Posted on 2/23/2023
Job Title: Museum Docent Lead, Part - time
Department: Education and Programs
Reports to: Manager of Education & Public Programs
Hourly Wage Range: $15 per hour
Detroit Historical Society
The Detroit Historical Society’s mission is to tell Detroit’s stories and why they matter. Founded in 1921, the Society has been bringing together diverse voices and communities around the stories of the region to find their place in the present and inspire the future for over 100 years. Located in Detroit’s cultural district, the Society administers and develops exhibitions and programming for the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and our Collection Resource Center at Historic Ft Wayne. The team cares for nearly 250,000 artifacts in its collection and relies on a staff of over 50 individuals to help to continue to bring Detroit’s vibrant stories to life.
Docents are educators for the Detroit Historical Society; they facilitate adult and student groups, pre-K to university and beyond. Docents lead group tours of special exhibitions and permanent collections at both the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the Detroit Historical Museum, they also lead special thematic workshops for school audiences. As an emerging museum worker, docents will be provided opportunities for professional development that align with their goals and with the goal of improving our education services. Docents will also be trained with Altru CRM system and be required to assist with customer service when greeting groups. Docents will also train with the Visitor Experience Associates and offer assistance with greeting groups during slower seasons of touring.
The Museum Docent Lead is a part time position (up to 29 hours per week). Programs and tours are typically offered during museum hours, beginning at 10:00 am on weekdays and weekends. However, some evening and weekend work will be required.
• Assist EPO and VEA team members with the logistics of servicing museum customers.
• Attends meetings as required.
• Completes other duties and projects as assigned, directed, or as required to facilitate Society business.
Required Qualifications for Successful Position Performance
Education and Experience
• 1 - 2 years of undergraduate study from an accredited college or university or 1 - 2 years of customer service experience.
• Experience managing groups, particularly leading visitors of all ages on tours and during workshops.
Compensation & Benefits
• Hourly Wage is $15 per hour.
• Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of qualifying service in coordination with FMLA.
Candidates must have reliable transportation, a valid driver’s license and be willing to undergo a criminal background check. Please note Hourly Wage prior to sending résumé and cover letter to the Human Resources Department at email@example.com No phone calls, please.
The Detroit Historical Society (DHS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking to reach a broad and diverse
candidate pool when filling vacant positions. We strongly encourage applications from individuals of diverse
backgrounds. We sincerely believe that our organization and its work benefit from the perspectives and
talents of a diverse staff. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex,
sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with
a disability or other applicable legally protected characteristics. Reasonable accommodations may
be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.