On Call Program Assistant

The American Swedish Institute is a gathering place for all people to share experiences around themes of culture, migration, the environment, and the arts, informed by enduring links to Sweden. The American Swedish Institute and the historic Turnblad Mansion have been mainstays for cultural education and engagement in Minneapolis since 1929.

This is a great entry-level opportunity for anyone interested in the museum/cultural institution, non-profit world. The On-Call Program Assistant will work on a wide variety of programming in exhibits, lectures, musical performances, and festivals. This position will learn the ropes of event planning and logistics while having fun interacting with people who care about art, history, architecture, Scandinavian culture, and their community.


The On Call Programs Assistant is responsible for preparing & delivering engaging, educational, and fun interactive experiences, art and culture programs, festivals, and special events on a variety of topics for ASI audiences for both virtual and in-person programming. The On Call Programs Assistant will work with with the Art and Culture Program Coordinator to provide exceptional audience experiences at ASI.



  • Assist with delivering program content, interactive experiences, public programs, and special events.
  • Prepare and produce program material as directed ensuring presentation style and materials are appropriate for audience groups as it relates to age and experience level.
  • Assist facilities with set up and tear down of program activities including table and chair set-up and tear-down.
  • Clean up of program activities.
  • Provide technical assistance to students and instructors for virtual programming events.
  • Mansion facilitation as needed.
  • Assist the Program Department with program evaluation and continually seek improvement opportunities for programs and events.
  • Provide assistance to all staff, interns, and volunteers as needed to keep the program/event running smoothly.
  • Assist the Program Department with various projects as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

The above statements reflect the general details necessary to describe the principle functions of the occupation described and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the occupation.


Due to the nature of on-call programs ASI is unable to guarantee minimum hours of work per week. The following list represents annual events but there are many pop-up events that will occur.

ART and CULTURE PROGRAMS (*Required working events)

  • Thursday evenings for lectures, music events, and other added-value museum programming
  • *Midsommer: June 18, 2022
  • Family Day: July 10, 2022
  • *Cocktails at the Castle: September 9, 2022
  • Lutfisk Dinner: November 20, 2022
  • *Julmarknad Weekend: December 2-4, 2022
  • Julbord Dinners: December 17 and 18, 2022
  • Solstice: December 21, 2022
  • Open House: December 2022: TBD
  • *Midsommer: June 17, 2023
  • Weekend daytime and evening cultural events, festivals and dinners, exhibit-related programming, book events, concerts.
  • Facility Rentals require a mansion facilitator for after hours private events (Weddings, celebrations of life, company parties.)
  • Birthday Party Hosts (generally held Saturdays and Sundays 4 hours per party)


The American Swedish Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All our employment practices, benefits and programs will be administered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, status with respect to receipt of public assistance or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law.



  • Minimum working age of 16 years old.
  • Comfortable and confident presenting to and interacting with large groups.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability work well with multicultural, intergenerational audiences, in an energetic, friendly, outgoing, and professional manner.
  • Strong customer service orientation for guests of ASI and staff members.
  • Demonstrates initiative, ability to plan, organize, and follow through on projects.
  • Ability to be a problem solvers-make decisions and resolve issues quickly. 
  • Strong organizational skills, computer literacy and the aptitude for being a confident self-starter.
  • Skilled with technology; working knowledge of the Microsoft Suite.
  • Interest in Nordic culture and museum work a plus.
  • Must be flexible to perform all duties as assigned, and reliable for all scheduled shifts.
  • Must be available to work weekends, evenings, and major ASI events. See scheduling requirements above.

Salary Description
$14.00 hour