Public Engagement Coordinator

Minneapolis, MN

The Walker Art Center empowers people to experience the transformative possibilities of the art and ideas of our time and to imagine the world in new ways. In our over 125-year history, we have become one of the most celebrated art museums in the country and we are known for our innovative presentations and acclaimed collections of contemporary art across the spectrum of the visual, performing, and media arts.

Walker Art Center's Public Engagement team presents a range of innovative programming, projects, and events designed to engage a diverse public with the Walker’s exhibitions, collections, and other special projects. The Public Engagement Coordinator, in support of the Public Engagement Manager, helps strategize, plan, and implement a diverse range of public programs and community engagement initiatives that connect the Walker’s diverse constituents with the museum’s exhibitions, artist projects, performances, film programs, learning opportunities, and civic engagement platforms.


Calendars and Meeting Management

  • Scheduling spaces and confirming set-up details
  • Making travel arrangements, preparing contracts, and collecting content for copy
  • Managing A/V needs and set-up
  • Producing any related correspondence and documents 

Events Support

  • Prepare contracts and supporting documentation for speakers, presenters, writers, artists, and other contractors
  • Make travel arrangements and prepare itineraries for speakers, guests, and staff
  • Assist with the coordination of events and programs, ensuring that the presentation of the event is professional and efficient as assigned
  • Making catering arrangements
  • Producing event-related documents (Internal Event Forms, event maps, contracts)
  • Procuring and preparing supplies
  • Plan and prepare accommodations such as ASL interpretation and captions for programming, and review and edit captions for recorded programming

Program Management

  • Processing payments and tracking budgets
  • Creating and processing program registrations in Tessitura and Artifax
  • Assist programmers with the execution of grant applications by managing timelines, coordinating support materials, creating and formatting program information according to grant guidelines
  • Work with Marketing, Communications, and Content Departments to provide information for advertisements, press coverage, web content, and other promotional materials in a timely manner
  • Liaison with Visitor Experience team to plan and provide necessary information
  • Maintain timely and accurate program statistics. Participate in debriefing and prepare reports as needed
  • Collect and administer surveys to track visitor engagement and satisfaction
  • Supervise volunteers, interns, and contracted artists as needed

Public Engagement

  • Foster partnerships with Twin Cities organizations for collaborative multigenerational programming through regular communication, active listening, and respectful negotiation
  • Share information across the organization and collaborate with colleagues in a manner that supports initiatives and practices that welcome families and visitors with specific needs
  • Assist with community outreach and coordinate community group participation and advisory groups for a range of programs and initiatives
  • Stay informed about other relevant programs locally, nationally and internationally


  • 1 + years experience assisting with programming (including community organizing, event planning, and cultural production)
  • 1 + year professional administrative experience in administration and/or project management is required
  • Ability to work Thursday evenings and occasional weekends is required


  • Education in arts administration or similar, preferred
  • Must have demonstrated strong decision-making capabilities in a professional context
  • College degree or demonstrated interest in education, art history, or liberal arts preferred
  • A strong applicant would be a natural multi-tasker and connector and have experience and interest in contemporary art or education
  • Maintain a working knowledge of Microsoft Office to successfully produce written correspondence, ensure calendar management, and database maintenance. CRM or venue management software experience a plus, specifically the use of Artifax and Tessitura
  • Strong time and project management skills, travel and event planning skills, and organizational skills with attention to detail and task prioritization
  • Proven ability to welcome, encourage, educate, and engage with visitors of all ages, abilities, attitudes and cultural backgrounds
  • Active interest in contemporary arts and culture, knowledge of local and national art, and current practices in the art learning field is preferred
  • Proactive, professional, and responsible, ability to problem solve and adapt to a range of situations
  • Strong communication and diplomatic skills in order to interface with various departments and management levels. Natural collaborator who enjoys working closely with others
  • Proactive and able to work independently, ability to problem-solve and quickly adapt to a range of situations


  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times

Job Specifications

  • This position is considered full-time, non-exempt. As a non-exempt position, it is eligible for overtime pay. The minimum compensation for this role is $23.77 hourly. The Walker offers a wide range of benefits for both part-time and full-time employees.
  • This position is covered by the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) labor contract.
  • This position is not eligible for relocation assistance.
  • All applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship.

Vaccination Expectation The Walker Art Center’s COVID vaccination policy requires staff to be fully vaccinated or to supply a negative test every 6 days. We will consider requests for reasonable accommodations based on disability or sincerely-held religious beliefs

Walker’s DEI commitment The Walker is committed to being an employer with a staff who, at all job levels, reflects the rich diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We are dedicated to ensuring inclusion and equity in all our employment practices. We deeply value and welcome all the unique lived experiences in our applicants and encourage anyone meeting the minimum requirements to apply.

Recruitment Timeline All positions are open until filled.