History Colorado – Community Outreach Director

Community Outreach Director 10-17

HISTORY COLORADO has a strong commitment to diversity and cultural competence. We welcome responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
Description of Job
Colorado is a diverse state, becoming more so all the time. As the state’s premier history organization, History Colorado works to “inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado.” As we look toward the future, we recognize that past institutional practices and collecting activities have not kept pace with Colorado’s changing demographics and contemporary audience needs.

This position exists to cultivate and sustain relationships with diverse communities in Colorado and to lead initiatives to build meaningful programs and collections that reflect the diversity of the state.


  • Responsible for extending the museum’s reach beyond its doors –into the local communities and to the widest audience possible.
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with diverse and underrepresented community groups and advisory committees including building long-term partnerships that are sustained beyond project specific initiatives.
  • Collaborate with curatorial colleagues on targeted community collecting initiatives and identifying opportunities to add community voices.
  • Collaborate with the Library and Research Center staff to expand public access to and engagement with collection resources through whatever form or activity best connects with community interest and needs.
  • Create and maintain a community stakeholder group who represent the diversity of Colorado and can act as a connection point and a sounding board for programs, exhibits and collection-related activities.
  • Develop and implement a variety of community-based programs and projects with an interdisciplinary lens reaching underserved and high needs communities.
  • Actively participate in community events and other activities in Denver and community museum cities as a representative of History Colorado.
  • Strengthen History Colorado’s organizational capacity for working with diverse communities.
  • Using a variety of approaches including public presentations, education programs, scholarship, and technology, in collaboration with other departments and divisions and communities to realize the full potential of the collection and other History Colorado resources as interpretive and educational tools for learning about Colorado’s history.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

  • A minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience working with diverse community groups and cultural collections in a collecting institution with a public audience.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse community groups, tribal representatives, colleagues, scholars and researchers, and partner organizations.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and lectures and public programs for a variety of audiences.
  • Proven ability to think creatively and plan strategically.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.


The successful candidate will be forward thinking and a dynamic individual who is committed to building an inclusive institution, programs and collection; and to engaging diverse audiences across the state. They will possess a passion for preserving and sharing the past and a belief in the power of objects and stories to engage people in making personal connections to history through exhibition experiences and educational programs. A creative imagination, sensitivity to diverse cultures and indigenous practices, and a willingness to step outside traditional museum practices are highly desirable, as are:

  • Knowledge of Colorado history and history of the American West.
  • Bilingual (Spanish)
  • Successful grant-writing and administration experience.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision in a team environment.
  • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Experience supervising staff, volunteers, and interns.
  • Advanced degree in ethnic and gender studies, museum studies, public history, anthropology, education, or related areas of focus.

Supplemental Information
Additional Requirements for this position:

  • Ability to work occasional evenings and to travel by car or air, typically for periods of less than one week in duration.
  • Successful candidate must pass a criminal history background check prior to hire