Program Assistant

American Kennel Club

Organization Description: 
The AKC Museum of the Dog preserves, interprets and celebrates the role of dogs in society and educates the public about the human-canine bond through its collection of art and exhibits that inspire engagement with dogs.

Founded in 1982, the AKC Museum of the Dog was originally located in The New York Life Building at 51 Madison Avenue as a part of the AKC headquarters. In 1987, the Museum of the Dog was moved to a new location in Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, Missouri. After over 30 great years at Queeny Park, the decision was made to bring the Museum back to its original home and reunite it with the AKC headquarters and collection. 

Combining fine art with high-tech interpretive displays, the Museum of the Dog’s new home at 101 Park Ave hopes to capture the hearts and minds of its visitors. Located in the iconic Kalikow building, the Museum will offer rotating exhibits featuring objects from its 1,700-piece collection and 4,000-volume library.

Position Description:
The AKC Museum of the Dog provides an opportunity for team members to combine their love of dogs and museums and integrate these passions into their work!

The AKC Museum of the Dog is seeking a part-time Program Assistant to join the Learning and Engagement team. The Program Assistant will support all aspects of education programming and events as well as in-gallery audience engagement initiatives. Under the direction of the Manager of Learning and Engagement, the Program Assistant will inventory and prepare program supplies, assist event managers and program instructors during on-site programs, and collaborate on the creation of marketing visuals and supplementary materials. The Program Assistant will support the Museum’s capacity to offer educational programs across all seven days of the week. Evening and Weekend availability required. 

Reports to:
Manager of Learning & Engagement

Job Requirements & Responsibilities:
Staff on-site programs and events across all 7 days of the week at varying times
-Work a flexible schedule that may change week to week but ideally be set 1 month at a time 
-Inventory and prepare program supplies
-Provide updates and edits to content for programming such as handouts and scavenger hunts
-Collaborate on production of marketing materials and social media posts
-Collaborate on the development of program concepts and audience engagement initiatives
-Work directly with dogs and their owners
-Be comfortable with other Museum processes such as covering the front desk during programming
-Other duties as assigned

Candidate Qualifications:
-Comfortable working with dogs and handlers/owners
-Comfortable with public speaking, presenting and/or leading group/event
-Proven customer service skills
-Experience drafting copy for marketing and social media
-Museum education and/or arts education experience preferable
-Think creatively
-Enjoy a flexible work environment

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