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Research Associate [Museum of Science Boston]


Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.


Grant-funded, full-time


Research & Evaluation / Strategic Initiatives



Since 2004, the Museum of Science, Boston has maintained a dedicated Research and Evaluation Department that studies museum visitors and professionals, specifically focusing on how they learn. This department measures the educational impact of the Museum’s various learning experiences (both those aimed at a professional and public audience), and advises project teams on ways they can incorporate visitor interests, needs, concerns and understanding into their decision-making through the effective use of existing literature and/or visitor research and evaluation studies. The Museum of Science Research and Evaluation Department consists of nine full-time staff members and two part-time staff members, making it one of the largest departments of its kind in the world. Collectively, these professionals have expertise in science education, museum education, museum studies, and special education.


Professionals in this department have experience conducting national studies and collaborating with other research and evaluation organizations, which results in the department having both broad reach and a leadership position within the museum field. The Museum of Science Research and Evaluation department currently oversees the evaluation of NISE Net, a Network of over 200 science museums and universities that is funded through two consecutive grants from the National Science Foundation that total over $40 million. In the past seven years, members of this department have made over 70 conference presentations, published over 25 journal articles, and have advised or conducted studies for dozens museums around the world. In addition, staff members hold leadership positions in key industry organizations, with the Director of the Research and Evaluation Department currently serving as the chair of the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation for AAM and the instructor of Museum Evaluation at Tufts University. Other individuals in the department lead important efforts such as AAM’s Marketplace of Ideas for Evaluation and the prestigious Excellence in Exhibitions Competition.



The Research/Evaluation Associate will work with the Project Manager and Director of Research and Evaluation to plan and oversee the research and evaluation efforts. This will include the development of timelines, instruments, pilot testing, analysis, and reporting for the evaluation and research of educational and visitor service programs at the Museum of Science.


– Work with 4-6 research/evaluation projects (except when they are very large). Oversee any research assistants and/or data collectors who are involved with the project.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Master’s degree or higher preferred.

* More than three (3) years of research experience.

Special Notes:

Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: free parking, T accessibility, 23 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5-10 sick days, medical and dental insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, health care/dependent care flex spending plan, employee discounts, employee referral program, tuition assistance, professional development, direct deposit, free admission, free Duck Tours, discounted movie passes, and much more!

Curriculum Designer/Project Manager [NY Hall of Science]

Curriculum Designer/Project Manager, NY Hall of Science


*Position Title:     Curriculum Designer/Project Manager
*Department:         Sara Lee Schupf Family Center for Play, Science, and
Technology Learning (SciPlay)
Reports to:            Director of SciPlay

Job Code:            19.3041.00
FLSA Status:        Exempt (Professional)

*Background*: The New York Hall of Science, New York City’s only hands-on
science museum and host to close to a half a million visitors every year,
serves the most ethnically diverse population in the country ‹ reflecting
the institution¹s home borough of Queens and also that of the greater
metropolitan area. Built originally for the 1964 World¹s Fair, NYSCI
continues to capture the spirit of discovery and innovation that was at the
heart of this event.  NYSCI offers an unparalleled range of 450 interactive
exhibits that invite visitors to explore varied aspects of science,
technology, engineering, and math (STEM). By combining these exhibits with
the country¹s largest outdoor Science Playground along with discovery labs,
teacher-training programs, and internationally replicated science education
programs for urban youth, NYSCI brings the excitement and understanding of
science and technology to children, families, and teachers throughout the
New York metro-region and beyond.

Our mission is to bring the excitement and understanding of science and
technology to children, families, teachers, and others by galvanizing their
curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn. NYSCI
has approximately 90 full-time and over 150 part-time staff-members.

*Departmental Role*:  SciPlay is a new applied research center on Play,
Science, and Technology Learning. SciPlay designs and studies how to use
play as a medium for science learning across both informal and formal
education settings. SciPlay runs numerous initiatives that utilize the New
York Hall of Science (NYSCI) as a laboratory for studying learning. The
project most immediately relevant to this position is ³SciGames:
A Technology-enhanced Model for Bridging Informal and Formal Science
Learning² funded by the National Science Foundation¹s Transforming
STEM Education program and the U.S. Department of Education¹s Investing in
Innovation program. This project focuses on supporting middle
school physics learning through students playing technology-enhanced
playground games with companion classroom digital apps. This work is
in collaboration with Learning Games Network, Parsons The New School of
Design, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the New
York City Department of Education.

*Function*:  Design hands-on, technology-based science curriculum grounded
in pedagogical research and best-practices in informal science education.
Manage consultants and coordinate work of internal and external
collaborators and project staff. Manage day-to-day project needs including
recruitment of teachers, coordination of curriculum piloting and
implementation and teacher professional development. Perform administrative
tasks in support of the SciGames project and SciPlay department.

*Principal Responsibilities*:

1.     *Science Curriculum Designer*
·       Contribute inquiry-based science education expertise to the
development of play-based playground games designed to teach middle school
·       Contribute inquiry-based science education expertise to the
development of digital apps with which students/teachers use data from the
playground games back in the classroom
·       Coordinate the prototyping and development of the games and apps.
·       Produce instructional sequences and related materials that will
guide students¹ and teachers¹ use of the game and apps
·       Design and deliver professional development workshops and materials
for teachers to orient them to the use of playground games and digital apps

2.     *Teacher Network Coordinator*
·       Recruit cohorts of teachers as consultants for design work, focus
groups, and project prototyping events, in collaboration with the NYC DOE
·       Plan and lead teacher meetings and coordinate teacher work to
enrich the project

3.     *Project Manager*
·       Coordinate efforts of project team members and contractors
·       Research, purchase, store, and manage project related materials
·       Work with finance department to process contracts for project
·       Coordinate, plan and schedule meetings, conference calls, etc.
·       Reserve rooms and museum spaces for meetings and project events
·       Assist with drafting documents and powerpoint presentations for

4.     Complete other tasks as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  None


*Education*:   B.S. ideally in a physics-related field and 5 years of
instructional experience in informal and/or formal settings; M.A. or M.S.
in science education or related field preferred.


·       Deep knowledge of physics subject matter
·       Knowledge of how students learn and how to create inquiry
curriculum for engagement and deep learning.
·       Commitment to the philosophy and mission of the New York Hall of
·       Careful attention to detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
·       Ability to plan and organize the activities of others.
·       Passion and knowledge about the use of technologies to support
creative, engaged learning. .
·       Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas
clearly both in written and oral communications.


·       Experience in science curriculum and professional development
·       Experienced in using computer-based instructional technologies;
experience designing and building such technologies is a plus.
·       Instructional/teaching experience in science in formal and/or
informal settings
·       Experience working with science teachers in a professional
development context.
·       Experience an effective project manager, team builder, and
collaborator, skilled at leveraging the talents of others.
·       Experience assisting in education research preferred.
·       5 years experience in lead program roles is preferred.

Compensation:            Commensurate with education, skills and
experience, including an excellent NYSCI benefits package.

The New York Hall of Science supports diversity in the workplace. NYSCI is
an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and supports a drug free workplace


Qualified candidates should email both resume and cover letter and salary
range/requirements to **.  Please include ³SciPlay² in
subject line.  No calls please.

*Application Deadline:          July 2, 2012*

*Targeted Start Date:            Immediately*

*Don’t forget to visit the Museum-Ed Web site for programs, archives,
sample documents and more.*

Marketing & Communications Director [Washington State Historical Society]

Marketing & Communications Director, Washington State Historical Society

The Washington State Historical Society is looking for a dynamic,
experienced Marketing & Communications Director. Please pass along to
anyone you feel might be a good fit for the position.****

** **

This recruitment is open until filled.  The hiring authority reserves the
right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time
after July 1, 2012.  It will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit
application materials as soon as possible.

This position works closely with the Director to research, develop and
execute public relations strategies, marketing, communications and
promotional efforts at the Washington State History Museum.****

* Duties:*

– Responsible for development and/or implementation of agency-wide
communications policies and procedures.****
– Responsible for all communications with community and stakeholders,
including marketing of exhibits and program, advertising, website,
communications (e-newletters etc.), social media, etc.****
– Advises the Director regarding internal communications, public
activities, and media contacts.****
– Provides presentations and information on behalf of the Director and
the agency regarding museum activities, exhibits, and events.****
– Will be in regular contact with media, potential corporate sponsors,
advertising representatives, community partners, and affiliate
– Development and implementation of a strategic marketing and
communications plan.****
– Oversee development and distribution of all print communications
including the annual report, marketing collateral materials, the Columbia
Magazine and Explore-It newsletter, advertising, signage.****
– Oversee development and distribution of all electronic communications
including website, e-news, social media and other new media.****
– Oversee media relationships and strategy, serving as lead point person
on media interactions that help promote and/or impact WSHS. Manage the
efforts of an outside PR agency as needed.****
– Actively engage, cultivate and manage press and strategic community
relationships to ensure positive coverage surrounding WSHS programs,
special events, exhibits, public announcements and other projects.****
– Oversee and initiate market research and data analysis initiatives.****
– Represent WSHS through public speaking and community engagements.****
– Create and manage marketing department operating budget.****

* Qualifications:*

*Required Education, Experience, and Competencies.*****

A Bachelor¹s degree involving major study in journalism, public relations,
graphic design, communications, business or a closely allied field.****

Three to five years professional experience in marketing or communications.*

Must pass a background check.****

** **

*Preferred/Desired Education, Experience, and Competencies.*****

A Master¹s degree involving major study in journalism, public relations,
graphic design, communications, business or a closely allied field.****

* Supplemental Information:*

*PLEASE NOTE: * Due to legislative action, the salary for this opportunity
is reduced by 3% for the timeframe of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013.

*To Be Considered for This Position, Please Submit:*****

– A cover letter describing how you meet the requirements for this
– A chronological resume, including dates for each position.****
– A list of three professional references, AND names & phone numbers of
your current and past three supervisors.****

*You must apply on-line at ***<>


*The Wasington State Historical Society is an equal opportunity employer.
Women, racial and ethnic minorities, military veterans, persons of
disability, and
persons over 40 years of age are encouraged to apply.
Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process, or
those needing this announcemnet in an alternative format,
may call the Human Resources Office at (253) 798-5901.*****

Educator and Reservations Manager [Bruce Museum]

Educator and Reservations Manager, Bruce Museum

The Bruce Museum seeks an energetic educator for an active education
department who will also manage the department’s program reservations.  The
Museum Educator is primarily responsible for teaching inquiry-based, art
and science school programs for  both museum-based and outreach/Brucemobile
programs. The Museum Educator also coordinates the Jr. Educator Program
including the recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation of the
high school Jr. Educators for the after school Neighborhood Collaborative
program with assistance from the Education department staff. Additionally,
the Reservations Manager portion of this position is responsible for the
logistical coordination of the Museum’s tours, school, outreach, and after
school programs including the booking of reservations, sending of
confirmations and billing for programs provided by the Bruce Museum
Education Department.

Teaching experience, and a Bachelor’s degree in education, science, art,
museum studies or related field, is required.  Valid driver’s license,
unattended mobility in object handling, and the ability to drive the museum
vehicles and visit facilities unequipped to accommodate the physically
challenged are necessary.

The Bruce Museum is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive
salary in low to — mid 30Ks, and benefits. Start date July 2012.

Send letter and resume to:  Or mail to:

*Director of Education, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT

The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of Art and
Science to enrich the lives of all people.  The Museum is located in
Greenwich, Connecticut, 40 miles east of New York City just off  I-95 and
steps away from Metro-North Railroad’s Greenwich station.  The Museum
features the long-term environmental history exhibition Changes In Our
Land, as well as four galleries showcasing fine and decorative arts,
science and ethnology exhibits.  The museum holds a permanent collection of
natural history, Native American, and archaeological objects, and a growing
collection of fine and decorative arts.

Please visit our web site

Exhibitions and Outreach Associate [Boston Public Library]

Exhibitions & Outreach Associate
BPL Community Library Services

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Library – Other
The Organization
A leading American historian has called the Public Library of the City of Boston “one of the five great libraries of the world.”

Well over 3.5 million people visit the Boston Public Library every year to use its collection of 8.9 million books. Another 7 million people connect with the BPL through its website to take advantage of its many services and its growing collection of electronic resources, downloadable media and digitalized rare books and manuscripts.

Among its preeminent collections, the BPL holds several first edition folios by William Shakespeare; original music scores by Mozart, Prokofiev and others; and the personal library of President John Adams.  In addition, the BPL is home to the renowned Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, which includes over 200,000 historic maps and 5,000 atlases documenting the evolution of the printed map.

Over 12,000 programs and classes attract thousands of residents from across the diverse neighborhoods and cultural groups that make up the city. Award winning online and in-library homework assistance sessions, ESL and literacy classes, are also a popular draw.

The BPL is a department of the municipal government of Boston and a statutory charitable organization governed by a board of nine distinguished trustees appointed by the Mayor.

Position Overview
Assist Manager of Exhibitions and Outreach in the coordination and implementation of exhibitions, related programming, the art and architecture tour guide program at Copley Square, and fundraising initiatives.

Reports to
Manager of Exhibitions and Outreach or delegate.

As assigned, professional and support staff.

Scope of Responsibility
1. Exhibition Coordination: Assists the Manager of Exhibitions and Outreach with all aspects of gallery exhibition installation at Copley Square including scheduling, site logistics, vendor relations, curatorial coordination, design and production, budget tracking and invoice payment, digitization, set-up and de-installation oversight of special collections materials, evaluation and data collection, publicity and communications, special event assistance, and follow-up.
2. Exhibition Content Generation:  Assists with the drafting and editing of copy for gallery and online exhibitions as needed.   Assists with proofreading and design review of installation materials.  Assists with input and maintenance of exhibition web page for current and past exhibitions, including inputting and formatting text and adding related digital images.
3. Program Support: Works with Programs & Outreach Librarians to assist in the coordination of lectures, children and adult programs, and system-wide events related to exhibition initiatives for the library, including speaker/performer correspondence, publicity materials, travel and event organization, audio-visual needs, night-of support, and invoice processing.
4. Tour Guide Program Coordination: Maintains weekly volunteer public tour schedule for the ongoing Art and Architecture tour program at Copley Square; coordinates and books requests for public, private, and special tours; organizes and oversees bi-monthly tour guide meetings and continuing education programs; assists with implementation of annual tour guide training program; compiles and reports program statistics; and coordinates and oversees special exhibition-related tours as appropriate.
5. Information Gathering and Fundraising Support: Assists Manager of Exhibitions and Outreach as liaison with BPL affiliate groups.  Assists with the maintenance of related records and files for affiliate projects, fundraising activities, and events.  Works closely with appropriate BPL staff to coordinate accurate and time-sensitive gathering of information, statistics, materials, and images for grant proposals and fundraising initiatives, donor reports, board presentations, private donor events, and other purposes as required.
6. Administration:  Schedules meetings, prepares meeting materials, develops agendas, and takes minutes as appropriate.
7. Performs other related and comparable duties as assigned.

1. Ability to execute library policy.
2. Demonstrates initiative and appropriate independent decision making skills.
3. Communicates effectively and presents ideas clearly.
4. Identifies, plans, and prioritizes job responsibilities and tasks; assists in determining and implementing project timelines.
5. Ability to collaborate with library staff, external partners and resources.
6. Proficiency with Microsoft Office.

Education – Bachelor’s degree from recognized college or university.  Graduate degree in related field in Education and/or Museum Studies preferred. In exceptional instances specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.

Experience – Two years or more experience in curatorial and/or exhibition coordination in museum, library, or cultural heritage institution required.  This experience must include working with special collections and archival materials, including knowledge of and experience with best practices for exhibition display and content creation, appropriate preservation principles and practices, and artifact handling.

Technologically advanced; expert user of Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Demonstrated experience with digital photography, basic photo editing and resizing.  Superior writing skills, editing skills, and attention to detail.  Strong portfolio illustrating examples of work.   Ability to successfully manage several demanding projects simultaneously and identify priorities in fast-paced environment.   Self-motivated with exceptional follow-up on assignments.

Flexible Schedule:  Some evening and weekend hours; weekly schedule varies based on scheduled programs and events.

1. Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
2. Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
3. CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  PSA/P-2
Hours per week:  35
Please refer to the Salary Information section on the Boston Career Center site for more information on compensation.  For each Salary Plan, salaries are listed by Grade and Step.

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