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Project Manager, MIT Museum at Kendall Sq.
Exhibit Content & Experience Developer
Project Manager, Exhibitions
Part-time Workshop Instructors
Visitor Services Assistants
Visitor Services/Programs Assistant 

Project Manager, MIT Museum at Kendall Sq.

Position Overview:

The MIT Museum, working with MIT Facilities and the Museum’s architects, is in the midst of planning the new Museum at Kendall Square, projected to open to the public in 2021. Design Development has been completed, and the next phases of the project require management within the Museum and in coordination with Facilities, leading to completion.

The Project Manager for the new MIT Museum at Kendall Square and related Museum spaces is the central person within the Museum responsible for coordinating all the details of the construction documents, procurement, construction, fit-out, occupancy, and close-out phases of the project; and for development, monitoring and management of procurement and fit-out budgets. S/he is the Museum liaison to MIT Facilities and works closely with the Facilities project manager, the architects, and the construction firm on the delivery of this capital project; and with a range of outside vendors for the fit-out.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

The Project Manager develops the project plan and timeline on the Museum side, working closely with staff, and in coordination with MIT Facilities. S/he communicates this plan to all staff and makes clear the project budget, schedule, staff roles, deliverables and accountability.

S/he sets the schedule for Museum project meetings, drafts agendas, runs meetings, documents the proceedings and is responsible for delegating and managing follow-up actions. S/he also represents the Museum in all project meetings with MIT Facilities, the architects, and the construction company.

Drafts, confirms and manages fit-out budget in coordination with other Museum managers. Researches and selects outside contractors and vendors; coordinates procurement; and manages delivery of services.

Assists with transition planning between current site and new site.

Contracts for and assists with coordination of moving jobs, working closely with staff and service providers to ensure minimum disruption and smooth and timely completion of service.

Works with Office of Security Operations on the planning, operation and installation of all aspects of the access and security system.

Establishes working relationship with the property management company for the Museum site and commences planning for operations, maintenance and security with the base building.

Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

Reports to Museum Director and meets with regularly.

Supervision Exercised:

No direct reports but may manage project teams for specific aspects of the project.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:
Undergraduate degree in architecture, civil engineering, construction management, or related field.

Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in capital project management that includes a significant museum project, and demonstrated ability in managing new construction and fit-out projects of high complexity through to completion.

Experience in budget development, monitoring and tracking, and value engineering, for a multi-million dollar project.

Superior communication skills; ability to form and motivate teams and to work across teams; ability to achieve productivity, and to identify and resolve any issues.

Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and to take initiative and successfully manage competing priorities; well developed organizational and analytical skills; strong attention to detail; and familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite and project management software.

May require occasional evening or weekend hours during latter phases of project.

PREFERRED:
MIT and/or university capital project experience strongly preferred.

Apply online.

Exhibit Content & Experience Developer

Position Overview:

The Exhibit Content & Experience Developer, a term position, will be a member of the team that is being formed to plan the exhibitions for the new MIT Museum in Kendall Square, projected to open in 2021. The Developer is responsible for the ideation, development and implementation of dynamic experiences that communicate concepts in art, science and technology, effectively interpreting contemporary scientific research and collections. The Developer collaborates with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, curators, designers and teams on re-imagining museum experiences. Using an integrated approach, the Developer conducts content research, leads visitor studies and exhibition evaluation, develops exhibition experiences, is responsible for writing and editing, and works to ensure that exhibition projects significantly enhance the visitor experience while successfully presenting the specific topic(s) and educational goals.

The MIT Museum is building a team to begin the formative phases of exciting work to plan its future in a new location at Kendall Square. The museum looks to convey and contribute to the unique problem-solving ethos of MIT with exhibitions and programs that exemplify the leading edge of knowledge both past and present. To that end, the Developer will work closely with a diverse group of scientists, technologists, curators and practitioners on cross-disciplinary presentations. Ideally, the Developer will have specific interest and experience in one or more areas of knowledge that relate to the science and research at MIT.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Research educational, scientific and technological content for exhibitions; Establish conceptual frameworks to interpret complex narratives; Collaborate with exhibition teams, scientific advisors, creative technologists, etc. to devise unexpected, meaningful, and innovative solutions; Conceptualize and document exhibition experience concepts, narratives and operations; Advocate for educational and visitor experience goals as represented through design; Write and edit exhibition copy; Assist with exhibition prototyping and lead evaluation; Draft project reports and other communication materials; Research exhibition resources and assist with development of exhibition ideas and programs; Integrate and track artifacts as needed, supporting the efforts of Collections and the Registrar; Develop scripts and work closely with multimedia producers; Ensure that exhibitions are experientially engaging and scientifically accurate; Conduct photo research and other visual media asset acquisition; Manage project logistics and communication with internal teams and outside vendors as assigned; Meet project budgets and schedules. Other Tasks: Support a collaborative project environment; Keep informed on current trends in art and science museums and the informal science education field broadly; Provide development support for other projects as assigned; Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Supervision Received:

Reports to, and works proactively and collaboratively with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions.

Supervision Exercised:

No direct reports. May monitor and coordinate the work of consultants, students or interns.

Qualifications & Skills:

Education:

BA/BS (MA/MS preferred) degree in science, math, engineering, science education, or social sciences.

Experience & Qualifications:

A minimum of 5 years of experience developing museum exhibitions, preferably in science, history or art environment. A positive, proactive and collegial work ethic. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Proven record of initiating concepts and developing exhibitions of excellence with a strong, insightful and original vision. Excellent research and organizational skills; must be detail oriented, self-motivated, conscientious, thorough, task-focused and able to manage and track multiple demands in creative and fast-paced environment. Excellent, technical proficiency with MS Office including Word, Excel, PPT; and Google docs. Specific content knowledge in the life sciences, mathematics, physics, engineering, architecture, computer sciences, and/or the ability to communicate scientific/technological topics is preferred.

Apply online, (Job. #15857)
 

Project Manager, Exhibitions

Position Overview:

The Project Manager, Exhibitions, works collaboratively with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions, Manager of Exhibitions, curators, designers and teams. S/he is responsible for the initial project scoping, management of process and workflow across multiple projects, and management of team communications and project logistics with consultants and vendors. S/he contributes as a team member to the development of exhibition experiences, managing the content development process, supporting evaluation and managing text writing and editing workflows. Some research, coordination with Collections and managing experiences that may include media development and production will be in scope. The Project Manager conceptualizes the project process and maintains the big picture view through concept development, design, production, launch and installation phases.

The Project Manager consistently delivers high-quality exhibition experiences across a number of projects under the direction of project leadership, and pursues or develops best practices in all areas of exhibition creation.

The MIT Museum is building a team to begin the formative phases of exciting work to determine its future in a new location at Kendall Square. The museum looks to convey and contribute to the unique problem-solving ethos of MIT with exhibitions and programs that exemplify the leading edge of knowledge both past and present. To that end, the Project Manager, Exhibitions, will work closely with a diverse group of teams including scientists, technologists, curators and practitioners on cross-disciplinary presentations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Scope project workflows within time and budget parameters; Lead project implementation and coordination of the project processes, integrating concepts, resources and teams through detail design; Manage project logistics and communication with internal teams and outside vendors as assigned; Meet project budgets and schedules; Lead team meetings, developing agendas and meeting notes; Lead coordination of project advisors, and contracts with vendors and contractors; Coordinate project budgets with exhibition management and track expenses; Develop and coordinate project schedules with exhibition management; Facilitate communication between core team members and subgroups; Create and edit all project reports and milestone documents; Oversee any grant or funding requirements related to the exhibition; Foster a team approach to exhibition development; Manage multiple projects simultaneously; Research exhibition resources and assist with development of exhibition ideas and programs; Assist with exhibition prototyping and conduct evaluation; Assist with research for exhibition assets as assigned. Other Tasks: Contribute to writing and/or editing exhibition copy; Support a collaborative project environment; Keep informed on current trends in science museums and the informal science education field broadly; Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Supervision Received:

Reports to and works proactively and collaboratively with the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions.

Supervision Exercised:

No direct reports. May monitor and coordinate the work of subcontractors, vendors, interns or students.

Qualifications & Skills:

Education:

BA/BS (MA/MS preferred) degree in science, math, engineering, science education, social sciences or a field related to informal teaching and learning

Experience & Qualifications:

A minimum of 5+ years of experience project managing museum exhibitions, preferably in interactive science or art environments. Requires excellence in initial project scoping and managing the workflow of teams, as well as excellent time management, strong attention to detail and the ability to manage positive and collaborative relationships. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. A willingness and ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with science researchers and non-specialists. Excellent research and organizational skills; candidates must be detail oriented, self-motivated, conscientious, thorough, task-focused and able to manage and track multiple demands in a fast-paced environment. Excellent, technical proficiency with MS Office software including Word, Excel, PPT; and Google docs. Specific science content knowledge with respect to one or more of the following scientific/technological fields is preferred: mathematics, physics, engineering, architecture, computer or life sciences.

Apply online, (Job #15856)

 

Part-time Workshop Instructors

The MIT Museum seeks 2-3 part-time educators to teach Museum-developed, on-site education programs in science, technology, and engineering workshops for visiting middle and high school students from March 2018 to January 2019, with an opportunity for extension. Successful candidates will have a science or engineering background, experience working with students in formal and/or informal education settings and an enthusiasm for learning about MIT Museum collections and current research at MIT. The ideal candidate will have a flexible schedule and should be available 1-2 days a week, for three-hour shifts between 9:30am and 4:00pm. Anticipated commitment is 6-12 hours/month with the possibility of additional hours and extended employment. Compensation of $15-$18/hour, based on experience. Training will be provided.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to the Education Coordinator, MIT Museum, 265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or edsearch@mit.edu. Review of applications will begin in late February, with hiring to occur by mid-March.

 

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.

 

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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