Job Announcement—Spark!Lab Facilitator (PART-TIME)
Opens October 31, 2017; applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 6, 2017. Expected start date is December 2017.
This position is located in the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (Lemelson Center) at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH) in Washington, DC under the direct supervision of the Interpretive Exhibit Manager. The Facilitator is responsible for delivering compelling visitor experiences in Spark!Lab, a hands-on invention space for children and families.
The Lemelson Center is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. Please visit invention.si.edu for more information.
The Facilitator will:
- Work cooperatively with the staff and volunteers to present educational programs in Spark!Lab for general Museum visitors, specifically children and families, ensuring a positive Spark!Lab experience by greeting visitors; engaging visitors through conversation, inquiry and experimentation; helping to present facilitated invention challenges and offering assistance and encouragement at self-directed activities.
- Assist with daily operations to open, operate, and close Spark!Lab, according to procedures, performing routine maintenance, including inspecting for damaged or missing materials, replenishing supplies, keeping equipment cleaned and organized, and reporting problems appropriately.
- Generally assist with other Lemelson Center activities as requested.
The best qualified applicants will have experience working in a hands-on education space, with a variety of personalities, learning styles, and age groups. The position will require frequent walking, bending, standing and moderate lifting.
This is a part-time (21 hours/week), Trust (non-Federal) position at IS-4, Step 1. The hourly rate is $15.54, with benefits. Required schedule includes one weekend day and some holidays. To apply, please submit by email a cover letter and resume by 5:00 p.m. EST on November 6, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Interpretive Exhibit Manager
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.