MoPOP seeks Education Specialist, Youth and Community Programs

Education Specialist, Youth and Community Programs


Education Specialist, Youth and Community Programs




Manager of Public Engagement


Education and Programs


January 2021


MoPOP believes pop culture is a universal language capable of building connections across a diverse range of people. For more than twenty years, we have been showcasing how music, film, fashion, video games, sports, and more spark those connections and create a lasting cultural impact. We are proud to create both a physical space and an emotional and intellectual opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore, find and build community, and recognize their own creative potential. This applies not only to our guests, but also to our staff.

MoPOP’s Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

Our mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. Grounded in five core values—open arms, creative exchanges, light bulb moments, pursuing excellence, and excitement—MoPOP is committed to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). This includes taking steps to continue increasing our awareness of institutional “-isms,” as well as uncovering and undoing the ways they show up in museum culture. MoPOP recognizes this is a process that requires intentionality, energy, and resources, and we are developing a DEIA framework that can cultivate a work environment and museum experience that is truly welcoming for all.

Position Summary

As a member of the Education & Programs team at MoPOP, the Education Specialist, Youth and Community Programs, oversees programs including the Youth Advisory Board, Teen Artist Workshops and camps, is central to the production of Sound Off! and the Hip Hop Artist Residency, coordinates work with MoPOP’s Community Access Partner groups that work with youth, and collaborates with others on the Education and Programs teams on programs that serve the youth audience. This position works directly with youth, families, community‐based organizations, partner organizations, and schools to increase access to the museum and to facilitate innovative, creative learning experiences.

Key Roles and Responsibilities (Other Duties Assigned)

  • Collaborate with education and public programming team members and other museum staff to design, develop and support programs that engage youth and community audiences.
  • Event planning, marketing, and outreach of youth-focused events and educational experiences, including digital learning experiences and content.
  • Manage budgets for existing and new projects.
  • Develop programming, organize, and facilitate the Youth Advisory Board (YAB), Teen Artist Workshops, Sound Off! and other programs as assigned.
  • Recruit and contract with partner organizations, artists, and outside vendors to present teen experiences throughout the school year and summer.
  • Manage community outreach to develop new partnerships, maintain existing partners, and increase access to museum programs for youth visitors.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; 3+ years experience in a museum or non‐profit arts education environment; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work on multiple programs simultaneously; detail-oriented and highly organized
  • Previous experience working with teens and school-aged youth; some classroom or educational facilitation; experience with youth engagement using digital platforms is preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; public speaking experience a plus
  • Professional experience in partnership projects and community collaborations
  • Passion for applying social justice and equity framework to youth engagement
  • Passion for a variety of popular culture genres with particular interest in music
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite of products

The Ideal Candidate is:

  • Passionate about using the arts to impact the lives of young people, especially youth from underserved communities
  • A flexible and responsive problem solver with strong organizational skills in program and educational experience planning
  • Able to use effective engagement strategies in digital formats
  • Engaged with Seattle’s arts and/or social justice community
  • An advocate for equity and inclusion
  • An effective collaborator who derives energy and creativity from engaging with others

Work Environment + Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is frequently required to lift up to 30 pounds, and occasionally up to 50 pounds.


This full-time Education Specialist, Youth and Community Programs position includes a generous benefits package that will be shared during the hiring process.

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