Community Engagement Fellow – Princeton University Art Museum, NJ

The Princeton University Art Museum, one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions in an academic setting, invites applications for the two-year term position of Community Engagement Fellow. This is an entry level position. A successful candidate will have completed a Bachelor’s degree with no more than 3 years’ experience.

Reporting to the Manager of Engagement, the Community Engagement Fellow will work with a team of Museum staff and local communities to build and strengthen relationships with people and organizations to develop mutually beneficial programming in both Museum and community spaces. The Community Engagement Fellow will help nurture strategic and sustainable partnerships with neighborhood and community-development groups, city agencies, Princeton University programs, local nonprofit organizations, public libraries, schools, and other civic institutions. The Community Engagement Fellow will collaborate with these external partners, as well as the Museum’s Community-Centered Planning Team, made up of cross-departmental Museum staff and members of local communities, to create synergies with existing programs and develop, implement, and evaluate inclusive programs designed to generate dialogue and provide meaningful and transformational engagement with the humanities and the visual arts.

About the Museum:

The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the world’s greatest teaching museums, with globe-spanning collections that include more than 114,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of human history. As an academically based, public-facing museum to which admission is always free, the Museum is committed to shaping welcoming and challenging experiences that unite outstanding art, fresh scholarship accessibly presented, and diverse perspectives.

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Primary Responsibilities:

Community Partnership Development

The Fellow will strive to strengthen relationships with existing partners and build relationships with diverse communities, including regional Black, South Asian, and Spanish-speaking populations. They will work with the Community-Centered Planning Team to conduct audience research to:

  • Better understand barriers to participation
  • Identify positive and negative perceptions
  • Consider program delivery formats and timing
  • Understand community interests
  • Identify effective marketing and engagement strategies
  • Identify effective multilingual strategies

Based on audience research, they will work with an interpretive consultant and the Community-Centered Planning Team to create synergies with existing community programs, developing and expanding programs in collaboration with community-based partners such as:

  • Opportunities for close-looking
  • Artmaking experiences
  • Artist-run workshops
  • Platforms for multiple voices to share stories
  • Community workshops and festivals
  • Forums for dialogue (multilingual)
  • Hands-on learning opportunities with objects
  • Participate in Museum and community events, meetings, and forums.

The Fellow will connect with peers from other institutions who are working on community engagement initiatives to share challenges and progress.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • One-year work experience-entry level position
  • Excellent written, verbal, and social media communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Emotional intelligence, including the ability to recognize and respect cultural context, read situations and people and interact with all levels of volunteers and professionals
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to take the initiative, problem-solve, and work independently
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including frequent evenings and weekends
  • Proficiency in email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and social media platforms

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

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