| General Summary|
The Tsongas Industrial History Center is an education partnership between the University of Massachusetts Lowell Graduate School of Education and the National Park Service at Lowell National Historical Park. The Center facilitates hands-on learning of industrial history and related science and engineering content through on- and off-site educational programs.
Utilizing the Park's unique historic resources, including authentic artifacts and primary sources, museum teachers are responsible for leading effective, curriculum-based education programs that communicate TIHC's themes and objectives. The goal of this position is to engage students (usually in grades 3-12) in active learning by employing best practices in museum teaching, such as effective questioning, hands-on activities, and relevant age-appropriate discussions.
1. Duties include, but are not limited to:
-Leading effective, curriculum-based, four-hour educational programs that consist of hands-on activities and interactive visits to various locations within the Lowell National Historical Park.
-Using established outlines to clearly and accurately communicate program themes and objectives to meet the age, academic, and grade level of visitors.
-Adapting to necessary content and logistical changes in order to accommodate the needs of our visitors.
-Adapting and implementing sound educational practices in various situations.
-Creating a positive, safe, and inclusive learning environment for all visitors.
-Demonstrating and instructing students in the use of such equipment as hand looms, water wheels, and laboratory devices, assisting students as needed.
-Managing and communicating effectively with groups of students with the assistance of the classroom teachers and chaperones.
2. Observing all standard operating procedures for such duties as:
-Opening and closing Park exhibit sites used in programs.
-Inventorying and repairing artifacts as necessary and preparing equipment for use by groups.
-Participating in set-up and clean-up of workshops, and the organizing of teaching supplies.
3. Engaging in self-directed study (e.g., reading, web research, visits to Park museum exhibits, and teaching discussions with colleagues) during regular work hours.
4. Participating in TIHC-organized professional development and contributing to discussions concerning program improvements.
5. Promoting the University's commitment to customer service.
-Ensuring optimum customer service for internal and external partners in response to all requests for service and information.
-Building effective partnerships with co-workers both throughout and outside the University.
- Maintaining an environment that is welcoming to persons of all backgrounds, nationalities, and races.
-Contributing to a positive work environment as well as building good relationships with TIHC staff, NPS Rangers, and non-Park partners is a fundamental aspect of this position.
This is a part-time, non-benefited, non-unit position and is contingent upon funding.
The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.
-Associate's Degree or at least 2 years of college course work in a related field, such as History, Education, Museum Studies, Environmental Studies, or Engineering. Bachelor's Degree preferred
-Minimum of two years' experience working with young people (classroom teacher or aide, after-school program presenter, scout leader, camp counselor) preferred
-Fluent in English
-Ability to work effectively with diverse groups
-Demonstrated presentation skills
-Ability to work 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for regular programming
-Ability to work both individually and collaboratively
-Willingness to present TIHC extended-day programs in local schools strongly desired
-Bachelor's Degree preferred
-Leading programs involves standing, walking, climbing stairs, sitting, talking, bending, lifting, and listening inside and outside in all seasons.
-This is a seasonal position; programs run September through June
-Work fluctuates during the season; October and November, and March through June are very busy
-Typical workdays are (Monday-Friday) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for regular programming
-The weekly schedule is inconsistent. It is posted and confirmed a couple of weeks in advance.