Engagement Fellow - Museum of Art

Colby College
Colby College

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Job DescriptionDepartment:Mirken Office of Education and EngagementPay Rate Type:HourlyEmployee Type:Job Summary:Full-Time, Temporary, Non-Exempt, Hourly, Support Staff Appointment

The engagement fellow position at the Colby College Museum of Art is a one-year appointment at museum with the possibility of a renewable second year. The engagement fellow supports the preparation, execution, and evaluation of academic and public programs. The successful candidate will work under the direction of the Museum’s Mirken curator of education and engagement and will also work closely with the Linde Family Foundation curator of academic engagement and all members of the engagement team. This position is a 40 hour/week position that will require occasional work on weekends and evenings. The ideal candidate is punctual, friendly, detail oriented, and adaptable to changing situations. This person should feel comfortable asking questions in order to prioritize a wide variety of tasks.

The Colby College Museum of Art is a collecting and teaching museum dedicated to the preservation, display, and interpretation of the visual arts. We embrace within our collections works of art from diverse cultures and historical periods, with a focus on American art, and commitment to collecting and exhibiting contemporary art. We manage these resources for the benefit of the Colby College community, the region, and the nation and aspire to display works that embody the highest standards of achievement.

Working to advance equity and inclusion in the field of American art—and, by doing so, in the wider world—is core to our mission. We feel the urgency of national and campus conversations on inequality and are keenly aware of the unique responsibility that we have as an academic art museum—as a place where we can listen, ask questions, and challenge assumptions—to engage in this dialogue, and to act. We affirm the Colby Museum’s commitment to multidisciplinary teaching and learning and our potential for deep engagement with students will be leveraged in this effort toward fighting racialized violence, injustice, and inequality; and we encourage inquiries from candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our college, including its cultural and ethnic diversity.


  • Work closely with education and engagement staff on logistics for public and academic programs, communicating and sharing information with internal stakeholders; preparing resources; and tracking expenses
  • Assist in program execution by providing logistical support as needed towards setting up event spaces and communicating with guests, visitors, and colleagues. This includes occasional evening and weekend events
  • Contribute to a hospitable environment for guest speakers by soliciting information and preparing contracts for internal processing, assisting in making travel arrangements, and attending to speakers’ needs during their stay on campus
  • Provide logistical support for programs, workshops, and training sessions that involve community docents, student guides, teaching artists, interns, and other student workers
  • Support the Mirken curator of education and engagement with visitor and program evaluation initiatives for museum and Lunder Institute staff by administering surveys, tracking data, and organizing information in meaningful ways
  • Assist the Mirken curator of education and engagement and Linde Family Foundation curator of academic engagement with special projects, as needed; work could include data compilation and preparation for grant reports, presentations, and updating documents for internal stakeholders
  • Support the engagement team with administrative office tasks, which could include ensuring office supplies and studio spaces are fully stocked and in good working order
  • Support the work of the engagement team through the use of software, data management, and registration tools
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Relevant engagement and/or administrative experience preferred
  • Highly motivated, flexible, and comfortable with diverse audiences
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, high level of motivation and attention to detail
  • Unwavering commitment to fostering an antiracist, equitable work environment supportive of people from different cultures, backgrounds, and life paths
  • Experience in a professional environment, able to work collaboratively within a team and a diverse organization
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team, exercise judgment, establish priorities, and complete projects with minimal supervision and to adjust as new projects are assigned
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with staff, students, and faculty
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel) and Google Suite (e.g., Mail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Slides); proficiency and/or ability to learn Airtable, Adobe Creative Suite, EventBrite, SurveyMonkey, Workday, and others specific to Colby College.


Reporting to the Mirken curator of education and engagement, the fellow also works closely with the Linde Family Foundation curator of academic engagement and all members of the engagement team, and has ongoing interactions with all museum teams as well as Colby faculty, students, staff, community partners, and museum guests.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Occasional lifting is required. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary. Some night and weekend work required based on museum events.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the "Apply" button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Museum Engagement Fellow - Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855


Working at Colby College 

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby’s rigorous academic program is rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences.

Under the leadership of its new president, David A. Greene, Colby is building on this strong foundation while remaining committed to excellence, to supporting students and faculty at the highest levels, and to the College’s deep liberal arts traditions. This new chapter includes plans for creating innovative academic initiatives and partnerships, strengthening the connections between the liberal arts and the professional world, revitalizing downtown Waterville, and pursuing significant capital projects for performing arts and athletics.

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