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Program Facilitator

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Bend, OR
  • $50,000/yr+ DOE USD / Year
  • Salary: $50,000/yr+ DOE

Website High Desert Museum

Title:  Program Facilitator
Division:  Program Development
Classification:  Salaried, regular full-time exempt
Directly supported by: Assistant Director of Strategic Engagement
Directly supports: N/A
Salary Range:  50,000+ DOE

About us

Since opening in 1982, the HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, cultures, history, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2023 calendar year, over 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the eastern edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

About this job and what you’ll do

The Program Facilitator will be critical to the development of the Museum’s new High Desert Project initiative. This initiative is advancing our founding vision to be a place for dialogue and connection across different perspectives and is helping to shape the future of the Museum. Specifically, the initiative consists of approximately four to five event series each year that use powerful, immersive experiences to engage a group of individuals in dialogue around some of the most pressing issues in our region. From organizing field trips into the High Desert and coordinating with artists on immersive installations to facilitating in-depth conversations, you will plan, coordinate, and facilitate experiences for the High Desert Project. You will try out new ways of building connection between diverse participants and help revise the initiative based on your experiences. You will be responsible for building relationships with individuals and organizations across the region that reflect a variety of positions, world views, and perspectives and contributing to the long-term vision for this initiative.

The Museum provides strong health and welfare benefits, plus 10.5 paid holidays, your birthday off, and three personal days per calendar year (this will be prorated based on hire date). You will also accrue two weeks of paid vacation per year for the first year of employment.

About who you are

The Program Facilitator is a skilled planner, organizer, and facilitator. You have the ability to coordinate and implement powerful experiences and an in-depth understanding of how to shape experiences to support connection and dialogue. You can navigate discussions among people with diverse perspectives and experiences around significant and, at times, emotionally driven topics. Perhaps you’ve had experience managing programs that bring together people, organizations, or agencies or you’ve worked in community organizing or conflict management. You are detailed-oriented and have the skills to work with vendors, presenters, and participants to plan and implement each aspect of the event. You are passionate about the High Desert and want to contribute to promoting a future for this region where people and the landscape can thrive together.

Want to learn more?

For a detailed job description listing the essential functions of this position and the education, experience, and skills requirements, click here.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. In the job description we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are at times presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

Want to apply?

Please email PDFs of your resume & cover letter to:

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

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