Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist
Company: Smithsonian Institution
Posted on: November 19, 2023
Community Outreach and Engagement Specialist
(IS-1001-12)Application Deadline: 16 December 2023Department:
National Museum of the American IndianEmployment Type: Full
TimeLocation: Suitland, MDReporting To: Museum CuratorCompensation:
$94,199 - $113,039 / yearDescriptionOPEN DATE: November 17, 2023
CLOSING DATE: December 16, 2023 POSITION TYPE: Trust
FundAPPOINTMENT TYPE: Temporary Not to Exceed Three (3) Years
SCHEDULE: Full Time
DUTY LOCATION: Washington, DC Position sensitivity and risk: Open
to all qualified applicantsWhat are Trust Fund Positions?
Trust Fund positions are unique to the Smithsonian. They are paid
for from a variety of sources, including the Smithsonian endowment,
revenue from our business activities, donations, grants and
contracts. Trust employees are not part of the civil service, nor
does trust fund employment lead to Federal status. The salary
ranges for trust positions are generally the same as for federal
positions and in many cases trust and federal employees work side
by side. Trust employees have their own benefit program and may
include Health, Dental & Vision Insurance, Life Insurance,
Transit/Commuter Benefits, Accidental Death and Dismemberment
Insurance, Annual and Sick Leave, Family Friendly Leave, 403b
Retirement Plan, Discounts for Smithsonian Memberships, Museum
Stores and Restaurants, Credit Union, Smithsonian Early Enrichment
Center (Child Care), Flexible Spending Account (Health & Dependent
Care).Conditions of Employment
- Pass Pre-employment Background Check and Subsequent Background
Investigation for position designated as low risk.
- Complete a Probationary Period
- Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic
- The position is open to all candidates eligible to work in the
United States. Proof of eligibility to work in U.S. is not required
OVERVIEWCome join a mission driven institution and be a central
contributor to a new and exciting initiative at the Smithsonian's
National Museum of the American Indian! The NMAI seeks a Community
Outreach and Engagement Specialist to be a part of the museum's new
Outreach & Engagement Planning Office. The Office is dedicated to
advancing NMAI's mission through developing and supporting
collaborations and partnerships with Native and Indigenous
communities and allied organizations. The incumbent is responsible
for maintaining and building new relationships with Native
communities and working closely with the head of the Outreach and
Engagement Planning Office and staff from all departments of the
museum to propose, develop, implement, and evaluate community
outreach and engagement projects and initiatives.This position is
located at the NMAI in the Cultural Resources Center in Suitland,
MD. Occasional travel to other NMAI locations or partnering
institutions and Native communities may be required.DUTIES AND
- Maintain ongoing communication with Native communities,
individuals, and organizations.
- Assist the manager of the Office with developing strategic
plans for community outreach and engagements; work with the Office
team on outreach and engagement planning across the Museum's
departments, envisioning opportunities for community collaboration
- Conduct outreach to Native communities, individuals, and
organizations to determine appropriate methods, activities, and
initiatives for engagement.
- Conceptualize, propose, implement, document, and evaluate
outreach and engagement projects and programs and takes on projects
as assigned by the supervisor of the Office.
- Serve as project manager for assignments and projects that are
often long-term and complex which may include writing summary
reports after community engagements and oversight of project teams
consisting of other NMAI departments and contractors.
- Ensure that programs, projects, and activities are brought to
completion within scope, schedule, and budget, with a keen focus on
effective and consistent communication internally and with
- Assist in collection review preparations and activities with
communities at the Cultural Resources Center and participate in
other community outreach and engagement activities on and off site
- Advise NMAI staff concerning community outreach and
- Represent the Museum at local, regional and/or statewide
community events, meetings, and online forums serving Native
communities, museums, cultural centers, colleges, and organizations
in order to propose initiatives and opportunities to the supervisor
and to facilitate and sustain essential collaboration and
partnerships within SI, NMAI and outside organizations.
- Collaborate with staff across the Museum to assess current
community relationships and partners, and develop a strategy for
tracking, managing, and deepening those relationships.
- Identify or provide training opportunities to enhance internal
staff competence with effective community outreach and engagement
- Recommend budgets for community engagements and ensure
provision of logistics in support of the program.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTSRequired Qualifications and Experience:
- Lived or learned experience working directly with Native
- Experience developing and facilitating convenings and
collaborative programs with community groups.
- Knowledge of outreach and engagement strategies, programs, and
- Knowledge of Native perspectives on museums and the collections
in their care.
- Ability to plan, coordinate, and prioritize multiple projects
independently and with a high degree of efficiency and
- Excellent organizational and long-range planning
- The ability to work independently and in a team.
- Knowledge of budget and fiscal management principles to
recommend project budgets.
- Excellent communication skills to write statements of work,
letters, memoranda, reports, etc., and to present lectures,
seminars, and symposia to live audience.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and creatively on
internal and external teams in a collegial and respectful
- Ability to manage conflicts and participate in problem solving
with tact and empathy.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience:
- 5-8 years of experience in community engagement or PhD in
community-based research, Native American studies, cultural
anthropology, American studies, applied anthropology, ethnic
studies, history, sociology, or other related discipline.
- Experience in museum collections access practices including
handling and care of cultural belongings and advising others in
- Experience in collections information systems and/or customer
relationship management software; the incumbent may provide
collections reports for Native community members as
- Experience applying qualitative and quantitative evaluative
methods to analyze and evaluate community outreach and engagement
- Proficiency in the functions of Microsoft Office software,
including include Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and virtual meeting
platforms with the ability to learn new automated systems.
- Working proficiency in KE EMu.
- Working proficiency in Salesforce.
- Working proficiency in second language (Indigenous,
Applicants, who wish to qualify based on education completed
outside the United States, must be deemed equivalent to higher
education programs of U.S. Institutions by an organization that
specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational
credentials. This documentation is the responsibility of the
applicant and should be included as part of your application
package.Any false statement in your application may result in your
application being rejected and may also result in termination after
employment begins.The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a
diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through
Knowledge and Discovery."Resumes should include a description of
your paid and non-paid work experience that is related to this job;
starting and ending dates of job (month and year); and average
number of hours worked per week. What To Expect Next: Once the
vacancy announcement closes, a review of your resume will be
compared against the qualification and experience requirements
related to this job. After review of applicant resumes is complete,
qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring
manager.Relocation expenses are not paid.Commitment to Diversity,
Equity, and InclusionThe Smithsonian Institution provides
reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where
appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should
contact NMAI-Human Resources@si.edu. Determinations on requests for
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. To
learn more, please review the Smithsonian's .The Smithsonian
Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a
workforce comprising a variety of educational, cultural, and
experiential backgrounds support and enhance our daily work life
and contribute to the richness of our exhibitions and programs. See
Smithsonian EEO program information: .
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