Museum Education Writer

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh    Pittsburgh, PA
Job Description
Carnegie Museums 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 MUSEUM EDUCATION WRITER implements communication strategy for the CMNH Education Department by producing descriptions of programs. This position works in collaboration with museum staff and community partners to document the activities and impacts of museum education programs and to create content for the CMNH website, newsletters, funding proposals and grant reports. This is a Full-Time Position. To be considered for this position, it is required that you submit a cover letter and resume, uploaded as the same file within our Applicant Tracking System. Should you be unable to do so - please send your cover letter to: and include the title and requisition number of this opportunity (Museum Education Writer - Req 253) on the subject line. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
  • Ability to tell clear, succinct, engaging stories that capture audience interest and convey key ideas;
  • Maturity and professionalism to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to adapt writing styles for a wide variety of client interests and to manage multiple projects;
  • Ability to comprehend a wide variety of concepts and perspectives (art, science, education, community engagement, youth empowerment etc.) and convey them in writing;
  • Capacity to accept and learn from editorial guidance;
  • Ability to establish project timelines and meet deadlines for self and for team;
  • Ability to integrate verbal and visual elements. Competency with digital photography is a plus;
  • Ability to use word processing software and spreadsheets (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel);
  • Familiarity with photo editing software or Adobe Creative Suite software is a plus.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience is required. Relevant areas of experience include humanities, sciences, communication, journalism, design, writing, museum studies or related fields;
  • Portfolio of written work that demonstrate the ability to convey clear, compelling messages. Ideally, this includes work that demonstrates ability to use words and images together for maximum impact;
  • Familiarity with Pittsburgh communities is a plus.
  • PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:The Museum Education Writer is actively engaged in documenting education programs at the museum, Powdermill Nature Reserve, and at community sites. This involves outdoor excursions year-round, at times hiking on trails and through streams. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:Writing & Documentation
  • Write & select images that convey clear descriptions of program activities and create “Wow! impressions that make natural history engaging and compelling;
  • Ensure that content is inclusive to people with a variety of interest ages, backgrounds, and abilities;
  • Actively collaborate with central advancement and museum staff to implement effective communication strategies. Transform concepts and ideas into appropriate and effective written communication for internal and external audiences;
  • Actively observe and document education programs, gathering multiple forms of impact-based data (qualitative and quantitative) that can support written descriptions of program activities. This may include photographing activities, interviewing staff and program participants, analyzing participant feedback and registration data;
  • Infuse proposals, reports, and program descriptions with current impact-based data and museum visitor feedback to deepen the audience’s connection with museum education programs.
  • Collaboration
  • Attend regular project meetings;
  • Cultivate good working relationships within Education and across departments;
  • Participate in team review to assure accuracy and quality control of content;
  • Use feedback 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 in written formats;
  • Regularly monitor all Web pages for CMNH Education programs to ensure that details are up to date;
  • Adhere to the museum’s style guides and norms for communication;
  • Support the museum’s mission, vision, and values in all communications
  • Learning and Professional Growth
  • Accompany scientists, educators, and community partners on field excursions or other areas of museum work to understand the content, skills, and motivations of the 21st Century Naturalist;
  • Mentor education interns who create content for website, blog, or other communication platforms;
  • Stay abreast of current concerns across wider communities and look for opportunities to connect Natural History knowledge and resources to emergent areas of interest.
  • 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.
  • 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.Carnegie Museums Of Pittsburgh - 30+ days ago - save job - original job

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