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Teen and Adult Programs Coordinator

Expectations for all MIT employees:

As a member of the MIT community, supports MIT’s Non-Discrimination Policy and respectfully interacts with others in the community, and continues to expand their understanding of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion best practices. Represents MIT with professionalism, ethics, integrity, and mutual respect towards colleagues and internal/external clients. Keeps current and proficient with necessary skills and knowledge, including computer skills. Self-identifies training needs relevant to work area and responsibilities. Demonstrates initiative, flexibility, openness to change, and accountability. Works within a team environment, providing support to and collaboration with colleagues. Is expected to know and follow relevant Environmental Health and Safety Requirements.

Position Overview:

The Teen and Adult Programs Coordinator is a critical member of the MIT Museum's Engagement team. They are responsible for coordinating innovative programming for teens, adults, and members of the public, developed in collaboration with the Adult Programs Producer, members of the museum's staff, the MIT community (faculty, staff, and students), and Cambridge community members and organizations. This position will support the museum's strategic vision of creating inclusive programs that 1) cultivate public conversations at the intersection of science, technology, and society; 2) provide unique experiences at the collision of art and science; and 3) provide a broad array of informal gathering and learning opportunities for teens and adults.

This position directly oversees our Teen Programing Council and requires an individual with a passion for 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. This position also maintains relationships with the broader community of professionals who serve youth and teens in STEAM programs.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Strategically build relationships between the Museum, the MIT community, and the greater Cambridge community to increase the breadth and depth of adult and teen programming.
  • Support a diverse portfolio of public engagement opportunities by providing planning and logistical assistance and on-site management for program delivery.
  • Plan, recruit for, and run the Teen Programming Council.
  • Strategize, develop, and implement programs and initiatives to engage and support teens through mentoring, new program development, and creating new collaborations within the museum and across the MIT campus to support such initiatives.
  • Deliver a clear channel of communication including the program scheduling and creation of materials needed for program and event promotion.
  • Represent the Museum in the community of professionals who serve youth and teens in STEAM programming, and occasionally plan and deliver content for off-site community engagement.
  • Ensure the program content and interpretation is consistent with the Museum's mission and goals and meets best practices.
  • Use program evaluation tools effectively to inform and improve program design and delivery models.
  • Support other members of the Engagement team in program development, project coordination, and program delivery as needed.
  • During "crunch times," provide additional support for large-scale MIT Museum engagement activities as needed, such as the annual Cambridge Science Festival.
  • Other duties as needed or required, including work performed at lower levels, when necessary.

Supervision Received:
This position will report to the Adult Programs Manager

Supervision Exercised:
This position will supervise occasional student employees, interns, volunteers, and teen program participants.

Qualifications & Skills:


  • High school degree and a comfort with scientific and technological literacy.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in mentoring teenagers and producing programs and events.
  • Experience in collaborating with diverse communities to create spaces of belonging and enthusiasm for creating inclusive science engagement experiences.
  • 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.
  • Interest and ability to work in an ever-changing public-facing museum environment.
  • Excellent written, oral, and research skills are essential.
  • The current schedule for this position is Tuesday-Saturday, including frequent evening work. This schedule will be assessed as the ideal timing for teen programs emerges. Must be able to move chairs, AV equipment, etc. weighing up to 40 pounds and remain active for up to 2 hours at a time.


  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in an education, science, technology, or engineering field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in informal science education and program delivery to general, teen, family and adult audiences.
  • 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.

To apply, visit the MIT Human Resources Site. This role is a pay scale 6.