Content Developer-STEM Equity & Teen Activities-TEMPORARY

Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #903
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of artifacts, objects, and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community.

The CMP COVID-19 Employee Vaccine Policy requires that all employees provide proof of COVID vaccination or if not fully vaccinated, must provide proof of negative COVID-19 testing on a weekly basis. 

The Content Developer- STEM Equity and Teen Activities develops activities and resources that explore STEM learning through an equity lens at Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH). The Content Developer is responsible for formative research, content development, writing, photography, and image selection for educational activities that are used in museum programs, appear on CMNH’s website and are shared as resources with community-based educators. The position’s primary goal is to create accurate, accessible, content that is meaningful to teens in order to make the museum’s website, programs and gallery experiences more welcoming. The position requires attention to detail, flexibility, openness to critique and iteration, and enthusiastic participation in collaborative processes. The Content Developer will use the Youth Equity + STEM toolkit (yestem.org) to examine learning experiences and adapt museum resources in ways that support equitable learning for all youth, and particularly from youth in communities underrepresented in STEM and museum careers. 

This is a temporary part-time position beginning summer 2022 through April 2023. Expected hourly rate $17.95 based on experience.
 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

  • Education or work experience in a related field is required. 
  • Demonstrated experience forming caring, strong, empowering relationships with teens from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience developing digital STEM content used in teaching, learning or leisure is preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite and basic digital photography is required. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite is preferred.
  • Must work well within constraints of ADA guidelines, word count preferences, educational level targets, desired voice of the museum, and aesthetic goals.
  • Deadline driven position – must be able to prioritize and use sound time management.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  While work is primarily sedentary in nature, research and content development for blog posts will require outdoor excursions year-round, at times hiking on trails and through streams.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND ACCOUNTIBILITIES:

Content Development:

  • Serve as an audience advocate, striving to create “Wow!” experiences that make natural history engaging and compelling for broad audiences.  Ensure that content is inclusive to people with varying interests, ages, genders, backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Conduct audience research for assigned activities. This may include literature reviews, visitor research, user testing, and other types of formative evaluation or data collection. 
  • Develop content for delivery by conducting interviews, testing hands-on activities, going on nature hikes, writing text, taking photos and selecting images.
  • Write lively text for website and digital platforms including a learning management system for educators. This involves editing, revising, fact-checking, and proofreading.
  • Use Microsoft Office and other digital media tools and equipment to create and manipulate text documents, spreadsheets, images, and other digital assets.
  • Deliver usable content to the Senior Program Manager, with attention to needs of next steps in the development process (i.e. for use in Education programs, community collaborations, museum website, etc…)
  • Support appropriate museum staff in the development process to purchase and/or acquire images for educational activities and articles with due attention to copyright laws and requirements for reproduction.
  • Propose ideas for new content that would amend or improve existing educational resources

Collaboration:

  • Attend regular project meetings.
  • Cultivate good working relationships with museum colleagues across several departments and with community partners.
  • Translate scientific expertise into language and images that are accessible to a wide range of audiences.
  • Participate in team review to assure and balance a welcoming voice with scientific accuracy of all content.
  • Use feedback from the team review to consistently improve content and meet audience needs.
  • Meet deadlines for deliverables, including summaries, drafts, and updates.

Communication:

  • Consistently deliver friendly, professional, communication in person and through all digital communication platforms.
  • Adhere to the museum’s style guides and norms for communication.
  • Support the museum’s mission, vision, and values in all communications.

Research:

  • Stay abreast of current youth development, science, nature, culture and media trends and topics in order to provide accurate information and to apply best practices.    
  • Accompany teens, scientists, educators, or community partners on youth programs, field excursions or other areas of museum work to understand the content, skills, and motivations of youth and find relevant connections to science and nature.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.   

*GUIDANCE ON ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:   The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires employers to consider and accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  An individual is qualified if he or she can perform the essential functions of a job  with or without reasonable accommodation. An essential job function is any task that is a fundamental part of the job.  When considering essentiality, one must focus upon whether the function is essential to this particular job and not to the department as a whole. Some additional  guidance on essential functions  follows below.  Please note that the following guidelines are non-exhaustive.  If you have any questions or need additional guidance, please contact Human Resources. A. Is the function required to be performed on a regular basis? If the function  is rarely performed, it may not be essential. B. Is the function highly specialized? Is the incumbent hired for his/her expertise or ability to perform the function?  The need for special expertise is an indication of an essential function. C. Does the position exist, at least in part, to perform the function?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. D. How much time is spent performing the function and how often?  Note that even functions performed 10% of the time could be essential if they are required on a regular basis. E. Would elimination of the function fundamentally alter the job?  If so, the function is more likely to be essential. F. What are the consequences of not requiring the incumbent to perform the function? If they are significant, the function is more likely to be essential.  G. Are there a limited number of employees among whom the performance of the function could be distributed if the incumbent could not perform it?  If so, it is more likely to be essential.

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