MOHAI seeks Public Programs Developer

Position Title: Public Programs Developer
Reports to: Public Programs Manager
Location: MOHAI, at Lake Union Park’s historic Armory building
Rate of Pay: $24 – $26 an hour, DOE
Classification: Non-Exempt, Hourly, Full-time (regularly scheduled 37.5 hours per week)
Schedule: Tuesday – Saturday; occasional evenings and Sundays.
Benefits include: Medical and dental insurance and eligible for participation in 403 (b) savings plan

The primary role of the Public Programs Developer is to create, coordinate, and deliver high-quality history programs to broad and diverse audiences of all ages, primarily adults. The Public Programs Developer collaborates on interpretive content and creates programs that deepen audience engagement with exhibit materials. This position includes collaborating with historians, artists, performers, and other participants to design engaging and thought-provoking experiences, building relationships with community organizations, and assisting in the evaluation of departmental programs.

Key Responsibilities
• Present well researched, high-quality history programs to diverse adult audiences, including but not limited to gallery talks, lectures, tours, panel discussions, workshops, and performances, both in-person and online.
• Ensure that all interactions are culturally responsive, respectful, and based on a foundation of MOHAI’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
• Efficiently coordinate program activities and details, including guest presenters, event spaces, budgets, communication materials, contracts and other logistics; from early concept to day-of implementation.
• Communicate effectively with museum staff from across the institution and volunteers to coordinate and present museum programs.
• Work with the Public Programs Manager to maintain, grow, and create community partnerships with other organizations, corporations, and/or community groups.
• Collaborate with the Public Programs Manager to create and manage systems for tracking and evaluating programs, ensuring that and departmental goals are achieved.
• Creatively utilize MOHAI resources to create compelling programs that meet institutional goals
• Write copy for program descriptions and work with Marketing and Communications team on production of quarterly program brochure, online media, and other printed marketing materials.
• Design programs that address the needs of visitors with disabilities and additional access needs.
• Participate in ongoing departmental planning and evaluation.
• Introduce speakers at in-person and virtual programs. Serve as a public ambassador for MOHAI at events, as needed.
• Provide gallery assistance and supervision, as needed.
• Opportunity to serve on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Committee.
• Other duties as assigned.

• At least three years’ experience in museum, heritage, arts, cultural programming or related field, non-profit experience preferred.
• Demonstrated experience with creating, coordinating, and delivering high-quality innovative programs.
• Reliable, friendly, and authentic communication style. Comfortable with public speaking and representing an organization in large groups virtually and in person.
• Exceptional customer service, organizational, and multi-tasking skills, with strong attention to detail.
• Ability to work to work collaboratively as well as independently. Creative problem solving and brainstorming.
• Ability to work under pressure, anticipate needs and quickly adapt to changing circumstances.
• Familiarity with social media, web-based learning experiences, and digital program platforms.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with customer relationship management software.
• Outreach experience working with diverse communities and individuals.
• Able to work evening and Sunday hours as needed.
• Bilingual and multilingual skills valued.
• Enthusiasm for MOHAI’s exhibits, programs, and mission.

Museum Overview: For nearly 80 years, MOHAI has been dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. With a collection of nearly 4 million artifacts, photographs, oral histories and archival items, and an expansive schedule of exhibits and programs, MOHAI is the region’s premier history center. MOHAI now operates a dramatic and award-winning museum in Lake Union Park in Seattle’s vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood, and a Resource Center in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. MOHAI also hosts the Bezos Center for Innovation, focusing on the history and future of innovation in the Puget Sound region.

MOHAI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, please visit

To Apply (no phone calls, please):

Please e-mail letter of interest, resume, and three references by Friday, November 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m. to:

MOHAI is a 501(C)3 organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility and building a diverse staff. We encourage candidates of color to apply.