Hands On History Community Outreach Program Instructor

Employer    The Mission Inn Foundation

Location    Riverside, CA

Job Type   Contract

Salary    $1,000.00 contract per program – approximately 50 hours training/prep and teaching time 

Deadline   Open Until Filled

Position Description

The Mission Inn Foundation seeks one or two highly motivated, accountable, and enthusiastic Program Instructors to lead Hands On History Community Outreach Programs in local schools during the 2017-2018 school year. The Mission Inn Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit located in historic Downtown Riverside, preserves, interprets, and promotes the cultural heritage of the Mission Inn, Riverside, and the surrounding southern California communities through its museum services, educational programs, and outreach activities.

Our award-winning Hands On History Community Outreach programs provide middle school students the opportunity to learn about and actively engage in the history of their community. During the 10-day, multi-week program, participants craft a historic walking tour of the neighborhood with the help of oral history interviews, guided research, photography lessons, and field trips. The project engages students with the many histories of their neighborhood, allowing them to explore the people and places of value to them, and introducing students to sites of historical significance in the community. Working under the supervision of the Director of Education, Program Instructors have a principal role in the Community Outreach Programs leading interdisciplinary class lessons on their own, working with contracted teaching artists, preparing and organizing materials, completing administrative tasks, and encouraging, guiding, and inspiring youth participants. Training, materials/supplies, and program lessons provided. All programs take place off- site at local schools.

Schedule: Availability is required for the full multi-week program. Programs are 10 day over 5 weeks, plus required training time. Programs are held on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, during the mid-late afternoon. Morning and early afternoon hours may be available depending on specific school arrangements. Training sessions scheduled at mutually agreed upon times Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Compensation: $1,000.00 contract per program – approximately 50 hours training/prep and teaching time. Mileage reimbursement additional and based on federal standard mileage rates. This contract position is not eligible for employee benefits.


  • Degree, or working towards a degree, in history, art history, museum studies, secondary education, or related field;

  • Teaching experience required (classroom or informal - i.e. sports coach, scout leader, camp counselor, day-care provider, museum docent or tour guide, etc.), preferably with middle and high-school age youth;

  • Experience with public speaking, theater, and/or managing and working with large groups;

  • Established classroom management skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal and oral communication skills;

  • Exceptional organizational skills;

  • Strength, dexterity, and mobility to perform all duties (including some light lifting, stair- climbing, walking for extended periods);

  • Knowledge of Southern California history a plus, but not required;

  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation to and from school sites and the Mission Inn

    Foundation required;

  • Instructors may be required to complete background check and Livescan fingerprinting.

Preferred Characteristics:

  • Positive and motivated

  • Creative with the ability to “think on one’s feet” and multitask;

  • Excellent customer service skills: flexibility, enthusiasm, and attitude of respect working with diverse program participants, staff, and visitors;

  • A sincere and genuine interest in people of all ages.

To apply: Send resume and personalized cover letter to hoopai@missioninnmuseum.org, or Mission Inn Foundation, c/o Director of Education, 3696 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501