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Director of Engagement & Cambridge Science Festival
Visitor Services Assistants
Visitor Services/Programs Assistant 

Director of Engagement & Cambridge Science Festival

Position Overview:
Reporting to the Director of the Museum, the Director of Engagement and the Cambridge Science Festival is a new position created to lead all of the museum’s work in educational and public programming, with particular reference to the greatly expanded opportunities for such programming that will be provided by the new MIT Museum in Kendall Square, projected to open in late 2021. S/he will have immediate responsibility for year-round programmatic activities in the museum, for outreach activities including the annual Cambridge Science Festival, and for a number of national and global programming initiatives. Internally, as part of the senior management team, the successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in other key areas (e.g., Collections, Exhibitions) in the framing and delivery of the museum’s strategic plans. Externally, the successful candidate will work closely with colleagues across MIT and from other institutions in North America and overseas in the development of the larger field of public engagement with science and technology.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for overall vision, strategic design, development, implementation, and evaluation of audience engagement and learning experiences, both informal and formal, including the range of new education and programs opportunities that will be possible with the Museum’s new location in Kendall Square.

Lead a staff of 12 individuals including four teams: Education and Public Programs, Cambridge Science Festival, Science Festival Alliance, and Nord Anglia Collaboration.

Build on the museum’s unique strengths as a programming organization, to develop new forms of face-to-face and remote (e.g., online) engagement tailored to the needs of key target audiences.

Leverage the museum’s position as MIT’s lead outreach organization, by working collaboratively with: MIT faculty, researchers, students and staff; other educational and community organizations in Cambridge and the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area; and other science engagement professionals nationally and internationally.

Exploit the potential of the museum to act as a locus for the improvement of best practices in science engagement nationally and internationally, e.g., by developing a portfolio of experimental practice, and offering development opportunities to science engagement professionals.

Set and manage annual project schedules, integrate processes, organize and lead meetings, and communicate with staff, collaborators, and internal and external stakeholders.

Assess resources needed to support and deliver the Cambridge Science Festival, Science Festival Alliance, Nord Anglia Collaboration, and fee based programs and services, and develop the operating plan and budget for these activities, including expenses and revenues. Monitor budgets.

Proactively support efforts to raise funding and sponsorships by drafting text and providing materials and presentations.

Collaborate with colleagues to develop marketing, communications, and promotional strategies for engagement programs.

Represent the museum’s engagement activities at meetings and conferences, and where relevant through publications.

Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:
Reports to the Director of the Museum and meets with regularly

Supervision Exercised:
Supervises the leads of the Education and Public Programs, Cambridge Science Festival, Science Festival Alliance and Nord Anglia Collaboration teams.  Participates in the hiring and development of staff, and conducts annual performance reviews.

Qualifications & Skills:
REQUIRED:
Minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience. Demonstrated record of successfully creating and implementing original engagement activities designed for one of the MIT Museum’s key target audiences. Experience in developing and implementing programs to reach and engage new and diverse audiences. Expertise in program evaluation. Excellent budget preparation and management skills. Experience in drafting text and providing materials and presentations to support grant writing and fundraising.

Strong academic qualifications including a graduate degree in a relevant subject area.

A strategic grasp of the challenges and opportunities in the wider field of science engagement in the U.S. and internationally, and a vision for the distinctive role of the MIT Museum – locally, regionally, nationally, globally – in this field.

An established reputation in the wider field of science engagement nationally and/or internationally.

Highly developed presentation and public speaking skills.

Excellent interpersonal and managerial skills and the ability to build teams and to work collaboratively, as evidenced in successful management of staff and/or volunteers in the delivery of engagement activities in previous professional positions.

Highly organized with strong attention to detail; able to manage multiple projects, prioritize duties and meet deadlines, and able to perform well in a changing work environment, as the Museum plans and makes its move to the new facility in Kendall Square.  

Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.

PREFERRED:
A doctorate in a relevant subject area.

Experience with daytime, evening and outdoor programs, festivals, and a wide array of small, medium, and large scale activities.

A portfolio of relevant publications and/or conference presentations; an interest in experimental public programming and in on-line informal learning; a charismatic stage presence.

Apply on the MIT Careers 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.

 

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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