Public Programs and Events Assistant

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The Walker Art Center's Public Programs department presents a range of innovative programming, projects, and events designed to engage diverse publics with the Walker’s exhibitions, collections and other special projects. The Public Programs & Events Assistant will support the Public Programs Manager in all aspects of event and program planning; including (but not limited to) coordinating visiting guests, scheduling events, assisting with event execution including set up, hosting, and pack down, greeting visitors, distributing and collating surveys, and hosting public program participants such as artists, academics and public personalities. 


  • Facilitate (gather supplies, tables and equipment; set-up, and present) a variety of programs to the general public based on established programming and event plans, including drop-in activities, fee-based programs, special program events, and more; serve as a community liaison with organizations, committees, and volunteers.  

  • Communicate and coordinate regular flow of programming information across Walker’s internal departments to assure shared understanding of details and accountabilities; prepare attendance and program information reports and visitor feedback to help inform future programming decisions and strategy.

  • Assist Public Programs Manager with administrative duties including travel arrangements for program participants; create itineraries and ongoing correspondence with guests.


Full-time (35 hours), non-exempt; salary up to $28k; flexibility to work evenings and weekends with ability to work Thursday and Saturday evenings required; excellent benefits package, Walker membership and museum discount, and the opportunity to work alongside talented individuals as well as support remarkable artists, events and programming.


  • Proficiency in language other than English with preference for: Hmong, Spanish, Somali and Vietnamese.

  • Professional administrative experience using Microsoft Office for written correspondence, calendar management, database maintenance; CRM or venue management software experience a plus.

  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail; excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Diplomacy, tact and poise when engaging a diverse range of stakeholders such as members, artists, coworkers and members of the public; proactive, professional and responsible with ability to problem solve and adapt to a range of situations in a fast-paced environment within a team as well as autonomously.

  • Active interest in contemporary arts and culture.

To apply: include your cover letter, resume and 2 or 3 professional references

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received by end of day on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.  

The Walker is committed to being an inclusive workplace as well as increasing diversity in our workforce. This position will remain open until filled and until a diverse and qualified pool of candidates is identified. We are an EOE/AA employer dedicated to fair and inclusive employment practices for all individuals. 

Location: Full-time in Minneapolis, MN
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