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Museum Teacher - Tsongas Industrial History Center (multiple positions) (part-time/non-benefited)

Apply now Job no: 493855
Position type: Staff Part Time
Benefit Status: Non-Benefited – Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Tsongas Industrial History Ctr
Salary: $12.00 per hour
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General Summary of Position:

The Tsongas Industrial History Center is currently seeking part-time Museum Teachers (multiple positions). The Tsongas Industrial History Center is an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park. Utilizing the Park’s unique historic resources, including authentic artifacts and primary sources, the Center facilitates experiential learning of industrial history, science, and engineering content through educational programs. Museum teachers engage students (grades 3-12) in active learning by employing best practices in museum teaching, such as effective questioning, participatory activities, and relevant age-appropriate discussions. Job entails, but is not limited to:

  • Leading effective, curriculum-based, educational programs that consist of hands-on activities and interactive visits to various locations within Lowell National Historical Park. 
  • Using established program content outlines to communicate program themes and objectives, and to meet the age, grade level, and capabilities of students. 
  • Following itineraries and making logistical changes as needed.
  • Demonstrating and instructing students in the use of such equipment as hand looms, water wheels, and laboratory devices.
  • Engaging, managing, and communicating effectively with groups of students, with the assistance of the classroom teachers and chaperones. 
  • Observing all standard operating procedures for opening and closing exhibit sites, inventorying and preparing equipment and supplies, and setting-up and cleaning-up workshops.
  • Creating a positive, safe, and inclusive learning environment for all visitors.
  • Supporting engagement with and stewardship of cultural resources.
  • Engaging in self-directed study (e.g., reading, web research, visits to Park museum exhibits, and discussions with colleagues) during regular work hours. 
  • Participating in TIHC-organized professional development and training, and contributing to discussions concerning programmatic improvements. 
  • Exemplifying the University's commitment to customer service and inclusion. 
  • Contributing to a positive work environment as well as building good relationships with staff, stakeholders, and partners.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Associate's Degree or at least 2 years of college course work in a related field
  • Minimum of two years' experience working with children (classroom teacher or aide, after-school program presenter, scout leader, camp counselor, youth group leader)
  • Fluent in English
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups
  • Demonstrated skills in presenting information to groups of children
  • Ability to work 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for regular programming
  • Ability to work both individually and collaboratively
  • Willingness to present TIHC extended-day programs in local schools strongly desired

Additional Considerations:

  • Leading programs involves walking and climbing stairs indoors and outdoors in all weather
  • This is a seasonal position with school programs Monday-Friday and occasional special weekend programs from September through June
  • Work fluctuates during the season; April through June are typically very busy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Bilingual preferred

Special Instructions to Applicants:

  • Starting salary: $12.00 per hour
  • This is a part-time, non-benefited, non-unit position and is contingent upon funding
  • Hours per week: 6 to 30 depending on your availability and program bookings
  • Start date March 5, 2018 (season ends June 23 and begins again on September 5, 2018

Review of applications will begin in December and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.  Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

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