TITLE:                         Youth and Family Programs Specialist


DEPARTMENT:              Education


REPORTS TO:             Education and Programs Manager


SUPERVISES:             Volunteers as needed


POSITION SUMM ARY: The Youth and Family Program Specialist is a full-time, 40-hour-per-week exempt staff position that reports to the Education and Programs Manager regarding educational activities related to youth, families, and schools for the C.M. Russell Museum. Flexible hours are required for occasional after-hours and weekend events and activities.



  • Identifies, develops, and manages all aspects of organizing and implementing family events including Great Falls Museums Consortium Sunday Sampler, Saddles and Spurs, Native American Heritage Day, and Holiday Open House.
  • Develops and maintains youth art programs including summer art classes, after-school art programs, and homeschool programs.
  • Coordinates all details for preschool and K-12 school programs including telephone or email inquiries, requests, reservations, confirmation materials, interdepartmental communication, onsite set-up, and other special arrangements.
  • Collaborates to develop and maintain relationships with schools throughout the region, especially Cascade County.
  • Coordinates, schedules, and finds docents for school tours.
  • Conducts group tours when necessary.
  • Works with museum’s internal departments to implement youth and family programs according to the museum mission.
  • Adheres to the budget as set forth by the Education and Programs Manager.
  • Coordinates all components related to the Proclamation Ceremony and 5th-Grade Essay Contest.
  • Assists in organizing educator workshops.
  • Applies new uses of technology as appropriate to schools, youth, and family programs.
  • Appoints and works with vendors, presenters, educators, and musicians as related to youth and family programs.


Other duties include assisting with:

  • Implementing other educational programs as directed by the Education and Programs Manager.
  • Performing general clerical activities for education department.
  • Maintaining the Discovery Gallery gear, activities, and objects.
  • Assisting in recruitment, scheduling, and training of museum docents and education department volunteers.



  • Bachelor degree in art history, arts education, museum education, early childhood education, fine arts or related field or acceptable equivalent experience
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, critical-thinking skills, and customer service experience
  • Ability to organize and plan work assignments; exceptional attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects
  • Experience in working with families and youth to create programming for diverse audiences
  • Experience working in a museum environment
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn about Great Falls community
  • Experience in research and evaluation
  • Ability to work well independently as well as with a team
  • Understanding of office technology systems, professional telephone etiquette, proficiency in word processing
  • Position requires ability to sit or stand for extended periods on a regular basis, ability to lift up to 25 pounds occasionally
  • Requires ability to frequently walk, communicate to varied audiences in person and on the phone, stoop, kneel, bend, reach, and crouch
  • Punctual, reliable, flexible, and sense of humor
Qualified candidates should email a resume, a letter of interest, and at least 3 references to Kim Kapalka, education and programs manager, at  kkapalka@cmrussell.org. Please include phone numbers on applications.

For a downloadable PDF of this position description, please click here.