Responsible for developing and coordinating educational programs for K-12 school groups, families, and the public, at the museum, virtually, and in off-site locations. Recruits, trains and coordinates the work of volunteers and student employees. Develops programs related to the museum mission, including exhibits and community partnerships. Teaches two classes in the interdisciplinary undergraduate Museum Studies Program per year, using a variety of modalities. Involves students in meaningful applied projects. Coordinates the acquisition of and experimentation with new and emerging technology for teaching, interpretation, curation, and use of collections.
Master’s degree in Museum Studies or related field.
Three years of experience in museum education.
Experience applying new and emerging technology in a museum environment.
Experience with researching, acquiring, and applying new technologies in a museum setting.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills.
Ability to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Experience in preparation of educational programs and exhibits in a museum and virtual setting.
Experience working in a higher educational environment.
Experience working in a K-12 educational environment.
Duties & Responsibilities
Teaches two classes in Museum Studies, museum education, and associated topics as needed.
Plans and executes educational programming and community outreach, including marketing.
Recruits and trains museum student and community volunteers and staff for educational programs, including managing background checks for those that will work with minors.
Develops and revises educational programs to keep them new/relevant to contemporary school curriculum/teacher needs and incorporates latest educational research and technology.
Evaluates educational programming.
Actively seeks new markets/opportunities for educational programs.
Schedules educational programs.
Develops and maintains relationships with local schools.
Works collaboratively to provide exhibits with educational lessons in local schools.
Evaluates and improves procedures to manage educational programs.
Participates in an active grant writing and contracting program.
Maintains and manages School Resource Kits.
Maintains educational props.
Develops and maintains museum education web page.
Mentors students in Museum Studies and related disciplines interested in careers involving museum education.
Provides opportunities for students in Museum Studies and related disciplines to participate in educational programs.
Develops and maintains interactive exhibits in the Hands-On Gallery.
Helps provide a positive museum presence on campus and during campus events.
Other duties as assigned by the Museum Director.
Message to Applicants
You must submit an on-line application in order to be considered as an applicant for this position.
Cover letters may be addressed to the Hiring Committee.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit transcripts (unofficial or official) as a part of the application process.
Professional & Administrative -Salary
Staff Pay Level
Position End Date
Weekly Work Schedule
M-F; 8a-5p with some evenings, weekends, and holidays
Mount Pleasant, MI
About the Department
The Museum of Cultural and Natural History at Central Michigan University is one of America’s oldest applied laboratories for students in the interdisciplinary Museum Studies Program. The fast-paced work environment also supports classes and research in Biology, Anthropology, Art History, Fashion Merchandising and Design, History, Military Science, and many other university disciplines. The museum is actively engaged with audiences both within and outside the university.
Central Michigan University has a more than 125-year legacy of preparing students to become leaders and changemakers in their communities and in their personal and professional lives.
We serve nearly 19,500 students on our Mount Pleasant campus, in satellite locations around the state and throughout the country, and through flexible online programs. Many of our approximately 300 undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral programs in the arts, media, business, education, human services, health professions, liberal arts, social sciences, medicine, science and engineering are nationally ranked for excellence.
CMU leads the nation in leadership development programming through our Sarah R. Opperman Leadership Institute, and we are proud to be among only 5% of U.S. universities in the top two Carnegie research classifications. Our faculty work with graduate and undergraduate students in areas such as Great Lakes research, medical innovation, engineering technology and more.
Central is home to 17 men’s and women’s Division 1 sports including football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, wrestling and more. Our student-athletes achieve great success in competition and in the classroom, capturing Mid-American Conference championships and maintaining an average cumulative GPA of 3.17.
CMU is located in Mount Pleasant, a community that blends the best of small-town living with big-city amenities. It’s part of the culturally varied and vibrant Great Lakes Bay Region that also includes Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and the state’s largest Native American community, centered on the Saginaw Chippewa Isabella Reservation in Mount Pleasant.
Area residents enjoy the mix of outdoor activities, cultural events, shopping and dining options, and family attractions. Other major Michigan destinations and attractions — Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, wineries, beaches, golf and ski resorts, and many more — are within easy reach of the city’s central location in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
CMU employees enjoy access to a nationally recognized wellness program along with health care and benefits that exceed regional, state and national norms.
CMU, an AA/EO institution, strongly and actively strives to increase diversity and provide equal opportunity within its community. CMU does not discriminate against persons based on age, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, political persuasion, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, race, religion, sex, sex‐based stereotypes, sexual orientation, transgender status, veteran status, or weight (see http://www.cmich.edu/ocrie).
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CMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment, and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a matter.
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Office: 103 E. Preston St.
Bovee University Center, suite 306
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Posted on 2/18/2021
The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.