Museum Education Assistant - Part time

  • Des Moines
  • Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Ave
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • 515.277.4405
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  • John & Mary Pappajohn
  • Sculpture Park
  • 13th and Grand Ave
  • Downtown
  • Des Moines, Iowa
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The Des Moines Art Center is known for its world-class collection of artwork and magnificent
architecture. In addition, the Art Center presents thought-provoking exhibitions, educational
programs and hands-on studio art classes.

The Museum Education Assistant is responsible for managing the Art Center's tour program
and supporting the volunteer docent program. The position provides administrative, clerical, and
programming support for the Director of Education. The Museum Education Assistant focuses
on promoting a friendly and courteous atmosphere for teachers, students, tour participants,
and docents.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Manages tour scheduling and tour database. Duties include: processing tour reservations requests
from public, communicating with tour coordinators, teachers and bus drivers, assigning docents
to tours, creating a weekly tour schedule, communicating schedule with docents and staff, processing
fee-based adult tours, sending tour evaluations to participants, and generating monthly attendance report
and annual statistical report
  • Supports the docent program. Set’s up weekly meetings, makes copies as requested, runs AV,
participates in class to build relationships with docent personnel, and organizes annual appreciation events
  • Provides administrative support to the Director of Education such as taking event reservations,
drafting/typing letters of agreement for guest speakers/artists, making travel and hotel arrangements
for guests, processing purchase orders, updates Museum Education portion of the Art Center website
  • Acts as a liaison for, and provides staffing support at events as requested by Director of Education

Required Skills and Experience
  • Some knowledge of modern and contemporary art, issues, and theories
  • Proficient with internet research, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Discretion and ability to maintain confidential matters
  • Professionalism in dealing with public, volunteers, staff, and business associates

Physical Requirements
  • Duties are mostly sedentary; however standing, kneeling, crouching, reaching, walking, lifting,
carrying, and moving materials are required
  • Essential physical requirements include written and oral communication as well as the ability
to hear/perceive sound

Other Requirements
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from work
  • Be able to pass criminal background check

Hours are flexible; however the preferred work schedule is Monday - Friday mornings.
Evening and weekend hours are sometimes required for programs and events.

Starting wage negotiable based on skill and experience

The Museum Education Assistant is a part-time position (approximately 25 hours per week)
eligible for time off accrual, but not for other benefits

Qualified applicants may apply online at: