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Coordinator of Experimental Practice

This position will support the general activities of a newly created area at the museum devoted to advancing the Museum’s portfolio of work involving experimental practices in public engagement. The Experimental Practice team, led by the Manager of Experimental Practice, will foster, implement, and evaluate creative approaches to civic engagement in science and other areas relevant to the Museum’s work that has broader implications for practitioners in the fields of informal education and community engagement. This position is responsible for the coordination and implementation of projects that align with both the Museum’s priorities and the needs of these larger professional fields.

The Experimental Practice team is expected to interface with other departments at the Museum. While the portfolio of projects is grounded in the work of the Museum, many of the projects are grant-funded and include partners at different sites and with a range of audiences in multiple settings to ensure our learnings are relevant to the field as a whole. Much of this work is conducted via collaborations with organizations throughout North America and abroad. As such, a major focus of this position is attending to professional relationships and networks external to the Museum, and to coordinating and supporting work undertaken with numerous collaborators.

This position supports the coordination of multiple grant-funded projects with both internal and external partners and stakeholders. The successful candidate for this position will have project coordination experience, strong communication skills, including the ability to provide clear guidance to independent contractors and collaborators, and have a passion for supporting and investigating innovation approaches to civic engagement.

This is a grant funded, two-year Term position, with the possibility of renewal depending on funding.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

The Experimental Practice Coordinator will:

  • Advance the Museum’s involvement in experimental engagement by assisting with the conceptualization, development and implementation of projects that align with both the Museum’s priorities, and issues relevant to the professional fields in which the Museum is situated.
  • Support multiple funded projects at a time, including assisting in the development and maintenance of project timelines, scheduling and tracking project progress, and gathering information needed for grant reporting.
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day operations of multiple projects in the Museum’s experimental engagement portfolio.
  • Take the initiative to carry out careful, considered spoken, written, in-person, and online correspondence with a wide range of professionals, acting as a representative of both the MIT Museum and a variety of funded projects.
  • Develop and implement mechanisms and ongoing processes, including project databases, to sustain the office’s many relationships with professionals, collaborating organizations, and national stakeholders.
  • Form and coordinate cohorts and working groups specific to project needs, scheduling and documenting meetings and other activities of collaborators.
  • Coordinate and participate in online communications, including maintaining and creating thoughtful content for project websites and social media, working directly with contracted designers, web developers, etc.
  • Plan and support the office’s many in-person professional appearances, including conference sessions and networking events, and at least one annual conference produced by the office.
  • Contribute content and design direction for project newsletters and annual reports.
  • Assist in dispersing and tracking payments to collaborators and contractors in coordination with MIT’s centralized financial operations.
  • Participate in other Museum activity as assigned, as well as other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

The Coordinator of Experimental Practice reports to the Manager of Experimental Practice.

Supervision Exercised:

No direct reports.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience in directly relevant positions.
  • Experience working on projects that involve many inputs, outcomes, and collaborators, and in tracking project activity, including spending.
  • Excellent written, spoken, communication and organizational skills, and strong interpersonal and networking abilities are required.
  • Experience in the production of professional meetings, workshops, and/or networking events, and should demonstrate attention to the details that make in-person meetings effective and memorable.
  • Must be fluent with website content management and database management, skilled at generating a professional social media presence, and experienced with customizing online subscription services (such as services for videoconferencing, media management, surveys, etc.).
  • National and occasional international travel is required, as is occasional weekend and evening work.
  • Must be able to thoughtfully engage with professionals at various levels, and work with confidential information and issues using discretion and judgment.

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Experience with institutions of higher education in the form of graduate study, collaboration, or work experiences is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with the overlapping professional fields of informal STEM education, public engagement with science, and science communication is strongly preferred. Knowledge of professional issues related to museums, university outreach, and/or education research.
  • Previous involvement in relevant projects that have a national scope.
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing issues related to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources site.