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The Lemelson Center is recruting an Interpretive Exhibit Coordinator

Opens September 23, 2013; applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. EDT on November 1, 2013. Expected start date is January 6, 2014.

The Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation (Lemelson Center) is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people. The Lemelson Center operates two public galleries within the National Museum of American History: Spark!Lab (http://sparklab.si.edu), a hands-on invention activity center for children and families, and the Lemelson Hall of Invention, which features exhibitions on invention- and innovation-related themes. Both spaces are currently under renovation and are expected to reopen to the public in spring 2015.The Lemelson Center is also developing the Spark!Lab National Network, which is an extension of the NMAH-based Spark!Lab with sites in children's museums, science centers, and/or other institutions outside of Washington, DC.

In Spark!Lab, the focus is on visitors 'doing' rather than listening to or watching demonstrations or experiments. Spark!Lab provides hands-on learning opportunities to engage children ages 6-12 and their families in the history and process of invention. Visitors participate in a variety of invention activities, play thought-provoking games, explore inventors' notebooks, and invent. All Spark!Lab activities and experiences are grounded in American history, and are intended to foster inventive creativity and the development of 21st century skills.

The Lemelson Center is recruiting for an Interpretive Exhibit Coordinator to help develop hands-on activities for the renovated Spark!Lab and for Spark!Lab National Network sites, and to maintain activities and interactive elements in both Spark!Lab and the Lemelson Hall of Invention. The Exhibit Coordinator will:

* develop and fabricate hands-on activities for use in Spark!Lab and at Spark!Lab National Network sites

* work with visitors and other Spark!Lab staff to regularly assess and evaluate activities and identify ways to improve the Spark!Lab experience

* perform routine maintenance of the hands-on, educational, and exhibit components in Spark!Lab and the Lemelson Hall of Invention

* consult with Spark!Lab National Network sites on activity development and maintenance issues

* assist in training Spark!Lab floor staff and volunteer docents

* generally assist with other Lemelson Center programs and activities as needed

The best qualified applicants will have experience developing, prototyping, fabricating, implementing, and evaluating hands-on activities for children and families, and will have skills in the operations and maintenance of simple tools and machinery. A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a relevant field is preferred.

This is a full-time, 2-year Trust (non-Federal) position at IS-9, Step 1. The salary is $51,630 with excellent benefits. To apply, please submit by email a cover letter, resume and photos and brief descriptions of three activities or exhibits you have developed by 5:00 p.m. EDT on November 1, 2013 to:

Tricia Edwards
Education Specialist
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
MRC 604, PO Box 37012
Washington, DC 20013-7012
edwardst@si.edu - Email

The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

The Lemelson Center is recruiting a Web and Digital Media Specialist.

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Office of Education and Public Engagement, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (NMAH) is recruiting for a Web and Digital Media Specialist to join the team. The Lemelson Center is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people.

Applications due November 1, 2013.

The Web and Digital Media Specialist will:

* Assist with project management for the major renovation and expansion of the Lemelson Center website, including serving as a central point of coordination among Center staff, the website development contractor, NMAH New Media Office, and Smithsonian Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO);

* Assist with project management for ongoing digital content development at the Center, including coordinating activities among the Center staff, the NMAH New Media Office, and Smithsonian Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO);

* Conduct audio and video production and editing as well as provide other technical support for producing the Center's exhibition videos, podcast series, blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and other digital content activities;

* Prepare, publish, and maintain content on the Lemelson Center website and related digital content products in coordination with Center staff;

* Manage the Center's digital assets, including organizing all images and audio/video files and uploading selections to the NMAH digital assets management system;

* Serve as the property manager for the Lemelson Center, including conducting regular inventories and overseeing equipment loans to Center staff; and

* Generally assist with Lemelson Center programs and activities as requested.

Applicants must demonstrate familiarity and understanding of website development, design, and publishing, including direct experience working in Drupal, as well as experience with audio and video production and editing, familiarity with educational uses of the web and social media, and organizational skills. The best qualified applicants will also demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, have project management experience plus experience working on project teams, and have experience producing and developing educational digital content.

This is a full-time, not-to-exceed 1-year Trust (non-Federal) Information Technology Specialist series position at IS-9, Step 1. (The position may be extended funds permitting.) The salary is $54,032 plus excellent benefits. Smithsonian does not pay job relocation expenses.

To apply, please submit the following materials (preferably in one combined PDF with applicable links):

* cover letter and resume documenting the above criteria;

* two (2) writing samples for websites;

* two (2) examples of relevant website experience (including one using Drupal);

* two (2) examples of audio/video projects that best reflect your work; and

* contact information for three (3) work and/or academic references

By 6 p.m. Eastern on Friday, November 1, 2013, please send your application materials via email using subject line "Lemelson Center Web and Digital Media Specialist" to:

Monica M. Smith
Exhibition Program Manager
Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution
Email: smithmo@si.edu

The Smithsonian is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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