Workforce Development & Education Planning Manager (Remote)

Riverworks Discovery is accepting applications for a Workforce Development Education Planning Manager (remote). 

RiverWorks Discovery (RWD) is a nationally recognized educational outreach effort of the National Rivers Hall of Fame located at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.  RWD teaches people about the commerce, culture, and conservation of America’s rivers and their watersheds.

The Workforce Development and Education Planning Manager is responsible for planning the program, programming, and events that are held in a wide range of locations.  Ideal candidates will be self-motivated team players with strong attention to detail and accuracy. Evening hours will be required during programming events and industry expos. This position allows for the opportunity to manage a work schedule that allows for work/life balance while achieving the goals set for the work required, and a work-from-home opportunity exists for an ideal candidate.  Periodic travel is required to conduct Who Works the Rivers career awareness days for high school students in several key river cities along the Ohio, Mississippi, Cumberland, and Illinois Rivers.

This is a full-time, permanent position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Benefits include vacation time, sick time, paid holidays, medical, dental, flex plan, and 403b retirement plan.

The Dubuque County Historical Society and its properties, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, and Mathias Ham Historic Site are committed to embracing diversity, practicing equity, and ensuring accessibility and inclusion. We continually strive to achieve a welcoming environment in all our spaces, where our staff and community feel reflected and valued for their unique perspectives and backgrounds. DEAI values guide and impact all the decisions the museum makes, both internal and external.

Primary duties
·   Program and Event Planning

  • Organize, execute, and manage RWD events, including those for elementary, middle, and high school students such as Who Works the Rivers events, as well as expos, symposiums, and other events as identified
  • Attend key Who Works the Rivers events in various cities around the country
  • Schedule and organize sponsor meetings before and after events
  • Maintain databases for educators, community partners, and other relevant contacts
  • Streamline sponsor and educator registration for events
  • Gather, analyze, and process program data for development opportunities
  • Develop, assemble, and maintain supply kits for education events
  • Communicate with RWD marketing on updates for the website

    Sponsor Communication and Relationship Building
    o   Identify, develop, and maintain communications with sponsors, educators, and partners in more than 18 cities along the Inland River System served by RiverWorks Discovery
    o   Develop effective working relationships with RWD Sponsor companies and maintain regular contact regarding the planning and implementation of Who Works the Rivers career awareness events
    o   Collaborate with the Marketing & Communications Specialist to market programs to RWD sponsors, schools and other community partners
    o   Assign participating sponsors tasks at stations and provide assistance at RWD events
    o   Assist in developing marketing materials and distribute those materials to schools and educators

    ·    Other
    o   Provide input to the Executive Director and make recommendations for improvements


  • A Bachelor’s Degree is required
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Creative thinking to design events
  • Ability to multitask and move from one task to another at an efficient pace
  • Computer skills for using events management tools, spreadsheets, and email
  • Basic accounting skills to track spending and stick to a budget
  • Good networking skills to build relationships
  • Must be able to read, write, and speak the English language
  • Must be able to perform any physical demands of job duties, either with or without reasonable accommodation
  • Final candidates will be subject to a reference and background check

    How to apply
    To learn more, visit  Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and references to or by delivering them in person to 350 E. 3rd St., Dubuque, IA 52001.

    Research suggests that women and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. We recognize that it is highly unlikely that any applicant is able to meet all of the qualifications for a given role. Therefore, if you are drawn to this position and feel your strengths would be an asset to the organization, we highly encourage you to apply.