Job Opportunity – People and Culture Coach

High Desert Museum Job Opportunity – People and Culture Coach

Title:   People & Culture Coach
Division:   Administration
Classification:   Salaried, regular full-time exempt
Reports To:   Chief Financial & Operating Officer
Supervises:   N/A
Salary Range:   $60,000+ DOE

About us

Since opening in 1982, HIGH DESERT MUSEUM has brought together wildlife, culture, art and natural resources to promote an understanding of the natural and cultural heritage of North America’s High Desert country. We do so through indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife in natural habitats, living history demonstrations and dynamic programs on a beautiful, 135-acre campus in the pine forest. The Museum is a nonprofit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Association’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was awarded the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. During the 2018-19 fiscal year, 195,000 visitors enjoyed the Museum.

The Museum is located in Bend, Oregon, a fast-growing, charismatic city nestled against the Cascade Range at the edge of the High Desert. We strive to be inclusive, culturally humble, relevant, curious, and mindful. As a team, we work together to wildly excite and responsibly teach, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.

About this job and what you’ll do

The People & Culture Coach is a source of support and guidance for Museum employees and volunteers, and this person will champion a culture of collaboration, communication, and trust.  This starts with recruiting and hiring diverse, qualified people to join our team.  You’ll know our job descriptions inside and out, leading hiring teams through the search process from job posting to offer letter.  Then you’ll coach, mentor, teach, guide, advise, and support employees and volunteers in their personal and professional growth.  In addition to our individual team members, you’ll nurture our organizational culture by coordinating appreciation events, staff retreats, and awards ceremonies.  From annual holiday parties to simple acts of appreciation, you’re in charge of making sure we celebrate our success.

About who you are

The People & Culture Coach is a trusted listener with superior communication skills.  You’re effective at building productive working relationships among and between individuals and groups with diverse goals, talents, and personalities.  This is a unique position with a range of possible career paths leading to success in this role.  Perhaps you have traditional HR or volunteer management experience.  You’ve been an educator, coach, counselor, leader, or someone who knows how to develop individuals.  You value diversity in the workplace and understand how to incorporate the principles of inclusivity and accessibility into the work we do at the Museum.  You’re a key contributor to the team, but you thrive when given the opportunity to work independently and prioritize your tasks.  Your emotional intelligence is Jedi-level and you teach others your skills.

Want to learn more?

For a detailed job description listing the essential functions of this position and the education, experience, and skills requirements, click here.

Importantly, we recognize and honor that the qualifications required to excel in this position can come from a range of both professional and lived experiences. In the job description we describe what we believe to be important qualifications for a candidate to have while remaining open to the diversity of experiences that can lead to these skill sets. Position descriptions are often presented in a way that leaves qualified candidates feeling unwelcome, intimidated, uncomfortable and/or unqualified to apply. Recognizing that, we strongly encourage anyone who feels passionate about this work and believes they have what it takes to thrive in this role to apply.

Want to apply?

Please send a resume & cover letter to:

The Museum provides an equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/transgender status, age, disability, veteran or marital status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


The High Desert Museum wildly excites and responsibly teaches through innovative, interdisciplinary experiences, creating connection to and dialogue about the High Desert.