SAM | FT Employment | Public Engagement Associate


OVERVIEW:          Design, initiate, and facilitate collaborative partnerships and programs for communities and organizations at the Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, and Seattle Asian Art Museum that center equity, engagement and excellence.                

SAM is dedicated to racial equity and strives for employees, volunteers, and interns who are passionate, qualified, and offer diverse perspectives. SAM prioritizes racial equity in the workplace because we know that people of color are the most impacted when it comes to inequities. We are particularly interested in engaging with historically under-represented groups in the museum field as we strive to be inclusive and equitable. SAM is responsive to cultural communities and experiences, and our strategic plan goals address the role art plays in empowering social justice and structural change to promote equity in our society.

FLSA STATUS:       Non-exempt        

REPORTS TO:        Associate Director of Public Engagement & Associate Director of Community Programs

COMPENSATION:       Salary range begins at $40,000 DOE


  1. Support and coordinate community-connected programs and partnerships including events related to SAM’s collection and special exhibitions.
  2. Sustain and coordinate ongoing programs like Community Gallery exhibitions, Community Opening Celebrations, and hosted events such as Dia de los Muertos, Kijiji Night, and CD Forum Kitchen Sessions.
  3. Act as point person for community partnership inquiries and strategize across divisions to develop meaningful, reciprocal relationships geared towards long-term impact.
  4. Cultivate responsive relationships with a diverse range of local organizations and cultural workers to build partnerships and develop new programming relevant to Seattle communities and SAM’s collection and special exhibitions.
  5. Research and respond to best practices locally and nationally related to partnership development and community-centered programming.
  6. Support Associate Director of Community Programs in facilitating and advancing internal work and activities of SAM’s Equity Team.
  7. Work closely with communications and admissions to manage community pass program and outreach.
  8. Recruit, schedule, and supervise interns, temporary staff, and event volunteers.
  9. Coordinate programming with the museum’s operations staff including security, AV, facilities, and Taste catering.
  10. Collaborate with marketing and other departments on promotional activities. Write program copy for web and print publication, and assist in editing and proofreading.
  11. Accurately track relevant budget information and data to assure operations are within or below budgeted amounts, coding of all invoices, reviewing expenses and revenues, and checking monthly balance statements.
  12. Represent Education and Public Engagement Division at meetings and programs; present information on the museum’s programs to the public, partners, and museum professionals.
  13. Represent SAM offsite at partner programs including tabling and outreach opportunities.
  14. Establish and maintain regular flow of information within the Education and Public Engagement Division (at all three sites) and with other areas through meetings and digital correspondence. Serve as a liaison between other divisions within the museum and department regarding matters related to public programs and partnerships.
  15. Work with the division’s coordinator to compile and analyze statistics on attendance, revenue, and expense for divisional records and reports.
  16. Assume other responsibilities as requested or as needed by the museum.


  1. Advanced degree preferred in related field including art administration, art education, studio art, art history, social work, public administration, nonprofit leadership, or the equivalent combination of education/experience.
  2. Demonstrated interest in local contemporary artist communities including performance, music, literary, and visual art.
  3. Familiarity with neighborhoods, communities, and relevant organizations (both public and private) in the region.
  4. Knowledge of best practices and policies related to equitable community organizing, education, and outreach. Working knowledge of innovative cultural programming and museum practice.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to racial equity work.
  6. Three – five years relevant work experience. Programming experience in an arts organization or related cultural organization preferred.
  7. Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; ability to communicate effectively and project a professional image when giving and taking information in writing, in person, and over the phone.
  8. Knowledge of volunteer management; program development and administration; budget development and management.
  9. Demonstrated proficiency with and accuracy in using MS Office products, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access and other related software applications.
  10. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to motivate self.
  11. Ability to assess priorities, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and work well under pressure; excellent time management, problem solving and analytic skills.
  12. Maintain work schedule that includes evening and weekend hours as necessary.
  13. Ability to work accurately with close attention to detail and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  14. Ability to adhere to Museum policies and to support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.


Position requires some evening, early morning and weekend work to participate in Museum programs and activities and to meet job goals and deadlines. Work areas range from indoor climate-controlled environments with light background noise to outdoor noisy non-climate controlled spaces.

The Seattle Art Museum will consider reasonable accommodations for those applicants with disabilities who may need a reasonable accommodation to perform the essential functions/duties.    Please contact the Human Resources Department for additional information.

TO APPLY:   Please visit  to submit SAM employment application, cover letter and resume.

Deadline: January 31, 2020