Advertised Employing Department: University Museums
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
Iowa State University is seeking a Program Assistant II. This position reports to the Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning for the University Museums. It has high visibility for the Brunnier Art Museum, and reflects the University Museums and Iowa State University’s character and strategic plan. This position provides thousands of Iowa State University students, faculty, and staff instruction in visual literacy through tours, programs, and workshops, allowing participants in all fields of study to better meet the interpretive and communicative challenges of their respective disciplines. Responsibilities will be to lead programming and produce interpretive materials across University Museums locations and coordinate scheduling of program requests and speakers. Collaborate with the Educator of Visual Literacy and Learning in the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative programs, resources, and tours to further interpret exhibitions. Position greets the public and acts as primary contact for and provide assistance to callers, visitors, speakers, and artists in the Brunnier Art Museum and other University Museums facilities as needed. Provide a high level of visitor service and museum security; clean and maintain gallery spaces and assist in exhibit installations. This position will take a lead role in organizing and developing training for the docent corps. The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts, visually, orally and in writing, to groups and individuals; and will be able to interact professionally with a diverse range of visitors. The candidate will also have the ability to present a positive image and provide strong public relations to visitors; learn new skill sets; have excellent organizational skills; plan and implement innovative education programs; work independently and responsibly to complete tasks; and identify new goals, challenges, and solutions in a proactive manner.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of related experience; OR a combination of education and/or related experience totaling 5 years unless otherwise specified under supplemental required education and experience. Experience must be at a comparable level and directly related to the duties of this position.
Preferred Education and Experience:
-Experience which demonstrates knowledge of arts, cultural arts, museum operations (e.g., acquisition, registration, and loan procedures) and educational practices -Experience with security procedures and crowd control -Experience giving public presentations -Experience with software programs (Adobe Creative Suite, The Museum System) -Experience in museum object handling -Experience supervising student workers and/or volunteers
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.