Job Details

Head of Accessibility

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Job - Education

Close Date: 01/15/2019



The Portland Art Museum is searching for a Head of Accessibility in the Department of Learning & Community Partnerships to oversee museum-wide initiatives that advance accessibility. The Head of Accessibility is responsible for furthering the museum’s commitment to accessibility through programs, exhibitions, and policies; improving access throughout the museum campus; and building sustained partnerships with Deaf and Disabled community members. This position will work directly with the museum’s new Accessibility Advisory Committee, a group formed in dialogue and partnership with Deaf and Disabled community members. Reporting directly to the Director of Learning & Community Partnerships, they will serve as part of a collaborative team with staff in the Learning & Community Partnerships department as well as Curatorial, Guest Services, NW Film Center, and other departments.

Guided by our Strategic Plan as well as an institution-wide Equity & Inclusion initiative, we are actively working to promote racial equity and accessibility both within the organization and among the broader community. These commitments have also led to the museum renaming its education department, shifting from Education & Public Programs to the new title of Learning & Community Partnerships. Along with this has come a series of changes in staffing and programs to further provide support for the strategic priorities of community involvement, equity, and accessibility. The Head of Accessibility position is an important part of this culture shift happening within the museum.

The Portland Art Museum (PAM) strives to be an inclusive institution that facilitates respectful dialogue, debate, and the free exchange of ideas. With a deep commitment to artists – past and present – and freedom of expression, the Museum and Northwest Film Center’s collections, programs and staff aspire to reveal the beauty and complexities of the world, and create a deeper understanding of our shared humanity. We are a Museum for all, inviting everyone to connect with art through their own experiences, voices, and personal journeys. The Northwest Film Center (NWFC), a sister organization to the Museum, is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. PAM and the NWFC are committed to advancing equity and inclusion by creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. We will continue learning as we work to evolve as an Institution, recognizing that this journey has no end and our commitment must remain. We have an active equity team currently engaged in a journey to examine our internal culture and the work we do through an equity lens. We look forward to having all colleagues join and contribute to this important work. Learn more at

PAM and the NWFC are equal opportunity employers, committed to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political belief, disability or any other legally protected status. We are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, PAM and the NWFC will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations to participate in the application, interview, and hiring process. Alternative formats of this application are available upon request. If reasonable accommodation or an alternative form of this application are needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at or 503.276.4358.

Essential Functions:

• Oversee and support the activities of the new Accessibility Advisory Committee. This includes planning meetings, communicating regularly with committee members, and serving as a primary connection with museum staff as well as architects and designers for proposed Rothko Pavilion expansion project.
• Serve as Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator for the museum, working to develop a transition plan based on the museum’s 2018 campus-wide ADA audit. Also serve as a liaison with the Portland Commission on Disability, City of Portland’s Office of Community and Civic Life, and other partner organizations.
• Lead the implementation of the museum’s policies for accessible and inclusive design in special exhibitions and collection galleries.
• Coordinate and support the museum’s existing Access Programs, which currently include monthly tours for visitors who are blind or partially sighted, artNOW program for people experiencing dementia and their care partners, and tours for groups within disability communities.
• Oversee the internal staff Accessibility Working Group, a group of staff from across departments that meet regularly to address issues and raise questions related to accessibility across the museum.
• Work as part of a collaborative team to develop policies, practices, and partnerships that align with the museum’s ongoing commitment to racial equity and inclusion. This includes participating in the museum’s Equity & Inclusion Team work.
• Act as a staff resource to ensure that public events, programs, and meetings sponsored by the museum are accessible and inclusive. Support staff and volunteer training initiatives.
• Collaborate with the museum’s web strategy team to build digital accessibility literacy and make online tools and resources more accessible, inclusive, and user-friendly.
• Oversee accessibility and access programs budgets within Learning & Community Partnerships department.


• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
• Knowledge and lived experience regarding accessibility, principles of inclusive and accessible design, and best practices for developing accessible events or programs for public audiences.
• Prior experience supporting and advocating for accessibility and inclusion in a museum, non-profit organization, or other public institution.
• Experience with facilitating accessible and inclusive meetings or workshops.
• Experience working collaboratively in an equitable and inclusive framework with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds. Comfort working on multiple team-based projects at once.
• Strong communication skills and willingness to contribute to a positive organizational culture based on mutual respect, collegiality, collaboration and openness to many perspectives.
• Experience with developing community partnerships and community-centered programming or events.
• Flexibility to occasionally work outside of office hours (M-F 9-5), as needed.

Application Process:

Accommodations are available to anyone during the application and interview process. To request accommodations, alternative formats of this application, or to contact us regarding issues with the online application process, please call Human Resources at (503) 276-4358 or email

This position is full-time, working 40 hours per week with a pay rate of $21.00 per hour. The position is eligible for the Museum's benefits package first of the month following 30-days of full-time employment. Benefits include medical and dental, paid time off (vacation, sick, holiday, jury duty, bereavement), long-term disability and AD&D, and a variety of perks such as free Museum admission, Gift Shop discounts, and screenings at the NW Film Center. Please see our website for more details.

To apply online visit: follow the link to create a profile. Resumes received without completed employment application will not be considered. Please no drop ins.

The Portland Art Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Closing Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 4 PM PST

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