General Summary of Position:
The Tsongas Industrial History Center is an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell School 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 2-12) 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 and on Zoom platform for virtual field trips.
• 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.
• Participate in TIHC-organized professional development, attending 2:15-3:00 pm sessions if possible, and contribute to discussions concerning program 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.
• Ensuring optimal customer service for internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
Museum Teachers’ Schedule:
• TIHC programs run on a September through June season.
• Work fluctuates during the season; October, November, and April through June are very busy.
• Museum Teachers have a say in the number and days of the week they are available to work.
• The weekly schedule is inconsistent. The number of bookings per week determines how many actual days per week Museum Teachers are on the weekly schedule.
• The weekly schedule is posted and confirmed a week in advance.
• Workdays are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• School groups visit from approximately 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.
• Museum Teachers follow a specific Program Outline and itinerary each day.
• Pay rate is hourly, with step increases as budget permits.
• Training is included during orientation and scheduled throughout the year.
Minimum Qualifications (Required):
• Minimum of two years' experience working with children (e.g., classroom teacher or aide, after-school program presenter, scout leader, camp counselor, youth group leader)
• Excellent oral and writing communication skills
• Ability to work effectively with diverse groups
• Demonstrated skills in facilitating learning for students ages 7 through high school
• Ability to work both individually and collaboratively
• Ability to work 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for regular programming
• Leading programs involves walking and climbing stairs indoors and outdoors in all weather
• Virtual programs require facility with Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom (training provided).
• This is a seasonal position with school programs Monday-Friday from September through June, with occasional evening and weekend programs.
• Work fluctuates during the season; Mid-March through mid-June are typically very busy
- Bachelor's Degree preferred
- Bilingual preferred
- Willingness to present TIHC extended-day programs in local schools desired
Special Instructions to Applicants:
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.
Initial review of applications will begin immediately 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 during the application process.