The Public Science Events Manager develops, implements, and administers educational public science events that take place on-site at the Bell Museum including, but not limited to, Saturday with a Scientist; festivals; Darwin Day, DNA Day, and other annual science and nature celebratory events; Bell Museum anniversary celebrations; film fests, speakers (local and national); collections tour events; astronomical events; and more.
Public science events are live and in-person experiences held periodically (often monthly, sometimes quarterly or annually) and are often complex in nature, involving multiple collaborators and venues throughout the museum. Creativity, novelty, variety, and fun are words often used to describe public science events, and the Public Science Events Manager embraces and reflects these values along with an entrepreneurial mindset and impeccable organizational and communication skills.
Bell Museum public science events achieve multiple goals, including celebrating science and nature as an integral part of our culture in fun and engaging ways; creating opportunities for the public to interact directly with science professionals from the University, industry, and public agencies; appealing to a wide audience; and encouraging the public to visit the museum. They also provide opportunities for the museum to engage with and serve an increasingly diverse Minnesota population.
The position requires close coordination with others in the Public Engagement and Science Learning department (PESL), as well as colleagues across the museum, such as Operations and Marketing colleagues.
The Public Science Events Manager reports to the Director of Public Engagement and Science Learning. This is a new position with significant opportunity to shape the role of public science events at the Bell Museum.
Public Science Events Development and Implementation 70%
Plans and executes an extensive slate of public science events that provide a deeper window into the Museum’s content and that:
meet content (science, nature, art, and/or University research) goals
integrate inquiry, hands-on, culturally-relevant, and authentic facilitated experiences,
engage science professionals in the events, and
achieve revenue targets, when relevant
Develops content in coordination with staff, curators, diverse communities, community and University partners, educators, and others, ensuring content is relevant, scientifically accurate, and engaging
Gets the Bell Museum involved in existing Twin Cities and Minnesota events with complementary mission/goals
As directed, coordinates activities in conjunction with exhibits and public/special event efforts
Proposes new events that will meet museum goals and objectives
Public Science Events Administration 30%
Develops and oversees standard operating procedures for the development and implementation of public science events, including student staff and volunteer involvement, materials management, and contract negotiation
Prioritizes Public Science Events activities based on museum priorities and needs
Clearly communicates the goals of Bell Museum and Public Science Events to staff and volunteers by providing ongoing training and support
Provides for the hiring, training and evaluation of public science events personnel, including part time/student staff, as well as volunteers requested through the Volunteer Coordinator
Develops and oversees an annual operating budget (revenue and expenses) for public science events in consultation with supervisor
Evaluates program effectiveness and uses results to adjust offerings and techniques accordingly
Assists in the development of grant and sponsorship proposals, grant reports, and other fundraising initiatives upon request
Works closely with the Business/Marketing, Operations and other departments in the implementation and promotion of museum events
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: • BA/BS degree in education, science, communication, and/or related program of study • 3-5 years of related work experience, to include experience working with STEM content and STEM professionals as well as event development and implementation • Knowledge of best practices in public events development and implementation • Demonstrated experience planning events with and for diverse audiences; sees museum public events as a way to engage diverse communities • Proven experience building positive, collaborative relationships and leading teams • Management experience – people, budgets, other resources • Ability to work independently and as part of a team • Entrepreneurial mindset, self-starter, and goal-oriented • Conscientious and detail-oriented • Excellent project management skills • Effective written and verbal communication skills
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: • Interest in natural history, arts, and current science research • Knowledge of the Twin Cities/Minnesota event/festival scene and schedule • Experience working in a nonprofit educational environment, preferably in informal science education or at a science-based museum • Experience promoting programs or events • Experience working in a university environment
Internal Number: 326490
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.