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Education Programs Coordinator
Collections Imaging Specialist
Visitor Services Assistants
Development Assistant
Director of Technology & Digital Strategy
Visitor Services/Programs Assistant

Education Programs Coordinator

The Education Programs Coordinator is a critical member of a small team that produces the Museum’s educational and public programs in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae and community organizations. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead the delivery of the Museum’s educational programs for middle and high school (grades 6-12) and general audiences.
  • Ensure that educational program content and interpretation is consistent with the Museum’s mission and goals, and meets best practices. 
  • Identify, develop and promote appropriate new educational offerings for target audiences.
  • Be knowledgeable and keep up-to-date about past and present MIT research connections to workshop content.
  • Design and develop engaging and appropriate hands-on elements for use in school workshops and/or public programs for general and family audiences.
  • Develop relevant pre- and post-workshop resources for educators.
  • Recruit, train and supervise part-time instructors, summer educators, undergraduate interns, and education volunteers.
  • Conduct regular evaluation of educational programs and participants and reassess evaluation tools as needed.
  • Be familiar with federal and state curriculum standards and create connections to the Museum’s educational offerings.
  • Design and lead professional development opportunities for middle and high school educators.
  • Strategize and help build a wider audience for the Museum’s educational programs.
  • Collaborate with the Programs administrative team to oversee promotion and booking of educational programs and management of teaching spaces.
  • Act as a Museum liaison with school districts, local middle and high schools, MIT/Museum staff, community organizations, and area educators.
  • Work with Museum staff, faculty, alumni/ae, students, and volunteers on content development and delivery of educational programs.
  • Contribute ideas and develop innovative educational programs for offer in the future MIT Museum in Kendall Square.
  • Assist with planning and implementation of effective educational spaces and a creative teaching team for the future MIT Museum in Kendall Square.
  • Contribute to research (e.g., based on program evaluation) that advances the state of professional knowledge of informal science education in museums.
  • Lead tours of the MIT Museum galleries.
  • Support Museum volunteer team recruitment, training and assessment efforts.
  • Assist with the organization and implementation of large-scale annual events (e.g. the Cambridge Science Festival, National Engineers Week, Girls Days), and general audience programs on weekdays, weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Education and Public Programs in the development of long-range departmental plans, policies and programs.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:
The Education Programs Coordinator reports directly to the Director of Education and Public Programs.

Supervision Exercised:
The Education Programs Coordinator will supervise temporary and student employees, volunteers, and interns.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:
Undergraduate degree in a STEM field and minimum of three years experience teaching middle or high school students in a formal or informal setting. Familiarity with informal science program delivery to school, family and community audiences. Comfort with state and federal curriculum standards. Enthusiasm for the development and delivery of hands-on programs in science, engineering, art and technology, as well as practical skills (e.g. in mechanical, electrical or electronic model-making). Must show a considerable degree of creativity and initiative, and have excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. As a representative of the Museum, must be able to communicate effectively with MIT faculty, staff and students, as well as visitors and community neighbors. Excellent written, oral, research, and computing skills are essential. Should be able to lift at least 30 pounds. Must be able to work during public school vacation weeks, and occasional evenings, weekends and holidays.

PREFERRED:
Graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, math or education. Familiarity with audience evaluation techniques is an advantage. Bilingual proficiency (Spanish, Mandarin) helpful.

To Apply:
Applicants must apply online at MIT HR website

 

Collections Imaging Specialist (temporary, part-time)

MIT Museum seeks a temporary part-time (16-20 hours/week) Collections Imaging Specialist to work alongside the current part-time imaging specialist with a mass digitization project from June 2017 through March 2018. The work involves handling and photography of large and rare prints and drawings related to three major collections in the Museum’s Hart Nautical Collection. Work to be supervised by the Curator of the Hart Nautical Collection.

Requirements: Applicants should have experience or training in: the handling of rare and fragile paper-based materials; RAW workflow and photographic processing software including the Adobe Suite, Lightroom; photo stitching software desirable. Also: proficiency in the use of imaging hardware, particularly digital medium format and SLR camera, and knowledge of studio lighting equipment and techniques; strong eye for color, value, composition, visual accuracy, attention to detail and a high level of organization are essential; familiarity working on a Mac. Must be comfortable standing for long periods of time, have stamina for physical work, and be able to lift 50 lbs. 

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required; graduates with a degree based in photographic technology studies are preferred. Demonstrated experience digitally reformatting archival and special collection materials or works of art; and handling artifacts in a museum, gallery or special collections library setting

To apply: Please send letter of application and resume to Kurt Hasselbalch, Curator, Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum: kurt@mit.edu.

 

Visitor Services Assistants

The MIT Museum seeks part-time visitor services assistants.  Duties include: greeting visitors, selling admission tickets, ringing up museum store purchases and periodically restocking store, staffing reception desk and answering visitor questions, monitoring groups in the galleries during busy periods and other duties as assigned.  Potential for evening hours assisting in setting-up for programs and other museum functions as well.

Qualifications:

A high school diploma or equivalent education is required, Bachelor’s degree preferred. Museum Studies/Arts Administration students encouraged to apply.  Applicants should enjoy working with the public, have an interest in science and technology and possess basic computer skills.  Retail experience desirable but not mandatory.  Fluency in Mandarin and/or Cantonese desirable but not mandatory.

Hours to include some weekday mornings/afternoons and at least one weekend day, approx. 24-35 hours during the months of July and August.

Please send resumes and cover letters to palane@mit.edu or mail to Patricia Lane, Visitor Services Manager, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. N51, Cambridge, MA 02139.

 

Development Assistant

Position Overview:

Under minimal supervision, the Development Assistant (DA) supports the fundraising efforts of the Museum, working closely with the MIT Arts Development Officer, and the Museum Director and Associate Director. The DA performs a wide range of administrative activities including regular use of Advance for prospect/donor tracking and management, assisting with prospect research, drafting and producing correspondence, memos, and reports, organizing and staffing meetings and development events, and helping to expedite follow-up actions.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Become fully proficient in use of Resource Development donor software, Advance, in order to maintain, manage and report on prospect and donor data. Create new reports and modify existing reports in Advance re: dollars raised, visit activity, etc.
Provide research assistance including conducting prospect research using Web-based sources, internal server and databases, and other sources when necessary; and development support in coordinating Museum annual and other fundraising appeals.
Draft a variety of written materials including prospect briefing drafts and background information to be used for cultivation and solicitation meetings.
Coordinate stewardship efforts by gathering pertinent information and drafting stewardship letters and reports.
Serve as lead contact for Museum fundraising events, drafting and producing invitations, RSVP tracking, coordination of event logistics and menus (as needed), and all other event details.
Serve as key contact to track Museum prospecting and fundraising.
Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

Reports to Arts Development Officer/Museum Associate Director and meets with weekly to receive and review project assignments.

Supervision Exercised:

None.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:
High school education or equivalent is required with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
Must be proficient with MS Office and be comfortable learning new software, and have wide ranging knowledge of office procedures. Experience maintaining website. Ability to independently organize, prioritize and carry out detailed procedures with minimal supervision, and to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects. Must be able to take initiative and to be thoughtful, resourceful, motivated, well organized, detail and process oriented, able to problem solve, and willing to learn and to adapt. Demonstrate strong project management and time management skills with the ability to work under deadlines.
Ability to communicate and interact well with others, including museum staff, institute leadership and donor and prospect constituencies. Motivated to thrive in a fast-paced environment during a Capital Campaign.
Proficient writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to help staff development events.
Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

PREFERRED: Development experience and/or familiarity with non-profit organizations or higher educational institutions.

Apply through MIT Human Resources, MIT job #14812 

 

 

 

Director of Technology & Digital Strategy

Position Overview:

The Director of Technology & Digital Strategy is responsible for all aspects of technology operations, including strategic planning for the current Museum as well as the new Museum in the Kendall Gateway, technical implementation, and budget preparation and management. The Director of Technology & Digital Strategy reports to the Museum Director and is a member of the senior management team.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide leadership, vision and oversight for all technology-based projects. Provide overall direction and advice on the Museum’s technology implementations. Work closely with colleagues to meet team goals and improve processes and practices.

Work with management team to develop and grow digital engagement with the MIT Museum’s diverse audiences, both onsite and online.

Collaborate with Exhibitions, Education & Public Programs, Collections, Store, Visitor Services, Communications, and Administrative staff to identify technology opportunities to position the MIT Museum as a technology leader, and then develop and implement these technology initiatives and services to provide a distinct and seamless visitor experience.

Develop multimedia systems for exhibits, including investigation into new platforms such as iPads, Linux-based computers, and other special-purpose hardware. Implement exhibit technology installations capable of operating over periods ranging from a few weeks to years with minimal intervention required by other Museum staff.

Lead efforts to widen Museum’s online audience through live streaming video and other digital experiences.

Continuously investigate new technologies, experiment with potential technologies such as virtual servers, rich media web site software, exhibit and interactive hardware and software.

Oversee Museum web sites, develop procedures for implementing, testing, deploying, and operating web sites based on static HTML as well as on active back-end systems such as Wordpress, Drupal. Implement web sites in-house, work with outside vendors, or work with other museum staff who are working with outside vendors. Monitor web sites to ensure proper operation, maintain backups of web sites, update server software as needed.

Provide advice to Museum staff members needing assistance with technology planning for new exhibits, collections access initiatives, web sites or other operational needs.

Participate in the development of strategic plans. Help to conceive and develop special initiatives related to museum technology.

Enhance the MIT Museum’s leadership in the field by building strong collaborative relationships and partnerships across multiple sectors.

Develop and manage department budget. Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

Reports to Museum Director.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervise one or more full or part-time permanent or temporary staff working on technology or technology-related projects.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:

Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering or information technology.

Seven years of experience in technology project development, implementation and management focused on the visitor experience, including three years of related supervisory or management experience.

Ability to work without direct supervision and to carry out multiple projects simultaneously.

Must possess a broad base of technical knowledge in information technology and digital engagement tools; and emerging technology trends and issues, especially in a museum, public-facing or university environment.

Knowledge of programming using sh/bash, Python and AppleScript; systems administration expertise with Mac OS (including command line), Linux and Windows. Understanding and use of distributed version control such as Git and/or Mercurial.

Full stack web programming/implementation; knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, AJAX, MySQL and/or PostgreSQL.

Ability to collaborate with a broad range of museum professionals whose primary experience is not in the museum technology field; and to engage with MIT faculty and students both as a partner and a teacher.

Experience in advising, supervising, and mentoring museum staff.

Strong planning, communication, interpersonal, management and leadership skills.

To Apply:
Applicants must apply online through the MIT HR website.

 

Visitor Services/Programs Assistant

The MIT Museum is looking for a flexible, part-time assistant to work with both the Visitor Services and Programs departments. 

Visitor Services duties will include: greeting visitors, selling admission tickets, ringing up museum store purchases and periodically restocking store, staffing reception desk and answering visitor questions, monitoring groups in the galleries during busy periods, light gallery maintenance (will train), and other duties as assigned.  

Programs duties will include: setting up chairs, tables and food for evening and/or weekend programs as needed, greeting program attendees and collecting visitation data, breaking down and storing chairs and tables after the program, and other duties as assigned.

Hours: a mix of day and evening shifts with flexibility to accommodate Museum program schedules, approximately 16-24 hours per week, including at least one weekend day.  Additional evening hours to staff Museum event rentals may also be available.

Qualifications:  A high school diploma or equivalent education is required, Bachelor’s degree preferred. Applicants should enjoy working with the public, possess basic computer skills, have an interest in science and technology, be able to stand on their feet for extended periods of time, and lift up to 50 lbs.  

Please send resumes and cover letters to palane@mit.edu or mail to Patricia Lane, Visitor Services Manager, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. N51, Cambridge, MA 02139.

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