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Parent and Guardian Storytelling Ambassador

OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Portland, OR
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

The Parent & Guardian Storytelling Ambassador is part of a group of parents and guardians that will collaborate and create stories that connect their lived experiences with museum exhibits and activities. They will share their stories with community members and museum practitioners, then continually revise the stories based on feedback and reflection.

The Parent & Guardian Storytelling Ambassador will also collaborate on a research study to learn more about how to create stories that are relevant to families, and the findings will be shared with community members and museum professionals. They will regularly participate in trainings related to storytelling, relevance, engineering, exhibit activities, and gathering and using feedback.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Regularly attend and participate in storytelling meetings with fellow parents, guardians, and caregivers, and with OMSI team members;
  • Parent & Guardian Research and Storytelling:
    • Create, test, improve, and present stories about their personal experiences with select exhibits as a parent or guardian of a girl (between the ages of 9-14) to museum team members and members outside of OMSI [including virtually, at community partner locations, etc];
    • Collaborate with OMSI team members, partners, and advisors to review and refine stories so that they are in alignment with generating knowledge about engineering exhibit experiences;
    • Advocate for, research, and incorporate strategies to engage communities underrepresented in science education;
    • Support research activities to inform story and theory development:
      • Help develop and conduct interviews, focus groups and surveys
      • Engage as participants in research interviews, focus groups, surveys, and documentation.
    • Training and Education about Exhibit Experiences:
      • Participate in trainings on storytelling, communicating and organizing information, social science research, research constructs, engineering, and exhibits;
      • Document learning experiences (e.g. in the form of program curriculum, articles, staff training guides, or exhibit guidelines) and collaboratively provide strategies for approaches and opportunities to share with community members.

Working Conditions

  • This position is non-exempt, paid;
  • This position is a special project scheduled for ~3 hours/week;
  • This position is expected to start in June 2022 and end around March 31st, 2023;
  • Meetings will regularly occur at OMSI's SE Portland museum location, with some virtual meetings;
  • You must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for an accommodation under the ADA for medical or religious reasons;
  • This position is scheduled to work on Saturday mornings, with occasional afternoons and/or evenings;
  • Physical Demands: 75% sitting, 24% standing, 1% lifting/carrying/pushing 10-40 lbs;
  • Vision Demands include:
  • Environmental Demands include:
    • Work near moving mechanical parts.
  • Noise Levels include:
    • Quiet (examples: library, private office)
    • Moderate (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic)
    • Loud (examples: metal can manufacturing department, large earth-moving equipment)
    • Very loud (examples: jack hammer work, front row at rock concert)

Secondary Job Responsibilities

Secondary responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Contribute ideas for new programs and serve as a storyteller, as agreed upon with supervisor;
  • Assess educational value of existing and developing programs;
  • Connect with/possibly invite members of networks including friends and family;
  • Act out or share process in recorded video that may or may not be publicly available;
  • Support OMSI in developing strategic relationships and networks with underserved audiences and communities.



  • Spanish/English bilingual speaking abilities;
  • Lived experience as a parent or legal guardian;
  • Interest or passion in sharing stories of their lived experiences for the purpose of helping others learn.


  • Developed knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion principles.

Education & Work Experience


  • Applicant is age 18 or older;
  • Applicant is a parent or legal guardian of at least one girl between the ages of 9-14;
  • Applicant has interest or passion in sharing stories of their lived experiences for the purpose of helping others learn.


  • Experience and/or interest in advocating for the representation and inclusion of underrepresented groups in education.

Additional Requirements/Preferences; Including Licenses and Certifications


  • Pre-employment checks, such as criminal background checks and reference checks.

OMSI - Oregon Museum of Science & Industry


Portland, OR
97214 USA



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