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

Food Service Shift Leader

To apply click HERE.

Job Type:

Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Strong is looking for a Food Service Shift Leader to work in its food court, which includes Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Subway restaurants, as well as a sweet shop.  This is a full-time, 37.5 hours weekly, position and requires an open availability to work until 4:30 p.m. Sunday, 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Responsibilities include:

  • Provides leadership and supervision to food service staff including assignment of tasks and managing performance. 
  • Assists with training and mentoring team members, as assigned.
  • Assists the food court managers with all areas of food court operations including; inventory, ordering, and check-in and stocking of deliveries.
  • Manages opening and closing of food court as assigned.  Ensures that applicable checklists are fully and satisfactorily completed.
  • Assists food court mangers in compliance with food court policies and franchisee evaluations. These include, but are not limited to, food safety and handling, sanitation, cash handling.
  • Complies with Monroe County Department of Health, New York State, and federal regulations and guidelines as they apply to food safety and sanitation.
  • Prepares food according to established procedures.
  • Cares for and uses food preparation equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Implements appropriate cash handling procedures for all cash register and credit card machine transactions.
  • Takes initiative to identify and solve problems. Publicly supports team decisions, even if they conflict with personal opinions.
  • Welcomes new staff and creates a positive work environment.
  • Identifies and acts on opportunities to help and support the work efforts of co-workers and staff from other teams.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent; post high school education in food service preferred.
  • Minimum of two years experience in food court operations and supervising staff.
  • Working knowledge of food safety and sanitation regulations and guidelines.
  • Outstanding communication and guest services skills.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Prior experience at a Pizza Hut, Subway, and/ or Taco Bell restaurant a plus.

Must consent to, and pass, a pre-employment 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 Conservation

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Job Type:

Full Time

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Strong seeks an experienced and energetic professional to direct the conservation of The Strong’s varied collections including a comprehensive array of toys, board games, dollhouse miniatures, and arcade games and to supervise four staff members. 

The successful candidate must have superior oral and written communication skills, experience in and enthusiasm for working collaboratively in a team-based environment, capacity for strategic thinking and planning, and ability both to delegate and to lead by example. Responsibilities include:

  • Examines and treats museum collections, as needed, with strict adherence to A.I.C.’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. Maintains thorough and accurate records of conservation examinations, treatment data, and documentary photographs. Tasks include performing treatments to stabilize collection objects through cleaning, repair, and restoration; supervising the Doll Conservator, Arcade Game Conservation Engineer, and Conservation Technicians in their projects; and maintaining an inventory of appropriate supplies and tools for treatments.​
  • Directs the overall operation of the conservation function and acts as an active internal advocate for ways in which conservation can contribute to the overall mission of the institution.
  • Develops and executes plans for the long term preservation of the collection, working in collaboration with the Collections Team and the Building Manager. Tasks include performing regular inspections of collections on display and in storage; monitoring environmental conditions at regular intervals and working toward improved environmental conditions as necessary; assessing lighting and making recommendations for any needed changes; and training new staff, interns, and volunteers in artifact handling.
  • Maintains artifacts on exhibit, working in collaboration with the Collections Team, Exhibits Team, and Hosts Team. Tasks include performing regular inspections of objects on display; participating in implementing regular rotations of light-sensitive items; and performing regular treatments of displayed objects, especially carousel horses.
  • Advises and assists with planning exhibits to ensure the long-term preservation of objects on display and participates in the installation of artifacts, working in collaboration with the Exhibits Team and the Collections Team. Tasks include participating collaboratively in developing the exhibit design and lighting plan; consulting on materials, suppliers, and techniques to assure that exhibits uphold the latest conservation standards; preparing artifacts for installation; assisting with artifact mounts, as circumstances require; and assisting with artifact installation.
  • Assures the preservation of all loaned objects, working in conjunction with the Collections Manager and the curatorial staff. Tasks include documenting incoming and outgoing artifact condition; reviewing all artifacts considered for outgoing loans; and establishing standards for packing, shipping, and display.
  • Adheres to timetables as dictated by exhibit schedules and other project deadlines.
  • Attends collection staff and general staff meetings, and others as assigned.
  • Serves on museum’s acquisitions, outgoing loans, and deaccessioning teams, and others as assigned, including exhibit teams as needed.
  • Contributes as feasible to the museum’s Play Stuff blog.

Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in conservation.
  • Significant experience in relevant artifact conservation, including digital.
  • Demonstrated skills in project management and supervision.
  • Knowledge of key issues and standards in lighting and environmental conditions and experience with their application in artifact storage and exhibition.
  • Commitment to quality guest service.

Must consent to, and pass, a pre-employment 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 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 is midnight - 8 a.m. Weekend and holiday availability are required. 

Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Criminal Justice or equivalent and at least two years experience in security in a business setting required; Supervisory experience preferred.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and possess a current driver’s license and New York State Security Guard license.
  • Strong working knowledge of security operations, safety practices in a business environment, and enforcement procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with staff and the public, to understand and follow standard operating procedures, to perform duties in a professional manner and appearance, to write and investigate required reports; and to make independent and good judgment decisions within proper policy and procedures.
  • Outstanding guest service skills and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Must be able to successfully complete, become certified, and stay current with Red Cross basic Instructor Certification for first aid training, AED training, and adult and child CPR training, and provide in-services and educational programs identified by the museum.

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


Teaching Host

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Job Type:

Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Strong is looking for enthusiastic individuals to facilitate non-traditional learning experiences for pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade. Using lessons developed by museum educators, teaching hosts work with visiting school groups in the museum's interactive galleries. Hosts must be adaptable, possess exceptional communication skills, and enjoy working on a team. This position is part-time and requires the candidate to have a flexible schedule conducive to working variable hours during the school year. Responsibilities include:

  • Teach museum lessons according to established procedures.
  • Use teaching methods that conform with established museum procedures.
  • Attend all training and enrichment programs.
  • Assist with related school program activities including, but not limited to, the creation of curriculum materials incorporating the recommendations of community advisors as appropriate, and the facilitation of an annual advance placement conference for high school students.

Qualifications:

  • New York State Early Childhood Teaching Certification​
  • Familiarity with the theory of multiple intellegences
  • Experience working as a classroom teacher in pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade

Must consent to, and pass, a pre-employment 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 September 26, 2016, and selected candidates must be available to attend mandatory training on the following dates:

  • Monday, 9/26, Tuesday, 9/27, and Thursday, 9/29 from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 10/11 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.

Must consent to, and pass, a pre-employment 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.