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STEAM PROJECT MANAGER

Date: 
Monday, March 15, 2021
Position Description: 
The STEAM Project Manager, as a member of the STEAM team, is responsible for the planning, related networking, logistics, and delivery of a high quality, educational, fun, and engaging STEAM projects. The Project Manager reports to the STEAM Director, and works in collaboration with other team members to make sure the goals of projects are met, on time, on budget, and in keeping with the educational philosophies of the Museum. For some initiatives, the Project Manager will lead teams of colleagues to accomplish stated goals, while for other initiatives, the Project Manager might serve as a team member working alongside colleagues.

The ideal Project Manager will have demonstrated ability to guide, organize, and motivate colleagues, while also have the ability to actively participate in the work. The Project Manager will work to support additional team activities, including certain programs, events, or other educational experience development and delivery efforts.

The STEAM team is responsible for conducting a broad array of programming and projects, including daily hands-on programming in the Art and STEAM Labs, workshops, Boston’s annual CreatedBy Festival, the Museum’s summer camp initiative, grant-funded initiatives that support STEAM education in schools and the community, and working with companies and community groups related to STEM and STEAM.

The STEAM Project Manager will oversee several grant initiatives, some of which involve working closely with students and teachers in schools to develop STEAM educational resources supporting unique learning goals, and others that will involve engaging museum visitors in STEAM educational experiences. All of the STEAM projects overseen by the STEAM Project Manager will support participants (children and their caregivers) in developing STEAM Habits of Mind and supporting the approaches and values outlined in the Museum’s Learning Framework. Across all of our projects and resource development work, we seek to make the museum accessible and relevant to all families in our diverse community, and value the Museum’s equity, diversity, and inclusion work.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Lead colleagues on a team and be an active member of a team developing engaging, fun, and interactive programs and experiences for children, families, and educators, for use inside and outside of the Museum. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Manage the development process, including brainstorming, planning and writing, testing and implementation, evaluation, and revisions, keeping team members informed and engaged throughout.
    • Network in order to build our community. Develop relationships in support of addressing project goals. Communicate frequently with and maintain contacts with relevant stakeholders in order to understand needs.
    • Develop systems, planning schedules, to-do lists, staff assignments, and key dates and deadlines, and continue to monitor progress. Work with team to manage project schedules.
    • Manage recruitment of external participants, partners, and community organizations.
    • Manage budgets.
    • Motivate staff and volunteers to help execute vision for the project and deliver a high-quality product.
    • Create feedback systems, which might include surveys or focus groups, evaluate the results, and create relevant reports and statistics.
  • Support related exhibits by attending exhibit meetings, and developing related programming.
  • Assist with planning and delivery of major team and Museum events, such as programming for school vacation week, summer, events, and festival celebrations.
  • Serve visitors from diverse populations with age appropriate programming in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Communicate information about team initiatives to appropriate staff within the Museum, including Visitor Experience staff, and to external audiences (educational developers, teachers, etc.).
  • Work with manager and other team members to implement initiatives that align with the Museum's strategic plans.
  • Serve as main contact for partners, community organizations, and networks related to content area expertise. Identify potential new partners, building strong strategic relationships for the Museum.
  • Support institutional and departmental initiatives, goals and operations. Collaborate with Museum leadership to further the Museum’s mission, and to ensure a cohesive staff culture. Participate in required all-staff activities, discussions, meetings, and trainings.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
  • College degree required, with area of study in STEAM or STEAM education field preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in required, with at least two years project management experience
  • Experience with children ages 0 – 10 and an understanding of children’s emotional, intellectual, and social development.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of informal education and family learning in setting such as children’s museums.
  • Demonstrated experience managing projects, developing products on-time and on-budget.
  • Ability to stay organized, anticipate and troubleshoot as issues arise.
  • Ability to form, motivate, and manage teams including staff and volunteers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Comfortable presenting to large groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability work well with multicultural, intergenerational audiences, in an energetic, friendly, outgoing, and professional manner.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Fluency in a second language is preferred.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Physical Demands: Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, and use a telephone. Occasionally kneel/crawl, twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and grasp forcefully, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 21-40 pounds.

Work Environment: Ability to work in a lively, often noisy, and sometimes crowded environment with the public and with young children. Work is performed routinely within the Museum setting, but on occasion may require work performed outside. General office environment, shared common office space and equipment.

Other Factors: Weekend, school vacation, and holiday availability are required.

OUR MISSION
Boston Children’s Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.

OUR VISION
Boston Children’s Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children’s creativity and curiosity. We promote the healthy development of all children so they will fulfil their potential and contribute to our collective well-being and future prosperity.

OUR VALUES Creativity. Respect. Excellence. Accountability. Thoughtfulness. Equity. Boston Children’s Museum is a curious, experimental, and creative learning organization. We have a child and family centered focus, welcoming and respecting all Museum audiences. We collaborate and show mutual respect and support for our colleagues. We recognize that each person has equal, intrinsic worth and deserves to be treated with dignity. We are a culture that innovates, changes, and pushes boundaries to keep the museum relevant. We are responsible to each other and strive to keep our commitments to our colleagues. We have a commitment to high ethical standards. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, respecting the importance of personal growth and family. We have an ongoing commitment to fairness in all aspects of the Museum and we embrace alternative ways of thinking. HOW TO APPLY: Send a copy of your resume and letter of interest to jobs@bostonchildrensmuseum.org with the subject line: Project Manager Application Closing Date: December 15, 2021

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