Community Engagement Manager

Posted on 10/04/2021

Community Engagement Manager
Gilcrease Museum/The University of Tulsa – Application Deadline: Open until filled

This newly established position reflects Gilcrease Museum’s efforts to transform into a community-centered museum and will lead efforts across staff and museum stakeholders to facilitate dialogue and engagement with Tulsa-area communities and to identify strategies to integrate diversity, equity, access, and inclusion into the fabric of museum planning and initiatives. The Community Engagement Manager reports to the Director of Learning & Community Engagement and is part of the Learning & Community Engagement team. This staff member will join a collaborative team and play a critical role at an important juncture for the museum.


  • Plays a key role in DEAI initiatives for the museum, including planning efforts, trainings and institutional assessments
  • Leads efforts connected to the museum’s advisory groups
  • Supports the tribal consultation team in their outreach and coordination with tribal communities
  • Initiates and meets with community focus groups as part of responsivity to community feedback and museum needs
  • Oversees the museum’s volunteer program [note: NOT docents] and ensures that volunteers reflect the diverse communities the museum serves
  • Initiates and fosters community partnerships for the museum across departments in order to develop strong institutional relationships
  • Advocates for visitor accessibility across museum programs, initiatives and planning efforts
  • Regularly attends relevant community meetings and events and serves as a community liaison and Gilcrease representative across cultural, civic and non-profit sectors
  • Frequently leads public discussions
  • Facilitates dialogue between the museum and various communities, advocating for both
  • Provides regular updates for staff regarding community input and happenings
  • Develops sustainable structure for updating internal stakeholders on community feedback and supporting integration of key community recommendations
  • With relevant staff, leads efforts to develop an innovative and sustainable museum-wide community engagement plan
  • Ensures that community voices are integral to museum planning
  • Performs other duties as requested.

Bachelor’s degree in community relations, sociology, political science, communications, or a related field. Substantial community experience and deep cultural knowledge will be considered as an alternative to a degree. Understanding of best practices in cultural institutions. Cultural knowledge and willingness to learn. Excellent spoken and written communication skills. Highly organized and diplomatic. Three years’ demonstrated experience engaging diverse populations. Deep understanding of the people and cultural landscape of the Tulsa area. Community liaison experience. Strong record of successful dialogic practice; proficient in Microsoft Office software applications, including Word, Excel and Outlook.

Master’s degree in a relevant field. Minimum 5 years' experience in community engagement work. Understanding of various Tulsa communities. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.

Physical dexterity sufficient to use a keyboard and telephone; carrying, pushing, and pulling up to 50 pounds; may be subject to extended periods of walking, standing, sitting, reaching, balancing, bending, kneeling, handling, climbing, and twisting; must have visual acuity to closely examine small objects, speech and hearing sufficient to perform interact with co-workers and to communicate well with professional and general audiences.

Primarily indoors and occasionally outdoors. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Some evenings or weekends will be required due to the nature of this work. Traditional weekday hours can be flexed as needed to compensate for weekend and evening hours.

The University of Tulsa seeks to recruit and retain talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Tulsa is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply. The University does not discriminate on the basis of personal status or group characteristic including, but not limited to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, ancestry, or marital status.

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to: The University of Tulsa, Office of Human Resources, 800 S Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104 or submit online at: The review of applications will commence immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Tulsa is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Veteran.