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Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator
Visitor Services Assistants
Visitor Services/Programs Assistant 
 

Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator

Position Overview:

The Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator is a critical member of the MIT Museum’s Engagement team that produces and implements the Museum’s educational and public programs in service to the Museum’s mission. The Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator will be responsible for creating innovative programming for youth, teens, and members of the public both inside the walls of the Museum and across the broader community. This wide-ranging position supports the Museum’s teen, college intern, and volunteer programs while also deeply engaged in the day-to-day teaching and facilitation of the Museum’s many STEAM education activities. This position requires an individual with a passion for STEAM and STEAM education, and a commitment to creating programs that are inclusive of and in service to all members of the community, including older youth and teens.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

The MIT Museum’s Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator will:

  • Build relationships between the Museum, the MIT community, and the greater Cambridge community to increase the programming supporting youth, teens, and other underserved audiences in the Museum’s STEAM engagement activities.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues at the Museum to create STEAM engagement opportunities for museum visitors, the MIT community, and the broader public inside and outside the Museum.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of programs and initiatives to engage and support teens through mentoring, new program development, creating new collaborations with the museum and across the MIT campus to support such initiatives.
  • Coordinate 30 education volunteers, including recruitment, orientation, training, scheduling, and assessment.
  • Facilitate engaging, hands-on elements for on-gallery demonstrations by volunteers.
  • Coordinate the Museum’s summer intern program for undergraduate interns in informal science education.
  • Teach and facilitate a large variety of program types offered at the Museum and in outreach situations in coordination with other members of the Engagement team.
  • Use program evaluation tools effectively to inform and improve program design and delivery models.
  • Collaborate with members of the Engagement team to identify and deliver program opportunities that build a wider audience for the Museum’s public programs.
  • Work with Museum staff, faculty, alumni/ae, students, and volunteers on the content development and delivery of programs.
  • Support other members of the Engagement team in program development, project coordination, and program delivery as needed.
  • Other duties as needed or required. 

 

Supervision Received:
The Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Engagement & Cambridge Science Festival.

Supervision Exercised:

The Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator will supervise volunteers, occasional temporary and student employees, interns, and teen program participants.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:
Undergraduate degree in a science, technology or engineering field and scientific and technological literacy required. Minimum of two years of experience in informal science education and program delivery to general, teen, family and adult audiences. Demonstrated evidence of development and delivery of programs supporting youth, teens, and underserved audiences. Experience in collaborating with diverse communities and enthusiasm for creating inclusive science engagement experiences is essential. Proven experience managing multiple independent projects simultaneously. Must show a considerable degree of creativity and initiative, be detail-oriented 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 organizations. Excellent written, oral, and research skills are essential. Must be able to work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, school vacation weeks, occasional holidays and evenings. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and stand for 2 hours at a time.

PREFERRED:

Advanced degree preferred. Understanding of youth development and teen issues. Experience in delivering informal science engagement experiences in various venues including non-traditional venues for science education. Familiarity with audience evaluation techniques is an advantage. Bilingual facility helpful.

Apply through MIT Human Resources website.

 

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.
 

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.

  • Build relationships between the Museum, the MIT community, and the greater Cambridge community to increase the programming supporting youth, teens, and other underserved audiences in the Museum’s STEAM engagement activities.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues at the Museum to create STEAM engagement opportunities for museum visitors, the MIT community, and the broader public inside and outside the Museum.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of programs and initiatives to engage and support teens through mentoring, new program development, creating new collaborations with the museum and across the MIT campus to support such initiatives.
  • Coordinate 30 education volunteers, including recruitment, orientation, training, scheduling, and assessment.
  • Facilitate engaging, hands-on elements for on-gallery demonstrations by volunteers.
  • Coordinate the Museum’s summer intern program for undergraduate interns in informal science education.
  • Teach and facilitate a large variety of program types offered at the Museum and in outreach situations in coordination with other members of the Engagement team.
  • Use program evaluation tools effectively to inform and improve program design and delivery models.
  • Collaborate with members of the Engagement team to identify and deliver program opportunities that build a wider audience for the Museum’s public programs.
  • Work with Museum staff, faculty, alumni/ae, students, and volunteers on the content development and delivery of programs.
  • Support other members of the Engagement team in program development, project coordination, and program delivery as needed.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

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