The Peabody Essex Museum’s Native American Fellowship (NAF) program is a paid, full-time, summer residential fellowship opportunity for Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native graduate students and early-career, in-service cultural professionals that provides participants with a comprehensive perspective on the theory and practice of museums aimed at helping to develop skills in museum leadership and operational practices in the cultural sector. Reporting to the Deputy Chief of Education & Interpretation the Native American Fellowship (NAF) Program Specialist provides operational and administrative support for all aspects of the program on a part-time basis including program support for staff across the Museum and detailed operational oversight of budgets and activities. The NAF Program Specialist is PEM’s point-person between Fellows, PEM staff, and external contacts, serving as a liaison between the Museum and Native communities and organizations nationwide. This is an ideal position for an individual with highly developed interpersonal and leadership skills, a flexible, “can do” entrepreneurial attitude, and a long engagement with Native communities.Responsibilities also include:

  • Working closely with the Deputy Chief of Education & Interpretation and the Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art & Culture to shape and implement the program;
  • Serve as primary point of contact and support for Fellows before, during, and after their fellowship at PEM;
  • Strengthening connections between Fellows and PEM staff, and Fellows and external museum professionals through mentorship and outreach;
  • Coordinating and planning the overall schedule and logistics of the residential program, including housing arrangements, travel, weekly leadership seminars, enrichment activities, and social events;
  • Attending conferences and other networking opportunities on behalf of the program and alumni;
  • Networking and collaborating with colleague institutions and related training programs;
  • Identifying and supporting recruitment strategies, seeking highly visible avenues for program recruitment and advocacy;
  • Establishing and managing alumni relationships;
  • Managing annual evaluation process, tabulating data, and reporting; collaborating on the development of longitudinal program evaluation;
  • Providing data and background materials for grant reporting and funding solicitation.
A Bachelor’s degree is required or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Areas of study may include Native American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Museum Studies, and/or Education. The ideal candidate will have a long engagement with Native communities and/or deep experience working with Native American tribal representatives as well as possess a sensitivity and openness to a wide range of cultural traditions of Native communities; Three to five years of experience in fields relating to program development and implementation is desirable, particularly in overseeing training and/or leadership programs. Demonstrated ability to implement and manage projects in varying stages concurrently; exceptional organizational agility; excellent communication and presentations skills – both oral and written.
How To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit their resumes with cover letters by email to or apply by mail to Human Resources, Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783. PEM is committed to diversity among its employees and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Apply by:
May 02, 2016