Coordinator, Deaf Culture Programs

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Company Name: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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Kansas City, MO
United States

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Job Description for Coordinator, Deaf Culture Programs

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is currently seeking a Coordinator, Deaf Culture Programs.  The Coordinator, Deaf Culture Programs, is a full-time, three-year grant funded position.  The purpose of this grant is to develop, implement, and evaluate the Deaf Culture Project—high quality, accessible, and inclusive interpretive and educational programs for visitors who are Deaf and will play an important role in enhancing the Museum’s overall ability to serve these audiences.  This position will be one of the Education Division’s liaisons with organizations and individuals who serve this growing audience and is a unique opportunity for an organized, creative, self-motivated professional who is passionate about museums and working with the Deaf community. 


  1. Outreach and Administration: Develop and maintain relationships with local organizations that serve Deaf audience and assist in the creation of an Advisory Group that will help inform the project.  Assist in the research of the needs of the Deaf community, and advise programmatic solutions to meet those needs. 
  2. Training and Tour Development: Assist the department manager with the hiring and training of Gallery Guides that provide ASL tours for adults and school groups. Assist in modifying existing tours and programs as needed for audiences who are Deaf, and coordinate the promotion of tours through community partners and with museum marketing and development departments.
  3. ASL Video Communication: Coordinate the planning of ASL videos with captioning for in gallery mobile guides and the creation of ASL vlogs for internal staff training as well as for online visitors.
  4. Teacher Orientation and Professional Development: Work with department managers on the development and implementation of an orientation and professional development programs for Kansas School for the Deaf Teachers. 
  5. Deaf Culture Day: Coordinate logistics for the annual Deaf Cultural Day, including scheduling of spaces and ASL interpreters, processing of payments, travel and accommodation for performers, speakers, and artists, and purchasing of supplies and materials.   Work with museum marketing and development departments to coordinate marketing and communication. 
  6. Evaluation of the Project: Work with the museum’s Manager, Evaluation and Visitor Research to plan and implement front-end and formative evaluation efforts of different project components, throughout the duration of the project.

Job Requirements for Coordinator, Deaf Culture Programs

Position Requirements

  • Fluency in American Sign Language and other various methods of communication familiar within the Deaf Culture.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Museum Studies, Social Work, Communications or Art History from an accredited four-year university or combination of equal education and work experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience working/teaching with Deaf Audiences and/or Students in an educational setting.
  • Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 including Outlook, Excel, Word and Power Point.
  • An organized self-starter with excellent time management skills.  One who can take direction and work collaboratively with colleagues to deliver content in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to interact with diverse audiences, in terms of age, ability, economic status, and cultural background.
  • The ability to work occasional evenings and weekends as required by the project.
  • The ability to travel independently to and from locations away from the museum by car.
  • A strong interest in the visual arts.

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to communicate effectively with Deaf and/or hard of hearing teachers, visitors and staff.  
  • The employee will frequently move hands and fingers repetitively while typing or writing.
  • Occasionally required to stand; walk (traverse from one location to another) sit at a desk for extended periods; reach with hands and arms. The employee will occasionally travel to and from the museum to local locations for meetings and events.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our staff and volunteers are among our most valuable assets.  The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our staff and volunteers invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievement as well.
We embrace and encourage our staffs’ and volunteers’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make us unique.
We firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, national orientation (ancestry), disability, marital status, veteran or military status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.  

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