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

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

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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.


Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

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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.
  • Manage special fundraising events such as The Strong’s annual gala, Play Ball, and solicit and secure corporate support for the gala and other special events.
  • Oversee all aspects of event production including: collateral, vendor contracts, budgeting, event ticket, program implementation, and on-site events management including evening and weekend events.
  • Research, introduce, and oversee execution of new event enhancement concepts and impactful channels (print, online, and social media) of promoting 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.


Major Gifts Officer

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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.


Grants and Foundations Relations Manager

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Job Type:

Full-time

Duties and Responsibilities:

Cultivating and Soliciting Foundations

  • Maintain an active schedule of moves management interactions (identification, cultivation, solicitation, stewardship) with 20 assigned foundation prospects while identifying new prospects to grow the portfolio.
  • Implement a strategic plan to write applications for and secure campaign contributions of $20,000 - $500,000 from government sources and local/regional/national foundations in support of The Strong. This plan should reflect a keen understanding of prospect management and growing meaningful relationships with assigned foundations.
  • Manage the strategic development plan to cultivate, solicit, and develop grant applications to secure support from foundations.
  • Establish long-term partnerships with granting foundations and government agencies.
  • Strengthen existing relationships and initiate new contacts within the foundation sector and provides strategic direction and oversight of the grants manager position.
  • Advance The Strong’s mission-driven goals by researching and identifying new sources of foundation support, proactively seeking opportunities to generate new proposals based on foundation priorities, and by maintaining strong communication ties with foundation donors and prospects.
  • Meet mutually agreed upon goals for visits and solicitations with foundation prospects.
  • Work with advancement staff to implement a detailed campaign plan for assigned foundation prospects keeping staff informed of progress. Monitor and pursue all campaign timelines and goals.

Cultivating and Soliciting Foundations

  • Manage the administration of all grants awarded from government and foundation sources including the management of incentive proposals, grant disbursement agreements, interim reports, final reports, MWBE reporting, requests for payment, and any other necessary filings.
  • Work with The Strong’s finance and advancement staffs to ensure an accurate, timely, efficient and transparent process for the entire grant life cycle, from proposal to close. This entails pre-award management, tracking payments, reviewing or producing relevant reports, monitoring and post-award management.
  • Work with appropriate program staff to develop and maintain all grant agreements, reports, and other required documentation.
  • Act as The Strong’s expert for all grant administration policies, systems, and documentation to ensure compliance, incorporate best practices, and ensure excellent controls.

General Advancement Duties

  • 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 three years advancement and grant writing and management experience
  • Minimum of three years directly cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors
  • Sophisticated writing, editing, and presentation skills 
  • Proficient in Word and Excel
  • 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.


Security Officer

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Job Type:

Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Strong is looking for a full time Security Officer to protect, safeguard, and secure the museum collections, staff and guests.  The Security Officer conducts frequent tours of the museum building and grounds and investigates and reports on accidents, incidents, suspicious activities, safety and fire hazards, and other security related situations. The hours for this position are 11:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.  Weekend and holiday availability is required.

Qualifications:

Must be at least 21 years of age and possess an Associate's Degree in criminal justice or comparable experience, as well as a valid NYS Driver’s License and Security Guard license; working knowledge of security operations, safety practices, and enforcement procedures in a business environment; must also be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with staff and the public; ability to understand and follow standard operating procedures, perform duties in a professional manner and appearance, write and investigate required reports, and make independent and good judgment decisions within proper policy and procedures; must be able to successfully complete, become certified, and stay current with Red Cross basic first aid training, AED training, and adult and child CPR training. 

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.


Guest Relations Host

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Job Type:

Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Strong is looking for energetic individuals with a passion for guest service to work in the museum galleries. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting guests of all ages with questions and directions, monitoring and tending to the condition of exhibits and craft areas, and adding value to each guest's experience at the museum.  Guest Relations Hosts are required to spend the majority of time standing or walking without a break, for up to 4 hours.

The start date for this position is June 12, 2017, and selected candidates must be available to attend mandatory training on the following dates:

  • Monday, 6/12, Tuesday, 6/13, and Thursday, 6/15 from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 6/27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Qualifications:

High school diploma or completed GED, will also consider current high school students 17 years of age and older.  Prior guest services experience a plus.

Hours Available:

  • Weekends:  Friday 4:00 - 8:15 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 8:15 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Weekdays:  9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

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

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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.  Hosts must be punctual, have good attendance, and uphold established procedures to ensure cleanliness, health, and safety standards.  We are seeking applicants who possess a strong work ethic and an interest in making the museum a fun destination for all ages.

The start date for this position is June 12, 2017, and selected candidates must be available to attend mandatory training on the following dates:

  • Monday, 6/12, Tuesday, 6/13, and Thursday, 6/15 from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 6/27 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Qualifications:

High school diploma or completed GED, will also consider current high school students 17 years of age and older.  Prior guest services experience a plus.

Hours Available:

  • Weekends:  Friday 3:00 - 6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:45 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Sunday 11:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Weekdays:  10:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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.


Seasonal Groundskeeper

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Job Type:

Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Strong is seeking a Seasonal Groundskeeper to assist the Grounds team with maintenance of the museum lawns and gardens.  Duties include working with the Grounds team to maintain turf and landscaped beds in accordance with museum standards, as well as performing regular grounds maintenance including, but not limited to, weeding and watering.

Qualifications:

Successful candidates must be dependable, customer driven, and able to lift, push, and pull up to 50 pounds.  Applicants must be at least 17 years of age, willing to work outdoors, and able to withstand variable summer temperatures.  Prior grounds keeping experience a plus.

Schedule:

Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  This position will begin as soon as possible and extend through the summer months.

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.