Position Description: The primary role of the Public Programs Specialist is to create, coordinate, and deliver high-quality history programs to broad and diverse audiences of all ages, primarily adults. The Public Programs Specialist 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. This position is a member of the Interpretive Services Department.

The Interpretive Services Team: A dynamic, passionate, collaborative team, Interpretive Services leads content development for the museum. Working with community leaders and museum professionals this team creates relevant historical content that encourages people to learn from the past, dream beyond the present, and support a sense of community. Landmark public programs include Segregated Seattle: From Redlining to Gentrification, Big Mood: A Night of Fat Fashion and A Celebration of South Asian Resilience. Visit our YouTube channel to view recent public 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.
  • Design programs that address the needs of visitors with disabilities and additional access needs.
  • 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.
  • In collaboration with the Public Programs Manager, 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.
  • Opportunity to serve on IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) Committee.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Two years’ experience in programming for adult audiences, non-profit experience preferred.
  • Outreach experience working with diverse communities and individuals.
    Exceptional customer service skills.
  • Organizational, and multi-tasking skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with customer relationship management software.
  • Bilingual and multilingual skills valued.
  • Enthusiasm for MOHAI’s exhibits, programs, and mission.
    Find yourself checking a lot of these boxes but doubting whether you should apply? If you meet some of the requirements and you share MOHAI’s values and support our mission, we encourage you to apply. As part of our ongoing commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, we’re invested in building teams with a wide variety of backgrounds, identities, and experiences.

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