Missouri History Museum
  • 13-Feb-2020 to Until Filled (CST)
  • African American History Initiative
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 17.30
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Comprehensive benefits package

Position Summary:

The African American History Initiative uses history to promote greater cultural understanding and collaborative efforts to strengthen communities' ties. The Initiative also supports the development of future museum professionals to bring change to the museum field.

The African American History Initiative secures the museum's ability to expand its community and educational programs; strategically collect artifacts and oral histories of historically underrepresented and marginalized audiences; and develop exhibitions to educate, empower, and enlighten visitors. 

The Community Outreach Coordinator plays a vital role in the African American History Initiative Department and serves as the community liaison in various capacities. The Coordinator is responsible for maintaining daily operations for the Initiative, which includes attending community events throughout the region, building and maintaining a community collaborator database, and maintaining schedules for evening and offsite programs. 

Essential Functions:

  • Develops partnerships between government, non-profit organizations, educational institutions and grass roots community groups.
  • Assists with the development and implementation of collaborative programming about African American history with specific goals to produce an annual symposium that promotes community dialogue and foster cultural and community celebrations. Types of programming includes the annual Sister City Symposium, Emancipation Day, and Freedom Month Series.
  • Supports outreach and tabling at public events.
  • Develops relationships with community leaders, diverse groups, businesses and philanthropy. 
  • Provides departmental administrative support, including creating and managing the collaborators database
  • Internal invoicing responsibilities.

This position requires working some weeknights and weekends. 


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in history, social studies, American studies, urban studies, museum studies, community engagement, social work or a related field
  • Minimum 2-4 years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Experience collaborating with community groups for programs that help share their history
  • Experience developing and managing programs to address diverse issues


  • Ability to grasp local history content through research of primary and secondary sources
  • Ability to learn the institution's master calendar system, Altru, and schedule logistical needs for meetings
  • Ability to work with volunteers to achieve programmatic goals
  • Firm understanding of Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and Powerpoint
  • Solid written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work with a team to achieve department and museum-wide strategic goals
  • Ability to perform under tight deadlines and multitask

Deadline to Apply: Position open until filled.

Please upload cover letter and resume when applying.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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