Museum Educator (Operations Manager) - Michigan State University Museum (2/1/2022)

Compensation: $50,000

Reporting to the Director of Education, this position is focused on developing and facilitating educational efforts and strategies to integrate Museum resources, including the Science On a Sphere (SOS), into curricular and co-curricular experiences in the museum and across the university. The position involves creating robust learning opportunities; engaging visitors using object-based and learner-centered methods; and participating in various collaborative Museum activities, such as exhibition development, training, and evaluation. There will be particular emphasis on activating Museum collections and other resources to enhance MSU faculty and student use of science- and culture-focused educational materials, hands-on collections, and other resources for teaching and learning. Public speaking, developing and maintaining professional networks, and using business and customer service skills are an integral part of this position.

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develop and facilitate educational efforts and strategies to integrate Museum resources, including the Science On a Sphere (SOS), into curricular and co-curricular experiences in the museum and across the MSU campus, in collaboration with supervisor and other museum stakeholders
  • Develop robust curricular opportunities, with an emphasis on MSU audiences, independently and collaboratively with Museum staff and other campus units
  • Instruct visitors using object-based and learner-centered methods
  • Develop educational materials and programs related to Museum-related content
  • Maintain the Education Team Collections and teaching kit borrowing program
  • Work on museum exhibition teams
  • Facilitate university class and general public visits at the Museum
  • Work with MSU professors and researchers to produce outreach components for federal and other grant projects (e.g., NSF Broader Impacts)
  • Work with MSU professors and researchers to develop custom content for SOS
  • Work with MSU professors to tailor visit and other educational experiences for their classes
  • Create science- and culture-focused programming for SOS
  • Schedule and present public SOS shows
  • Coordinate and/or facilitate university and public visits to the SOS gallery/lab use
  • Train SOS staff and supervise them in presenting public SOS shows and facilitating class visits
  • Create and maintain budgets and supplies lists
  • Coordinate internship placements in the Museum Education department
  • Maintain program attendance records and create attendance reports
  • Work with supervisor to develop and maintain program evaluation records

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills

Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired through the first two or three years of college, such as an Associate’s degree in a business-related field or in a field related to the area of employment; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in performing tasks related to the area of employment; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications

Experience developing educational materials and programming; ability to multitask; experience in training and supervision of the work of others; knowledge of MSU procedures for supervising student employees; experience developing and maintaining budgets and supplies; event management experience, including event design, financial management, advertising coordination, and reporting;  demonstrated ability to use NOAA's Science On a Sphere hardware and software, including the ability to create original and custom datasets and animations; Museum Studies, visitor interpretation, and/or related certification; ability or work collaboratively and independently.

Individual will be required to demonstrate competence with using Science on a Sphere software within 90 days of employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and the name, email address, and phone number for three professional references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

Only applications submitted through the MSU Careers website ( will be considered.

Work Hours

M-F 9AM to 5PM plus museum events (Untraditional hours sometimes needed)

Summary of Physical Demands

Frequent carrying of objects weighing 25 pounds or more.

Posted on 1/8/2022

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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