Job Opportunity: Symposium Coordinator: Beyond The Frame – To Be Native

Job Opportunity: Symposium Coordinator: Beyond The Frame – To Be Native

Beyond the Frame – To Be Native is a community-wide initiative revisiting the photographs of Edward S. Curtis and sparking conversations on Native identity, race and resilience, art and culture. The Seattle Public Library will host a symposium during National American Indian Heritage Month (November) where themes and concepts are explored by a variety of scholars, historians, and students in lecture, panel discussions, and performance that will deepen our understanding of “Beyond the Frame: To Be Native”.

The Symposium is hosted by the Seattle Public Library. The Symposium will be held in the Central Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98014 November 16-17, 2018.

The responsibilities of the Symposium Coordinator will include:

• Lead the work of the Content Team to confirm lectures, presentations, panel discussions, performances for each session

• Work with Library Events staff to assign rooms, order appropriate audio-visual support, provide amenities for speakers

• Create the program for the symposium and prepare text for Library’s Events Calendar and for the regional initiative Beyond the Frame website calendar

• Work with the facilitator of each session to insure they are supported

• Coordinate evening performance event for November 16

• Coordinate promotion of symposium to regional and national audiences

• Coordinate all catering needs for the symposium

• Manage registrations, programs, and related handout materials

• Manage budget for symposium

• Prepare post symposium report including a questionnaire for participants


Library’s Responsibilities

• Provide a workstation in Special Collections for Coordinator

• Provide access to all staff necessary for the symposium planning and execution



• A commitment to Native American/Indigenous communities

• Direct experience working with Native American and Indigenous people including Elders

• Professional references and tribal community recommendations

• Proven event organizational experience

• Demonstrated excellent communication skills

• Ability to work with a wide variety of people, Native, non-native, scholars, historians, artists, and the general public

• Proven knowledge of state-of-the art audio-visual equipment

• Outgoing personality



This position is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation and Special Collections. A mutually agreed contract outlining specific duties and timeline with deliverables will be enacted prior to the start of the work. Maximum compensation is $4000. No benefits are included.

Please send a letter of interest and resume by August 15, 2018 to: Jodee Fenton, Special Collections at