Museum Program Coordinator

Website Arlington Heights Park District/Arlington Heights Historical Museum


The Arlington Heights Park District (AHPD) is a public park and recreation agency located in Arlington Heights, Illinois—the largest community in Chicago’s prestigious northwest suburban corridor. Our mission is to enrich the community by providing fun, accessible and impactful recreation and facilities for every age and season. However you choose to recreate, we have something for you. We aim to serve everyone equally and fairly across our 22 facilities—including five community centers with outdoor pools, Arlington Ridge Center, two tennis clubs, two public golf clubs, Lake Arlington, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, the Senior Center and 58 parks across 716 acres of land. In our over 95-year history we have earned multiple distinctions recognizing our high-quality standards of excellence, including three National Gold Medal Awards, maintaining a Moody’s AAA bond rating for nine years and receiving multiple awards for fiscal responsibility.

Job Specific Information

The Arlington Heights Historical Museum, a small award-winning historical institution in the north suburbs of Chicago, Illinois offers an important opportunity to create and implement all levels of programming that engage the public and collaboratively interpret the development, history and culture of this vibrant suburban community; develop and manage the museum’s school and scout programs, History Camps, Special Events, Youth, Adult, and Family programs, and promote the museum to the public. This is a part-time 25-28 hours/week position.

Essential Job Duties

Develops, coordinates and supervises Museum community, educational, interpretive, specialty, and recreational programs and workshops for youth, adults and families
Develops, implements and schedules programming that integrates specifically with school-aged and scout curricula
Develops, implements and supervises History Camp program.
Plans, coordinates and supervises special events
Recruits and trains part-time and seasonal Historical Museum staff and volunteers to assist with programming
Develops monthly Gallery schedule, as well as schedules all museum programming with appropriate staff.


BA/BS in Parks and Recreation, Public Programming or Administration, Education, Museum Education, Historical Administration, Public History or a closely related field from an accredited college or university
Minimum of one to two years’ experience in supervising adult and children’s activities or programs
Or, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training


Standing or sitting for sustained periods of time while completing work
Comfortable wearing historic reproduction clothing as needed. This includes natural fiber garments, authentic to a given time period.
Occasional work in front of stoves or camp fires, exposure to wood smoke, heat, and open flame
Occasional work with implements such as knives, cast iron cooking equipment, wood working tools such as saws and hammers
Repetitive hand/arm movements such as when setting up displays in the Heritage Gallery for visitors
Some bending, twisting, and walking while performing job duties
Some bending, kneeling and reaching for items off floor and high shelves
Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. in museum items, storage boxes and other supplies.
General work area is indoors, smoke-free environment with controlled temperature and fluorescent lighting

Compensation: $16-$19 Hourly

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