FDA: Collections Interpreter Prototype (Temporary)
|Req #: ||142622 |
|Department: ||BURKE MUSEUM |
|Appointing Department Web Address: ||http://www.burkemuseum.org |
|Job Location: || Seattle Campus |
|Posting Date: ||02/16/2017 |
|Closing Info: || Closes On 03/03/2017 |
|Salary: ||$3,547.00 - $4,651.00/Month |
|Union Position: ||Yes |
| || This classification is governed by a negotiated labor contract and is subject to union shop provisions. For more information about union shop provisions, visit Union Information |
|Shift: ||Rotating and Variable |
|Notes: || |
This is a TEMPORARY, FULL-TIME position, scheduled Thursday through Monday. Hours are rotating and variable. It begins in Upon Hire and is expected to run through March of 2018.
| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. |
The Burke Museum has a 126-year history of engaging the public through natural history and cultural exhibits, comprehensive research and collections and compelling programs. As the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Burke has a unique product: more than 16 million objects that make up the most extensive research collection of its kind in the Northwest. The Burke Museum's vision to inspire people to value their connection to all lifeand act accordinglyis a promise to all the people we serve.
The Burke Museum is involved in a multi-year transformation project that will culminate in a new museum facility. The New Burke will be a groundbreaking museum of natural history and culture that inspires wonder and pride about the Northwest and our place in the world.
The New Burke will turn the museum inside-outallowing visitors to see into the labs, collection storage and workroomsand connect with new discoveries seven days a week.
The Temporary Collection Interpreter will play a critical role in the development of the museum's approach to connect the visitor to the ongoing work of the museum taking place in viewable open labs. To accomplish this, the Collection Interpreter will collaborate with a team of curators, collection managers,educators, and other museum staff to lead development and execution of a range of interpretive activities for inter-generational audiences.
This work will take place as part of a beta-test of the open lab concept in a 6-month temporary exhibit, opening mid-June 2017 in the current museum.
Working under the direction of the Interpretive Director and in collaboration with other integral departments the Collections Interpreter will:
- Actively engage museum audience and implement gallery experiences that enrich visitors' understanding of the work taking place and the objects on display.
- Develop interpretation using informal signage, hands-on activities and in person dialogue.
- Identify, assemble and care for collections used for interpretation in addition to other materials for display and visitor engagement.
- Coordinate with curatorial teams and the volunteer department to occupy open-labs and gallery areas to ensure that spaces are vibrant and actively performing the real work of the museum every day.
- Develop systems to communicate upcoming gallery activities and events.
- Work Thursday through Monday to ensure peak visitation times (weekends) are staffed and activated.
- Contribute to a formal evaluation of the role and guide the
development of future Interpreter positions.
An ideal candidate will have collection management experience, and subject matter expertise in a field related to at least one of the collection areas represented at the Burke. Of equal importance, the candidate is fluent in interpretive best practices and can demonstrate success building programs from the ground up.
Reports to the Director of Interpretation.
Works with the Volunteer Manager to develop new volunteer roles and opportunities.
Directs work of volunteers and hourly staff to activate open-labs, interpret collections and conduct activities with visitors.
Contributes to the development of safety standards and open-lab protocol; provides safety and collection training as needed.
| A Bachelor's degree in history, museum studies, fine arts, education, anthropology and three years of professional experience in a program specialty OR equivalent education and experience. |
Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Paleontology, Education or related field.
Subject matter expertise relating to the biological, geological or cultural focus of the Burke.
Two years of teaching experience in informal or formal educational setting and/or developing interpretive programs.
Experience with museum collections; knowledge of collections care, concepts and best practices.
Willingness to innovate and experiment with new modes of engaging visitors in the galleries.
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and teaching skills.
Passion and knowledge about natural history and culture, especially of the Pacific Northwest.
Knowledge of museum engagement concepts and best practices.
Self-starter, takes initiative and works well independently.
| Master's in Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Paleontology, Education, Museology or related field OR equivalent experience. |
Experience with engaging museum visitors, both adult and children, in informal activities that inspire learning and curiosity.
Understanding of indigenous knowledge systems.
Proven experience working successfully in collaborative environments.
Highly organized, ability to multi-task and adapt to a dynamic work environment.
Experience conducting program evaluation.
Experience assessing priorities and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
Has the ability to accept guidance, direction and supervision; able to give feedback and share ideas appropriately and professionally.
Command of second language desired.
|CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:|
| Ability to work a schedule of Thursday-Monday. |
Ability to work regularly in an open environment with visual and audible distractions.
Ability to effectively engage diverse audiences and create experiences that connect visitors to science and culture.
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