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Community Engagement Specialist

Organization: Haffenreffer Museum
Date Posted: 4/15/2019
City: Providence
Location: Rhode Island
Country: United States
Primary Category: Museum

Description & Details

Working with the Manager of Museum Education and Programs, the Community Engagement Specialist will provide substantial administrative and operations support for the Haffenreffer Museum's programming and education efforts as they prepare for the Museum's relocation to Providence, RI. During the move, the Community Engagement Specialist will work collaboratively with Museum staff and stakeholders (particularly with Indigenous/Tribal communities) to develop, implement, and evaluate programming and education initiatives that: 1) forge partnerships and take advantage of opportunities created by the Museum's new location, 2) align with the Museum's short-term and long-range planning, and 3) integrate the needs of the diverse communities the Museum serves with the perspectives of local Indigenous communities and Tribal organizations.

Working with the Manager of Museum Education  Programs and the Museum's Deputy Director/Chief Curator, the Community Engagement Specialist will develop the framework for an exhibition on Native American communities in New England, building on the alliances and collaborations built through this position to create a multi-vocal presentation, engaging with community interests.

The ultimate goal of this project is to prepare the Museum to have newly renewed or well-developed new relationships with the region's Indigenous/Native American communities and, through them, to be prepared to offer improved educational outreach and in-house programs for schools and to have developed the framework for an exhibit that engages Native American perspectives in telling this region's stories by the time they open their doors in the new location.

To achieve their goals, the person in this position may supervise student employees or interns from academic programs at Brown or beyond.

This is a limited-term, full-time position with benefits, funded through a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.



  • This is a position with considerable responsibility for representing Brown and the Haffenreffer Museum to communities of interest within New England. It will require specialized skills and understanding of Native American community issues to develop collaborative and productive relationships within and among these communities.
  • The successful candidate will have at least a B.A./B.Sc. degree in a field related to anthropology or Native American studies, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


  • Experience working with New England's Native American communities and/or existing relationships with these communities, with demonstrated success developing, running, or completing similar projects preferred.
  • Experience in Museum Education, informal education, and/or classroom teaching with demonstrated understanding of object-based/experientiallearning desired.

 Job Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills and understanding of collaborative team-building are essential.
  • Ability to work independently to build teams and guide them in cross-cultural settings crucial.
  • Ability to work well in teams and to supervise and mentor others in one-on-one settings.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, attention to detail.

The museum seeks candidates able to start in Summer 2019. Applications must be submitted through Brown University’s online hiring system by May 15, 2019, and must include a current resume, cover letter, and the names of three professional references. All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal and education records check satisfactory to Brown.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

For more information, visit Brown University's website. 

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