Community Engagement Coordinator

Job Type: Full-time

Pay Rate: $35,000.00 per year

Midway Village Museum is seeking a creative, dynamic person to develop historical educational programs with and for a wide variety of community partners and audiences.

Midway Village is Rockford Illinois’ history museum and also features a living history Victorian Village. More information can be found on this website (

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage an extensive calendar of special events for the general public, working to introduce new events while keeping existing events fresh. Events include WWII and Prohibition reenactments, Sock Monkey Madness festival, and Halloween events as well as lectures, family days and workshops.
  • Work to develop partnerships with diverse stakeholders in the community, encouraging engagement with the museum.
  • Work with other members of the Education Department to ensure events are true to the Museum’s mission of educating visitors about Rockford history.
  • Work closely with the Director of Marketing to promote and evaluate events and grow attendance, the Director of Development to recruit event sponsors, and with the Volunteer Coordinator to ensure events have the necessary volunteer staffing.
  • Oversee event-specific staff and volunteers in the execution of the event.
  • Develop and manage budgets for each event or partnership.
  • Negotiate contracts and partnerships with performers, re-enactors and vendors.

Bachelor’s degree required. A knowledge and passion for history desired. A background in history, recreation, event planning or museums preferred. Must have strong interpersonal skills, be a creative problem solver and self-motivated. This is a full-time position with health insurance and benefits. Weekend and evening work will be required but will be offset by compensatory time.

To apply submit resume and three references to: Curator, Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford, IL 61107. Or, you email your resume to: No phone calls please.

Position Title: Interpreter-Living History

Job Type: Part-time, Seasonal, Nonexempt

Pay Rate: $12/hr.

Basic Function: This position serves visitors to Midway Village Museum by working as a historic villager living in Rockford, IL between 1890-1900. This is a part-time seasonal position approximately 20 hours per week.

Responsibilities: Put visitors first by treating them with respect, serving their needs, and providing an enjoyable and accurate educational experience.

Interpret the historic homes and businesses on the site, and their role in the development of the Rockford community.

Accurately present informal presentations concerning farming, gardening, housekeeping, crafts, and other 19th century life skills as assigned.

Preparing program supplies and inform Educator when supplies are needed.

Assisting with village building upkeep, including light cleaning, dusting, sweeping.

Supporting museum special events by performing duties as assigned. Attend staff and training meetings. All other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements: The minimum age for this position is 16 years old. Must be able to verbally communicate with others and be out-going. Must have an interest in historical interpretation. Demonstrate a general knowledge of American social history in general and that of northern Illinois. Demonstrate skill in public speaking. Some college preferred.

Experience with historic research, gardening, sewing, or other domestic activities is helpful, but not required.

Must be able to work Mid-May through August (earlier start time and end date available). Must be available Friday-Sundays 10:00-4:00pm.

Physical Requirements: The employee must have the ability to do the following activities with or without reasonable accommodation: frequent lifting, carrying, loading and unloading of up to 40 lbs., walking long distances, standing for long periods of time, frequent twisting, bending, stooping, reaching and grasping, and pulling.

The employee will be required to wear historic clothing in historic costume at all times while working both indoors and outdoors in various weather conditions. No inappropriate hairstyles, jewelry, or clothing for the time period. We will furnish the employee with the all required clothing items, except footwear.

Supervisory Relationship: This employee works under the direction of the Educator and the Lead Interpreter.

For more information, or to apply, please email us at