Careers

Thank you for your interest in working at the MIT Museum. The Museum is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the Human Resources web site is an excellent resource for learning more about working at MIT.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

Open Positions

  • Senior Web Developer/Creative Technologist
  • Development Coordinator, Corporate Giving
  • Artist and Fabrication Specialist (MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery)

 

Senior Web Developer/ Creative Technologist

The Senior Web Developer/Creative Technologist supports the Director of Technology & Digital Strategy in developing and maintaining the Museum's content Infrastructure used to drive visitor-facing digital experiences on-site and online. This role will collaborate with all departments at the Museum to implement a vision of remixable content delivery through Museum-wide APIs and middleware. This position represents a unique opportunity to build a robust platform on which to build the next generation of digital experiences as the MIT Museum is preparing to reopen in a new location.
As the Museum relaunches its website, the Senior Web Developer will collaborate closely with an external web development firm to develop the Museum's website. After launch, this role will assume primary responsibility for maintaining, extending, and experimenting with the Museum's online expression. 
Additionally, the role will help develop interactive experiences visitors might encounter while visiting the Museum in Cambridge. 
 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)

  • Extend and maintain the Museum's digital content infrastructure to increase the Museum's reach, impact, and stewardship of our digital collections and museum-wide digital assets. This work includes developing digital pipelines among the Museum Content Management System, Digital Asset Management System, and Collections API. 
  • Support Digital Archivist & Collections Information Systems Manager through development and maintenance of systems for digitization workflow. 
  • Contribute to the development of in-house media & digital signage delivery system.
  • Maintain and extend the technical backend and features for Museum websites.
  • Collaborate with staff from the MIT Libraries and Archives, researchers, and students to promote the Museum as a Digital Humanities resource for the MIT campus.
  • Serve on project teams to develop new exhibitions, education and public programs, collections initiatives, projects and courses taught in the Museum Studio and Compton Gallery, and visitor/customer service enhancements, to advise and apply technology and information systems expertise, as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervision & Team:

The Senior Web Developer / Creative Technologist reports to the Director of Technology & Digital Strategy, collaborates with all departments at Museum, and serves as technical liaison for collaboration with external vendors and consultants.

Qualifications & Skills: 

  • 5 years of significant website development, support, and maintenance experience, with a strong background in large-scale, database-driven web application development
  • BS or BA Degree in Computer Science or Information Systems or a related discipline
  • Experience developing applications using headless, API-driven Content Management Systems (ex. Contentful, CraftCMS)
  • Experience creating and documenting APIs to be used/consumed by others
  • Experience with designing and maintaining production-grade architectures on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Ability to work independently with supervision by the Director of Technology & Digital Strategy, and with collaboration among multi-disciplinary teams
  • Strong ability to communicate and create project documentation
  • Successful candidates will be willing to innovate, demonstrate curiosity, and seek to learn about new topics and techniques

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources site.

 

Development Coordinator, Corporate Giving

The Development Coordinator, Corporate Giving, reports to the Senior Leadership Giving Officer, Arts Initiatives, and helps to conceptualize and execute a new corporate annual giving program as an important revenue source for the MIT Museum. The Development Coordinator, Corporate Giving, is a member of a small development team working with Museum leadership to build and expand the funding base, with a focus on corporate prospects and donors. Responsibilities include planning and implementing the corporate annual giving program and benefits structure; and identifying, cultivating, and soliciting corporate gifts and sponsorships, and stewarding these donors.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

With benefit of a recent consultant study, help to conceptualize, plan and implement a new corporate giving program from the ground up.
Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward corporate donors and prospects with the capacity to make annual four and five figure gifts. By becoming familiar with and articulate about the mission, culture, programmatic activities, and fundraising objectives of the MIT Museum, the Development Coordinator, Corporate Giving, creates individualized solicitation plans leading to annual gifts in support of annual operating goals.

Characteristic Duties:

Working with the Senior Leadership Giving Officer, Arts Initiatives, and other relevant Museum staff, builds the infrastructure for the program including: prospect management using the new CRM system, and integrating with MIT Resource Development system where relevant; creation of communication materials including the design and printing of corporate member materials and the preparation of electronic versions, and creation of a corporate member page on the museum’s website; helps to devise the membership/sponsorship benefits structure; identification of and initial planning for at least two member programs for the first year.

  • Identifies, researches and qualifies corporate prospects, and develops strategies and plans for cultivating them.
  • Builds relationships with members of the local corporate community, personally and with involvement of Museum leadership.
  • Working with Museum staff, identifies opportunities for members of the local corporate community to become involved with the Museum, including through volunteering.
  • Arranges for prospects to visit the Museum to meet with appropriate staff.
  • Helps to conceptualize, plan and host special cultivation events to engage members of the local corporate community.
  • Develops solicitation plans and executes personally, as well as in partnership with Museum leadership.
  • Makes direct asks to corporations for initial gifts, upgrades and renewals.
  • Maintains an awareness of the roles of various gift staffs (Office of Individual Giving, Foundation Relations, School Development Officers) to ensure a coordinated approach to prospects.
  • Provides timely and constructive contact reports to all interested parties and delivers timely and effective follow-up to prospects and donors.
  • Manages thoughtful, detailed tracking of prospect moves, next steps and asks.
  • Contributes to fiscal year and long-range plans and methods to meet strategic goals.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

The Development Coordinator, Corporate Giving, reports to the Senior Leadership Giving Officer for Arts Initiatives, who is based in the Museum.

Qualifications & Skills:

MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

 

  • Bachelor's degree and a minimum of two years of front-line fundraising experience, preferably with a cultural or a higher education organization.
  • Demonstrated excellent skills in communications (including listening), and a genuine interest in interacting with a wide variety of people while at the same time adhering to sound administrative practices. 
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with colleagues, volunteers, and members of the business community.
  • A proven record of accomplishment in a position requiring sound project management skills, planning and implementation, execution and efficient utilization of time and resources.
  • Familiarity with planning, organizing and staffing development events.
  • Seek individuals with well-proven human relations and communications skills, and a demonstrated record of securing annual gifts.
  • An understanding of research universities, museums, and entrepreneurial endeavors will be important for success in this role.
  • Ability to work independently and collaborate effectively as part of a team.
  • Experience using prospect and donor management/CRM systems.
  • Occasional early morning or evening work may be required to staff development events.
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

NOTE: This is a 1-year term position with the possibility of renewal dependent on funding.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources site.

 

Artist and Fabrication Specialist (MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery)

Full time beginning September 2021

The Artist and Fabrication Specialist will support the technical and conceptual development of research and educational projects at the MIT Museum Studio and Compton Gallery (the Studio). We seek a practitioner (artist, designer, architect, etc.) experienced with creative, physical problem-solving, fabrication tools and methods, as well as the perceptual and conceptual concerns and objectives inherent to art and exhibition projects. Part of the MIT Museum, the Studio collaborates with academic departments and labs on new courses and research projects that incorporate experimental museum practice. This position offers the opportunity to interact with MIT students, researchers, and faculty on a regular basis, as well as exposure to new technologies and cutting-edge projects in art/science/technology. We seek someone to join this community and contribute to the ideas, methods and culture of the Studio program.

Unique on the MIT campus, the Studio is a research and learning environment/community dedicated to the project-based generation of knowledge between scientific and artistic modes of exploration, production and communication. The Studio facility consists of a workshop/art studio and adjacent, glass-front gallery located at the center of the MIT campus. A leading MIT showcase, accessible to MIT and visiting communities, the Studio hosts exhibitions, courses, workshops, and symposia. As an example, each fall the Studio runs and co-teaches the Vision in Art and Neuroscience course offered through MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences department, combining seminar-based study of the neuroscience of vision with hands-on studio practice and creation of student artworks for exhibition. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about helping to develop the studio component of the course, including exhibition, and have experience working one-on-one with students through design and fabrication processes.

Responsibilities:

  • Technical and conceptual support of student projects, teaching and research projects and processes
  • Running and maintaining the shop and gallery
  • Contributing to Studio program development with ideas, event support, and one’s own artistic thought and practice, consistent with the studio mission

Knowledge/experience:

Required:

  • Demonstrated technical abilities, artistic/design experience (portfolio requested–pdf or web)
  • Experience with electronic prototyping (e.g., basic arduino, LED control, DC and stepper motor control), with demonstrated ability and interest to develop further skills on the job
  • Comfortable operating hand and bench tools and becoming certified to train others to use these tools safely
  • Previous instruction experience. Ability to communicate effectively to help others in the studio realize their projects is essential.·                 

Preferred:

  • Familiarity with Microsoft suite and/or google equivalent (sheets, docs, drive, etc.)
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite
  • Facility with 3D modeling software (software agnostic)
  • Familiarity working with a variety of materials frequently used in prototype making (acrylic, abs, wood, aluminum, foam board, fabric, various adhesives)
  • Ability to research materials, techniques and suppliers
  • Experience in record-keeping, reporting and documenting
  • Comfortable working independently and executing projects to a high level of finish with minimal oversight

Position details and compensation:

Hourly rate $25-$35 commensurate with experience

Flexible schedule to be determined

This is a one-year temporary position with employment through nextSource under the MITemps system, with the possibility of extension.

Some benefits available through nextSource

If interested, please send cover letter, resume, and portfolio (web or PDF) to visualstudies@mit.edu. Your cover letter (~1pg) should describe your fabrication experience and technical abilities as well as how you see your work and ideas growing with the Studio.