Education and Outreach Coordinator

Richmond, IN
Aug 19, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position: Education and Outreach Coordinator

Department: Joseph Moore Museum

Status: Part-time (28 hours/week)

The Joseph Moore Museum at Earlham College seeks a part-time (28 hours/week, 12 months) qualified and dynamic Community Engagement Specialist for immediate hire.

The JMM is a dynamic college museum focused on forging meaningful connections among community members and supporting exploration and application of scholarly knowledge to topics of importance to society. Our museum is largely student-run, where faculty provide support, training, and mentorship for students who are learning to be tour leaders, researchers and collections specialists. We strive to create engaging community programs and exhibits that combine the strengths of our college natural history and ethnographic collections, planetarium, scholarly research of Earlham College faculty, and the passions of our three museum faculty and ~40 undergraduate student staff. First publicly opened in 1887, the JMM has long been known as the region's natural history museum and is located in Richmond, Indiana on the campus of Earlham College.


Supervise, train and mentor Earlham College undergraduate student staff in outreach (i.e. interacting with the public through tours, events, and museum hosting during open hours). The majority of the coordinator's work is supporting students who engage with the community.

Plan and implement community educational programs for the Joseph Moore Museum in line with the museum's mission and vision, including designing, scheduling, staffing/leading, publicizing and promoting educational tours that meet state standards throughout the school year and in summer.

Plan and implement special events to connect Earlham community members with each other and the broader Wayne County community around topics of importance to science and society. Must be available on evenings and weekends to oversee events.

Assist with exhibits, including maintenance, refurbishment and design.

Prepare an annual report documenting and critiquing community engagement at JMM. This includes keeping daily statistics on program attendance and student tour leader performance.

Assist with fundraising for community engagement.

Assist with developing and implementing an Outreach and Education Plan for JMM.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree, preferably in education with a scientific focus

Previous experience in leading educational programming for children pre-k-12th grade.

Previous experience as a supervisor

Certified Interpretive Guide through NAI, or available and willing to complete training September 20th to 25th and have personal transportation during that time period.

Key Attributes

Either a degree in a scientific field or substantial experience leading science or nature programs for children

Ability to supervise, mentor, and organize college students

Dedication to working enthusiastically as part of a team of faculty and students

Ability to connect with people of diverse ages and backgrounds

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Excellent attention to detail, logistics and daily planning

Ability to work independently

Strong commitment to community engagement

Passion for communicating science

Flexibility to work in a fast-paced environment

More information

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact JMM Director, Heather Lerner, at 765-983-1402 or

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Position will begin as early as possible, preferably prior to September 25, 2017. Announcement posted August 17, 2017.


Please send a cover letter detailing qualifications for the position, CV, a list of at least three professional references and a detailed sample plan for a science or nature-based elementary school tour as a single electronic file to:

Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


POSITION Education and Outreach Coordinator



ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Earlham emphasizes the pursuit of truth, lack of coercion, respect for others, openness to new truth, integrity and application of what is known to improving our world.

Earlham College and the Earlham School of Religion are located in Richmond, Indiana, a city of about 39,000. Founded in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Earlham College is an independent, four-year, coeducational, residential institution of higher learning. Approximately 1,200 undergraduate students attend Earlham College on its 800-acre tree-shaded campus. Earlham College offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in 40 disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, as well as permitting self-designed studies and a cooperative program in engineering. Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education degrees also are offered at Earlham College.

EOE STATEMENT Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

This position is currently accepting applications.


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