Missouri History Museum
  • 05-Nov-2021 to Until Filled (CST)
  • Community Engagement
  • St. Louis, MO, USA
  • 17.30
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Comprehensive benefits package


The Missouri Historical Society commits to a process of listening attentively to one another and leveraging best practices and resources across our organization to promote a culture of inclusion where individuals from all racial and ethnic identities; ages; nationalities; social and economic statuses; sexual orientations; gender identities/expressions; religious, political, and ideological perspectives; and abilities are able to be engaged, feel valued, and thrive. click here for the full Commitment to Racial Equity

Position Summary:

The Missouri Historical Society seeks a Community Programming Coordinator for the African-American History Initiative (AAHI).

The Missouri Historical Society (MHS) fosters mutual understanding and facilitates solutions to shared experiences that affect our region and the world. The African American History Initiative uses history to promote greater cultural understanding and collaborative efforts to strengthen communities' ties. 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 people; and develop exhibitions to educate, empower, and enlighten visitors. In addition to supporting the core values of MHS, this initiative supports the development of future museum professionals who will have the potential to change the history museum field.

The AAHI Community Programming Coordinator (CPC) plays a vital role in the African American History Initiative at MHS. The CPC is responsible for creating a variety of programming at MHS that examines the complexities of our region's history and draws connections to today's relevant societal issues. Daily operations include but are not limited to attending community events throughout the region, building relationships on behalf of MHS, contributing to a community collaborator database, and collaborating with local organizations and individuals to create programming that reaches and engages diverse audiences. The CPC reports directly to the Director of Education and Community Engagement who oversees and manages signature events, public programming, K-12 education, and early childhood and family programs. The CPC works alongside these teams to make sure that African American history is included in meaningful ways in all programming efforts. The CPC also serves on a cross-divisional core AAHI team to ensure that the initiative permeates throughout all MHS efforts.

Essential Functions:

Programming and Collaboration

  • Maintain and deepen existing partnerships and develop new partnerships with government, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and grass roots community groups that can assist on a wide variety of events, including helping to create large-scale complex events and to reach new audiences
  • Work with the Community Initiatives Specialist to contribute to the collaborators database.
  • Develop and implement annual AAHI programming that includes Juneteenth/Freedom Month Series, MLK Community Celebration, Sister City Symposium, Black History Month Series, and Missouri Emancipation Day. The CPC should collaborate with key community organizations to develop these programs, and programs should draw strong connections to local history and reflect current issues facing the region
  • Work within the Education and Community Engagement Department to advise on all programing efforts and contribute accordingly to ensure that they include a diversity of programs that appeal to wide audiences
  • Works with the core AAHI team to help support internal MHS communications, the emerging external AAHI advisory committee, and other projects as appropriate
  • Support outreach and represent the African American History Initiative and the Missouri Historical Society at off-site events (i.e. community events, networking events, and recognition ceremonies) in order to maintain and strengthen relationships

Meetings and Project Management

  • Follow the appropriate procedures, communicate with other departments, and meet deadlines for program logistics, including reserving spaces, creating Runs of Show, requesting volunteers, designing wayfinding plans, ticketing, and other logistical concerns
  • Track attendance numbers and work with the MHS Manager of Institutional Evaluation to determine outcomes and measures of success for programs
  • Adhere to and track AAHI programming budget and follow appropriate procedures and deadlines for paying contractors
  • Acquire and maintain a working knowledge of MHS programs, exhibitions, and collections
  • Serve on internal teams for exhibits, initiatives, and community advisory groups
  • Attend regular update meetings with supervisor and department, division, and all-staff meetings
  • Attend and actively participate in educational and professional training as scheduled
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in history, social studies, American studies, urban studies, museum studies, community engagement, social work or related field strongly preferred, or relevant work experience
  • Minimum 2-3 years project management experience, preferably in the nonprofit sector
  • Experience collaborating with community groups to develop programs around their shared histories preferred
  • Flexibility to work evening and weekend hours is required


  • A passion for supporting community building and an understanding of how history and museum programming can serve that goal
  • Ability to effectively communicate with individuals and organizations from diverse communities and backgrounds to achieve mutual goals
  • Demonstrated ability to develop productive and respectful relationships with community leaders and groups
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues both regional and national
  • Ability to conduct research with primary and secondary sources
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional attention to details in an environment with many priorities
  • Ability to work as a member of a team to achieve department and museum-wide strategic goals
  • Ability to balance multiple projects concurrently and effectively meet deadlines

Deadline to Apply: Position open until filled.

Please upload cover letter and resume when applying.

*External job boards: Please click this link, AAHI Community Programming Coordinator to apply.

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