related activities.

The AD for Learning & Community Engagement is to adhere to the policies and ethics of FAM at all times. S/he asks for assistance on any matters or answers to any questions not covered by this job description.

Manages difficult or emotional customer and constituent situations. Responds promptly to constituent needs. Solicits constituent feedback to improve service. Responds to requests for service and assistance. Meets commitments.

Looks for ways to improve and promote quality. Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.

Treats people with respect, reciprocity cultivates positive relationships and embraces responsibility. Keeps commitments. Inspires the trust of others. Works with integrity and ethically. Upholds organizational values.

Displays willingness to make decisions. Exhibits sound and accurate judgment. Supports and explains reasoning for decisions. Includes appropriate people in decision-making process. Makes timely decisions.

Prioritizes and plans work activities. Uses time efficiently. Plans for additional resources. Sets goals and objectives. Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks. Develops realistic action plans.

Dexterity enough to use a keyboard and telephone; occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds; may be subject to extended periods of walking, standing, sitting, reaching, balancing, bending, kneeling, handling, feeling, climbing, and twisting; and vision, speech, and hearing sufficient to perform the essential tasks.  Ability to travel outside the Oklahoma City vicinity from time to time via automobile and/or airplane. The work environment characteristics are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Closing Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5 PM (CST) 

Step 1: Careers Application

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