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Paid positions
Volunteer positions
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Paid Positions

MIT Museum/Nord Anglia Collaboration Coordinators (2 positions)
Marketing & Communications Manager
Senior Development Assistant
Visitor Services Assistants
NASA Space Grant Summer Robotics Fellow


MIT Museum/Nord Anglia Collaboration Coordinators (2 positions)

Position Overview:

The MIT Museum has a formal, multi-year agreement with Nord Anglia Education Ltd. to provide science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programming to students and teachers at Nord Anglia's 42 schools around the world. The MIT Museum/Nord Anglia Collaboration Program Coordinator (one of two Coordinators) will report to the Director of the Cambridge Science Festival and oversee the successful implementation of the MIT Museum/Nord Anglia Program, including year-round activities delivered online to Nord Anglia schools, and spring and summer visits to MIT by Nord Anglia teachers and students. In addition, they will assist with the production of the annual Cambridge Science Festival as well as Science on the Street, as members of the Cambridge Science Festival Team. (This is a 5-year term position.)

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create, present and evaluate three annual STEAM challenges distributed online to thousands of middle and high school students around the world.
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate an annual five-day trip to MIT's campus for 125 Nord Anglia middle school students consisting of STEAM workshops and unique MIT experiences.
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate an annual summer professional development week at MIT for approximately 50 Nord Anglia teachers.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with faculty, staff and students at MIT, and stay informed on research, discoveries and other STEAM news for the benefit of Nord Anglia students and teachers.
  • Assist with event planning and execution of big, high profile events in the Cambridge Science Festival and assist with the presentation of Science on the Street when needed.
  • Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

Reports to the Director of the Cambridge Science Festival and works collaboratively with the Manager of the Festival as well as the Coordinator of Science on the Street.

Supervision Exercised:

The MIT Museum/Nord Anglia Collaboration Program Coordinator will not supervise any direct hires but will be expected to coordinate volunteers and vendors.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:
The qualified candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree preferably in a STEAM field and 2 years of experience. An educational background is desired. The position must be a flexible, adaptable team player who demonstrates a passion for science and the ability to communicate effectively. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record in science communication, complex logistics management, familiarity with program delivery to school audiences; initiative; and excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills. Proficiency with social media and MS Word, Excel, database development, and Internet applications strongly desired.

Must be available to work occasional nights and weekends. A working knowledge of MIT is highly desirable.

To Apply:

Applicants must apply online at MIT HR website, Job #13687 and Job #13688.


Marketing & Communications Manager

Position Overview:

Promote the Museum locally, nationally and globally through all forms of media and special marketing initiatives, and act as Museum contact for all public relations inquiries. Work to maintain and increase the visibility of the Museum as a representative of MIT's values and educational mission.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Plan, execute and manage communication, marketing and promotional strategies, using digital, print, mail, advertising and the media. Contract for and manage public relations, graphic design, and photography services.

Plan and implement marketing efforts including for specific exhibitions and public programs, and retail services. Oversight includes effective management of digital calendars and ticketing outlets as they relate to marketing the Museum.

Serve as the central media relations point person with oversight for text and visual interpretive materials to be distributed to the media, including but not limited to print journalists, new media outlets, social media platforms, and other communication outlets as they develop.

Organize and host media visits. Pitch story ideas to internal and external media contacts.

Write and oversee the design and publication of publicity and marketing materials including the MIT Museum brochure, rack cards, information cards, digital newsletter, and all advertising for print, radio and web. (Includes working with the consulting designer/art director to maintain the visual brand of the MIT Museum in all promotional and publicity materials.) Coordinate the distribution of calendars, brochures and notices.

Oversee the Museum website; and develop and implement the plan for its editorial direction. Work collaboratively with the Technology team to update the infrastructure as needed.

Timely response to inquiries for information from the press, blogggers and visitors. Respond to online reviews in a regular and professional manner.

Support the Museum's fundraising efforts by working with Associate Director and MIT Arts Development Officer to plan and create effective communications materials.

Participate in planning for the new MIT Museum in Kendall Square, particularly in the areas of branding and communications.

Represent the Museum at professional and MIT community meetings and organize presentation materials for same on an as needed basis.

Other duties as needed or required.

Occasional weekend and evening hours may be required.


Supervision Received:

Reports to Associate Director and meets with weekly.

Supervision Exercised:

Supervises Digital Communications Associate.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:
A relevant undergraduate degree is required.

A minimum of 5 years of demonstrated experience in institutional branding, positioning and communications.

Must have excellent writing, editing and interpersonal skills, be highly organized and able to manage multiple projects and a range of vendors, and able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Marketing and public relations experience in a non-profit or educational organization is essential.

Must have familiarity with digital and print communications, including advertising.

May deal with confidential information and/or issues requiring discretion and judgment.

PREFERRED:
Museum experience preferred.

To Apply:

Applicants must apply online at MIT HR website, Job #13686.


Senior Development Assistant

Position Overview:

Under minimal supervision, the Senior Development Assistant (SDA) supports the fundraising efforts of the Museum, working closely with the MIT Arts Development Officer, and the Museum Director and Associate Director. The SDA performs a wide range of administrative activities including regular use of Advance for prospect/donor tracking and management, assisting with prospect research, drafting and producing correspondence, memos, and reports, organizing and staffing meetings and development events, and helping to expedite follow-up actions.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Become fully proficient in use of Resource Development donor software, Advance, in order to maintain, manage and report on prospect and donor data. Create new reports and modify existing reports in Advance re: dollars raised, visit activity, etc.

Provide research assistance including conducting prospect research using Web-based sources, internal server and databases, and other sources when necessary; and development support in coordinating Museum annual and other fundraising appeals.

Draft a variety of written materials including prospect briefing drafts and background information to be used for cultivation and solicitation meetings.

Coordinate stewardship efforts by gathering pertinent information and drafting stewardship letters and reports.

Serve as lead contact for Museum fundraising events, drafting and producing invitations, RSVP tracking, coordination of event logistics and menus (as needed), and all other event details.

Serve as key contact to track Museum prospecting and fundraising.

Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received:

Reports to Arts Development Officer/Museum Associate Director and meets with weekly to receive and review project assignments.

Qualifications & Skills:

REQUIRED:
High school education or equivalent is required with a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience. Bachelor's degree preferred.

Must be proficient with MS Office and be comfortable learning new software, and have wide ranging knowledge of office procedures. Experience maintaining website.

Ability to independently organize, prioritize and carry out detailed procedures with minimal supervision, and to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects.

Must be able to take initiative and to be thoughtful, resourceful, motivated, well organized, detail and process oriented, able to problem solve, and willing to learn and to adapt.

Ability to communicate and interact well with others.

Proficient writing, editing, and proofreading skills.

Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to help staff development events.

Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

PREFERRED:
Development experience and/or familiarity with non-profit organizations or higher educational institutions.

To Apply:

Applicants must apply online at MIT HR website, Job #13659.


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.

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. Foreign language proficiency, especially in Mandarin, desirable but not mandatory.

Hours to include some weekday mornings/afternoons and at least one weekend day during the spring (approx. 16-20 hours per week). Potential for hours to increase to approx. 30-35 hours per week during July and August. Additional evening hours occasionally available during museum functions and programs.

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.


Volunteer Positions

Education & Public Programs

The MIT Museum is looking for individuals who are committed to engaging with the public and sharing enthusiasm and knowledge of MIT, current MIT research, or the MIT experience. Ideal candidates are passionate about science, technology, and art and are able to convey their excitement to Museum visitors of all ages.

Volunteers conduct demonstrations illustrating different academic topics in our galleries - such as holography or robotics - interacting with visitors and empowering them to delve deeper into the subject. Volunteers are encouraged to develop their own demonstrations with the guidance of the Programs and Education team, showcasing areas of research that they want to share with the public, but may also explore our existing visitor demonstrations.

Requirements

MIT Museum volunteers must:

  • have completed high school and be at least 17 years old
  • commit to at least 50 hours of volunteering per year
  • participate in volunteer training administered by the Museum
  • behave in a manner consistent with the Museum's values

Benefits

Volunteering at the MIT Museum grants you the following benefits:

  • Behind the scenes look at Museum exhibitions and collections
  • Gallery talks & tours with curators and staff
  • MIT Museum shirt
  • 20% Museum store discount
  • Annual volunteer recognition event
  • Four Museum passes for successfully completing annual minimum hours
  • Free admission to many Boston-area museums!

Application Instructions

Please click here to fill out an application.


Internship Opportunities

Move Project Internship
General Collections Internship
Architecture & Design Internships

The following internships are open to undergraduate or graduate students, or graduates. Internships typically start three times per year: with the Fall or Spring semester, or in the Summer. Internships are unpaid. If course credit is offered by a student intern’s academic institution, we’re happy to discuss terms with the intern’s academic advisor. Résumé and cover letter required for all applications. Collections internships are available during weekday Museum hours only (Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

Move Project Internship (Collections Department)

The MIT Museum is seeking a highly motivated, detail-oriented intern to assist with a large multi-phased collections move. The candidate will be a highly organized, proactive, flexible individual with excellent analytical, problem solving, communication, and interpersonal skills and the ability to work productively in a collaborative environment. Computer experience with collections databases preferred. The position requires interest or experience in museum studies, archival storage practices, fine art packing or related field. Knowledge of current registration and collections management practices, especially information management, is an advantage. This position involves physical activity. To apply, fill out the online application listing "Move Intern" in the Opportunity field.

MIT General Collections Internship

The MIT Museum is seeking interns to work with materials related to the institutional history of MIT for semester-long internships. The intern will inventory, arrange and describe small collections of mixed papers and objects from MIT faculty and alumni. The intern will assist in the production of finding aids as appropriate, using the museum's standard format. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and will assist with collection inventory and packing as needed. As time allows and based upon the interests of the intern, the intern may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, marking objects for tracking and research and scanning for reference requests. To apply, fill out the online application listing "MIT General Collections" in the Opportunity field.

Architecture & Design Internships

The MIT Museum is seeking interns for semester-long internships to work with materials in the Architecture and Design Collections. Projects may include inventory, arrangement, and description of architectural drawings and papers, and production of finding aids as appropriate. The intern will learn standards and procedures for safe object handling and may learn the basics of cataloging objects in the local database system, and assisting with research requests. Additional responsibilities may include projects for current or future exhibitions in the Museum. Interns should have a background in art history, architectural history, architectural design or related fields. To apply, please fill out the online application listing "Architecture and Design" in the Opportunity field.

NASA Space Grant Summer Fellow

The MIT Museum's Education & Public Programs team, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Space Grant Consortium, is seeking an experienced individual to help refresh our robotics curriculum with LEGO EV3 and NXT robots. This interactive educational experience will be used with middle and high school students in an informal learning environment at the MIT Museum and will integrate elements of current Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence research at MIT as well as objects from the Museum's Collections. The Summer Fellow will update pre-and post-workshop activities for use by classroom educators. In addition to content development, the Fellow will be responsible for testing and assessing elements of the workshop with visitors on and off gallery.

Successful candidates should have 2+ years of experience programming and teaching with LEGO Mindstorms (NXT and/or EV3 models). Individuals who have supervised FIRST Robotics Competitions are strongly preferred. Must be open to group collaboration and able to communicate effectively in oral and written forms. Should be able to make connections to MIT research, Massachusetts Science & Technology/Engineering Frameworks, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. This is a temporary, part-time position (20 hours/week, Monday-Friday) beginning in early June and ending in mid- to late August. Compensation of $15-$18/hour will be provided, based on experience. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to edsearch@mit.edu.



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