Director of Audience Engagement

Company Name: 

Washington State Historical Society


1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

Contact Name: 

Misty Dawn Reese




Job Description: 

The Director of Audience Engagement leads the Audience Engagement division at WSHS, which develops and delivers exhibits, school programs, and public programs to the Society’s many audiences. The Director of Audience Engagement reports to the Director to translate organizational vision into action through programming.   This position has the day-to-day responsibility of integrating the work of education, exhibit, and outreach staff at the museum. Direct reports include the exhibits curator, public programs manager, and outreach coordinator, among others.

The Director of Audience Engagement leads the Society’s efforts to provide meaningful history-based and cultural experiences for audiences at the Washington State History Museum, the State Capital Museum, and in the larger community.  The Director of Audience Engagement works directly with the Director and other senior leaders to define the museum’s strategies for programming, engagement and learning. On a practical level, this involves the development of exhibits, the development and delivery of K-12 focused programming, and the development and delivery of public programs both on site and in the community. This position contributes to the mission of the Society by shaping the strategies and mechanisms by which we engage and educate our visitors on the history of Washington State. This position is also focused on developing strategies for growing audiences, improving community access to WSHS resources and programs, and developing community connections that will grow and sustain WSHS for the long term.