Employment

 

The Strong considers its staff and volunteers its greatest resources. To help it carry out its mission, the museum seeks talented individuals with a passion for outstanding service.

The Strong provides equal opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to gender, sexual preference, age, race, color, creed, national origin, disability, and military or marital status. 

Application Process

The Strong blends the best features of both history museums and children’s museums—extensive collections and high interactivity—to serve a diverse audience of children, families, adults, students, educators, scholars, and collectors. Paid and volunteer positions may be available to support the museum and its International Center for the History of Electronic Games, National Toy Hall of Fame, World Video Game Hall of Fame, Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play, Woodbury School, and American Journal of Play.

After reviewing the available positions (below), candidates should enter The Strong’s online career center, which is provided through InfinityHR to begin the application process: build a profile, enter education and work histories, upload a resume, and add any additional information. To check the status of a completed application, candidates should log into the online career center using their user name and password.

Applying for positions via the career center website allows The Strong’s Human Resources Team to receive and review application materials in a more timely fashion than any other method of application. Candidates experiencing any difficulty with the online career center can send an email with resume attached to jobs@museumofplay.org.

The application review process normally takes between two to four weeks to complete, and all applicants receive a response at the completion of the process. Candidates selected for employment must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen.

Current Job Opportunities

Teacher- Woodbury School

To apply click HERE.

Job Type:

Full-time

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach pre-school classes for three, four, and five year old children using teaching methods that conform with established museum procedures.
  • Provide support of individual students inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities.
  • Document student work using methods consistent with the Reggio Emilia model. 
  • Plan and implement parent communication and parent classroom involvement process.
  • Assist in related activities including, but not limited to; the creation of curriculum materials, students projects, and professional development.
  • Attend all training and enrichment programs.

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in early childhood or elementary education; early childhood certification preferred
  • Experience teaching in a play-based classroom setting
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills
  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude
  • Willingness to work as part of a team
  • Familiarity with Reggio Emilia Approach and other methods of emergent curriculum highly desirable

Successful candidates must consent to and pass a drug screen and criminal background check as conditions of employment.  The Strong is a smoke-free campus and smoking is not allowed on museum property.


Food Service Host

To apply click HERE.

Job Type:

Part-time

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Strong is looking for friendly and energetic individuals with a passion for guest service when preparing and serving great tasting meals in our food court.  Successful candidates must display a professional attitude and be committed to serving guests at Subway, Pizza Hut Express, and Taco Bell Express.  Duties include, but are not limited to, proactively approaching guests at the counter, preparing items as requested, answering questions about our menus, offering suggestions for complete meal solutions, and responding with a sense of urgency.

Food Service Hosts work both independently and as a team to clean and replenish food stations, handle cash register and credit card transactions, and provide continuous and courteous service in a fast-paced environment.  Performing closing procedures in the food court include cleaning, storing prepared food to maintain freshness and quality in accordance with restaurant requirements, leaving the food court and restaurants ready for tasks to take place efficiently the next morning, properly handling products, using various food preparation equipment, and keeping accurate logs in accordance with food safety and safety guidelines.  

Hosts must be punctual and have good attendance.  Successful candidates must possess teamwork and diversity awareness by listening to others’ points of view and recognizing and appreciating differences.  We are seeking applicants who possess a strong work ethic and an interest in making the museum a fun destination for all ages. 

Exposure to various allergens and work environments including temperature changes is likely.  Tasks will be performed using and in the proximity of coolers, ovens, and other hot equipment.  The successful candidate will be required to spend the majority of time on his or her feet and stand or walk without a break for up to 4 hours.

Qualifications:

High school diploma or completed GED, will also consider current high school students 17 years of age and older.

Schedule:

Open availability preferred.  All hosts must be available to work weekends.

Must consent to and pass a drug screen and criminal background check as conditions of employment.  The Strong is a smoke-free campus, and smoking is not allowed on museum property.


Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

To apply click HERE.

Job Type:

Full-time

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and write grant proposals to local, state, federal, and private organizations, while persuasively communicating The Strong’s mission and programs to potential funders.
  • Assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal relationships with contacts, conduct prospect research, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.
  • Use online database to track grant projects from development through close-out and develop tools and resources to support museum teams receiving grants. Ensure prompt acknowledgement of funding organizations, institutions, and foundation gifts.
  • Maintain current and ongoing knowledge of grant and contract policies, regulations, and procedures and address with teams within the museum any problems that could impact compliance; interpret regulations for grants providing broad guidelines for spending.
  • Solicit and secure corporate support for The Strong's annual Play Ball fundraising gala and other special events.
  • Research, identify, and cultivate potential corporate partnerships/sponsorships for special events while establishing and growing relationships with potential funders and sponsors.
  • Identify and secure new corporate partners and sponsors for The Strong, focusing on fundable programs and opportunities that align with business’ and corporation’s marketing and community outreach goals.
  • Manage a portfolio of corporate and individual donors.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
  •  Three years of grant writing and development experience preferred
  •  Superior written and verbal communication skills
  •  Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills, interpersonal skills, and a positive disposition
  •  Sound time management skills as well as an innate sense of curiosity, pace, and urgency
  •  Ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and within a team environment.

Successful candidates must consent to and pass a drug screen and criminal background check as conditions of employment.  The Strong is a smoke-free campus and smoking is not allowed on museum property.


Digital Games Curator

To apply click HERE.

Job Type:

Full-time

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs The Strong’s efforts to preserve digital materials related to the collections of the museum’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games, using and developing an evolving variety of technical approaches.
  • Works collaboratively with, and support the efforts of, other teams at The Strong, especially the exhibits, collections, information technology, and institutional advancement teams. The Curator will work closely with the museum’s Director of Conservation and Arcade Conservation Technician.
  • Catalogs digital objects in the museum’s database systems.
  • Contributes to the development of onsite and online exhibits.
  • Maintains an active presence among communities engaged in the areas of game preservation and game history, which will at times involve domestic and international travel.
  • Locates, identifies, and recommends objects for acquisition through gift and purchase. Also recommends objects for possible deaccession.
  • Catalogs new acquisitions as well as objects already in the collection
  • Researches collections and keeps abreast of current developments in the museum field and specific subjects areas through conferences, courses, reading, travel, and participation in professional organizations.
  • Participates, as required, on exhibit development teams.
  • Responds to public and professional requests for information and assistance, as well as media requests as appropriate in conjunction with the public relations staff. Participates in interpreting the collection to the visiting public, to visiting scholars, and to professional museum personnel.
  • Provides teaching services in cooperation with other teams and acts as advisor to students and interns. Facilitates training of interns and curatorial volunteers, and coordinates their tasks as required.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in computer science, library and information sciences, history, or other related field.
  • Strong technical knowledge and ability in methods of digital preservation in order to solve preservation challenges presented by media that range from cassette tapes and floppy disks to modern cloud-based, server-based games.
  • Must be a problem solver, flexible thinker, and a goal-oriented, self-starter who is passionate about advancing The Strong’s mission of preserving the history of play.
  • Solid understanding of the history and importance of video games and the game industry.
  • Proven ability and interest in working in both a collaborative, team environment as well as individually.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects of varying priorities simultaneously.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Foreign language skills, especially Japanese or Chinese, are desirable but not required.

Successful candidates must consent to and pass a drug screen and criminal background check as conditions of employment.  The Strong is a smoke-free campus and smoking is not allowed on museum property.


Collections Researcher

To apply click HERE.

Job Type:

Full-time, contract through December 31, 2017

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Undertakes review and research of artifacts proposed for deaccession as directed by the curators.
  • Updates documentation for objects proposed for deaccession, including   cataloging information in Argus and artifact photography.
  • Move designated objects to specified locations.
  • Assist in managing the consignment of deaccessioned artifacts, including inventory and shipping processes.
  • Assist with other research, cataloging, and storage projects that facilitate curatorial development of deaccessioning plans and exhibit processes. 
  • Processes selected deaccessioned materials unsuited to traditional auction venues through eBay.

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in museum studies and/or Master's degree in history or related discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of digital cataloging and records management principles and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with collections management databases.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability in digital photography.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

Successful candidates must consent to and pass a drug screen and criminal background check as conditions of employment.  The Strong is a smoke-free campus and smoking is not allowed on museum property.


 

Major Gifts Officer

To apply click HERE.

Job Type:

Full-time

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain an active schedule of moves management interactions (identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship) with 200 assigned major giving prospects ($50,000+) locally and on the east coast (individual and corporate).
  • Implement a strategic plan to secure campaign contributions of $50,000+ in support of the goals necessary for the success of The Strong’s capital campaign. This plan should reflect a keen understanding of prospect management.
  • Develop strategy for qualifying and building relationships with top prospects and conduct active schedule of cultivation and stewardship visits to prospects with giving ability of ratings of $50,000+.
  • Meet mutually agreed upon goals for visits and solicitations with prospects and donors.
  • Work with advancement staff to implement a detailed campaign plan for assigned keeping staff and senior leadership informed of progress.
  • Monitor and pursue all campaign timelines and goals.
  • Support cultivation events and programs hosted by the museum or assigned prospects, as well as staff programs in designated geographical regions.
  • Contribute to an ongoing system of prospect assignment, tracking, and activity that is reviewed regularly with all involved. Track prospect interactions and proposals in the Altru database.
  • Collaborate with and support other areas of advancement and engagement at The Strong as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent; will consider a similar combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of five years advancement and major gifts experience directly cultivating, soliciting,
  • and stewarding donors
  • Strong data analysis skills and attention to detail
  • Results oriented with a drive to meet and exceed goals
  • Exceptional organizational and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to attend to details while multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience working within a donor database (RaisersEdge, Altru, or similar systems)

Successful candidates must consent to and pass a drug screen and criminal background check as conditions of employment.  The Strong is a smoke-free campus and smoking is not allowed on museum property.