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Boise’s Basque Museum is looking for an Education Program Specialist

Boise Basque Museum and Cultural CenterThis position if for an outgoing, organized, creative person that would like to bring children and adults to the Basque Museum & Cultural Center for a unique Basque experience. Having the opportunity to meet new people and create programs and events in order to reach a broader audience is just a portion of this position. The Education Programs Specialist will also be able to work with schools, tour groups and others to schedule general tours as well as specialized tours to meet the needs of those visiting.

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center was started in 1985 when founder Adelia Simplot purchased the historic brick home on Grove Street in downtown Boise. Since then, the Basque Museum has grown to include artifacts, photos, archives, a library, and exhibits to teach and share the Basque culture with Boise and beyond.

The position of Education Program Specialist requires organization, time management and creativity. You will work with a small staff, but many generous volunteers. The position is 40 hours per week, though sometimes there are evening and weekend programs and events that will raise those hours or cause you to adjust hours accordingly. Starting salary is $34,500 and will include benefits. You will also receive a parking pass just behind the Museum. This position is guaranteed for one year with the possibility of becoming a permanent position after February 2018.

If you are interested or want to be part of a great team while sharing a unique culture with the public, please apply by sending a cover letter, resume and at least two references to the Executive Director. This job posting will close February 15. For more information, please contact the Basque Museum at 208.343.2671

Below is the full job description for Education Program Specialist at the Basque Museum & Cultural Center.

Basque Museum & Cultural Center

Education Program Specialist

The Education Program Specialist is the person primarily responsible for administering educational programming and providing information to the public to build awareness of and promote participation in Basque history, language and culture across generations.

General Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Implement and enhance educational programs
  • Organize and provide educational presentations on and off-site (tours, workshops, lectures, and classes). Provide unique learning opportunities that attract all ages.
  • Retains strong contacts with area schools to assess their needs and develop programs accordingly.
  • Increase educational outreach off-site, regionally and statewide – work with BSU Basque Studies, NABO groups, and other educational entities
  • Works with Curator to produce curriculum-related materials tied to changing exhibitions and traveling exhibits for use in-schools/off-site (web based resources, curricula, etc.)
  • Works with community groups, organizations, school systems and others to increase awareness of the institution as an educational resource. Develops community collaborations and partnerships to extend organization programs and audience.
  • Organize and coordinate docent program – train volunteers to assist with student and adult presentations and tours. Administer volunteer sign-in, documentation of hours and maintains master list of volunteers.
  • Seeks funding sources for education programs, consults with Director and Finance Committee on strategies to fund existing and new programs. Writes/assists with education grants to support programming.
  • Offer educational and cultural activities such as children and adult language classes, film series and cooking, language and music classes and educational programs to a variety of age groups.
  • Administer Educational Trunk & Educational Resource Materials program(s).
  • Work with Ikastola Director to continue to increase enrollment, and improve and enhance the programs/ facilities of the Ikastola.
  • Monitors education department income and expense budgets.
  • Compiles various monthly and annual reports detailing department activities.
  • Coordinates scheduling for BMCC facility use and Basque Block activities.
  • Responsibilities related to technology:
  1. Creating and collecting content for and production of the newsletter
  2. Website – updates re: programs, activities, and events
  3. Museum Guest Book – follow-up emails, suggestions, statistics
  4. Collection and electronic maintenance of services provided by Museum
  5. Addition of education resource materials to the website


  • Undergraduate degree in education, communication, public history, or related field required.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills, with ability to multi-task, prioritize and self-manage.
  • Sets a comfortable tone and encourages open communication. Listens attentively and actively. Promotes team spirit and works collaboratively to achieve team goals. Thrives in a team environment while working independently.
  • Accept ownership for new and different requests. Explore opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and administering and working with databases.
  • Warm, engaging interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with and teach a variety of ages – from pre-k through adults.
  • Strong verbal skills with bilingual ability in Basque or Spanish preferred.
  • Strong technology skills preferred

Education Program Specialist must be able to have a flexible work schedule and will work evenings and weekends, as needed, to accommodate programs and activities.

  • Full-time, exempt position, Reports to Executive Director

Updated: January, 2017

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