Job Description

Under the general supervision of the Assistant Director for Cultural Education Initiatives, the Cultural Outreach Assistant is responsible in the areas of outreach, community engagement, and educational program creation designed to bring Burke educators and resources to schools and organizations throughout Washington State. The position will support the department’s development of Heritage Months programming featuring the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) and global cultures. Audiences served by these programs include PreK-12th grade students, teachers, and families. Program content areas include earth science, life science, and cultural collections from local and international Indigenous peoples. The Burke Museum Education department is committed to making the natural world and global/globally-influenced cultural heritage of Washington State accessible to all learners. We aim to foster empathy and curiosity for the world around us, and to support a life-long love of learning.
Payroll Title:  Preservation & Museum Specialist 1
Job Title:  Cultural Outreach Assistant
Salary: $20/hour
Appointment Duration: 1 year from start (.75 FTE)

Basic Functions:

  • Build and maintain relationships among BIPOC and targeted Heritage Month programming communities.
  • Assist with maintenance of teaching collections and program materials;
  • Working with the Assistant Director for Cultural Education Initiatives and other Education staff, develop activities and hands-on materials for educational programs as needed; 
  • Identify new community collaboration opportunities Provide support for other education programs, both onsite and offsite, including facilitation. Other education programs include family programs and events, summer camps, and school/group field trips to the museum;
  • Observe other education programs offered by the Burke in order to gain a thorough understanding of the work of Burke Education;
  • Provide exceptional customer service to all Burke Education clients;
  • Support the development of a community partners database
  • Represent Burke Education at programs and events; create a safe, welcoming, encouraging, and age-appropriate environment for program participants;
  • Other duties as assigned.
Other Responsibilities:
  • Uphold the Burke’s commitment to Decolonization, DEAI, equitable and inclusive practice

  • Positions require satisfactory completion of two years of college work in history, English, education, fine arts, art history, anthropology, archaeology, or museology and two years experience working with museum collections, exhibits, artifacts, preservation, acquisition or restoration; OR experience in historic preservation, or in historic or natural science research or interpretation, may be substituted, year for year, for education. 
  • Experience with BIPOC community engagement and programs;
  • Experience working with youth (Pre-K – 12th grade) in a formal or informal education setting;
  • High degree of initiative, flexibility, and ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
  • Excellent communication skills, including public speaking, and the ability to work with diverse audiences and multiple learning styles;
  • Demonstrated experience building community relationships 

  • Understanding of equity, inclusion, and decolonization in museums, and experience fostering inclusive practice;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Adobe InDesign/Illustrator/Photoshop;
  • Experience working with the public in customer service capacity;
  • First Aid/CPR Certification
Conditions of Employment:
  • Ability to travel as needed, work flexible hours, including some early mornings, evenings, weekends, and holidays; 
  • Must possess a valid Washington State driver’s license and a clean driving record;
  • Must be able to lift and move up to 30 pounds alone and up to 60 pounds with assistance;
  • Able to work in an environment visible to the public with visual and audible distractions;
  • Wear required credentials at all times and work attire/uniforms and name tags as required by position;
  • Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check, vaccine attestation (or exemption).