Life Sciences Coordinator
The Life Sciences Coordinator will assume a critical role on a small team that produces and leads the Museum’s educational and public programs in collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and community partners.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions)
- Responsible for conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and facilitating programming in the life sciences.
- Programs include drop-in labs and hands-on experiences for museum visitors in its makerspace, learning labs, and galleries; workshops for middle and high school classes; out-of-school time programs for youth and teens; and evening classes for adults.
- Will spend roughly half the time on program planning and development and half on teaching and facilitating programs.
Qualifications & Skills
MINIMUM REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Undergraduate degree in the life sciences or related field.
- Two years’ experience teaching in formal/informal settings.
- Familiarity with life science lab tools/techniques, including those used in cell biology, microbiology, microscopy, and biomaking spaces.
- Initiative; excellent organizational, research, computing, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills.
- Support for Museum’s commitment to equitable access to STEAM for all.
- Flexibility; openness to change; ability to collaborate in a team-oriented environment with colleagues and partners within the museum and across the MIT and Cambridge communities.
- Ability to work in an ever-changing, public-facing museum environment.
- Project and budget management skills; ability to plan, prioritize, and implement project activity and budget tracking systems and meet deadlines in an agile environment.
- Experience and comfort using new technologies, tools, and laboratory equipment.
PREFERRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Graduate degree.
- Experience in program development or event production at the intersection of art and science and/or STEAM-focused programs.
- Relevant work experience in the life sciences or bioengineering.
Working conditions: lifting/moving weights of up to 40 pounds, and remaining active for two-hour periods.
This position is not eligible for regular hybrid work, due to the expectation that the employee will be on-site to conduct all programs. The schedule is Tuesday through Saturday with some evening work.
This position is grant-funded for four years.