Programs Coordinator - Michigan Museums Association (2/16/24)

Posted 1/19/2024

The Michigan Museums Association is looking for a new team member to support the Michigan museum community in providing expertise, engagement, and advocacy. This is a part-time position that starts at $17 an hour for 20 hours a week and includes PTO, holiday pay, and partial benefits. The Programs Coordinator will coordinate all professional development programs provided by the Michigan Museums Association and provide support for communications, advocacy, and fundraising. This is a non-exempt, part-time hourly position.

About the Michigan Museums Association (MMA)
MMA is a catalyst for advancing Michigan’s museum community through shared learning, advocacy and collaboration. Our vision is of thriving museums in vibrant communities and our focus is on expertise, engagement, and advocacy for and with the Michigan museum community. We share resources and opportunities to help museums achieve their mission and strive for best practice; bring the Michigan museum community together to learn from and inspire each other; and serve as an amplifier of the collective voice of the Michigan museum community and advocate for their support.

MMA is small but mighty and includes a ¾ time Executive Director, a ½ time Communications Coordinator, and a ¼ time Membership and Development Assistant, all of whom work in remote offices. Work hours include a set schedule that includes common hours for all staff together, as well as flexible time for each. Weekly staff check-ins and project related meetings are held via Zoom during common work hours.  MMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is led by a Board of Directors representing the Michigan museums community.

Job Description
The Programs Coordinator will coordinate all professional development programs provided by the Michigan Museums Association and provide support for communications, advocacy,  and fundraising including, but not limited to, the following:


        • Annual Conference: Coordinate the program-related aspects of the conference including selection of theme, concurrent sessions, and keynote presentation, facilitating the Museum Café session and immersive local experiences.
        • Online Programs: Coordinate all MMA online programs including Colleague Chats, MI Museums Spotlights, Ask an Expert, and other virtual programming.
        • MMA Member Communities: Coordinate the MMA Member Communities including supporting the group infrastructures and procedures and working with staff facilitators.
        • Annual Awards: Coordinate the awards aspect of the Annual Awards event including nominations, recipient communications, and other awards related tasks.
        • New Programming: Assist or lead the development of new programming.

Communications, Advocacy, and Fundraising

        • Contribute monthly content for the MMA Review newsletter and other communications as requested by the communications coordinator.
        • Participate in federal and/or state advocacy events.
        • Support fundraising activities as needed.


        • Other duties as assigned.

The Programs Coordinator reports to the MMA Executive Director and works closely with the Executive Director and Communications Coordinator, as well as with the Membership and Development Assistant.


This is a time-limited contract. The first contract would run from hire date through December 31, 2024. Renewal of the contract on an annual basis is intended.

      • The pay rate is $17 per hour for up to 20 hours a week.
      • Benefits are in proportion to hours worked and include PTO and holidays, and some healthcare and/or retirement support as outlined in the MMA staff handbook.
      • This is a remote position with travel up to 4-6 times a year to board meetings, the spring awards event, the annual fall conference, and some advocacy events. Travel expenses are reimbursed.
      • Work is performed in a Michigan-based home-office environment. MMA will provide a laptop, printer, and basic office supplies.
      • Weekly hours are a combination of a set and flexible schedule. At least 50% of hours will be on a set schedule that overlaps regular MMA business hours (Mon-Thu 9 am to 5 pm). The rest of the weekly hours can be flexible.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, detail-oriented self-starter with communication, writing, time-management, and technology skills. Applicants with a background in museum work as well as professional development instruction, informal/continuing education, and/or online learning would be particularly desirable. MMA is also seeking applicants that would diversify the staff team in terms of geographic location, cultural representation, formal education, gender representation, and/or age.

      • High School Diploma (bachelor’s degree preferred, with a concentration in museum studies or other humanities related fields).
      • Experience (expertise preferred) planning and implementing formal or informal training or continuing education programs for adults.
      • Familiarity (expertise preferred) with museum operations.
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
      • Experience with an office environment including operations, use of equipment and procedures.
      • Detail-oriented, and a high level of problem-solving and organizational skills.
      • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
      • Competency and proficiency in the use of technological tools.
      • Experience communicating with and willingness to work with diverse audiences.
      • Valid driver’s license and willingness to travel to various locations throughout Michigan as needed.

Application Process

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to with subject line “Programs Coordinator” by February 16. First round interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Additional interviews may take place via Zoom or in-person.

We encourage applications from candidates that would balance the experience and representation of the current staff.

Please contact MMA Executive Director Lisa Craig Brisson (, 313-334-7643) with questions.

The Michigan Museums Association does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

Thank you to our Partners!

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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