As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for five consecutive years.JOB SUMMARY: The "New Burke" is 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-out-allowing visitors to see into the labs, collection storage and workrooms-and connect with new discoveries seven days a week.The Culture Activation Coordinator will play a role in helping visitors understand the work we do in Culture by facilitating activities in labs and collections spaces and to ensure those spaces are actively performing the authentic work of our department. Connections to, experience with, knowledge of, and respect for Indigenous communities are particularly important for this position. This position requires work on weekends, holidays, and special events to activate the Burke's public areas.BASIC FUNCTIONS:Collaborate with the Culture and Interpretation departments to develop interpretation using the collections, informal signage, hands-on experiences, and in-person dialogue.Facilitate and implement weekend and special event opportunities for communities to engage with our collections.Meet weekly with Culture staff to coordinate upcoming activities and Indigenous community/artist visits. Assist in maintaining systems to communicate department's schedule of upcoming activities and events to all public facing teams. Coordinate with SPARK volunteers to interpret Culture collection areas and activities to the public.REQUIREMENTS:Connections to, experience with, knowledge of, and respect for Indigenous communities.Uphold the institution's commitment to equitable and inclusive practices and be committed to equity, inclusion, accessibility and decolonization.Ability to respect culturally sensitive issues, and to consider ethical and appropriate strategies to address these issues both internally and externally.Positions require a Bachelor's degree in history, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, fine arts, education or closely related field and two years experience as a museum curator or equivalent. Some positions require a Bachelor's degree related to an assigned collection specialist. Some positions allow experience in historic preservation, or in historic or natural science research or interpretation, to be substituted, year for year, for education.Strong organizational skills, and the ability to manage and collect information from multiple sources.Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.Experience with engaging visitors, both adult and children, in informal activities that inspire learning and curiosity,DESIRED:Coursework, experience, or degree in collections care and management.Respectful, humble, punctual, and professional. Ability to value diverse opinions, and to act as a liaison between multiple groups.CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:Able to work a schedule of Thursday-Saturday with occasional flexible hours to accommodate evening events and holidays. Able to work in an environment visible to the public with visual and audible distractions.Wear required credentials at all times and work attire/uniforms and name-tags as required by the position.Application Process:The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select "Apply to this position". Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your "My Jobs" page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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